Classes

  • Essential Oils for Green Cleaning – 10 a.m. to noon

    03/23/2019 10 a.m. to noon

    Learn to make your own natural cleaning products with essential oils. Find out which oils to use for counter sprays, grout cleaners, cutting board blends and more. Make…

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  • TEP Home Energizer Workshop

    03/28/2019 6 to 8 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

    The Home Energizer Workshop is a 90-minute program designed to teach an adult audience simple ways to be energy efficient at home. Each participant receives an Energy Efficiency Kit -…

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  • Hypertufa Pot Workshop

    03/29/2019 9 to 11 a.m.

    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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  • Scones & Scrubs – 10 a.m. to noon

    03/30/2019 10 to noon

    Sip tea from china cups and enjoy scones while learning how to make natural body scrubs with beautiful aromatics and loose-leaf teas that will nourish and soothe the…

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  • Mindful Yoga (Apr.) – Tuesdays

    04/02/2019 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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  • Garden Meditation Apr.) – 11 a.m.

    04/02/2019 11 to 11:45 a.m.

    Reconnect and tap into your source of infinite energy! Meditation helps us to bring greater balance and peace into our lives. Learn how to relax and balance mind…

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  • Herbs in Ink – 9 a.m. to noon

    04/02/2019 9 a.m. to noon

    In this class, light your creative spark with culinary herb plants as the subject. Join Botanical Artist Pauline Savage to explore shapes, marks, dynamic light and shadow, and…

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  • Pine Needle Casting – 1 to 4 p.m.

    04/03/2019 1 to 4 p.m.

    Craft a one-of-a-kind pendant by pouring melted, pure silver into a bundle of pine needles. Continue pouring until you end up with a design you love. Artist Don…

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  • Mindful Yoga (Apr.) – Thursdays

    04/04/2019 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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  • Insects in the Garden: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – 2 to 4 pm.

    04/04/2019 2 to 4 p.m.

    It’s no fun having insects destroy your plants! Have you ever wondered how organic gardeners deal with problem insects in the garden? Part of the solution is enlisting…

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  • Tai Chi (Apr.) – 10:30 a.m.

    04/05/2019 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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  • Mosaic Planter – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    04/05/2019 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Create a beautiful, custom container for your favorite plant (approximately 12” diameter)! Learn nipping and fitting skills associated with porcelain tile mosaics. Choose from a large variety of…

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  • The Fundamentals of Low Centerpiece Floral Design – 9 to 11:30 a.m.

    04/09/2019 9 to 11:30 a.m.

    Learn the fundamentals of how to design a loose, garden-style low centerpiece suitable for a wedding or special event. Tanya Kratz, owner and lead designer of In Full…

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  • Mammals of Arizona – 10 a.m. to noon

    04/12/2019 10 a.m. to noon

    Did you know Arizona is one of the richest states in terms of diverse mammal populations? As most of these species are nocturnal, this course by Jeff Babson,…

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  • Desert Flowers in Colored Pencils – 9 a.m. to noon

    04/12/2019 9 a.m. to noon

    Explore colored pencil techniques to illustrate the bold flower colors of the desert. Learn techniques to effectively show texture, detail and vibrant color with illustrator and artist, Devon…

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  • Essential Oils For Better Sleep – 10 a.m. to noon

    04/13/2019 10 a.m. to noon

    Learn which essential oils have relaxing properties that can helping us unwind and sleep better.  We’ll discuss safety & dilution guidelines, you’ll get recipes to use at home…

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  • Gesture and Contour: Drawing as a Process of Discovery – 9 a.m. to noon

    04/14/2019 9 a.m. to noon

    Join The Drawing Studio’s Nancy Chilton to practice gesture and contour, two foundational drawing methods we’ll use for seeing and responding to plants: their forms, essences and habitats….

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  • Sustainability Made Simple – 10 a.m. to noon

    04/17/2019 10 a.m. to noon

    A considered, ecological approach to landscape design doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your style and aesthetic preferences. Acclaimed landscape designer and owner of REALM, Jason Isenberg, will…

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  • Sketching Succulents – 1 to 4 p.m.

    04/18/2019 1 to 4 p.m.

    Succulents are a diverse group of plants with the ability to store water in their leaves! Presented by The Drawing Studio’s Saraiya Kanning, participants will roam the succulent…

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  • Learn to Track Flowers for Bats

    04/19/2019 4 to 6 p.m.

    The ​lesser ​long-nosed ​bat ​travels ​north ​from ​Mexico ​each ​year ​to ​summer ​in ​Southern ​Arizona ​while ​raising ​its ​young. ​The ​bats ​rely ​on ​nectar, ​pollen, ​and ​fruits ​from ​local ​cactus ​and ​succulents. ​The ​US ​Fish ​& ​Wildlife ​Service ​and ​the ​USA ​National ​Phenology ​Network ​seek ​to ​understand ​whether ​the ​flowering ​time ​of ​these ​species ​is ​changing.   You ​can ​help by tracking ​the ​flowering ​of ​saguaro ​and ​other ​plants ​in ​your ​yard ​or ​by ​adopting ​a ​trail ​in ​the ​Tucson ​area. ​ Learn how to get involved with this training at the Gardens!

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  • From Cocoa Bean to Chocolate Bar: Origins & Processes of Chocolate – 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

    04/28/2019 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

    Participants will learn about each step of the chocolate making process from the harvesting of cacao to the finished chocolate bar, including: the botany of Theobroma cacao, the…

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  • Simple Silversmithing – 1 to 4 p.m.

    05/01/2019 1 to 4 p.m.

    Learn the basics of silversmithing with Don Norris who has over 40 years teaching experience.  This class will help you understand types of metals and alloys, tools and…

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  • Making Herbal Body Butters – 10 a.m. to noon

    05/03/2019 10 a.m. to noon

    In this class offered by Linda Sherwood, herbalist and owner of Desert Offerings, you will learn to make (and take home) an herbal body butter using plants from…

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  • Bountiful Hot Weather Gardening

    05/07/2019 10 a.m. to noon

    When it comes to desert gardening, so many people have been negatively persuaded by their own trials and gardening failures or by the words of discouragement from others;…

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  • Tabletop Spring Planter – 10 a.m. to noon

    05/08/2019 10 a.m. to noon

    Taught by Garden Docents with container gardening experience, this workshop will provide all that is needed for each participant to learn and create an arrangement fit for spring….

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  • Lizards of Southern Arizona – 10 a.m. to noon

    05/10/2019 10 a.m. to noon

    The Sonoran Desert is home to a diverse array of reptiles. Jeff Babson, of Sky Island Tours, will examine some of the more conspicuous local species of lizards…

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  • Beautiful Desert Birds – 9 a.m. to noon

    05/10/2019 9 a.m. to noon

    Capture the brilliant colors of desert birds using watercolors and colored pencils.  Learn a variety of skills with illustrator and artist, Devon Meyer. Students will select and complete…

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  • Mother’s Day Spring Tea – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    05/11/2019 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    Our second annual Mother’s Day Spring Tea will feature a three-course afternoon tea complete with china, tea sandwiches, scones, and sweets. The berry-licious menu, inspired by the sumptuous…

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  • NEW! Teen Workshop: Vertical Gardening for Small Spaces (ages 12-17)

    05/11/2019 9 a.m. to noon

    In this hands-on workshop, teens will be creating a water-saving vertical garden using pallet wood and two-liter plastic bottles. Participants can choose from a variety of herbs and…

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  • Mosaic Occasional Table – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    05/17/2019 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Create a beautiful porcelain mosaic table top (13″ square) set in a high quality custom metal base. Learn and practice nipping and fitting techniques then grout at end…

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  • Aromatherapy Diffuser Blends – 10 a.m. to noon

    05/18/2019 10 a.m. to noon

    Learn how to create great diffuser blends for your home or personal space.  Get tips for choosing harmonious combinations and recipes for creating different moods with aromatics.  Make…

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Education at the Gardens

Preregistration is required for all classes. Payment must be made in advance to reserve a spot. No refunds will be issued less than 7 business days prior to class. A $5 cancelation fee will be applied to all refunds issued prior to 7 business days. We reserve the right to cancel classes due to insufficient registration, garden closure, or inclement weather, in which case, participants will receive a full refund. People with disabilities should make requests for accommodation as early as possible to allow time to make appropriate arrangements.