Classes

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    The Evolution of Archetypes and Identity in the Corridos of the Borderlands

    01/26/2017 6 to 7:30 p.m.

    Corridos are folk ballads that have been part of the oral tradition in Mexican culture for over a century.  They were a form of entertainment and a news…

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  • Sowing Seeds

    Sowing Seeds for Spring Veggies

    01/28/2017 10 a.m. to noon

      Endless sunny skies allow Tucson gardeners to continuously grow vegetables year-round. Our desert climate offers challenges that sometimes discourage the greenest thumb. However, with the right strategies…

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  • MINDFUL YOGA (1)

    Mindful Yoga February: 4-Class Series

    02/02/2017 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

    Led by certified yoga instructor and massage therapist, Vivianne Uyeda, this series explores moderate hatha yoga, with an emphasis on movement, breath and meditation. All levels welcome. Please…

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    Tai Chi February: 4-Class Series

    02/03/2017 10:30 am to 11:30 am

    Certified instructor, Harold Crim, will lead you through the ancient Chinese traditional movements of Tai Chi, a practice that promotes an overall sense of wellbeing through breathing, stress reduction,…

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    Frida Kahlo as Subject and Object in Contemporary Art (Location: Pima Community College District Office)

    02/03/2017 6 to 7:30 p.m.

    Since her death in 1954, Frida Kahlo’s art and personality exerted a definitive impact on fine arts and popular culture throughout the Western world. This lecture will trace…

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    Cactus Flowers

    02/07/2017 9 a.m. to noon

    Sonoran Desert cactus flowers are both spectacular and unique. Illustrator and artist, Devon Meyer, will explore these desert gems using various watercolor techniques including dry brush, layering and…

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    Sustainable Landscape Design

    02/08/2017 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    With guidance from Dan Dorsey of the Sonoran Permaculture Guild, you will create an exciting, long-term plan for your sustainable home and landscape. You will learn how to…

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    The Popol Vuh: The Sacred Stories of the Maya

    02/09/2017 6 to 7:30 p.m.

    The Popol Vuh, a book about the creation story of the Maya, depicts Meso-American culture as grounded in the natural world and natural cycles.  In this text, the…

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  • Western Tanager (Male), Cabin Lake Viewing Blinds, Deschutes National Forest, Near Fort Rock, Oregon

    Songbirds Part Two: Thrashers to Tanagers

    02/10/2017 10 a.m. to noon

      Have you ever lain awake at night wondering what a pipit is? If so, Jeff Babson’s second course on songbirds has you covered, and will also cover…

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    SketchUp: Getting Started

    02/11/2017 10 a.m. to noon

    Take your landscape designs to the next level with SketchUp, a free 3D modeling computer program. Erin Hutton, Owner of Rocket Garden Landscape Design, will lead you through…

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    SketchUp: Next Steps

    02/11/2017 1 to 3 p.m.

    Enhance your SketchUp skills by using more advanced settings and tools with Erin Hutton, Owner of Rocket Garden Landscape Design. Topics include creating a base plan by importing…

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    SketchUp: Getting Started & Next Steps

    02/11/2017 10 to 3 p.m.

    Getting Started: Take your landscape designs to the next level with SketchUp, a free 3D modeling computer program. Erin Hutton, Owner of Rocket Garden Landscape Design, will lead…

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  • lovers-heart

    Artistic Expression Under Glass – Lovers Heart

    02/14/2017 10 a.m. to noon

    Join contemporary artist, Bonnie Pisik, as she leads you through the dramatic and fascinating technique of reverse-painting under glass. Whether you’re an experienced painter or budding novice, you’ll…

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    Healthy Eating Made Easy

    02/15/2017 10 a.m. to noon

    Learn how to choose, prepare and store pomegranates, lemons, limes, grapefruit, tomatoes, greens and more for optimal flavor and nutrition with nutritional consultant Jeanne Bjorn. We will discuss…

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  • Edible Plant Tour (2)

    Edible Plant Tour and Tasting: February

    02/16/2017 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

    Tucson Botanical Gardens grows plants from across the globe, many of which are edible.  Join us for a tour to learn about the historical and current uses of…

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    Habitat at Home

    02/16/2017 10 a.m. to noon

    Welcome birds into your yard! Tucson Audobon Society’s Habitat at Home program gives you the information you need to transform your yard into safe, sustainable bird habitat. We…

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  • Lesser Goldfinch (Male), Carol's Garden, Palm Canyon Resort, Borrego Springs, California

    Songbirds Part Three: Sparrows to Goldfinches

    02/17/2017 10 a.m. to noon

    Get even more bird for your buck with the final chapter of Jeff Babson’s songbird series, which focuses on some of our gaudiest and most challenging species to…

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    Aromatherapy for Green Cleaning

    02/18/2017 10 a.m. to noon

    Learn to make your own natural cleaning products with essential oils with certified Aromatherapist, Kerry Blank. Join us to find out which oils to use for counter sprays,…

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  • Frida cropped small

    Portraits in the Style of Frida Kahlo

    02/21/2017 9 a.m. to noon

    Using acrylic paint and mixed media, illustrator and artist, Devon Meyer, will help you explore Frida Kahlo’s portraits and the symbolism she incorporated in her work. Students will create…

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  • Sandhill Crane

    Painting Party – Sandhill Cranes

    02/28/2017 1 - 4 p.m.

      Complete a 12” x 16” inch masterpiece in just three hours without any previous painting experience! Karen Workman will lead you through through the painting process step-by-step.  Please bring…

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  • MINDFUL YOGA (1)

    Mindful Yoga March: 5-Class Series

    03/02/2017 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

    Led by certified yoga instructor and massage therapist, Vivianne Uyeda, this series explores moderate hatha yoga, with an emphasis on movement, breath and meditation. All levels welcome. Please…

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    Tai Chi March: 5-Class Series

    03/03/2017 10:30 am to 11:30 am

    Discover your chi as you become inspired by better balance, renewed strength, confidence, and improved flexibility and reduced stress.  Certified instructor, Harold Crim, will lead you through the…

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    Mexican Folk Costume Collection at the Arizona State Museum

    03/03/2017 2 to 4 p.m.

    Join Diane Dittemore, Ethnological Collections Curator, for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Arizona State Museum’s outstanding collection of Mexican folk costumes. Tour will take place at the Arizona…

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  • Herbal Medicine Making

    Frida’s Flower Body: A Conversation and Medicine Walk

    03/04/2017 10 a.m. to noon

    Join two faculty members from the the University of Arizona’s Department of Mexican American Studies for medicine walk of the Tucson Botanical Gardens followed by a discussion of…

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  • Pruning fruit trees

    Pruning Fruit Trees

    03/08/2017 10 to 11 a.m.

    Stumped by when and how to prune your fruit trees? Learn techniques for cold damage removal, invigoration, branch configuration, and review best practices for making ideal cuts. Participants…

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  • Painting Party -Prickly pear

    Painting Party – Prickly Pear

    03/08/2017 1 - 4 p.m.

    Complete a 12” x 16” inch masterpiece in just three hours without any previous painting experience! Karen Workman will lead you through through the painting process step-by-step.  Please bring an…

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    Frida: She Wore It Her Way

    03/09/2017 6 to 7:30 p.m.

    Frida Kahlo often challenged societal expectations, even with her wardrobe.  Using authentic examples of indigenous garments, this presentation will offer a brief history of the artist and then…

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    Ducks and Geese of Arizona

    03/10/2017 10 a.m. to noon

    Most people don’t consider ducks as a native desert species, yet Southern Arizona is home to thousands of such birds in the winter! Join Jeff Babson, of Sky…

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    DIY Desert Design- Spring 2017

    03/11/2017 Saturdays, 9 a.m. to noon

    This 6-class course, taught by the Garden’s knowledgeable Docents, will provide you with the information and inspiration you need to plan a personal, beautiful, and successful garden in…

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    Ikebana For Everyone: 4-Part Series

    03/16/2017 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

    Create beauty and reduce stress through Ikebana, the ancient Japanese art of arranging flowers in the style most pleasing to the eye.  Learn from the Ohara School of…

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  • Edible Plant Tour (2)

    Edible Plant Tour and Tasting: March

    03/16/2017 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

    Tucson Botanical Gardens grows plants from across the globe, many of which are edible.  Join us for a tour to learn about the historical and current uses of…

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    Hypertufa Pot Workshop

    03/17/2017 9 a.m. to noon

    Hypertufa, is a lightweight material that can be formed into beautiful rustic containers for plants, especially cacti and succulents. Learn the techniques for mixing and molding your own…

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    Aromatherapy for Aches & Pains

    03/18/2017 10 a.m. to noon

    Soothe aches & pains naturally.  Learn which essential oils are best for inflammation and pain relief & make your own take home remedy with certified aromatherapist, Kerry Blank.

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  • AEUG - Mountain Scene

    Artistic Expression Under Glass – Mountain Scene

    03/21/2017 10 a.m. to noon

    Join contemporary artist, Bonnie Pisik, as she leads you through the dramatic and fascinating technique of reverse-painting under glass. Whether you’re an experienced painter or budding novice, you’ll…

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  • Spring Blooms en Plein Air

    Spring Blooms en Plein Air

    03/21/2017 9 a.m. to noon

    Explore the wonderful world of watercolors while enjoying the colorful spring blooms at the Gardens.  Illustrator and artist, Devon Meyer will cover principles of drawing, shading, and color. …

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  • fridas-roots22

    Getting to Know Frida

    03/23/2017 6 to 7:30 p.m.

    Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was an enigmatic personality who achieved international acclaim for her surreal, yet autobiographical paintings. Her celebrity was enhanced by her volatile relationship with famous…

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    Nutritional Sodas

    03/29/2017 10 a.m. to noon

    Nutritional fermented sodas are an excellent way to keep hydrated in our desert climate.  Learn how to make these refreshing drinks in your own kitchen with nutritional consultant,…

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    Irises Do Grow in Tucson! – April 1

    04/01/2017 1 to 4 p.m.

    While irises bloom in the spring, newer varieties may also bloom again in the fall.  Learn about these varieties, general planting and care of your irises, common mistakes,…

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  • Tree Spring Cleaning

    Tree Spring Cleaning

    04/05/2017 10 to 11 a.m.

    Learn to promote the health of your deciduous trees with guidelines on removing cold damaged branches, shaping for future growth, and reducing potential hazards.  Participants will observe real-time…

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  • MINDFUL YOGA (1)

    Mindful Yoga April: 4-Class Series

    04/06/2017 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

    Led by certified yoga instructor and massage therapist, Vivianne Uyeda, this series explores moderate hatha yoga, with an emphasis on movement, breath and meditation. All levels welcome. Please…

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  • tai-chi

    Tai Chi April: 4-Class Series

    04/07/2017 10:30 am to 11:30 am

    Discover your chi as you become inspired by better balance, renewed strength, confidence, and improved flexibility and reduced stress.  Certified instructor, Harold Crim, will lead you through the…

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  • Painting Party -Starry Saguaro

    Painting Party – Starry Saguaro

    04/12/2017 1 - 4 p.m.

    Complete a 12” x 16” inch masterpiece in just three hours without any previous painting experience! Karen Workman will lead you through through the painting process step-by-step.  Please bring an…

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  • fridas-roots22

    Frida Kahlo and the Revolutionary Art Crowd in Mexico

    04/13/2017 6 to 7:30 p.m.

    This presentation explores Frida Kahlo’s participation in the circle of Mexican and foreign revolutionary artists and intellectuals such as Diego Rivera and Leon Trotsky from the 1930s to…

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    Irises Do Grow in Tucson! – April 13

    04/13/2017 10 a.m. to noon

    While irises bloom in the spring, newer varieties may also bloom again in the fall.  Learn about these varieties, general planting and care of your irises, common mistakes,…

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    Watercolor Greeting Cards

    04/14/2017 9 a.m. to noon

    Create custom painted greeting cards to share with friends and loved ones. Illustrator and artist, Devon Meyer, will help you create small botanically-themed paintings using various watercolor techniques…

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  • AEUG - Butterfly

    Artistic Expression Under Glass – Butterfly

    04/18/2017 10 a.m. to noon

    Join contemporary artist, Bonnie Pisik, as she leads you through the dramatic and fascinating technique of reverse-painting under glass. Whether you’re an experienced painter or budding novice, you’ll…

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    Recognize Signs of Distress

    04/19/2017 10 to 11 a.m.

    Regular review of the health of your trees can save you the expense of excessive maintenance or removal.  What should you look for in a healthy tree?  Jason…

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  • Edible Plant Tour (2)

    Edible Plant Tour and Tasting: April

    04/20/2017 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

    Tucson Botanical Gardens grows plants from across the globe, many of which are edible.  Join us for a tour to learn about the historical and current uses of…

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    Fruitful Kitchen Gardens

    04/20/2017 10 to 11 a.m.

    From planting seasonally-appropriate crops to creating simple and exciting meals from the fruits (and vegetables) of your labor, this three-part series will lead you through each step of…

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    Herons, Egrets, and Other Water Birds

    04/21/2017 10 a.m. to noon

    This class investigates herons, egrets, cranes, rails and other birds found in or near aquatic habitats. Jeff Babson, of Sky Island Tours, discusses classification, identification, and biology of…

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  • Aromatherapy for Mind and Mood

    Aromatherapy for Mind & Mood

    04/22/2017 10 a.m. to noon

    Natural aromas have a wonderful way of lifting our spirits, clearing the mind, calming or energizing us.  Join certified aromatherapist, Kerry Blank to learn about the connection between…

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  • Sketching Birds

    Sketching Birds

    04/28/2017 9 a.m. to noon

    Learn basic techniques from illustrator and artist, Devon Meyer,  that will help you more accurately draw what you see with.  With colored pencils and pens, we will simplify…

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  • MINDFUL YOGA (1)

    Mindful Yoga May: 4-Class Series

    05/04/2017 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

    Led by certified yoga instructor and massage therapist, Vivianne Uyeda, this series explores moderate hatha yoga, with an emphasis on movement, breath and meditation. All levels welcome. Please…

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  • tai-chi

    Tai Chi May: 4-Class Series

    05/05/2017 10:30 am to 11:30 am

    Discover your chi as you become inspired by better balance, renewed strength, confidence, and improved flexibility and reduced stress.  Certified instructor, Harold Crim, will lead you through the…

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    Shorebirds

    05/05/2017 10 a.m. to noon

    Shorebirds are truly amazing animals, famous for undertaking some of the longest annual migrations of any bird. Found along coasts, lakeshores and other open habitats, these birds present…

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  • Aromatherapy Everyday

    Aromatherapy Day-to-Day

    05/06/2017 10 a.m. to noon

    Learn fun and easy ways to incorporate essential oils into your daily life with certified aromatherapist, Kerry Blank.  From personal care to first aid, we will discuss dozens…

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  • Painting Party - Horseback Sunset

    Painting Party – Horseback Sunset

    05/10/2017 1 - 4 p.m.

    Complete a 12” x 16” inch masterpiece in just three hours without any previous painting experience! Karen Workman will lead you through through the painting process step-by-step.  Please bring an…

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    Artistic Expression Under Glass – Seascape

    05/16/2017 10 a.m. to noon

    Join contemporary artist, Bonnie Pisik, as she leads you through the dramatic and fascinating technique of reverse-painting under glass. Whether you’re an experienced painter or budding novice, you’ll…

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  • Edible Plant Tour (2)

    Edible Plant Tour and Tasting: May

    05/18/2017 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

    Tucson Botanical Gardens grows plants from across the globe, many of which are edible.  Join us for a tour to learn about the historical and current uses of…

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Education at the Gardens

Preregistration is required for all classes, unless otherwise noted. Payment must be made in advance to reserve a spot.  No refunds will be given for cancellations within seven business days of the class.  People with disabilities should make requests for accommodation as early as possible to allow time to make appropriate arrangements.