Classes

  • BACKYARD CHICKENS

    Backyard Chickens 101

    02/17/2016 10 to 11:30 a.m.

    Have you dreamed about raising chickens in your backyard, but don’t know where to start?  This class will provide you with the basic information necessary to start enjoying…

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    Essential Oils for Muscle Aches & Pains

    02/20/2016 10 a.m. to noon

    Soothe those aches and pains!  Learn which essential oils are best for inflammation and pain relief, how to use them and make your own remedy to take home….

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  • RAPTORS PART 3

    Raptors Part Three: Owls

    02/25/2016 6 to 8 p.m.

    Owls have captivated the imagination of mankind for centuries, symbolizing everything from death and evil to wisdom and protection. Join Jeff Babson as he explores the biology, classification…

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  • MINDFUL YOGA (1)

    Mindful Yoga

    03/03/2016 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.

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  • DIY-home

    DIY Desert Design

    03/12/2016 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…

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    Better Sleep with Essential Oils

    03/12/2016 9 to 11:30 a.m.

      Learn how aromatherapy can help you sleep better.   Some essential oils have sedative and relaxing properties that are perfect for helping us unwind, calm the mind and…

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  • Artistic expression under glass (2)

    Artistic Expression Under Glass – Cactus

    03/15/2016 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,…

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  • PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER–GREAT WINTER POTTED GARDENS

    Herbs & Veggies to Compliment Your Potted Garden

    03/16/2016 9 to 10:30 a.m.

    Herbs and veggies don’t have to be quarantined in your garden! Join desert potted garden expert, Marylee Pangman and learn how to incorporate edibles in your flower pots. You…

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  • Watercolor Wildflowers

    03/18/2016 9 a.m. to Noon

    This class is designed for beginning and intermediate students. We will explore the wonderful world of watercolors as we walk the garden and appreciate the colorful spring blooms….

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  • Soil Part One: General Properties

    03/19/2016 10 a.m. to Noon

      Better understand the main properties of soil in order to manage common soil related problems found in home gardens.  This presentation will discuss soil formation, chemical properties,…

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  • Arizona Butterflies Part Two: Hairstreaks, Blues, and Metalmarks

    03/31/2016 6 to 8 p.m.

     This continuation of Jeff Babson’s series on local butterflies focuses on several new species: Hairstreaks and Blues are collectively known as gossamer wings, a group of small, fast…

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  • IKEBANA FOR EVERYONE

    Ikebana For Everyone

    04/07/2016 1:00 - 3:30pm

    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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  • MINDFUL YOGA (1)

    Mindful Yoga

    04/07/2016 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.

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    Aromatherapy Travel Kit

    04/09/2016 10 a.m. to noon

      Learn how to make your own aromatherapy travel kit with Kerry Blank, Certified Aromatherapist, LMT and owner of Catalina Aromatherapy. How about an Air Purifying Spritz for…

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  • PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER–GREAT WINTER POTTED GARDENS

    A Flourishing Potted Garden

    04/13/2016 9 to 10:30 a.m.

    Learn well-established methods for potted plant survival in our challenging climate from desert potted garden expert, Marylee Pangman.

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  • Watercolor Butterflies

    04/15/2016 9 a.m. to Noon

    This class is designed for beginning and intermediate students. Capture the incredible diversity and gorgeous patterns of our amazing butterfly collection in watercolor. Students will learn how to…

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  • Soil Part Two: Management for Gardens and Landscapes

    04/16/2016 10 a.m. to Noon

      Learn how soil properties influence plant development and techniques for making your soil a better medium for plant growth.  Specific topics include: common nutrient deficiencies, adjusting soil…

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  • Artistic expression under glass (2)

    Artistic Expression Under Glass – Butterfly

    04/19/2016 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,…

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  • PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER–GREAT WINTER POTTED GARDENS

    A Flourishing Potted Garden

    04/23/2016 1 to 2:30 pm

    Learn well-established methods for potted plant survival in our challenging climate from desert potted garden expert, Marylee Pangman.

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  • Arizona Butterflies Four: Skippers

    04/28/2016 6-8 pm

      The final entry in Jeff Babson’s butterfly series centers on skippers, some of which are terribly difficult to identify, while others are instantly recognizable for their stunning…

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  • MINDFUL YOGA (1)

    Mindful Yoga

    05/05/2016 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.

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  • IKEBANA FOR EVERYONE

    Ikebana For Everyone

    05/05/2016 1:00 - 3:30pm

    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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  • Tabletop Succulent Garden

    05/08/2016 10 a.m. to noon

      Growing succulent plants in a container garden is easy and immensely satisfying. Succulent plants come in an amazing array of colors and leaf textures and combining them…

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  • Artistic expression under glass (2)

    Artistic Expression Under Glass – Mountain Scene

    05/10/2016 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,…

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  • Fascinating Fungi

    05/12/2016 6- 8 pm

       

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  • Sketching Birds with Colored Pencil and Pens

    05/20/2016 9 a.m. to Noon

    This class is designed for beginning and intermediate students. Learn basic techniques that will help you more accurately draw what you see. With colored pencils and pens, we…

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  • Herbal First Aid

    05/21/2016 10 a.m. to noon

      Linda Sherwood, M.Ed., herbalist and owner of Desert Offerings, will discuss and demonstrate herbal first aid ailments of an everyday nature. Students will learn about the use…

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    Aromatherapy for Bath and Body

    05/28/2016 10 a.m. to noon

      It’s easy to create a spa atmosphere at home with these aromatherapy recipes.  Kerry Blank, Certified Aromatherapist, LMT will demonstrate body scrubs, bath soaks and body oils. …

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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.