YOGA IN THE GARDENS
Thu., May 2, 16, 23, 30 (four-class series; no class May 9)
8 to 9 a.m.
Start your day off on the right foot with weekly sessions of invigorating and centering yoga practice in our beautiful garden setting. Led by Laura Greenlaw, a certified yoga instructor with nine years of teaching experience, each one-hour class will include centering hatha yoga poses taught using good alignment and breath work. Students will learn to create both flexibility and strength in their bodies.
One month $40, $30 members
POETRY IN THE GARDENS
First Sat. of the Month — Mar. 2, Apr. 6, May 4
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Art and literature have always reflected the natural world. In this new monthly series, hosted by the Tucson Botanical Gardens and the University of Arizona Poetry Center, lovers of nature and poetry are invited to visit a different garden space each month and explore those connections. Poetry Center docents will provide participants with a packet of poems focusing on the natural world and invite all to join a light and informal conversation of how literature and nature “work” together. No prior knowledge of poetry is needed, but a pen and notebook are recommended.
Sat., Mar. 2: Butterfly Garden
Sat., Apr. 6: Iris Garden
Sat., May 4: Cactus and Succulent Garden
Free with Gardens admission. No pre-registration necessary.
RECYCLED METAL FLOWERS
Sun., May 12 – Mother’s Day
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
After a visit to the DeGrazia Gallery, instructors Rich and Ann Bates were inspired to re-create the colorful metal flowers that graced its gates and fences. Spend the afternoon with them learning how to create these easy-to-make flowers from recycled soda and tin cans. A variety of empty cans, glue guns, scissors and spray paint will be provided. Please bring your own found objects—seed pods, beads, pictures, strings, coins—to personalize your flowers. Let your imagination soar.
$15, $10 members
This Class Is Full – Please review our other class offerings.
GROWDOWN! DESIGNER FORUM
Thur., May 30
4:30 to 5:30 p.m. – Self-guided tour of the Growdown! gardens
5:30 to 7 p.m. – Designer Forum & special screening of the Growdown! Short Film
This spring marked the first ever Growdown! The Great Tucson Garden Design Challenge at Tucson Botanical Gardens. Four local landscape designers went trowel to trowel, competing to create the best small Tucson garden in 24 hours or less:
• Scott Calhoun, Zona Gardens, LLC
• Chris Jeffrey, LJ Design & Consulting
• Ezra Roati, REALM, an Urban Organics Co.
• Janis and Phil Van Wyck, Van Wyck Projects
Working on bare 15-by-20-foot plots, the designers drew support from nearly 50 Community Partners—local businesses, artisans and merchants who donated and loaned time, plants, materials, artwork, and expertise to make the designers visions come to life. When the dust settled, we were left with four expertly-crafted small gardens reflecting the local landscape and the local community. Filmmaker and Fellow at the Hanson Film Institute, Marcus De Leon, documented the Growdown! process in a short film. Join us for a special screening of the film and a discussion among the designers themselves about what inspired them, the process of bringing the gardens to life and tips for incorporating some of their features and approaches in your own landscape. Arrive early and take one of the last opportunities to see the gardens while they’re on display (through the end of May). Free and open to the public.Email this page to a friend