Classes

  • Shade Gardening: Creating Shade in a Hot, Dry Climate

    06/25/2021 10am to 12pm

    Shade Gardening: Creating Shade in a Hot, Dry Climate Shade is a valuable commodity in the desert landscape that provides welcome relief from the intense desert heat and…

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  • Botanical Art in Watercolor: Agave

    06/30/2021 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

    This class is a great introduction to watercolor techniques for botanical art. We will explore agave through a unique medium that has been used in botanical art and…

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  • Monsoon Vegetable Gardening

    07/14/2021 10 a.m. to noon

    While it might feel impossible to create a successful vegetable garden during harsh Tucson summers, gardeners can still grow food during our monsoon season beginning in July. The additional…

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  • Watercolor Birds

    07/21/2021 2pm to 3:30pm

    In the desert, it is relatively easy to catch a glimpse of a wild bird, and even get one on camera, but capturing the animal’s essence takes real…

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  • The Marvelous, Magical World of Moths

    07/23/2021 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    In support of National Moth Week we celebrate the world of moths!  Moths are common insects that offer the naturalist a lifetime of discovery and adventure.  In this…

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  • Botanical Art in Pen and Ink: Cholla Blossoms

    07/28/2021 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

    Botanical Art with Pen and Ink — Cholla Blossoms Beginner to Intermediate Level This class is a great introduction to pen & ink techniques using botany as our…

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  • Fuss-Free Gardening

    07/30/2021 10am to 12pm

    Fuss-Free Gardens It’s a well-known fact that most desert-dwellers over-maintain their plants – often by repeating the same common mistakes. In this class, horticulturist Noelle Johnson ‘AZ Plant…

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  • Nature Journaling – Watercolor & Drawing

    08/04/2021 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    When we observe the world around us in sketches and illustration, we see so much more detail. Learn drawing and watercolor painting techniques that will allow you to…

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  • Frogs and Toads of North America

    08/13/2021 10 a.m. to noon

    Who doesn’t love frogs? Toads often do not generate as much affection from people. Regardless, this class dives into the semi-aquatic world of these fascinating animals, exploring North…

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  • Tree Pruning 101

    08/18/2021 10am to 12pm

    Passionate about the health of your trees or just interested in being able to tell the yard guy how to prune better?  Either way, this class taught by…

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  • Botanical Art in Watercolor: Cholla Blossoms

    08/25/2021 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

    Botanical Art in Watercolor — Cholla Blossoms Beginner to Intermediate Level This class is a great introduction to watercolor techniques for botanical art. We will explore Cholla Blossoms…

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  • Eye Catching Plants for the Desert Garden

    08/27/2021 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Eye-Catching Plants for the Desert Garden Is your outdoor space looking rather boring? Well, horticulturist Noelle Johnson ‘AZ Plant Lady’ has great news! The desert plant palette contains many…

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Education at the Gardens

Please Register Early.  Select classes may be closed for registration, prior to class date, in order to accommodate staffing schedules and class roster preparation. Thank you.

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 cancellation fee will be applied to all refunds. 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.