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Special events, classes and trips



Experience this unique Southwest holiday tradition as the magic of thousands of hand-lit luminarias cast a soft glow on the Garden’s world-renowned plant collection. Follow the sounds of Valley musicians throughout the Garden trails, and make plans to dine in Dorrance Hall with family and friends. This year, Las Noches de las Luminarias offers guests 20 nights to choose from and has been expanded to include dates between Christmas and New Year’s. Honor someone special or remember a loved one with a personalized luminaria bag. For details, please contact Kirsten Sharp at 480-481-8147. Visit for additional event information. NEW! Take a turn and glide on the Garden’s Holiday Skating Rink. Located on Boppart Courtyard, this synthetic Hybrid-ice® skating rink will delight you as you skate to the sounds of our live entertainment. Admission to the rink and skate rental is included with your Luminaria ticket. Must be five years or older to skate. Up to 15 guests may skate at a time. Skate sessions last 15 minutes. Skate rink is only available during nights of Luminaria from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. Space is limited.



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To Purchase Tickets:

December 3, 4, 5, 6


General Public: December 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

Hours: 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. For 25 or more tickets call 480-481-8104. Group discount will apply.

Ticket Prices: Members: Adults $20, Children $10 (ages 3-12) Children under 3 are admitted free.

s#ALL   (8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday Thursday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Friday - Sunday) s6ISITTHE!DMISSIONS"OX /FlCEAMnPMDAILY This year when you purchase your Luminaria tickets, you have the opportunity to help those in NEEDBYDONATINGTO3EASONFOR 3HARING3EASONFOR3HARINGFUNDS agencies that help at-risk children FAMILIES IMPROVEEDUCATION AID VICTIMSOFDOMESTICVIOLENCEAND serve the elderly. Sponsored in part by

General Public: Adults $25, Children $12.50 (ages 3-12) Children under 3 are admitted free. Entertainment sponsored by



daily and weekly activities Daily and weekly activities included with membership or admission Garden Tours Daily / December 1 - May 9

Can you drink water from a cactus? Do century plants really live 100 years? Get your burning questions answered on this docent-led tour and see why our desert plant collection is world-renowned. You will discover how plants survive, and even thrive, under the extreme conditions of the Sonoran Desert. Bring your camera and water, and wear a hat, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes.

"IRDSINTHE Garden Mondays December - February 8 a.m. Second Saturdays December - February 8 a.m.

Join expert birders for a morning bird walk along the Garden trails. Everyone is welcome, including ďŹ rsttime birders. Wear a hat, sunscreen and comfortable shoes, and bring binoculars if available.

Kid’s Corner Saturdays and Sundays January 9 - February 28 / 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Drop in and learn about desert plant and animals through hands-on crafts and activities.

Ask a Gardener Saturdays and Sundays / February / 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Want ideas for creating year-round color in your yard and conserving water in the desert? Drop by our Ask a Gardener station where knowledgeable volunteers can help with your gardening questions.

Audio Tours 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. &REEFOR-EMBERS'ENERAL0UBLIC

Group Tours and Activities 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 La Bella Terre classes. Ask about our Native American tour package featuring Allan Houser that includes visits to the Desert Botanical Garden and the Heard Museum with a boxed lunch. Call 480-481-8104 or log on to groupsales for more information.

garden meetings Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society Meeting Sundays / 2 p.m. / December 20, 2009, January 31 and February 28, 2010 Dorrance Hall / Everyone is 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. Call Judy Braun-Brody at 480-481-8129 for more information. 4


Arizona Native Plant Society Meeting Tuesdays / 7 - 9 p.m. / December 8, 2009, January 12 and February 9, 2010 Webster Auditorium / Everyone is welcome.

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 Doug Green at 480-998-5638 for more information.

exhibits Allan Houser: Tradition to Abstraction The Desert Botanical Garden and the Heard Museum present a major exhibition of the works of Apache master sculptor Allan Houser. November 21, 2009 May 30, 2010

The Desert Botanical Garden is pleased to present an exhibition of work by renowned Native American artist Allan Houser. Considered one of the best-known and celebrated American Indian artists of the 20th century, Allan Houser’s work has been widely recognized throughout the world. The exhibit will be presented at the Desert Botanical Garden and the Heard Museum. The Desert Botanical Garden exhibition will feature 18 sculptures in bronze that reflect the modernist influences from which Houser drew inspiration for his work. The Heard Museum exhibition will feature paintings, sketches and small-scale sculptures from their collection. Sponsored by

Allan Houser, Spirit of the Wind, 1992. Bronze, 126” x 96” x 72”, ed. of 6. ©Chiinde, LLC. Allan Houser, Inc. Photo: Al Abrams.

Legacy Botanical Art Exhibition Now through January 3, 2010 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. / Daily /TTOSEN'ALLERYIN$ORRANCE(ALL

Twenty-seven paintings and illustrations by artists from the United States, England and Scotland are showcased at Legacy, an exhibition of works by artists who have received the Diane Bouchier Founder’s Award for Excellence in Botanical Art from the American Society of Botanical Artists. The show will coincide with A Natural Perspective, an international juried exhibition of works by the American Society of Botanical Artists at the Phoenix Art Museum. Anne Ophelia Todd Dowden, Columbine, Fennel [Aquilegia vulgaris L. and Foeniculum vulgare Mill.], Watercolor. Courtesy of Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.



special events Music in the Garden Winter Concert Series 2010 Sundays / 12 - 2 p.m. / Ullman Terrace Doors open at 11 a.m. Members: $14 / General Public: $20 Children (3-12): $8 Children under three are admitted free January 10 January 24 January 17 January 31 February 7 February 21

The Swingtips - Swing/Jazz Mosaico Flameco - Spanish Guitar Big Pete Pearson - Blues Back Porch Bandits - Bluegrass Brazen Heads - Irish/Rock Cascabel - Latin/Rock/Pop

Concert venue is open seating only. Limited tickets are available. Advance ticket purchase recommended. Group rates are available for parties of 10 or more. No refunds or exchanges on tickets purchased. No outside food or beverage allowed. In case of rain concert will be held in Dorrance Hall.

To Purchase Tickets: s /RDERONLINEATDBGORG s #ALL  -ONDAY 4HURSDAY Sponsored in part by: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday - Sunday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) s 6ISITTHE!DMISSIONS"OX /FlCEAM PMDAILY For all other Garden information, call 480-941-1225. Programming is subject to change.

member events Patrons Circle and Garden Fund Member Events Saguaro Circle, Curator’s Circle, Director’s Circle, President’s Circle and Founder’s Circle members give $1,250$25,000 annually and are part of the Patrons Circle. The Garden’s Agave Century Club, Boojum Tree Club, Ocotillo Club and Golden Barrel Club members give $150-$1,249 annually and are part of the Garden Fund.

Las Noches de las Luminarias Holiday Reception 4HURSDAY$ECEMBER PM"INNS7ILDmOWER0AVILION

Patrons Circle donors and their guests are invited to attend the annual Luminaria holiday reception. Enjoy a cozy ďŹ re, delicious buffet and open bar, as well as a stroll along the Garden’s lit paths, a wide variety of musical entertainment, and a chance to lace up skates for a lap around the Garden’s ice skating rink, the newest Luminaria attraction. This is a ticketed event and reservations are required. Adult dinner is $50 per person; child dinner is $10 per person. A Las Noches de las Luminarias event ticket ADULTS CHILDRENOVERTHREE ISALSOREQUIRED&ORMOREINFORMATIONANDTO 2360 CONTACT+IRSTEN3HARPAT  ORKSHARP DBGORG3PECIALTHANKSTO !RIZONA/FlCE4ECHNOLOGIESFORUNDERWRITINGAPORTIONOFTHISEVENT


0ATRONS#IRCLE 'OLDEN"ARREL#LUB /COTILLO#LUB "OOJUM4REE#LUBAND!GAVE#ENTURY#LUBDONORSAREINVITED to join us for a lecture about deciphering the DNA of cities in order to meet society’s sustainability challenges. The evening’s presenter is Jonathan Fink, Ph.D., director of the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State 5NIVERSITY&ORADDITIONALINFORMATIONANDTO2360 CALL  OREMAILDONOREVENTS DBGORG 6


save the date Romance in the Garden Featuring Dennis Rowland February 12, 2010

In the Garden, nothing blooms as beautifully as love. Enjoy a evening under the stars ďŹ lled with elegance and romance. Details to follow.

education special event !RIZONA%XPLORERS Storm Chasing with Photographer Warren Faidley Join us for the debut of an exciting new lecture series bringing the wonders of Arizona to life through the eyes of people who explore our unique natural treasures. Presented in a partnership between Arizona Highways and the Desert Botanical Garden, the Arizona Explorers lectures will gather the resources of two organizations highlighting the

magniďŹ cence of Arizona for over 70 years. /URlRSTLECTUREFEATURES7ARREN&AIDLEY RENOWNED Arizona-based professional storm chaser. With stories of his quest to ďŹ nd Arizona and the planet’s most extreme weather– from Sonoran monsoons, powerful hurricanes and the twisters of Tornado Alley– Warren is your host for an exciting lecture ďŹ lled with breathtaking images and anecdotes of adventure along the way. Severe weather photography and safety will also be discussed. There will be a Q&A period at the end of the lecture. Warren will be available for book and poster signing following the lecture. Monday / January 25 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Member: $20 / General Public: $25

gardening and landscaping 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

@(ERBAN7ILDLIFE Add a new dimension to your herb gardening experience by attracting uttering butteries, hovering hummingbirds, bumbling bees and more. Learn ways to incorporate enticing herbal plants that lure fascinating CREATURESINTOYOURGARDEN)NSTRUCTEDBY+IRTI-ATHURA,IMIT Monday / January 11 / 6 - 9 p.m. Member: $30 / General Public: $38

Rainwater Harvesting: Getting Started Water conservation is of immense concern in our arid desert climate. Consider capturing precious rainwater that would otherwise fall on impervious surfaces such as roofs, sidewalks, patios or driveways. Learn the many beneďŹ ts of rainwater harvesting and how easy this can be done around your home. You will learn about the many design options for your situation, the resources available to homeowners, and what steps to take in order to create an effective, efďŹ cient system that will continue to conserve both water and money for years to come. Instructed by Paul Holdeman. Limit 30. Tuesday / January 12 / 6 - 9 p.m. Member: $30 / General Public: $38 CALENDAR OF EVENTS


gardening and landscaping Desert Landscape Shrubs (DGM-E) Join the Garden’s curator of shrubs to experience the world of desert adapted plants. Learn to use shrubs to provide a critical framework for a landscape. In addition to introducing you to an array of mediumsized plants suitable for our desert environment, this three-part workshop will provide the tools you will need for the selection, placement and proper maintenance of the ideal shrubs for your garden. The ďŹ rst two sessions are held in the classroom, and the ďŹ nal session is a walking tour of the Garden to admire mature specimens in a landscape setting. Instructed by +IRTI-ATHURA,IMIT Wednesdays and Saturday / January 13, 20 and 23 Wednesdays / 6 - 9 p.m. and Saturday / 8 - 10 a.m. Member: $60 / General Public: $72

Drip Irrigation Design and Installation (DGM-E) Homeowners will learn how to design a drip irrigation system that will be efďŹ cient and able to handle your landscape as it grows into maturity. Proper zoning 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 tips to help avoid many of the common mistakes associated with drip system design and installation. Hands-on activities include connecting poly tubing with a compression coupler, as well as three styles of emitter installation and when and why each should be used. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 25. Saturday / January 23 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Member: $30 / General Public: $38

#ARINGFOR9OUR$ESERT'ARDEN(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 correctly plant them in your landscape. Proper techniques for watering, fertilizing, pruning and other maintenance will be addressed. Instructed by Garden CURATOR+IRTI-ATHURA,IMIT $ESERT6EGETABLE'ARDENING FOR"EGINNERS

Wednesdays / January 27 and February 3 / 6 - 9 p.m. Member: $60 / General Public: $75

With more than 300 days of sunshine a year, the Phoenix area is a fantastic place to try your hand at veggie gardening–if you know what, where and, most important, when to plant. Join us for this light, fun and informative presentation on growing great vegetables HEREINTHE6ALLEYOFTHE3UN'ETAHEADSTARTBY learning about soil preparation, timing, how and when to water, and what varieties will serve you well in your desert garden. Instructed by Mary Irish. Limit 30. Tuesday / January 19 / 6 - 8:30 p.m. Member: $32 / General Public: $40

"EGINNING"ONSAI If you cannot ďŹ t any more of the desert trees you love in your garden, try your hand at creating miniature bonsai. This hands-on workshop will provide you with everything you need: succulent 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 members. Limit 15. Thursdays / January 14, 21, 28 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Member: $85 / General Public: $105 8


Pond Maintenance With spring just around the corner, it is time to think about getting your pond ready. This workshop covers general spring cleaning, plant thinning and division, and returning your ďŹ sh safely from winter dormancy. You then will be able to go home, spruce up your pond for spring, and sit back and enjoy it. Instructed by Paul Holderman. Limit 25. Sunday / February 7 / 1 - 3:30 p.m. Member: $30 / General Public: $38

-AXIMIZEYOUR)RRIGATION3YSTEM A properly designed and installed irrigation system is essential to maximize efďŹ ciency and use the least amount of water possible to keep your plants healthy. Most of us use whatever the builder or previous owner installed, and that often means a system that performs poorly and uses too much water. Learn how to identify and correct the performance-robbing problems in your irrigation system. The good news is that ripping out the old system and starting over is rarely needed. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 25. Saturday / February 20 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Member: $30 / General Public: $38

'ROUNDCOVERSAND6INESFORTHE Desert Landscape (DGM-E) Sustainable Landscape Design (DGM-C) Feeling overwhelmed about how to renovate your garden so it is both lovely and sustainable? This introductory class will explain the basics of designing in harmony with natural desert systems to create a beautiful landscape that is also water and energy efďŹ cient. Find out how to assess your property and draw a conceptual map that will guide current and future garden decisions. Simple design techniques will be introduced. This program is for homeowners with either existing or new landscapes. Instructed by Jack Gilcrest. Limit 25.

An assortment of interesting groundcovers and vines can add great beauty to your garden. The beneďŹ ts don’t stop there! These plants can also keep your indoor and outdoor living spaces cooler during the summer months. Learn the best choices for your desert landscape and how you can make these plants work for YOU)NSTRUCTEDBY+IRTI-ATHURA,IMIT Wednesday / February 24 / 6 - 9 p.m. Member: $30 / General Public: $38

Wednesday / February 17 / 6 - 9 p.m. Member: $30 / General Public: $38

6EGETABLE'ARDENING ! Comprehensive Appraoch Take advantage of this timely workshop to get your garden growing in our unique desert environment. You will learn the importance and details of soil preparation and how to overcome the challenges of our environment. Proper planting seasons and strategies, as well as resources for purchasing seeds will be covered in this informative workshop. Great take-home materials and complimentary seed packets are included to give your own vegetable garden an added boost. )NSTRUCTEDBY+IRTI-ATHURA,IMIT Monday and Wednesday / February 8 and 10 6 - 9 p.m. Member: $60 / General Public: $72

Watering and Controller Programming (DGM-E)

With the proper plant selection, your garden can come alive in the moonlight with fragrance, reective foliage and blooms, and the interesting creatures they attract. Learn how to enrich your garden with magniďŹ cent night-bloomers that unfurl their hidden beauty as the sky darkens into night, along with other plants that LIGHTTHEWAY)NSTRUCTEDBY+IRTI-ATHURA,IMIT

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 beneďŹ ts your landscape, but actually conserves water and lowers your utility bill. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 25.

Thursday / February 11 / 6 - 9 p.m. Member: $30 / General Public: $38

Saturday / February 27 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Member: $30 / General Public: $38




gardening and landscaping

Discover Desert Permaculture Not just another trendy word like green, permaculture is both a way of thinking and a system of organizing ecological and ethical design. It teaches us to contemplate nature and natural systems and apply what we learn to our own living environments. Join the Desert Botanical Garden as we embark on this new way of teaching both old and new techniques for a sustainable outdoor environment.

Measuring Landscape Sustainability Everyone is talking about sustainability. Find out what the term sustainability means and how can it be applied to your landscape. In this workshop you will learn about various design solutions, techniques and products for creating a sustainable landscape appropriate for the Sonoran Desert. A quiz will help you measure the sustainability level of your existing landscape, based on characteristics such as climate/ microclimate, comfort, food production, maintenance, plants, soil/mulch, waste, water and wildlife. Suggestions will be provided for modifying your landscape to improve sustainability. Instructed by Jack Gilcrest. Limit 25. Tuesday / February 9 / 6 - 8:30 p.m. Member: $30 / General Public: $38

6ERMICULTURE7ORKSHOP and Starter Kit Learn how to turn your food scraps into precious black gold. The resulting worm castings, or tea, can be used on house or garden plants as a nutrient rich organic FERTILIZER /NE POUND OF COMPOSTING WORMS CAN HANDLE about one half pound of food waste per day, or the average generated by a family of three or four. Learn to make and set up your own worm bin in class or come with a pre-purchased one. We will send you all you need to know beforehand and throw in one pound of worms to get you started. Instructed by Brandi Eide. Limit 20. Tuesday / January 26 / 6 - 9 p.m. Member: $50 / General Public: $60 10


Desert Gardening Mastership The Desert Gardening Mastership at the Garden is designed for those interested in plants and will teach about their selection and care, as well as their ecological and cultural signiďŹ cance. Desert Gardening Mastership classes are open to all regardless of intent to complete the program and can be found in the program listings of Gardening and Landscaping.

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. Students will be awarded a Desert Gardening Mastership upon completion of 12 classes; FOUR core classes and EIGHTELECTIVECLASSESlVEIN one elective track and three from any other track.) For a complete list of classes and elective tracks or a Desert Gardening Mastership information packet, log on to or call 480-481-8146.

photography Digital Desert Photography: Getting Started 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 and helps you set up your 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 and is recommended for DSLR owners. Some shooting in the Garden is included, and students are encouraged to bring their own photos for class critique. Limit 10. Sunday and Tuesday / January 17 and 19 3UNDAY PMAND4UESDAY PM/2 Sunday and Tuesday / February 21 and 23 Sunday / 1 - 5 p.m. and Tuesday / 6 - 10 p.m. Member: $65 / General Public: $80

Digital Desert Photography: .EXT3TEPS This is a hands-on class for digital camera users interested in learning intermediate photo skills and advanced set-up of your digital camera. Students should have an understanding of basic photographic concepts. Learn to take your camera off the auto scene modes and take charge of capturing images using the creative options of the mode dial. You will learn to set up your camera for varying lighting conditions and scenes using appropriate metering and focus options. Instruction includes indoor and outdoor ash use, and using custom white balance. Also covered are image ďŹ le structures and a demonstration of digital workow and editing. Some shooting in the Garden is included, and students can bring their own photos for class critique. Limit 10. Saturday and Monday / February 13 and 15 Saturday / 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and Monday / 6 - 10 p.m. Member: $65 / General Public: $80

Allan Houser: Shadow and Form Photography Do not miss this rare opportunity to sharpen your nighttime photography skills while focusing on the spectacular bronze sculptures of the Allan Houser: Tradition to Abstraction exhibition. Learn how to capture the shadow and form of these astounding works of art through your photo lens in either daylight or night sessions. Through individualized instruction and attention, you will go home with some great shots of the exhibit that you will be proud display. Designed for amateur photographers with either digital or ďŹ lm cameras. Limit 10. 3UNDAY*ANUARY PM/2 Saturday / January 30 / 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Member: $40 / General Public: $48 Allan Houser, Morning Solitude, 1992. Bronze, 78â€? x 38â€? x 48â€?, ed. of 6. Ăš#HIINDE ,,#!LLAN(OUSER)NC0HOTO0ETER6ITALE CALENDAR OF EVENTS


photography Alternative Photographic Arts The Desert Botanical Garden is proud to offer these one-of-a-kind classes instructed by Laszlo Layton, an internationally known ďŹ ne art photographer specializing in the use of vintage photographic equipment and archaic printing methods. Laszlo’s work is in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City and many renowned private collections.


Full Moon Photography The beauty of winter full moon 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 twilight, moonrise and dark skies. This class is for amateur photographers wishing to discover their nighttime photography potential 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 other nighttime considerations such as painting with light. Both digital and ďŹ lm cameras are welcome. Instructed by Adam Rodriguez. Limit 10. 3UNDAY*ANUARY PM/2 Sunday / February 28 / 5 - 9 p.m. Member: $45 / General Public: $55

Master your Point and Shoot Camera Learn how to obtain the best results from your digital point and shoot camera. This hands-on class focuses almost entirely on learning how to set up your camera and use its many features. This is an excellent, entry level class for students new to digital cameras and will prepare you for more advanced photography classes offered by the Garden. Instructed by Scott Salnas. Limit 10. Sunday / February 7 / 1 - 5 p.m. Member: $40 / General Public: $48



Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience with our three-part course introducing participants to art photography using a view camera and direct contact printing. Part one will introduce the basics of using an 11�x14� restored antique view camera and photographic techniques from the 1800s. All students will have a one-on-one opportunity to photograph a botanical specimen from the Garden, creating their own artistic interpretation of the plant. Part two will focus on contact cyanotype printing methods with students making prints from their negatives by exposing them directly to sunlight. Part three concludes with a lesson in toning prints to change their overall color as well as hand-coloring with watercolor paint and pencils. Limit 10. Sundays / January 17, 24, 31 / 1 - 4 p.m. Member: $120 / General Public: $145

#YANOTYPE0RINTSFROM Digital Negatives 4HISHANDS ONWORKSHOPISANINTRODUCTIONTO6AN Dyke photographic printmaking, one of the oldest processes known. With inspiration from the very ďŹ rst book of photographic botanical illustrations, printed by Anna Atkins in 1843, participants will create beautiful botanical prints in the distinctive SEPIACOLOROF6AN$YKESSIMPLEFORMULAOF photosensitive iron and silver salts. After a brief introduction on the history of the process, the class will walk through the Garden gathering and identifying desert plant material and return to the classroom to create beautiful works of art suitable for framing and display. Students will learn the SKILLSNECESSARYTOPRODUCE6AN$YKEPRINTSON their own. All materials are included. Limit 15. Sunday / February 28 / 1 - 5 p.m. Member: $55 / General Public: $68


Highway Hotshop Classes and Demonstration The Desert Botanical Garden is bringing back glass art with local artist/instructors Josh Dopp and Adam Frus and their mobile studio Highway Hotshop. A wide variety of classes and demonstrations will be offered from February 15-19 in the beautiful outdoor setting of the Binns Wildflower Pavilion.



Watch Adam and Josh create fantastic works of art before your eyes while you browse items available for purchase.

These three-person classes are designed to allow participants to create one or more projects from a listing of more elaborate blown vessels including: drinking cups, ower vases, cacti and bowls. Each participant will be allotted 50 minutes to complete a project. The remainder of the time will be spent helping the other students complete their pieces. Materials and color will be provided and are included in the price of the class. Completed projects will be available for pick up the following day. Limit three students per session.

Monday - Wednesday / February 15- 17 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Friday / February 19 / 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free

Introduction to Glass Working These three-person, experience based classes will offer each participant 25 minutes of bench time to complete one or more projects chosen from the following list: owers, ornaments, marbles, decorative squiggles and paperweights. The remainder of the time will be spent helping the other students complete their pieces. Materials and color will be provided and are included in the price of the class. Completed projects will be available for pick-up the following day. Limit three students per session. Monday - Wednesday / February 15- 17 / 2 - 3:30 p.m. /2 PM/2 PM/2 PM (4 sessions each of the 3 days) Member: $70 / General Public: $85

4HURSDAY&EBRUARYAM PM/2 PM PM/2PM PM Friday / February 19 / 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Member: $180 / General Public: $215

Highway Hotshop Diner Catch the hottest show in town when Adam and Josh put on a fantastic glassblowing show. This interactive demonstration will answer your “how’d they do that?� questions. This dinner theater-like evening will include AFANTASTICCATEREDMEALANDDRINKSTHEMEDAS46S favorite diner, Mel’s. Friday / February 19 / 6 - 9 p.m. Member: $90 / General Public: $110 CALENDAR OF EVENTS



Be inspired by the natural beauty of your surroundings and experience botanical arts at the Desert Botanical Garden. These popular offerings are suitable to a variety of interests and abilities, and all are welcome. The courses are taught by talented, experienced instructors and are limited to 15 students to ensure a personalized and encouraging atmosphere. Materials lists are provided following registration.



Have you ever wanted to dabble in botanical art but been unsure if it is for you? Here is your chance to try four different mediums: graphite, colored pencil, watercolor, and pen and ink techniques used in TRADITIONALBOTANICALILLUSTRATION/PENTHEDOORTOTHE beautiful world of botanical art by rendering a plant in all four mediums. Instructed by Elaine Hultgren. Limit 15.

This class focuses on outdoor sketching and classroom creation of your own plant portrait using the Garden’s new Berlin Agave Yucca Forest for inspiration. Be as creative or detailed as you choose, while guided through ďŹ eld drawing and observational note taking, as you transform your sketches into works of art. Ideal for watercolor, colored pencil or mixed media. All levels and styles, from traditional to abstract, are welcome. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.

Thursdays / January 7, 14, 21, 28 / 6 - 9 p.m. Member: $170 / General Public: $205

#OLORED0ENCIL AN/VERVIEW Colored pencils are an excellent material for botanical ANDOTHER ARTBECAUSETHEYARENEAT EASYTOCONTROL useful for ďŹ ne detail and portable. Beginning students will learn about the variety of pencils available and basic techniques. A series of color charts and a simple botanical subject will be completed. More experienced students will build on these skills and learn new techniques to convey plant texture, color variation and ďŹ ne detail. Several botanical subjects, including owers, leaves, stems or succulents, will be drawn from actual plants. Instructed by Elliot Everson. Limit 15. Wednesdays / Jaunuary 13, 20, 27 / 6 - 9 p.m. Member: $130 / General Public: $160 14


Fridays / January 22, 29, February 5 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Member: $130 / General Public: $160

#OLORED0ENCIL.EW/PTIONS Experiment with colored pencil on alternative surfaces such as black or colored papers, mylar, wood or stone. Use color pencil techniques, including blending and layering colors, burnishing and using colorless blenders to create natural plant textures, color and detail on unique surfaces. Subjects could include nightblooming owers on black paper, a plant sprouting from a crack in a rock done on stone, or dry leaves and stems on wood. Instructed by Elliot Everson. Limit 15. Thursdays / February 4, 11, 18, 25 / 6 - 9 p.m. Member: $170 / General Public: $205

Small Plant Portraits in Watercolor and Colored Pencil Take a guided tour with step by step instructions on how to combine the translucence of watercolor with the detail and texture possibilities of colored pencils and learn a bit of botany and botanical history along the way. Plant subjects will be available in class or bring one or two of your favorites from home. Portraits will be small in order to do several during our class time together. Instructed by Elaine Hultgren. Limit 15. Saturdays / February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Member: $200 / General Public: $240

4HE!RTOF(UMMINGBIRDS A favorite of many home gardeners and outdoors lovers, hummingbirds are important plant pollinators. Take a closer look at our resident hummingbirds, their favorite nectar plants, and learn how to paint their beautiful iridescent feathers. Students will learn techniques to create accurate color markings and proportions of hummingbirds and proper placement in botanical illustrations. Students will work in pencil and watercolor. All levels welcome. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15. Fridays / February 19, 26, March 5, 12 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Member: $170 / General Public: $205

/PEN!RT3TUDIO Join fellow artists of all skills in our new guided open art studio at the Garden. Each Monday night session will be staffed with one of our top notch art instructors to provide you with feedback, guidance and encouragement as you pursue your artistic endeavors. Limited equipment, such as lights and lenses, will be available. Price is for one session only. Limit 15. Mondays / January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22 6 - 9 p.m. Member: $20 per session General Public: $25 per session



geology of the valley and beyond

The fascinating geology of our state plays a determining role in the distribution of plants and wildlife across Arizona. Geologic activity over millions of years has shaped the natural wonders we all enjoy. If you would like to enhance your experience of the world around you, consider these popular classes. Presentations may be taken in any order.


Geology Made Simple

Learn the fascinating geological story behind the most visited and photographed natural wonder in the world. Answers to questions such as the age and formation of THE'RAND#ANYONWILLBEEXPLORED/THERSIGNIlCANT features of the Colorado Plateau such as the Red Rocks of Sedona are covered. The geologic story of the Southwest cannot be told without examining its most important feature–the Colorado Plateau and its signiďŹ cance over geologic time. Instructed by Richard Allen. Limit 30.

Whether you are simply stepping outside your home or hiking deep into the Grand Canyon, you are surrounded by geologic richness. Discover the basic nature and properties of the materials and landscapes that make up our planet, and the processes by which they are created, such as volcanism, glaciation and erosion. Through visual presentation, discussion and hands-on materials, you will learn major rock types, terminology and an overview of earth’s history to give you a great start on your geologic journeys. Instructed by Richard Allen. Limit 30.

Tuesday / January 12 / 7-9 p.m. Member: $20 / General Public: $25

Tuesday / February 9 / 7-9 p.m. Member: $20 / General Public: $25



Arizona is the country’s leading gem mining state and produces ďŹ ne 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 are planning a visit to the world-famous Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, this course will give you some buying tips. Instructed by Richard Allen. Limit 30. Tuesday / January 26 / 7-9 p.m. Member: $20 / General Public: $25

'EOLOGYOFTHE6ALLEYOFTHE3UN Satisfy your geological curiosity of the Phoenix area and its spectacularly rugged landscape ďŹ lled with 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 30. Tuesday / February 2 / 7-9 p.m. Member: $20 / General Public: $25

Gazing at the unique Papago Buttes often brings up interesting geological questions. Do not miss this exclusive opportunity to learn the answers and much more from an expert in the ďŹ eld. Get an up close and personal geologic tour of the rock features that give Papago Park its distinctive look. This fun event begins at the Garden and includes a delicious catered dinner and an easy but exciting evening excursion within Papago Park to unlock the secrets of these iconic rock formations. Instructed by Richard Allen. Limit 20. Saturday / February 20 / 4:30-7 p.m. (Dinner at 6 p.m.) Member: $65 / General Public: $80

!RIZONAS'EOLOGYn!N/VERVIEW Take the next step in learning even more about the geology of our diverse state. This visually exciting and interactive intermediate-level program expands THEHORIZONSOF'EOLOGYOFTHE6ALLEYOFTHE3UNAND introduces you to the colorful, fascinating and varied landscapes of the best geology classroom in the world– Arizona. Instructed by Richard Allen. Limit 30. Tuesday / February 23 / 7-9 p.m. Member: $20 / General Public: $25



natural history If you are intrigued by the complex web of living things that makes up your environment, explore these interactive programs to further examine the relationships between living organisms and their role in the natural world.

(EIRLOOM"EANSOFTHE3OUTHWEST Natives of the Southwest, as well as Hispanics descended from pioneers, know more than anyone how truly important beans have been in the survival of people in the desert. Become immersed in the beautiful diversity of our many desert heirloom beans, and ďŹ nd out how the wild tepary was domesticated here in the desert and saved from oblivion by a local farmer. Learn how to identify and grow your own delectable scarlet RUNNER NATIVE TEPARY 4OHONO /ODHAM PINK BEAN AND BLACK EYEDPEA -OUNTAIN0IMA/JODE#ABRA YUMMY Pima lima, immigrant cannellini and literally dozens more! Best of all, get into some gourmet bean cooking, topped with a taste feast of fabulous bean recipes. You will go home with not only a deep appreciation of the health beneďŹ ts of our desert heirloom beans, but also deep admiration for their survivability. Instructed by Martha Burges. Limit 15. &RIDAY*ANUARY PM/2 Saturday / January 16 / 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Member: $48 / General Public: $58

Walk the Berlin Agave Yucca Forest with Wendy Hodgson Experience the new Berlin Agave Yucca Forest exhibit through the eyes of Wendy Hodgson, curator of the herbarium. Join Wendy as she shares her knowledge and love of the agave and yucca and makes the conservation theme of the exhibit come alive. A short presentation will be followed by a special tour. Instructed by Wendy Hodgson. Limit 15. Saturday / January 23 / 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Member: $30 / General Public: $38

Sonoran Desert Ecology In the Sonoran Desert, nature has gone all out in an exuberant display of adaptive strategies for living in an arid environment, as evidenced by the surprising diversity of plants, animals, birds, reptiles and insects thriving here. Learn about the myriad strategies and tactics–anatomical, physiological and behavioral– that have evolved in plants and animals to cope with environmental extremes. Join us for an exciting big picture look at the ecology of the plants and wildlife of the Sonoran Desert. The classroom presentation is followed by an interactive Garden trail walk. Instructed by Pinau Merlin. Limit 20. Sunday / January 31 / 1-4 p.m. Member: $30 / General Public: $38

$"'ENUS9UCCA The Garden is proud to introduce a new way to explore the world of desert plants. Created under the guidance of Raul Puente, the Garden’s curator of living collections, the DBGenus series of classes will give participants an in depth look at their favorite groups of desert plants. Each plant grouping, or genus, will be examined in terms of taxonomy CLASSIlCATION MORPHOLOGYSTRUCTURE 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. This winter in celebration of the new Berlin Agave Yucca Forest exhibit, the series will look at the genus Yucca in the Sonoran Desert and beyond. Instructed by acclaimed author Mary Irish. Limit 20. Tuesday / February 16 / 6 - 9 p.m. Member: $30 / General Public: $38 CALENDAR OF EVENTS



Sonoran Desert Ethnobotany Celebrate historic and modern connections between people and plants with the fascinating ďŹ eld of ethnobotany. Your experience will include an indepth tour of the Garden’s award-winning Plants and People of the Sonoran Desert Trail. The hands-on classroom portion is designed to get you and your taste buds into the action as you sample some unique Sonoran Desert foods. You will never look at plants THESAMEWAYAGAIN)NSTRUCTEDBY*EFF+ING,IMIT

Enhance your knowledge of birding and acquire the resources to develop your skills at this interactive and fascinating workshop that includes classroom presentations and ďŹ eld trips. Four ďŹ eld trips will introduce students to a variety of resident and migrant bird species, explore a diversity of birding habitats, teach ďŹ eld identiďŹ cation techniques ANDHIGHLIGHTSOMEOFTHE6ALLEYSLOCALBIRDING destinations. Four single-day ďŹ eld trips over each of the following weekends will be scheduled by the class during the ďŹ rst session, February 6 or 7, 13 or 14, 20 or 21 and 27 or 28. Instucted by Cynthia Donald. Limit 20. Thursdays / January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4 / 6:30-8 p.m. Member: $60 / General Public: $75

Tuesday / February 16 / 6:30-9 p.m. Member: $20 / General Public: $25

Seeing with Wild Eyes Life abounds around us, and the signs and clues that animals leave are everywhere if we just know how to decipher them. Learn to develop all your senses to become a more aware observer and to understand THELANGUAGEOFTHEWILDINCLUDINGCALLS TRACKS scats, feeding sign, burrows and odors). Discover how to move, listen, observe, smell and use natural camouage in the outdoors. Learn to understand where animals are likely to be by looking at an area from the animal’s point of view–and greatly enhance your chances of seeing more wildlife. The classroom presentation is followed by an interactive Garden trail walk. Instructed by Pinau Merlin. Limit 20.

Native people of our Sonoran Desert region understood the amazing attributes of ďŹ ber plants and have made good use of them for at least a millennium for cordage, basketry, sandals and shelter. This workshop in primitive desert ďŹ ber crafts will closely study some Native ďŹ ber implements, and even a few artifacts. Then we will try our hand at using living plants to begin a basket. Instructed by Martha Burges. Limit 15.

Designed as a follow-up to Start Birding, class sessions will focus on the natural history of birds, especially those in our area, with presentations, discussion and group interaction. There will be four class sessions at the Garden and three weekend ďŹ eld trips. Students should have binoculars and a ďŹ eld guide and be familiar with the use of both. Field trips will emphasize identiďŹ cation techniques and birding by ear. You will leave the class with increased knowledge and ďŹ eld techniques. Three single-day ďŹ eld trips over each of the following weekends will be scheduled by the class during the ďŹ rst session, February 6 or 7, 13 or 14 and 20 or 21. Instructed by Cynthia Donald. Limit 20.

Saturday / February 27 / 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Member: $48 / General Public: $58

Tuesdays / February 2, 9, 16, 23 / 6:30-8 p.m. Member: $60 / General Public: $75

Sunday / February 21 / 1-4 p.m. Member: $30 / General Public: $38

Fiber Plants – Fiber Traditions




food and well-being Eat Fresh, Local and Delicious What are you eating, and where did it come from? How far did it travel, and what was done to it along the way? Answers to these and other questions can lead you toward a healthier, more ecological and socially just way of eating, without sacriďŹ cing taste or enjoyment. Gain an overview of the slow food, real food, local food and traditional food and discover simple steps you can take to help create a more sustainable agricultural system, including supporting local family farms, eating more fresh, minimally processed foods, eating more home-cooked meals and fewer meals out. There will be a demonstration of a simple supper made from local, grass-fed beef or lamb, vegetables, fruits, nuts and spices. You will take home recipes, tips, techniques, resources and ideas. Instructed by Chef Rachel AlbertMatesz. Limit 20. Wednesday / February 10 / 6:30 - 9 p.m. Member: $45 / General Public: $55

Dates – the Desert Dessert $ATERANCHESINTHE6ALLEYONCESTRETCHEDFROM Glendale to Mesa, covering 300 acres and producing more than a million pounds of dates annually. Although the number of date trees has dwindled over the past 60 years, the Southwest is still home to some of the most amazingly avorful dates. Learn about this ancient fruit–how to buy and store them, and how to use them in sweet, spicy and savory recipes from breakfast to dessert. Learn to make and taste dark chocolate-dipped date nut trufes, date-sweetened chocolate chip blondies, a luscious date rum pecan frozen dessert and other delicacies. Recipes will be wheat-free, gluten-free and dairy-free. Instructed by Chef Rachel Albert-Matesz. Limit 20. Tuesday / January 19 / 6:30 - 9 p.m. Member: $45 / General Public: $55

Native Crop Cuisine Corn, beans and squash are often dubbed the “Three Sisters� when describing the native crops ubiquitous with agrarian peoples of the Sonoran Desert and surrounding regions. Chef Freddie Bitsoie, director of Native American Programs at Classic Cooking, will lead a cooking demonstration of old and new ways to use these important crops in dishes designed to open your eyes and expand your palate. Limit 20. Saturday / February 13 / 2 - 4 p.m. Member: $45 / General Public: $55


Explore the diversity of posole, a staple stew-like meal of many Southwestern cultures. Chef Freddie Bitsoie, director of Native American Programs at Classic Cooking, will lead an exciting, informative and avorful demonstration of the regional variations of this fantastic signature dish of the Southwest. From spicy to mild there will be a style for everyone to enjoy! Limit 20.

Take your herbal knowledge to new heights–from growing herbs in your garden to dazzling your senses in the kitchen. In three sessions you will learn herb gardening for success in the desert, herb varieties and their uses, and delicious herb-inspired recipes and MENUSFORHEALTHYCOOKING/PENYOURSENSESTOTHE bounty of herbs that grow in the desert. Also included is a wonderful informational and instructional manual prepared especially for this series by your instructor Catherine The Herb Lady. Limit 20.

Saturday / January 23 / 2 - 4 p.m. Member: $45 / General Public: $55

Sundays / February 21, 28, March 7 / 1 - 3:30 p.m. Member: $60 / General Public: $75

Three Southwest Posoles



Tai Chi

Tai Chi at the Garden A garden is the traditional setting for the ancient owing movements of the Chinese art of Tai Chi. Instructors Elizabeth Keith and Ray Sol, along with their assistants, lead a celebration of your inner garden with a beautiful Tai Chi routine, designed to be performed in your home or any garden setting. Each class involves warm up, elements of proper and safe movement, and progressive learning of the 64 movements of the Kuang Ping Yang style of Tai Chi. Each class is limited to 20 students to ensure a personalized and encouraging atmosphere. Classes are held both indoors and outdoors depending on weather. 20



Winter Session I

Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Mondays / January 4, 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8 (Beginning and Intermediate only)

If new to Tai Chi at the Garden ORHAVECOMPLETED/.%SIX WEEK session.

Wednesdays / January 6, 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10

Intermediate Level Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays 10 - 11 a.m.

)FYOUHAVECOMPLETED47/OR THREE six-week sessions at the Garden.

Saturdays / January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13 Member: $55 General Public: $68

Winter Session II Mondays / February 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22 (Beginning and Intermediate only)

Advanced Level

Wednesdays / February 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24

Wednesdays and Saturdays 9 - 10 a.m.

Saturdays / February 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27 Member: $55 General Public: $68

)FYOUHAVECOMPLETED&/52 or more six-week sessions at the Garden.

4AI#HI,OTUS"LOSSOM&AN#LASS The hand fan is a symbol of elegance, and Tai Chi is one of the most popular exercise programs practiced around the world. Instructor Ray Sol will teach the 20 different fan movements of the Lotus Blossom Fan exercise program. The exercises will improve joint exibility, increase muscle strength and improve deep breathing. In addition, you will also stimulate mental development, body circulation and tension relief. Body balance and coordination are also beneďŹ ts. Students may bring their own fan or purchase one from the instructor for $10 at start of class. Limit 20. Sundays / January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14 1 - 2 p.m. Member: $50 / General Public: $63

4AI#HI2ELAXATION7ALK Take a relaxing but extraodinary stroll through the Garden with Tai Chi master Ray Sol. Ray will introduce you to a walking relaxation exercise based on Buddhist techniques from the book Walking Meditation by Anh-Huong Nguyen and Thich Nhat Hanh. This walking exercise is designed to relieve stress, improve health and increase awareness of the Garden around you. Along the way, Ray will introduce you to some simple Tai Chi stretching and breathing movements to help rejuvenate your inner body. Limit 20. 3UNDAY*ANUARY AM/2 Sunday / February 28 / 9 - 10 a.m. Member: $20 / General Public: $25

Tai Chi Sword The sword is considered a good instrument to develop body balance and coordination in China, and, therefore, Tai Chi masters included a sword as part of their exercises. Students do not need to know any Tai Chi to attend. Practice swords will be provided. Instructed by Ray Sol. Limit 15. Sundays / February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28 1 - 2 p.m. Member: $50 / General Public: $63



children and family programs Winter Session: January 26 – March 5 #,!33%3!6!),!",%&/2 9%!2/,$3 Limit: 12 children with an accompanying adult. Tuesday mornings / January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2 9:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Wednesday mornings / January 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3 9:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Friday mornings / January 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5 9:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Desert Botanical Garden Preschool Program: Seedlings A science-based enrichment program for preschoolers Young children discover the wonders of the desert alongside their parent or other caregiver in our nature-based preschool program. A new theme is introduced each week and is full of new discovery centers, songs to sing, yummy snacks and engaging activities to captivate young minds. Guided by caring and experienced teachers, Seedlings blends the Garden’s unique resources with imaginative and fun ways to learn about plants and animals in our desert backyard. We use music, stories, arts and crafts, nature walks, movement, touch and observation to explore the theme each week.

#,!33%3!6!),!",%&/2 9%!2/,$3 Limit: 14 children with an accompanying adult. 4UESDAYAFTERNOONS*ANUARY February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2 12:45 - 2:30 p.m. Thursday mornings / January 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4 9:30 - 11:15 a.m. 4HURSDAYAFTERNOONS*ANUARY February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4 12:45 - 2:30 p.m.


For additional dates and a daily schedule please visit or call 480-481-8146.

Sculpt-the-Garden: Agave Using easy-to-work-with sculpting clay, create your own agave in a pot. Explore the new Berlin Agave Yucca Forest trails on a short tour with your sketchpad, looking for inspiration from the shapes, colors and textures of this amazing desert plant. Return to the classroom to transfer your sketches to three dimensions. Class includes all materials, sketchbook and art supplies; you supply the creativity. Price includes child and accompanying adult; recommended for ages six and older. Limit 15. Sunday / January 17 / 1 - 3 p.m. Member: $25 / General Public: $30



Kids Casting: Inspired by the 3CULPTUREOF!LLAN(OUSER The Garden’s newest art exhibit Allan Houser: Tradition to Abstraction serves as the inspiration for this fantastic workshop for children. Take a short guided walk, sketch pad in hand, to learn about the amazing cast bronze sculptures. Back in the classroom, the fun begins with our own version of casting using plaster and sand moulds. Class includes all materials, sketchbook and art supplies; you supply the creativity. Price includes child and accompanying adult; recommended for ages six and older. Limit 15. Saturday / February 6 / 1 - 3 p.m. Member: $25/ General Public: $30

,EARNING,ABSFOR (OMESCHOOLERS /COTILLOS This new and unique class for homeschooled children and parents focuses on the premier member of a very small, downright bizarre family of desert plants–the ocotillo! Join us as we explore the Garden in search of ocotillos. Together, we will discover the extraordinary adaptations that allow this special plant to thrive and support life in the Sonoran Desert. Each class will meet twice to conduct in-depth investigations using the Garden as an outdoor laboratory. A field journal, take-home desert dish garden, fun, healthy snack, and engaging, science-based activities are all included. Limit 15 students with accompanying adult per class. 1-2 Grades / Tuesdays / December 8 and 15 9 - 11 a.m. 3 - 4 Grades / Wednesdays / December 9 and 16 9 - 11 a.m. 5 - 6 Grades / Thursdays / December 10 and 17 9 - 11 a.m. Member Child and Adult: $25 General Public Child and Adult: $30

,EARNING,ABSFOR (OMESCHOOLERS "IRDS@N"ATS This February we will investigate winged animals of the desert–birds and bats! Compare and contrast these interesting creatures of the sky and learn what makes them fly. Feathers and a beak or hair and warm blood: how are such different animals able to share the same space? Join us as we use the Garden setting to investigate these two very different creatures of the sky. Each class will meet twice to conduct in-depth investigations using the Garden as an outdoor laboratory. A field journal, fun, healthy snack, and engaging, sciencebased activities are all included. Limit 15 students with accompanying adult per class. 1 - 2 Grades / Tuesdays / February 2 and 9 9 - 11 a.m. 3 - 4 Grades / Wednesdays / February 3 and 10 9 - 11 a.m. 5 - 6 Grades / Thursdays / February 4 and 11 9 - 11 a.m. Member Child and Adult: $25 General Public Child and Adult: $30 CALENDAR OF EVENTS


children and family programs Girl Scout Program at the Garden Pollination Spend time at the Garden and earn a special desert discovery patch while learning about the important and interesting process of pollination. Participants will enjoy a hike through the Garden, a fun, healthy snack, a hands-on craft, an engaging story and interactive games–all while learning about the awesome power of pollinators! Call 480-481-8146 to register your troop. Limit 15. "ROWNIES3ATURDAY&EBRUARY AM /2 PM Juniors / Saturday / February 20 / 9 - 11 a.m. Daisies / Saturday / February 20 / 1 - 3 p.m. $7 per Scout

volunteer opportunities

Winter is a beautiful time in the Garden. Become a volunteer and enjoy the Garden all year long.


All new volunteers must attend an orientation class. Please contact Nancy White at or call 480-481-8197 to schedule an informational interview and to register for orientation.

Luminaria Path Guides Dec. 3-6, 10-13, 17-23, 26-30



3PRING"UTTERmY%XHIBIT Training February 18 and 20 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

For more information visit or contact Pam ,EVINATPLEVIN DBGORGOR   24


unique outings

Winter in Arizona is a fantastic time to get out and about and experience one-of-a-kind outings designed for those who seek more than just fresh air and exercise outdoors. You will be treated to inspiring locations, fascinating information and exceptional service. Whether an aspiring outdoor enthusiast, casual walker or experienced hiker, you will ďŹ nd an excursion that suits your individual tastes and abilities, and most importantly, fulďŹ lls your desire to exercise both body and mind.

'REEN2OOFS,ANDSCAPE4OUR The green building movement continues to expand THROUGHOUTTHE5NITED3TATESAND!RIZONA/NEOFTHE more challenging aspects is applying the concept of green roofs to the Sonoran Desert. Do not miss this unique opportunity to tour several local green roof installations, including corporate and residential buildings. At each location, the project landscape architect will provide an explanation about the design, installation and management of the green roof. This tour is being provided in collaboration with the Arizona Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Price includes roundtrip transportation, picnic lunch, snacks, bottled water and hand-outs. Limit 12.

Wallace Desert Gardens Do not miss an exclusive opportunity to view and enjoy a private collection of desert plants from around THEWORLDWITHOUTLEAVINGTHE6ALLEYOFTHE3UN4RAVEL to Wallace Desert Gardens in north Scottsdale for a gentle walking tour led by Wallace Desert Gardens and Desert Botanical Garden staff. This tour on private trails not open to the general public features fascinating interpretation of the plants, their ecological importance, as well as the relationships they share with their environment. Highlights include a covered 6,000 square foot cactus pavilion uniquely designed for climate control, a boojum tree forest, and worldrenowned collection of Ephedra, in addition to beautifully manicured garden spaces. Price includes snacks, bottled water and contribution to Wallace Desert Gardens. Limit 20. Tuesday / December 29 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Roundtrip from the Garden)/2 Friday / January 22 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Roundtrip from the Garden) Member: $30 ($40 with Garden transportation) General Public: $40 ($60 with Garden transportation)

Saturday / February 13 / 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 a.m. (Transportation provided from the Garden) Member: $60 / General Public: $75 CALENDAR OF EVENTS


Geology Hike on the Go John Trail Explore the geology of the upper Sonoran Desert north of Phoenix along Cave Creek Regional Park’s popular Go John Trail. Join geologist Richard Allen for this six-mile loop hike, featuring geology interpretation as well as discussion of the plants and animals of this diverse area. This beautiful desert hike is rated moderate to difficult, with some steeper sections and rocky trails. Informational handouts, bottled water and snacks are provided. Please note there is a nominal park fee for vehicles. Limit 15. Sunday / January 31 / 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Roundtrip from the trailhead) Member: $40 ($60 with Garden transportation) General Public: $50 ($70 with Garden transportation)

Evening Under the Sonoran Desert 3KY!N!STRONOMY/UTINGINTHE Foothills Escape the glow of city lights to the foothills of the Four Peaks Mountains for this special stargazing outing with astronomer Richard Allen. This evening under the stars begins with a short Sonoran Desert tour and natural history demonstration, followed by an exciting digital video presentation and stargazing through a powerful telescope to witness the wonders of the clear night sky. A camp-cooked meal, desserts and refreshments provided. Limit 20. Sunday / February 21 / 5:30 - 9 p.m. Please note the cloudy skies backup date is scheduled for Wednesday, February 24 Member: $50 / General Public: $60

Rancho de los Caballeros %XPERIENCETHE3ONORAN$ESERT h/UT7ICKENBURG7AYv Head out Wickenburg way for this popular seasonal outing featuring cowboy naturalist Richard Fredrickson of the famed Rancho de los Caballeros guest ranch in Wickenburg. This tour begins with a walk in the desert, treating nature lovers to a fabulous array of Sonoran Desert upland plant and animal species, local history, storytelling and ecology. The leisurely walk is loaded with nature interpretation and hands-on demonstrations, followed by a delicious lunch at the ranch’s historic cowboy-inspired dining room. This easy loop walk is approximately one and a half miles long with minimal elevation change, but does have some short sections of loose rocks and gravel. Lunch, gratuities, bottled water and snacks are included. Limit 20. Friday/ February 26 / 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Roundtrip from the Garden) Member: $50 ($70 with Garden transportation) General Public: $60 ($80 with Garden transportation)



trips and adventures Real travel adventures customized for Desert Botanical Garden members Check out the exciting trip previews below to get of glimpse of what is coming up then log on to to view complete trip information, itineraries and leader bios, or contact Steen Allard-Lawson at to schedule a phone call and learn more about these amazing destinations. Mark your calendar today for an exciting Galapågos Expedition, an excursion to the Chiricahua Mountains of Southeast Arizona, and a South African Gardens tour in 2010. The Desert Botanical Garden is a member of The International Ecotourism Society, the world’s largest and oldest ecotourism organization promoting responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people. For more visit The Garden has teamed with Arizona Outback Adventures for these two amazing trips designed exclusively for Garden members. Through careful planning in collaboration with the Garden and utilizing highly experienced, knowledgeable guides, AOA is dedicated to providing an optimal member experience. AOA trips integrate a host of educational components and unique experiences, interdisciplinary sciences, and premium guest care and comfort, regardless of location. A Garden trip host accompanies these trips to add an additional layer of service and hospitality to an already fantastic experience.

Grand Canyon and Havasupai Adventure When the ďŹ rst European explorers came to the edge of the Grand Canyon they had no idea what they were witnessing. The visual vocabulary for a gorge a mile deep, six miles wide and 287 miles long was simply not available; the distances were DECEPTIVE THESCALEUNIMAGINABLE/N this adventure, you will descend into one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, the heart of the Grand Canyon at Havasu Canyon. Featuring: s %XPLORATIONOF(AVASU#ANYON s 4HEREMOTEVILLAGEOF3UPAI s )NCREDIBLEWILDLIFE PLANTSANDECOLOGY of this amazing natural wonder Thursday - Monday/ April 29 - May 3 $1,448 per person (Double occupancy)



trips and adventures %XPERIENCETHE#HIRICAHUA-OUNTAINS OF3OUTHEAST!RIZONA Stay, learn, hike and play at the American Museum of Natural History’s Southwestern Research Station nestled in the mountains near Portal, Arizona. Scientists from across the nation and overseas come here to study the incredible diversity of plant and animal life of the beautiful Chiricahua Mountains, the biological Grand Canyon of North America. Surrounded by jaw dropping scenery, this is truly a North American safari with exceptional animal and plant discoveries around every corner. Expert guides and naturalists will lead you to the hidden secrets of this fascinating wonderland of rock spires, soaring peaks and riparian edens. Featuring: s (IKESANDWALKSHIGHLIGHTINGTHENATURALHISTORY wonders and scenery of the Sky Islands s %XPERTGUIDESINTERPRETTHEUNIQUEREPTILES BIRDS mammals and plants of the Chiricahuas s 9OURBESTCHANCEINTHE5NITED3TATESTOSEETHE famed elegant trogon s !CCOMMODATIONSATTHE!MERICAN-USEUMOF Natural History’s Southwestern Research Station Thursday - Sunday / March 18-21, 2010 $895 per person (Double occupancy)

"IRDINGAT2ANCHO%SMERALDA Join Pinau Merlin, author and naturalist, and birding guide Larry Liese for a fun-ďŹ lled four-day natural history weekend of exploring beautiful and lush Rancho Esmeralda in Sonora, Mexico. Explore diverse habitats on this 20,000 acre, solar-powered, ecotourism ranch that is home to well over 130 species of birds. Each day with our expert guides provides amazing memorable adventures and time to do some birding from the patio or sitting poolside. The beautiful, rustic lodge is laid out in the traditional Mexican ranch style of curtain divided dormitory rooms with double beds. The pool and Jacuzzi are perfect for lounging and watching the zillions of stars at night. The trip includes round trip transportation from the Garden, three nights’ accommodations at the elegantly rustic 2ANCHO%SMERALDA,ODGECOMPLETELYRESERVEDFOROUR group), all activities, excellent meals, expert guides and maximum fun. Friday - Monday / April 2-5, 2010 $1,049 per person

Journey to GalapĂĄgos 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 are the destination of a lifetime that should not be missed. 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. The Garden is proud to offer this collaborative expedition with Lindblad Expeditions. Small ship expedition cruises to the Galapagos Islands are your opportunity to discover one-of-akind wildlife in a spectacular setting with a top-tier expedition team. Lindblad was the ďŹ rst to offer this expedition to the Galapagos Islands – exhibiting over 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 most unparalleled adventure travel destinations.




Want to learn even more about this amazing expedition? Take advantage of a special trip preview presented by Lindblad Expeditions staff at the Garden. Learn about the wildly diverse Galapagos Islands, their magical ora, photogenic fauna, and what you can expect from this fantastic trip. Date and time to be determined. If you would like more information, contact 480-481-2066 or Steen Allard,AWSON SLAWSON DBGORG

4OUR3OUTH!FRICAN'ARDENSAND-ORE Prepare for an experience of a lifetime to a destination unlike any other–South Africa, world-renowned as one of the ďŹ nest countries to visit for the Garden and nature enthusiast. This is the only African country that has been able to make botanical gardens a priority. The gardens are magniďŹ cent and feature some of the most interesting and fascinating plant life on the continent. This specially designed tour for Garden members provides a behind the scenes look at many of these gardens, with specially arranged meetings with the directors and curators who make these gardens their life’s work.

3EE4HE"ESTOF"AJA Experience Baja California as you never imagined as the Garden teams up with Lindblad Expeditions for a ‘Best of Baja’ getaway aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion. Experience the natural wonders of this amazing peninsula and the Sea of Cortez whether whale watching from the deck of the expedition ship or exploring miles of uninhabited beaches and scenic desert. This unique journey is designed with no set itinerary, adding exibility and a stimulating sense of adventure to each day.


Featuring: s )SLA!NGELDELA'UARDATOHIKEAMONGELEPHANTTREES and magniďŹ cent cardon cactus s )SLA3ANTA#ATALINAWHEREYOUWILLSEARCHFORMARINE life and hike among giant barrel cactus s )SLA2ASATOWITNESSTHOUSANDSOFNESTING Heermann’s gulls and terns s )SLA3AN0EDRO-ARTIR ASMALLISLANDHOMETO thousands of seabirds including blue-footed boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, pelicans and frigatebirds s )SLA#ARMENTOEXPLOREVIAKAYAK WALKSANDSNORKEL !PRIL  #ABIN0RICESFROM 



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Register Early Registrations are taken on a ďŹ rst-come, ďŹ rst-served basis; please register early to ensure your space in the program. Additionally, programs may be cancelled due to insufďŹ cient enrollment; register early and encourage your friends to do the same. Advance registration is required for all classes. ConďŹ rmation of your enrollment will be sent by mail following your completed registration.

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#ANCELLATIONAND2EFUND0OLICIES Refunds are available for cancellations made more than ďŹ ve business days prior to class start date, less a $20 fee. No refunds are available for cancellations made less than ďŹ ve business days prior to class start date. No refunds or credits will be given after the start date of the program. A full refund will be made in the event a program is cancelled by the Desert Botanical Garden. Refunds cannot be issued for missed class sessions. Please note that special cancellation policies apply to extended Trips and Adventures.

)MPORTANT)NFORMATION Program sizes are limited to ensure quality, and we regret that receipt of your payment does not guarantee enrollment. Your enrollment will be conďŹ rmed by mail. Should your program be unavailable, you will be contacted and your payment will be refunded. Please be considerate of fellow program participants. 0LEASESILENCEPORTABLEELECTRONICDEVICESCELLPHONES pagers, etc.) during programs, and please do not bring unregistered guests to programs. We value your questions, comments or suggestions regarding current or future programs offered by the Desert Botanical Garden. Please call 480-481-8146. Additional program information is available at the 'ARDENS!DMISSION"OX/FlCEORONLINEATDBGORG

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!LOE6ERA#LUB (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 beneďŹ ts for two adults and members’ children/grandchildren age 18 and younger. $75 Senita Club – 2 guest passes, 2 free audio tour rentals per visit $100 Cholla Club – 4 guest passes, 2 free audio tour rentals per visit $150 Agave Century Club – 6 guest passes, 4 free audio tour rentals per visit, invitation to one exclusive event, and one-time recognition in The Sonoran Quarterly "OOJUM4REE#LUB – 8 guest passes, 4 free audio tour rentals per visit, invitation to one exclusive event, one-time recognition in The Sonoran Quarterly and new member Garden Discovery Tour

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Education Program /NE STOPSHOPPINGEXPERIENCE Registration for extraordinary gifts and plants. 480-481-8146 / Weekdays Jewelry, books, gourmet foods, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. decorative items and apparel Plant Hotline are just a few of the unique gifts Desert Plant Questions you will ďŹ nd. A wide selection of or plants are available for your home, 480-941-1225 / Monday-Friday PATIOANDLANDSCAPINGNEEDS 10 - 11:30 a.m. member discount. /UR'ARDENSTAFFANDVOLUNTEERS have the resources and expertise 4HE-ISSIONOFTHE to help you. $ESERT"OTANICAL'ARDEN The Garden’s commitment to the Garden Library community is to advance excellence 480-481-8133 / Weekdays in education, research, exhibition 12 - 4 p.m. and conservation of desert plants Find information about plants and of the world with emphasis on the other desert topics in our special Southwestern United States. We will reference collection. ensure that the Garden is always a compelling attraction that brings to 0ATIO#AFĂŽ life the many wonders of the desert. /PEN$AILY /NTHE#OVER The Garden’s Patio CafĂŠ offers Experience Las Noches de las Luminaria visitors a beautiful setting for 2009. Photo by Adam Rodriguez breakfast, lunch or a snack. Call The Garden is powered with 100% Official Airline of 480-941-1225 for seasonal hours renewable energy provided by Desert Botanical Garden or to ask about group options and facility rental information.

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Winter Calendar of Events 2009-2010  
Winter Calendar of Events 2009-2010  

Special events, classes and trips that are available at the Garden