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calendar 2011


Special events, classes and trips



Ludvic: Steel Jam Session in the Garden Through May 30 / Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Trail This whimsical sculpture exhibit by local artist Ludvic highlights 10 works from his Steel Jam Session series. Ludvic uses materials he finds in junkyards—steel, car parts, tools—and gathers and reworks them into lively, impromptu compositions. Ludvic reassembles, reshapes, sandblasts and paints these improbable materials to create fun and vibrant sculptures.

A Desert Illuminated / John Schaefer Photography Exhibit Through May 27 / 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. / Daily Ottosen Gallery in Dorrance Hall A Desert Illuminated photography exhibit features 50 photographs of cactus flowers of the Sonoran Desert by John Schaefer. These stunning macro photographs are wrapped in the visual and contextual embrace of a Renaissanceera illuminated manuscript that connects science and art. Schaefer, president emeritus of University of Arizona, is a talented photographer who, with Ansel Adams, established the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson. Exhibit generously sponsored by Carol DuVal Whiteman. COMING THIS FALL!

Spring Butterfly Exhibit in the Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Butterfly Pavilion Through May 8 / 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. / Daily Members: Free / General Public: $3.50 Presented by Wells Fargo Take a stroll through the beautiful Marshall Butterfly Pavilion and surround yourself with hundreds of fluttering butterflies. Watch as butterflies sip nectar from plants and perch in the sun. If you are lucky, one might even land on you! Our special display areas feature butterfly host plants and an activity tent where you can see our scaly-winged friends up close. Additional support provided by The Fred Maytag Family Foundation. Children under three free with paid Garden admission.



David Roger’s Big Bugs Opening September 12 Later this summer the Desert Botanical Garden will become home to eleven, large-scale bugs created from natural materials by artist David Rogers. Perched throughout the Garden, these impressive giant-sized bugs include a family of ants, each one 25 feet long and a giant spider in its 15 foot web.

daily and weekly activities

Garden Flashlight Tours

Birds in the Garden

Saturdays / 7 p.m. / May and September Thursdays and Saturdays / 7 p.m. / June – August Flashlight tours are a sensory adventure where you will see, hear and feel the desert night.

Mondays / May – August / 7 a.m. Join expert birders for a morning bird walk along the Garden trails. Everyone is welcome, including first-time birders. Wear a hat, sunscreen and comfortable shoes, and bring binoculars if available.

Tours are perfect for families and children of all ages. Included with membership or paid Garden admission. For additional information call 480 941.1225 or visit

Audio Tours Free for Members / $3 Non-Members These lighthearted, fun and informative tours bring alive our collections of plants along the Desert Discovery Trail. Adult or family audio presentations are another great opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Garden.

garden meetings

Group Tours and Activities Available at a time and date of your choice We offer special discounts and customized tours for groups of 10 or more people. Join us for team building, education and entertainment offerings, including private guided tours, planting activities, southwestern cooking demonstrations and flashlight tours. Ask about our Native American tour package that includes a boxed lunch and visits to both the Desert Botanical Garden and the Heard Museum. Call 480 481.8104 or go to for pricing and more information.

Arizona Native Plant Society Meeting

Garden Members Annual Meeting

The Arizona Native Plant Society provides information, fosters appreciation of, and helps protect Arizona’s native plants. The Phoenix chapter emphasizes Sonoran Desert plants. Call Michael Plagens at 602 459.5224 for more information.

Please join us for the Garden Members Annual Meeting, which includes a business meeting and the recognition of retiring and introduction of new board.

Tuesday / May 10 / 7 - 9 p.m. Check-in at Admissions / Everyone welcome

Thursday / May 19 / 5:30 - 7 p.m. Dorrance Hall

Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society Meeting

Sundays / May 1, June 5, June 26, July 31, August 28 / 2 p.m. Check-in at Admissions / Everyone welcome The Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society encourages the appreciation, study and growing of cacti and other succulents. Each meeting features a program about aspects of these fabulous plants. Visit for more information.



special events

National Public Gardens Day

Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch

Friday / May 6 / 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Spread the word and help raise awareness of America’s public gardens—admission is free to the Garden and the Spring Butterfly Exhibit on National Public Gardens Day. Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Butterfly Pavilion open 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Featuring The Great Ladies of Jazz: Margo Reed, Nancy Gee, Sherry Roberson & Delphine Cortez Sunday / May 8 / Dorrance Hall 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Members: $75 / General Public: $80 Doors open at 10 a.m. Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Desert Botanical Garden with a Jazz Brunch honoring women of note. Enjoy a concert featuring The Great Ladies of Jazz and an exceptional brunch provided by Fabulous Food Fine Catering and Events. A complimentary rose will be presented to every lady in attendance. For additional event information and menu, please visit Programming subject to change. Tickets are limited, advance ticket purchase required. No refunds or exchanges on tickets purchased.

To Purchase Tickets: • Order online at • Call 480 481.8188 (8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. a.m. - 4 p.m., weekends) • Visit the Admissions Box Office (8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily)

Creatures of the Night II

Golfin’ in the Desert Tournament Saturday / May 7 ASU Karsten Golf Course / Registration begins 6:30 a.m. / Shotgun start 7:15 a.m.

Volunteers in the Garden presents its annual golf tournament. Sign up now to enjoy a fun day of golf while contributing to this popular fundraiser for Title I schools. Contact Chuck Thompson at 480 773.0222 or go to to register. 4


Wildlife biologist and photographer Bruce Taubert returns with new amazing tales and photos of Arizona’s creatures of the night. Over the past several years Bruce has used highspeed flashes to photograph 27 of Arizona’s 28 species of bats eating, drinking, flying or just hanging around. Bruce will also discuss and show photographs of reptiles, amphibians, scorpions, owls and other creatures as he again reveals Arizona’s dark side. Wednesday / May 25 / 7 - 8:30 p.m. Members: $15 / General Public: $19

To Purchase Tickets: • Order online at • Call 480 481.8188 (8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., weekends) • Visit the Admissions Box Office (8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily)

Spring 2011 Line-up

Spring Music in the Garden

7 - 9 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. May 6 Big Nick & the Gila Monsters Blues May 13 Cosmos Mediterranean World Beat May 20 Bad Cactus Brass Band New Ne w Orleans Jazz/Funk May 27 Adam Clark Trio featuring Nicole Pesce Jazz / Lounge

Fridays / Ullman Terrace Doors Open at 5:30 p.m. May 6 – 27 / 7 - 9 p.m. *June 3 – 24 / 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Member: $15 General Public: $21

7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. June 3 Pete Pancrazi Jazz Guitar/Bossa Nova June 10 Hot Birds & the Chili Sauce Funk/Soul/R&B June 17 The DelRayz Blues/Boogie June 24 The Sugar Thieves Blues/Americana

The Desert Botanical Garden is proud to bring another season of spectacular talent to the Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series. See beloved favorites and discover new traditions this spring at Music in the Garden, the Valley’s only concert series of its kind. Enhance your evening with a gourmet meal or spirited drink. Fabulous Food Fine Catering and Events provides a chef-attended station featuring weekly specials for an additional charge. The Patio Café will also be open during the concert with items for purchase from the daily café menu.

Must be 21 or older to attend and must show proper identification to be admitted. No exceptions. Children will not be admitted even if parent or guardian is present. *June concerts will be held on Boppart Courtyard due to Ullman Terrace renovations. Sponsored in part by:

A full cash bar and wine flights are available with the opportunity to purchase wine by the bottle.

To Purchase Tickets: • Order online at • Call 480 481.8188 (8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., weekends) • Visit the Admissions Box Office (8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily) Concert venue is open seating only. Limited tickets are available. Advance ticket purchase recommended. Group rates are available for parties of 10 or more adults by calling 480 481.8104. No refunds or exchanges on tickets purchased. No outside food or beverage allowed.

landscape and gardening Register Now! Desert Landscaper Certification Program Secure your seat by registering now. Classes start September 5, 2011. For more information: check and register online, or call Rebecca at 480 481.8161 or Jaime Toledano at 480 481.8169 (Spanish language information). Class offerings under the Desert Botanical Garden Mastership Program are labeled as follows: DGM-C Desert Gardening Mastership Core DGM-E Desert Gardening Mastership Elective Landscaping for Small Spaces (DGM-E) Learn how to handle and work with a limited space in your garden design. Creating an exciting landscape with interesting, yet appropriate, plants for those small spaces is easier than you think. Instructed by Kirti Mathura. Limit 25. Tuesday / June 7 / 6 - 9 p.m. Members: $30 / General Public: $38

Pruning Trees and Shrubs (DGM-E) In this introductory presentation learn the basics of pruning to keep your green investments healthy, functional and looking great. You will learn the art and science of good pruning, including how to prune young trees for good structure, the five types of pruning and when to use them, and how to avoid the two worst pruning mistakes. You will leave this program ready to prune your own trees and shrubs with confidence and effectiveness. Includes a pruning demonstration plus informative take home materials and resources. Spanish version instructed by Jaime Toledano. English version instructed by John Eisenhower. Limit 25. En Español / Saturday / June 11 / 8 - 11 a.m. In English / Wednesday / August 17 / 6 - 9 p.m. Members: $30 / General Public: $38 CALENDAR OF EVENTS


landscape and gardening Drip Irrigation Design and Installation (DGM-E) Homeowners will learn how to design a drip irrigation system that will be efficient and able to handle their landscape as it grows to maturity. Proper zones for plant materials, soils and microclimates will be covered, as well as concepts of hydraulics to ensure systems will function properly, not only at start-up but over time. The installation portion covers the point of connection out to the end caps. Learn to avoid many of the common mistakes associated with drip system design and installation. Learn about connecting poly tubing with a compression coupler, as well as three styles of emitter installation and when each should be used. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20. Saturday / June 11 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Members: $30 / General Public: $38

Contain your Herbs Would you love to have an herb garden but do not have much space? Maybe you would like to add some herbal accents to a patio or balcony? Learn about the surprising variety of herbs that do well in containers in a desert environment and how to grow them. Instructed by Kirti Mathura. Limit 25. Wednesday / June 15 / 6 - 9 p.m. Members: $30 / General Public: $38

All About Lavender People have used lavender as a fragrance for centuries, but this herb is not just a pretty scent. Roman soldiers wore it into battle, believing it had protective powers. The essential oils of lavender are said to deepen sleep, speed wound healing and disinfect your home. Lavender encrusted seared ahi tuna and lavender butter are culinary treats. We will discuss the uses and lore of this phenomenal plant, create some lavender concoctions, and learn about cultivating, harvesting and storing this magical plant. Instructed by Kristen Battafarano. Limit 20. Wednesday / June 22 / 6 - 9 p.m. Members: $40 / General Public: $50

The Dirt on Compost (DGM-E)

Fragrance in Your Garden

Compost is a rotten business, or so you thought. In fact, it is an enriching business, especially if you know the secrets to cultivating this black gold for your garden. It starts with supplying jobs for a prolific population of microscopic workers. Learn the tricks to providing the right environment in our desert climate, so these microbes can really heat things up, as well as which compost systems are easiest and most efficient. It is free, smart and easy, and it will make a world of difference in your garden. Instructed by Kristen Battafarano. Limit 25.

Delight in fragrant blooms and foliage that tantalize your sense of smell as well as your sense of beauty. Do not miss this great opportunity to familiarize yourself with the best plants to create an enchanting scented landscape at home. Instructed by Kirti Mathura. Limit 25.

Monday / June 13 / 6 - 9 p.m. Members: $30 General Public: $38



Wednesday / July 13 / 6 - 9 p.m. Members: $30 / General Public: $38

After the Lawn is Gone (DGM-E) Learn how to reduce your yard work while lowering your water bills. It takes 60 to 72 inches of water a year to maintain an attractive and healthy Bermuda grass lawn in the Sonoran Desert. If you overseed your lawn, the water usage can exceed 120 inches of water a year. This is an ideal season to remove your lawn and replace it with a desert friendly landscape. This class will take you through the step-by-step process of removing turf and designing and installing a water conserving, low maintenance landscape. Both landscape and hardscape design ideas will be discussed. Instructed by Jack Gilcrest. Limit 25. Thursday / July 14 / 6 - 9 p.m. Members: $30 / General Public: $38

Watering and Controller Programming (DGM-E) Take an active role in the health of your landscape by learning correct watering techniques and how to properly control your home irrigation system. The ins and outs of irrigation controller programming will be demonstrated through hands-on exercises with controller models in the classroom. Learn when and how much to water, and how proper watering not only benefits your landscape but actually conserves water and lowers your utility bill. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20. Saturday / July 16 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Members: $30 / General Public: $38

Caring for Your Desert Garden (DGM-C) My irrigation system runs everyday; why aren’t my plants healthy? Why is my cactus getting sunburned? How often should I fertilize and shear my shrubs? This class will shed light on misconceptions and malpractices commonly associated with desert gardening. Learn how to select the right plants and grow them properly in your landscape. Correct techniques for watering, fertilizing, pruning and other maintenance will be addressed. Instructed by Angelica Elliott. Limit 25. Mondays / July 18 and 25 / 6 - 9 p.m. Members: $60 / General Public: $75

Vegetable Garden Design (DGM-E) A vegetable garden does not have to be square. It could be tiers off the back porch or a raised serpentine swath of color along a walkway. Come learn about the latest materials for raised beds, how to copy the indigenous, sunken waffle beds to channel water, and more. We will draw up a plan for your own edible, sustainable, accessible and beautiful garden. Now is the best time to plan for cool season success. Get ready to think outside the box! Instructed by Kristen Battafarano. Limit 25.

Smart Controllers: What you Need to Know (DGM-E) To water your landscape accurately, all you need to do is continuously gather weather data that affect plants, like temperature, solar radiation and humidity, and then adjust your irrigation accordingly. Or you can install a smart controller that will do this for you. The common irrigation controller will only do what you tell it to do, and it will keep doing that until you change the program. A properly set smart controller can make these watering adjustments on its own, saving water and money and keeping your landscape looking great. Learn how these controllers work and what they can do for you, your plants and your water bill, from someone who is not a salesman. Learn how to select the smart controller that will do the best job for your situation. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20. Saturday / July 23 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Members: $30 / General Public: $38

Agave and Yucca in your Landscape (DGM-E) Agaves and yuccas are fascinating plants with bold forms, dramatic colors, and a range of sizes and textures. This vast array of characteristics makes them useful as accents, masses and specimens in our hot desert landscapes. The presentation will focus on some spectacular yet underused agaves and beautiful, durable yuccas that tolerate our extreme climate. We will discuss placement, maintenance and pest problems of this group of extraordinary plants that adds color, interest and excitement to a garden. Instructed by Chad Davis. Limit 25. Wednesday / August 10 / 6 - 9 p.m. Members: $30 / General Public: $38

Tuesdays / July 19 and 26 / 6 - 9 p.m. Members: $60 / General Public: $75

Water Harvesting (DGM-E) Living and gardening in the desert has its own challenges, not the least of which is making sure your plants receive enough water. Rainwater and greywater offer a vast supply of water that is usually viewed as something to get rid of. With appropriate management, we can use these resources to build an incredible oasis in the desert. In this class we will explore techniques to take full advantage of the water we often call waste. Instructed by Greg Peterson. Limit 25. Thursday / July 21 / 6 - 9 p.m. Members: $30 / General Public: $38

Sustainable Edible Gardens Learn how to create an edible garden that will provide food for years to come. Success depends on selecting plants to provide food season after season and using eco-friendly solutions to create an environment for them to flourish. These gardens can supplement your family’s weekly food budget and be part of an attractive landscape. Instructed by Doreen Pollack. Limit 25. Monday / August 15 / 6 - 9 p.m. Members: $30 / General Public: $38 CALENDAR OF EVENTS


landscape and gardening

Desert Vegetable Garden Planting and Harvesting (DGM-E) Growing a vegetable garden in the desert can be a challenge. If you just toss some seeds out back, you will be disappointed. With our three growing seasons and extreme heat and cold, planting the right plant at the right time is essential. Join Greg Peterson, using the Urban Farm’s Laminated Planting Calendar (included), as we discuss plant choice and timing along with the other essentials for growing a successful garden. Limit 25.

Fall and Winter Color Splashes Your family and guests can enjoy gorgeous seasonal color throughout the cooler months by adding splashes of vibrant color to your garden with blooms, foliage and more. Gather ideas from this informative presentation, and take home a useful plant list to use in your design. Instructed by Kirti Mathura. Limit 25. Wednesday / August 24 / 6 - 9 p.m. Members: $30 / General Public: $38

Tuesday / August 16 / 6 - 9 p.m. Members: $30 / General Public: $38

Desert Gardening Mastership The Desert Gardening Mastership at the Garden is designed for the home hobbyist interested in plants and is geared toward those wanting to learn more about low-desert gardening and techniques. The courses offered will give you the necessary skills and training to make you a successful home gardener. Desert Gardening Mastership classes are open to all regardless of intent to complete the program. Additional information can be found in the program listings at Classes and Guidelines Core classes will get you started in your garden and are marked in the calendar with a DGM-C. They are introductory in nature and will help you build a solid foundation in whatever type of gardening endeavor you pursue. Elective classes are marked with a DGM-E in the calendar. This program is self-directed, self-tracked, and students will be awarded a Desert Gardening Mastership upon completion of 12 classes: four core classes and eight elective classes. For information, email or call 480 481.8171.

Gardening Arts Beginning Bonsai When you love trees and larger plants but cannot fit any more in your landscape, try them as miniature bonsai creations. This handson workshop will provide you with a bougainvillea plant, bonsai pot and soil. Under the gentle guidance of your instructor and your imagination, you will learn how to turn a plant into a living piece of art. Three classes will cover the basics of bonsai, including plant and pot selection, shaping, wiring, watering and fertilizing. Instructed by Phoenix Bonsai Society educators. Limit 15. Tuesdays / June 14, 21, 28 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Members: $85 / General Public: $106



A Night of Wine and Roses

Desert Ikebana Studio

Create a beautiful rose arrangement using a vase made from recycled wine bottles collected from local restaurants. In this hands-on class, students will learn how to clean, condition and arrange top-quality roses. Join designer Robert Beukema as he takes you through this no-fail process that will help you make beautiful, lasting arrangements. You will receive a florist knife, a laminated how-to sheet, plus the vase and the arrangement of roses you create. Wine and cheese will be served. Must be 21 to attend. Limit 15.

Ikebana is the art of arranging flowers aesthetically. Botanical representations of the three elements (sky, earth and mankind) are artfully placed to achieve a well balanced floral design. While exploring this six centuries old Japanese art form, you will create an arrangement of your own design. Students will learn tips and techniques for working with floral elements. Class includes a pot, plants and materials. Materials list available with online listing. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.

Friday / July 22 / 7 - 9 p.m. Members: $70 / General Public: $88

Wednesday / July 13 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Members: $60 / General Public: $75

photography and art Photography Smartphone Photography The best camera you have is the one on you when something spectacular happens right before your eyes. That means nearly every person with a Smartphone has a great camera as well. Some of the world’s most famous photographs were taken from a Smartphone–amazing images taken with the simplest photographic device. Learn how to stabilize, hold and shoot with your Smartphone. iPhone, Android or Blackberry camera phone required. Instructed by Jeffrey Lowman. Limit 10. Saturday / June 11 / 8 - 11 a.m. / Members: $40 / General Public: $50

Moonscape Photography The beauty of moon-lit nights combined with the splendor of the Garden make for a fantastic evening of photos and fun. Class times are optimized for best shooting of moon-illuminated landscapes. This class is for amateur photographers who want to develop their nighttime photography skills through hands-on guidance and personal instruction on the Garden trails. This class is focused on creativity and experimentation to learn elements of lighting, exposure, camera settings and nighttime considerations such as painting with light. For digital or film SLR cameras with a tripod only. Instructed by Adam Rodriguez. Limit 10. Wednesday / June 15 / 7 - 10 p.m. OR Thursday / July 14 / 7 - 10 p.m. OR Sunday / August 14 / 7 - 10 p.m. Members: $45 / General Public: $56 CALENDAR OF EVENTS


photography and art Field Photography in Black and White Learn to shoot photographs and convert them to stunning black and white images. Come and explore the beauty of the Garden and learn how to capture its beauty in black and white. The class will consist of field work in the Garden and instruction on how to convert files to black and white. This workshop is for DSLR photographers. Instructed by Adam Rodriguez. Limit 10. Saturday / July 23 / 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Members: $50 / General Public: $62

Digital Desert Photography: Getting Started Photographing in HDR A general problem in photography is the rendering of scenes which have very bright highlights and deep shadows. In digital photography, the problem is made even worse as the linear response of the sensors imposes an abrupt limit to the dynamic range captured once the sensor capacity is reached. Learn how to use three photographs of the same scene taken under different exposures to process the High Dynamic Range (HDR) image to reveal its details in highlights and shadows. Class includes two hours of shooting in the field and one hour of in-class software demonstration. For DSLR cameras with tripod and Auto-Exposure Bracketing (AEB). You may have to change the exposures manually if your camera does not bracket. Instructed by Adam Rodriguez. Limit 10.

This is a hands-on class for beginning digital camera users interested in learning the concepts and craft of digital photography. Class instruction emphasizes learning the functions and features of your digital camera for various shooting conditions and subjects. The course also covers composition and tips for taking better everyday pictures. This beginning course emphasizes primarily auto scene modes of your camera and is open to all digital camera owners. Some shooting in the Garden is included, and students should bring photos for class critique. Instructed by Scott Salnas. Limit 10. Saturday and Monday / August 13 and 15 Saturday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and Monday 6 - 10 p.m. Members: $70 / General Public: $88

Saturday / June 18 / 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Members: $45 / General Public: $56

Introduction to Photoshop Learn the basics of Photoshop CS5 in this overview demonstration class designed for photographers interested in improving their photographs. Learn time saving tips for correction of lens distortion, chromatic aberration and vignetting. These tips and more provided in the class will open a world of possibilities in the most powerful and popular software for photography. Instructed by Adam Rodriguez. Limit 12. Wednesday / June 22 / 6 - 9 p.m. Members: $45 / General Public: $56

Twilight Photography Learn how to shoot at sunset and later building fundamentals of composition by adding foreground elements to spectacular backgrounds such as sunsets, stars or plants. In this class you will gain experience using a tripod and shooting in extreme low light. You will learn about long exposures and how time can be captured on a single frame, as well as how to light subjects during exposures with flashlights, LEDs, and off camera flashes. DSLR camera required. Instructed by Jeffrey Lowman. Limit 10. Monday / June 27 / 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Members: $45 / General Public: $56 10


Digital Desert Photography: Next Steps This class is for DSLR digital camera owners only. The course is for students interested in learning intermediate photo skills and advanced set-up of your digital camera. Students should have an understanding of basic photographic concepts. You will learn to take your camera off the auto scene modes and take charge of capturing images using the creative settings of the mode dial. Hands-on assistance will be provided for you to set up your camera for varying lighting conditions and scenes using appropriate metering and focus options. Also covered are image file structures and digital workflow. Some shooting in the Garden is included, and students should bring photos for class critique. Instructed by Scott Salnas. Limit 10. Saturday and Monday / August 20 and 22 Saturday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and Monday 6 - 10 p.m. Members: $70 / General Public: $88

Art Painting on Fabric Discover the possibilities of painting with acrylic on fabric. Our main project will be the creation of a painted tote bag, but you are welcome to bring other fabric items to paint. Materials list available with online listing. Instructed by Gigi Wilson. Limit 15. Mondays / June 20 and 27 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Members: $80 General Public: $100

Color Pencil: Getting Started Color pencils have been around for many years, but only in the last 20 years have they been considered a professional tool that is accepted at art shows. In this class, we will explore all that the color pencil can do, and all of the different surfaces that work with this versatile tool. Possible surfaces include wood, metal, gourds and a large variety of papers, even sandpaper. There are also many varieties of color pencils, from clay- or oil-based to wax. Materials list available with online listing. Instructed by Gigi Wilson. Limit 15. Saturdays / July 16, 23, 30, August 6 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Members: $170 General Public: $212

The Art of Desert Owls Owls have been portrayed artistically on everything from petroglyphs to coins throughout history. As icons of multiple meanings in many different cultures, the owl has always been a creature of interest and study. Selecting from graphite, colored pencil, watercolor and scratchboard, you will create an owl work of art. Use of varied mediums and skill levels welcome. Materials list available with online listing. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15. Tuesdays / July 26, August 2, 9, 16 / 6 - 9 p.m. Members: $170 / General Public: $212



foods and well-being

Cooking with Quinoa

Gluten-Free Cooking 101

Tired of rice? Bored with bread and pasta? Looking for a quick-cooking, wheat-free, gluten-free, high-protein alternative to conventional grains? Try quinoa (pronounced Keen-WAH). This ancient seed, cultivated 4,000 to 8,000 years ago in the highlands of the Andean region of South America, has a higher protein and mineral profile than most other grains. Chef Rachel will show you how to use the whole grain, flour and flaked forms to make an enticing array of dishes from appetizers to dessert. Wheat-free, gluten-free, mostly dairy-free demonstration. Instructed by Rachel Albert. Limit 18.

You heard about it, read about it, and you want to know more about it. Chef Rachel will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about gluten: what it is, where it lurks, why and how it can cause health problems, and the benefit of eliminating it from your diet. You will learn about gluten-free ingredients, where to buy them, how to use them, and how to make simple substitutions in some of your favorite recipes. Chef Rachel will also walk you through the preparation of six delicious gluten-free, dairy-free recipes. Instructed by Rachel Albert. Limit 18.

Sunday / June 26 / 2 - 4 p.m. Members: $45 / General Public: $56

Figs: Turning over the Leaf Figs are among the longest-living trees on earth, with one tree in Sri Lanka known to be more than 2,300 years old. The fig leaf is a universal symbol of modesty dating back to the Garden of Eden. Unique for its invisible flowers, the fig also produces edible fruit that is not only delicious but has the highest amount of dietary fiber of any food. In this class you will learn about this extraordinary tree, including how it got to the Americas, its role in history, myth and legend, and its proper care and cultivation in Valley yards. Then the class will adjourn to the kitchen to watch fig delicacies being prepared and sample the results, with lots of take-home recipes. Instructed by Ken Furtado. Limit 18. Saturday / July 23 / 9 - 11 a.m. Members: $45 / General Public: $56



Tuesday / July 26 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Members: $45 / General Public: $56

More Gluten-Free Cooking If you follow a wheat-free or gluten-free diet or cook for someone who does, you have no doubt wondered where to find great recipes, how to adjust some of your favorite dishes, and what to serve when you are expecting company. Chef Rachel will simplify the process as she shares some of her favorite recipes, cookbooks and online resources for delicious dishes that even people not on special diets can enjoy. You will sample six gluten-free, mostly dairy-free recipes, and get answers to your cooking questions and a printed packet for your culinary adventures at home. Instructed by Rachel Albert. Limit 18. Tuesday / August 23 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Members: $45 / General Public: $56

Can It! Maybe your mother or grandmother canned produce from the orchard or vegetable garden, but who needs those skills today, when you can just throw stuff in the freezer? You do. Canning is green, canning is cool, canning is something anyone can do, even without fancy equipment. Learn how to prepare the containers and the contents, why acidity matters, how much salt to use, and whether to pressure can or use a boiling water bath. Join us as we put up fresh Hatch chiles, a staple of southwestern cuisine. Instructed by Ken Furtado. Limit 18. Tuesday / August 30 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Members: $45 / General Public: $56

Tai Chi

One of the most famous, effective and beneficial martial arts from China is Tai Chi Chuan. Some refer to Tai Chi as meditation in motion. Tai Chi form and breathing techniques reduce stress, stimulate the mind, bring lifegiving oxygen to the body, build healthy muscle and bone strength, and enhance health and longevity. Qi Gong (Chi Kung) is incorporated into the warm-up and cooldown parts of the classes to give your body flexibility, power, core strength, mental focus and energy. Each

class is limited to 20 students to ensure a personalized and encouraging atmosphere. Classes are primarily indoors, and outdoors as weather permits. Instructor Jake Rydberg Mace has been a fulltime teacher of Tai Chi for more than a decade. His goal is to offer his students the traditions, techniques, skills and health that he has attained through Tai Chi. Since he was 18, he has visited China and other Asian countries regularly where he performs and trains in Tai Chi.

Level I If new to Tai Chi or have completed ONE previous session. Wednesdays or Saturdays / 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Level II If you have completed TWO or THREE previous sessions. Wednesdays or Saturdays / 10 - 11 a.m.

Level III If you have completed TWO or THREE previous sessions. Wednesdays or Saturdays / 9 - 10 a.m.

Session I Wednesdays / July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10 Saturdays / July 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13 Members: $55 / General Public: $68

Session II Wednesdays / August 17, 24, September 7, 14, 21, 28 Saturdays / August 20, 27, September 10, 17, 24, October 1 Members: $55 / General Public: $68



explorations in natural sciences Gems of Arizona Arizona is the country’s leading gem mining state and produces fine peridot, amethyst, turquoise and garnets. This class focuses on how these and gems from other states are formed and valued. The fascinating science of gemology, which incorporates mineralogy, history, psychology, economics, mythology and glamour, will be discussed as well. If you ever plan on visiting a gem show, this course will also give you some buying tips. Instructed by Richard Allen. Limit 25. Tuesday / June 28 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Members: $20 / General Public: $25

Earth Sciences Southwest Desert Tectonics and Hydrology The four deserts of the Southwest share a common tectonic setting but have varying levels of precipitation. Come and learn how the motion of the earth’s crust has helped to shape the environments that make up the Southwest. Examine the hydrologic cycle for each of these deserts by understanding the differences in precipitation, climate, vegetation and soil moisture. Participate in a hands-on exercise that helps you understand water limitations issues in the North American desert systems. Instructed by Rebecca Frus. Limit 25. Tuesday / June 7 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Members: $20 / General Public: $25

Grand Canyon and Geologic Time Throughout geologic time, Arizona has changed dramatically. Studying rocks reveals a record of these changes. There is no richer source for this information than the Grand Canyon. At the canyon, we have a record of the formation of the continent, of life beginning on earth, and of the dramatic changes that happen when seas rise and fall. Come and learn about the rich geologic history of the Grand Canyon by examining rocks found in its ancient walls. Instructed by Rebecca Frus. Limit 25. Tuesday / June 14 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Members: $20 / General Public: $25

Paleontology of Arizona Life on earth has seen many changes. We are able to find a record of these changes by looking at the fossils preserved in rocks. Come and learn about life in the ancient oceans as we examine invertebrate fossils found in Arizona. Learn how fossils are preserved and what their shapes tell us about ancient environments. Discover the different invertebrate fossils and other remnants of life that lived in Arizona throughout geologic time. Instructed by Rebecca Frus. Limit 25. Tuesday / July 12 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Members: $20 / General Public: $25

Volcanology of Arizona

The climate of Arizona is inherently variable and can be observed through the seasonal cycles of drought and rain. This presentation will highlight major patterns in precipitation and temperature across Arizona and current science describing global patterns that impact our local climate. Instructed by Michael Crimmins. Limit 25.

Although inactive today, the volcanoes of Arizona have spanned the ages of geologic time and changed the landscape of the state. Ancient Native Americans bore witness to the eruption of Sunset Crater north of Flagstaff. The Grand Canyon’s Vulcan’s Throne poured lava over the side of the canyon, damming the Colorado River for a time. Learn how tectonic changes over geologic time formed the different types of volcanoes found in Arizona by examining the volcanic deposits found today. Instructed by Rebecca Frus. Limit 25.

Tuesday / June 21 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Members: $20 / General Public: $25

Tuesday / July 19 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Members: $20 / General Public: $25

Climate in Arizona



Desert Night Ecology Party Bring back memories of nighttime explorations and campouts of childhood with an after-dark adventure in the Garden’s Plants and People of the Sonoran Desert Trail. Join us as we explore the nocturnal ecology of the Sonoran Desert and its nighttime denizens such as reptiles, amphibians, bats, owls, insects, plants and more. Bring your flashlight and sense of adventure for this unique trip through the Garden. Wine, cheese and desserts will make the night extra special. Instructed by Christine Brehm. Participants must be 21 or older. Limit 24.

Geology of the Valley of the Sun Satisfy your geological curiosity about Phoenix’s spectacularly rugged landscape of unique and beautiful geologic features. Learn why our exposed rock and geologic variety make Phoenix the unrivaled capital of urban geology. Instructed by Richard Allen. Limit 25. Tuesday / August 16 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Members: $20 / General Public: $25

Natural and Cultural History Summer Garden Twilight Tour Explore the Garden in the magical twilight hours with Cathy Babcock, the Garden’s assistant director of horticulture and writer of the Ask Cathy gardening column for The Arizona Republic. Walk with Babcock as she points out the summer night highlights of the Garden and answers your questions about the plants she presents. Limit 20.

Friday / July 15 / 7 - 10 p.m. OR Friday / August 19 / 7 - 10 p.m. Members: $40 / General Public: $50

Mesquite Bean Harvest Enjoy one of the most abundant, tasty and nutritious local foods from the Sonoran Desert. Turn the bounty in your backyard into sweet mesquite ice cream and savory, glutenfree mesquite almond crackers. You will learn which trees to harvest and which to avoid, how and when to harvest, and how to prep your cache for storage. After harvesting, you will learn how to process mesquite pods into flour or meal using both ancient and modern ways. Instructed by Amy Valdés Schwemm. Limit 18. Saturday / July 16 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Members: $45 / General Public: $56

Wednesday / June 8 / 7 - 8:30 p.m. Members: $20 / General Public: $25


The Garden is proud to give students an in-depth look at their favorite groups of desert plants. Each plant grouping, or genus, will be examined in terms of taxonomy (classification), morphology (structure), ethnobotany and horticulture. This unique approach to the plants in the Garden’s collection will provide new perspectives whether you are walking our trails, gardening in your backyard or just enjoying nature.

Prickly Pear Harvest and Feast

Discover the wonder of the Ferocactus or barrel cactus, one of the Garden’s most ubiquitous cacti. Ferocactus fascinate with diversity, legend and beauty. This classroom and trailside experience will be taught by Scott McMahon, collections manager of Cactaceae family. Limit 20.

Ripening prickly pear fruits are among the most colorful and nutritious foods of our desert. Come join us for a careful hands-on experience to learn traditional Native American ways of harvesting the delicious purple fruits, de-spining them, and preparing them into some tasty super-nutritious dishes. Ethnobotanist Martha Burgess will share the knowledge taught to her by Tohono O’odham elders as we prepare a special mini-feast for the class of gourmet treats such as prickly pear salsa, meatballs with southwestern sauce, a surprise cactus juice drink and luscious prickly pear sorbet. It will be a smorgasbord of exciting nutritional food for the health-conscious desert dweller, giving us greater insight into our Sonoran Desert home. Limit 18.

Monday / June 20 / 6 - 9 p.m. Members: $30 / General Public: $38

Saturday / August 27 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Members: $50 / General Public: $62




children and family education

Summer Camp 2011

Summer Camp at the Garden is always an adventure. Each day our campers become scientists as they use their powers of observation and inference to learn about the world around them. The Garden’s top notch educators encourage exploratory learning in a fun and safe environment. Every day of camp brings new adventures in outdoor experiences, children’s literature, free choice learning, snack, games, art projects and more!

Sonoran Desert Private Eyes For children going into 1 – 6 grades. Calling all private eyes. Where did that hole come from? How did that white stuff get there? What’s inside those fuzzy things? Campers will use their powers of observation and intuition to solve mysteries of our desert world. Each day campers will become a Sonoran Desert investigator when they stumble upon a new mystery and then try to solve the case using a variety of tools in their investigative tool box. Join us for this hands-on investigative experience! Monday – Friday / June 13 – 17 1 – 3 grades / 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. FULL Member: $130 / General Public: $160 4 – 6 grades / 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Member: $250 / General Public: $310 Aftercare / 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. / $40 per week Available for full day campers Snacks provided. Full day campers must bring their own sack lunch. Limit: 12 campers per class.

Webs, Talons and Teeth: Predator Prey Camp For children going into 1 – 6 grades. Slither like a snake, hover like a hawk, and sting like a scorpion. During this camp we will explore the intriguing relationship between predators and their prey and try to see the desert world from the perspective of the hunter and the hunted. Who is the target, what are the tactics, how often do they eat, and who is the hunter? Campers will learn about connections in desert food chains and gain an appreciation for the different roles played by each organism. Monday – Friday / June 6 – 10 1 – 3 graders / 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. FULL Member: $250 / General Public: $310 4 – 6 graders / 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Member: $250 / General Public: $310 Aftercare / 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. / $40 per week Snacks provided. Campers must bring their own sack lunch. Limit: 12 campers per class.

World of Water For children going into 1 – 6 grades. To celebrate the wonderful ways of water, we will spend the week learning about where water comes from, how it cycles through the atmosphere, and how creatures in the desert have special adaptations to make the most limited water. To top off the week we will journey down the Salt River with the Cimarron River Company! Monday – Friday / June 20 – 24 1 – 3 grades / 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. FULL Member: $130 General Public: $160 4 – 6 grades / 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. FULL Member: $250 General Public: $310 Aftercare / 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. / $40 per week Available for full day campers Snacks provided. Full day campers must bring their own sack lunch. Limit: 12 campers per class. To register for summer camp visit or call 480 481.8121.



education through travel and adventure Grand Canyon Trail of Time Tour Join us on the Trail of Time, an interpretive walking timeline of the Grand Canyon, where you can ponder, explore and understand the magnitude of geologic time and stories encoded in the rock layers and landscapes. This unique tour will be led by Garden instructor Rebecca Frus, who is also completing her graduate work in earth science education. This recently completed, interpretative timeline trail focuses on the Grand Canyon’s vistas and rocks to provide visitors a better understanding of time. Frus will help us grasp the magnitude of geologic time and understand other aspects of our planet and universe. Frus participated in the construction of the timeline trail, which was funded by the National Science Foundation. This is the first time that any National Park Service site has participated in a project of this type. The tour departs from the Garden Saturday morning and travels to Grand Canyon National Park. Frus will share her insight and passion for the rich geologic history of the Canyon. Following a full afternoon in the Park, we drive the 22-mile stretch east along the Canyon, stopping at Desert View for a final glorious view at sunset. We will stay overnight at the historic Cameron Trading Post where you will be able to enjoy dinner on your own in their large dining room before retiring for the evening. Do not miss the amazing display of stars in the dark summer sky! After breakfast on your own in the connecting restaurant, we travel to Wupatki National Monument to take a different look at geologic history, ecological change and how they are intertwined with human settlement. We continue to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, traveling from desert grasslands to ponderosa pine forest. A stop for lunch in Flagstaff provides a break before returning to the Garden. Included: • Round trip transportation in a luxury motor coach with professional driver • Expert guide • Admission to the National Parks • Overnight lodging with taxes Not Included: • Meals • Gratuity for the driver Saturday and Sunday / June 18 and 19 (roundtrip from the Garden) Members: $260 per person double occupancy $325 single occupancy General Public: $325 per person double occupancy $390 single occupancy



education through travel and adventure Q Ranch for Birders Get out of town with the Garden for a cool weekend of flora and fauna at historic Q Ranch, nestled in the pine forests below the Mogollon Rim. Founded as a cattle ranch in 1893, Q Ranch is also the site of a 250-room Indian pueblo, circa A.D. 1250. Due to its diversity of habitats and remote location 20 miles from the nearest paved road, the Q enjoys abundant wildlife, with more than 125 bird species, 50 varieties of butterflies and a dozen large mammals —and the lists are always growing. The absence of light pollution means dark skies at night, allowing naked-eye viewing of the Milky Way. Guide Ken Furtado will lead you to hotspots where you are likely to see such sought-after birds as red-faced warblers, common black hawks, mountain bluebirds, olive warblers and more. Although birding is the focus of this weekend, there will be opportunities to relax and enjoy the scenery, tour the ruins, take photographs and perhaps visit a Pleasant Valley War site or old prospector’s cabin. Experience this gem in the mountains, where elk show up for cocktail hour daily. All-inclusive price includes two nights lodging, all breakfasts, lunches and gourmet dinner each evening, and your tour guide. Coffee, water and tea are provided. Transportation not provided. Limit 12. Friday – Sunday / July 8 – 10 Arrive Friday 2 p.m. / depart Sunday 2 p.m. Members: $400 per person (double occupancy) $600 Single General Public: $500 per person (double occupancy) $700 Single



Hannagan Meadow Weekend Join us for this exclusive weekend program at Hannagan Meadow in the White Mountains of Arizona. We will be staying at the unique and picturesque historical property of Hannagan Meadow Lodge, secluded high in the White Mountains of Arizona at 9,100 feet elevation on the scenic Coronado Trail. Escape from the heat of the desert and enjoy the cool temperatures and quiet serenity of the conifer forest. Situated in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, the area offers thousands of acres of old-growth forests of spruce, fir and aspen trees bordering beautiful meadows. Hannagan Meadow is a nature lover’s paradise for wildflowers, nature photography, birding and wildlife viewing including elk, mule deer, sheep and black bear. The weekend program will be led by author and naturalist Lynn Hassler. Trip leader for the Garden will be Jack Gilcrest. Sleeping accommodations will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis at the Hannagan Meadow Lodge. Price includes lodging (two nights), meals (Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast / lunch / dinner, Sunday breakfast / lunch), snacks, guides and hand-outs. Transportation not provided. Limit 14. Friday – Sunday / August 12 – 14 Arrive Friday 3 - 5 p.m. / depart Sunday by 2 p.m. Members: $400 per person (double occupancy) $600 Single General Public: $500 per person (double occupancy) $700 Single

Q Ranch Photography Weekend The Garden has arranged a special outdoor photography workshop at historic Q Ranch in the ponderosa forests near Young, Arizona. Q Ranch was founded as a cattle ranch in 1893 and offers a rich natural and historic area for photography. Photographic opportunities include historic man-made structures, both ranch buildings and ancient Mogollon culture pueblo ruins, as well as natural history including wildlife and wildflowers. Hands-on assistance and guidance will be provided by professional photographer Adam Rodriquez during the entire weekend. Trip leader for the Garden will be Jack Gilcrest. The accommodations will be bed and breakfast style at Q Ranch Lodge including two nights lodging, delicious home cooked gourmet meals (Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast / lunch / dinner, Sunday breakfast / lunch), snacks, hand-outs, photographic instruction and relaxed activities in a beautiful setting. Transportation not provided. Limit 12. Friday – Sunday / September 16 – 18 Arrive Friday 3 - 5 p.m. / depart Sunday by 2 p.m. Members: $400 per person (double occupancy) $600 Single General Public: $500 per person (double occupancy) $700 Single



education through travel and adventure Journey to Galapagos aboard the National Geographic Endeavour Forever linked with the name Charles Darwin and often referred to as the birthplace of the theory of evolution and natural selection, the Galapagos Islands is a destination that should not be missed. Early Spanish explorers gave the islands their first name, Las Islas Encantadas – The Enchanted Islands. Lava fields, cliff formations, extraordinary wildlife and overwhelming diversity make for an enchanting experience of a lifetime. The Garden is proud to offer this collaborative expedition with Lindblad Expeditions. Small ship expedition cruises to the Galapagos Islands are an opportunity to discover one-of-a-kind wildlife in a spectacular setting with a top-tier expedition team. Lindblad was the first to offer this expedition to the Galapagos Islands – exhibiting more than 40 years of experience in the land of Darwin. Thanks to Lindblad’s long history of expedition cruises in the Galapagos Islands, you will do so much more than observe this precious ecosystem – you will interact with it. Discover the wonders that make the Galapagos Islands one of the world’s unparalleled adventure travel destinations. Featuring: • World-class expert naturalists interpreting the wonders of Galapagos • Unmatched sea exploration technology, including underwater videographers to capture your experience • Galapagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station and a personal encounter with giant land tortoises • Espanola - Marine iguanas and waved albatross exclusive to this island • Bartolome and Santiago - Snorkel with penguins and experience unsurpassed tide-pooling Whether you are a photographer (any level) who wants to photograph land iguanas, fur seals and dolphins, a snorkeler yearning to swim with the sea lions, or a birder eager to view the blue-footed boobie, Galapagos finch or a flamingo, this is an exceptional expedition for everyone. As a Garden traveler, you will also be amazed to find the super-endemic candelabra cactus, lava cacti and a very interesting adaptation of Opuntia. October 7 – 16, 2011 Cabin prices from $5,230 (Double occupancy) Your trip host and leader will be the Garden’s Deputy Director MaryLynn Mack. If you would like more information please contact Steen Allard-Lawson at 480 481.8164 or



volunteer opportunities

Flashlight Tour Volunteers Needed Volunteers are needed to light up the night at the Garden’s summer flashlight tours on Thursdays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. from May through August. Nights in the desert are anything but dull, and volunteers will help visitors spot flying nighthawks, night-blooming flowers, singing toads and watchful owls as they roam the trails. For more information and to sign up for training, contact Pam Levin at 480 481.8166 or REQUIRED THREE-HOUR TRAINING SESSIONS Thursday / May 19 / 6 - 9 p.m. OR Saturday / June 18 / 5 - 8 p.m.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities for Adults Volunteer opportunities include weekday, weekend, morning and afternoon programs at the Desert Botanical Garden. New volunteers must attend one of the orientation sessions listed below. If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities, please contact Nancy White at 480 481.8197, or visit our website at VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION: Thursday / September 15 / 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday / September 17 / 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday / October 1 / 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Thursday / October 13 / 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday / November 12 / 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.



registration information

Desert Botanical Garden members receive a 20% discount on education programs and pay the lower member fee listed. To become a member, go to Registration Information Desert Botanical Garden members receive a 20% discount on education programs and pay the lower member fee listed. To become a member, go to Important Information Program sizes are limited to ensure quality, and we regret that receipt of your payment does not guarantee enrollment. Your enrollment will be confirmed by email. Should your program be unavailable, you will be contacted and your payment will be refunded.

Register Early Registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis; please register early to ensure your space in the program. Programs may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. Advance registration is required for all classes. Confirmation of your enrollment will be sent by email following your completed registration. Private Group Classes Many of the classes listed in the calendar, including photography, are available for private groups. Please contact the Steen Allard-Lawson, adult education manager, at 480 481.8164 or email for prices and availability.

Youth Programs Registration Information

Adult Program Registration Information

Online To take advantage of our secure online registration system, visit Select the program that you want to register for and follow the registration steps to safely register online.

Register at Select the programs that interest you and pay using your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. For additional inquiries call 480 481.8146 Monday through Friday.

Phone To register over the phone call our Children’s Program Registrar at 480 481.8121 Monday through Friday. Please have your Garden membership number and credit card ready when you call. If you reach our voicemail system please leave your name, phone number and program you are inquiring about. Your call will be returned promptly.

Adult Education Cancellation and Refund Policies Refunds are available for cancellations made at least 5 business days prior to the event (less $20 fee). No refunds are available less than 5 business days and fees may not be transferred.

Cancellation and Refund Policies Cancellation and refund policies vary from program to program. Please refer to your registration confirmation letter or the website to read about each program’s policy.

· Programs may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment. A full refund will be made in the event the Desert Botanical Garden cancels a program. · Refunds cannot be issued for missed class sessions. · Special cancellation fees may apply to trips. If you are unable to attend an onsite class, you may send an alternate adult participant with your confirmation.

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become a member! Discounted rate at Hotel Indigo in Scottsdale

for Desert Botanical Garden members May 1 - September 30, 2011: Standard $79 October 1 - December 31, 2011: Standard $109 To make a reservation, contact the hotel at 480 941.9400 or toll free at 888 554.6344, and mention the Desert Botanical Garden to receive the discounted rate. Quoted rates are subject to availability, exclude applicable taxes fees, and require a credit card or cash payment guarantee.

Enjoy the Benefits of Garden Membership • Free Garden Admission – 362 days • Free Butterfly Exhibit Admission – March-May and October-November. • Guest passes to the Garden and Butterfly Exhibit • Reciprocal admission & discounts at more than 250 other gardens, arboreta & conservatories • 30% Discount – Music in the Garden concert tickets • 25% off purchases at Garden Shop Bi-Annual Members-Only Sale • 20% Discount on Guest Admissions • 20% Discount – Classes & Workshop fees • 10% Discount – March/October Plant Sale purchases • 10% Discount – Garden Shop gifts and plants • Free subscriptions to Garden publications • Special subscription rate to Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine • Rental discounts on strollers and scooters.

$65 Aloe Vera Club (provides admission for one adult only and does not include children) – one guest pass, one free audio tour rental per visit The following membership levels provide benefits for two adults and members’ children/grandchildren under age 18. $75 Senita Club – 2 guest passes, 2 free audio tour rentals per visit $100 Cholla Club – 4 guest passes, 2 free audio tour rentals and 1 free scooter rental per visit $150 Agave Century Club – 6 guest passes, 4 free audio tour rentals and 1 free scooter rental per visit, invitation to one exclusive event, one-time recognition in The Sonoran Quarterly and new member Garden Discovery Tour $300 Boojum Tree Club – 8 guest passes, 4 free audio tour rentals and 1 free scooter rental per visit, invitation to one exclusive event, one-time recognition in The Sonoran Quarterly and new member Garden Discovery Tour

• Free Summer Flashlight Tours ❑ Check enclosed. Please make payable to Desert Botanical Garden Please bill my: ❑ Visa ❑ MasterCard ❑ AMEX ❑ Discover Card# ______________________________________ Exp. ________________ ❑ Mr. & Mrs. ❑ Mr. ❑ Ms. ❑ Other Name___________________________________________________________ Address _________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ Phone __________________________________________________________ Email ___________________________________________________________ ❑ Send me information about Volunteer Opportunities. For more information about Garden membership, contact Membership Helpline at 480 941.3517 or visit


$500 Ocotillo Club – 10 guest passes, 4 free audio tour rentals and 1 free scooter rental per visit, invitation to two exclusive events, one-time recognition in The Sonoran Quarterly and new member Garden Discovery Tour $700 Golden Barrel Club – 10 guest passes, 4 free audio tour rentals and 1 free scooter rental per visit, invitation to three exclusive events or programs, one-time recognition in The Sonoran Quarterly and new member Garden Discovery Tour Additional donor levels are available for annual gifts of $1,250 and higher. Please contact the Garden at 480 481.8179 for information about these levels.

BENEFICIARY DESIGNATION Have you assigned beneficiary designations to your retirement accounts and/or insurance policies? These designations describe how you wish your assets to be distributed upon your death. You may name one or more individuals and/or charitable organizations as beneficiaries. Record legal names to make sure your intentions are clear and legally binding. And beneficiary designations are not irrevocable – they can be changed at any time in the future. You can help to “Plant the Garden’s Future” by designating the Desert Botanical Garden as one of your beneficiaries. Find gift planning ideas at or contact Susan Shattuck, gift planning officer at 480 941.3507 or CALENDAR OF EVENTS


Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Phoenix, AZ Permit no. 1269

1201 N. Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ 85008 480 941.1225 |

Open Daily

October – April / 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. May – September / 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Garden Closed

Thanksgiving Day, December 25 and July 4

Admission Fees

Members are admitted free Adults: $15 Seniors: $13.50 (60 years and older) Students: $7.50 (13–18 and college with ID) Children: $5 (3–12) Children under 3 are admitted free

Free Admission Garden admission is free the second Tuesday of every month, from 1 - 8 p.m. Parking is limited. In addition, Garden admission is free all day on Friday, May 6, 2011 in recognition of National Public Gardens Day.

Garden Information

480 941.1225 / Weekdays 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Membership Helpline

480 941.3517 / 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. June – September (Weekdays) October – May (Daily) Members receive personal assistance with any membership questions, renewals or problems purchasing tickets for special events.

Schilling Library

480 481.8133 / Weekdays 12 - 4 p.m. Find information about plants and other desert topics in our special reference collection.

Patio Café

Open Daily The Garden’s Patio Café offers visitors a beautiful setting for breakfast, lunch or a snack. Call 480 941.1225 for seasonal hours or to ask about group options and facility rental information.

Group Tours & Activities

For reduced group rates for ten or more, call 480 481.8104 or go to

Call Center

480 481.8188 Call Center Hours January – September: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday – Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Weekends October – December: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Monday – Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Weekends For special event ticketing, check for current information.

Get the latest info for the Garden at

Plant Hotline

Desert Plant Questions or 480 481.8120 / Monday – Friday 10 - 11:30 a.m. Our Garden staff and volunteers have the resources and expertise to help you.

Garden Shop

Gifts and Plants 480 481.8113 / Open Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. No admission required. One-stop shopping experience for extraordinary gifts and plants. Jewelry, books, gourmet foods, decorative items and apparel are just a few of the unique gifts you will find. A wide selection of plants is available for your home, patio and garden. 10% member discount.

The Mission of the Desert Botanical Garden The Garden’s commitment to the community is to advance excellence in education, research, exhibition and conservation of desert plants of the world with emphasis on the Southwestern United States. We will ensure that the Garden is always a compelling attraction that brings to life the many wonders of the desert. Watch for the Garden’s commercial during

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On the Cover: Baby Blue Eyes, Nemophila menziesii, grows well in full sun or partial shade and reseeds easily. The bright blue color of the flower petals attracts butterflies and birds. This annual blooms in spring through summer. Photo by Adam Rodriguez,

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