Classes

  • Aromatherapy Travel Kit

    08/18/2018 10 a.m. to noon

    Make traveling easier and more enjoyable with these travel kit recipes. Learn about essential oils used for immune support, air disinfectants, travel sickness and more. Certified Aromatherapist, Kerry…

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  • Mosaic Thermometer – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    08/22/2018 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Transform your thermometer from a measurer of misery into a mosaic masterpiece. Join artist David Jarvinen to bedazzle a thermometer with porcelain and glass tiles. Encased in a…

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  • Raptors Part Three: Owls

    08/24/2018 10 a.m. to noon

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

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  • Garden Meditation (Sept.)

    09/03/2018 8 to 8:45 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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  • Mindful Yoga (Sept.) – Tuesdays

    09/04/2018 8 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 bring…

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  • Mindful Yoga (Sept.) – Thursdays

    09/06/2018 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 (Sept.)

    09/07/2018 10:30 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 Hummingbird Garden Stake

    09/12/2018 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Hummingbirds are an integral part of a garden landscape, flitting from plant to plant to gather nectar and pollinate our plants! Our mosaic hummingbird will look right at…

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  • Raised Bed Gardening – 10 a.m. to noon

    09/17/2018 10 a.m. to noon

    Get a jump on the fall planting season by learning the ins and outs of vegetable gardening in raised beds.  Michael Ismail, owner of Thrive and Grow Gardens,…

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  • Tips & Tools for Seasonal Tree Pruning – 10 a.m. to noon

    09/19/2018 10 a.m. to noon

    Tailored to the season and interests of attendees, Certified Arborist Jason Isenberg will begin this program with a crash course on pruning dos and don’ts to extend the…

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  • Preparing Your Roses for the Fall Bloom

    09/20/2018 10 to 11 a.m.

    Join Terry Swartz, President of the Rose Society of Tucson and Consulting Rosarian, to learn how to prepare you roses to bloom this November. This hands-on demonstration will…

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  • Woodpeckers, Roadrunners, and Quail

    09/21/2018 10 a.m. to noon

    Ever wondered why woodpeckers don’t get headaches, or which species of dove is crucial to healthy saguaro populations? Focusing on roadrunners, quail, doves and woodpeckers, Jeff Babson, of…

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  • Essential Oils for Cold & Flu

    09/22/2018 10 a.m. to noon

    Many essential oils can help with cold and flu symptoms.  Learn which essential oils are most effective and make your own natural remedy for when you are feeling…

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  • Succulent Dish

    09/26/2018 10 a.m. to noon

    Join us for a hands-on class to design and create your own succulent arrangement.  Succulents are easy to care for and adapt well to container life for your…

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  • Tree Care Parts 1 & 2

    09/29/2018 1 to 3 p.m.

    Join Tom Ellis, Executive Director of Tucson Clean & Beautiful dig deep into tree care best practices.  These classes will guide you through species and site selection, site…

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  • Garden Meditation (Oct.) – 9 to 9:45 a.m.

    10/01/2018 9 to 9:45 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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  • Mindful Yoga (Oct.) – Tuesdays

    10/02/2018 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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  • Mindful Yoga (Oct.) – Thursdays

    10/04/2018 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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  • Ikebana For Everyone: 4-Part Series – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

    10/04/2018 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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  • DIY Desert Design- Fall 2018 – 9 a.m. to noon

    10/05/2018 Fridays, 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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  • Tai Chi (Oct.)

    10/05/2018 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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  • Frida Kahlo Inspired Portraits – AM

    10/05/2018 9 a.m. to noon

    Using acrylic paint and mixed media, illustrator and artist, Devon Meyer, will help you explore collage in the style of Friday Kahlo’s portraits and the symbolism she incorporated…

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  • Frida Kahlo Inspired Portraits – PM

    10/05/2018 1 to 4 p.m.

    Using acrylic paint and mixed media, illustrator and artist, Devon Meyer, will help you explore collage in the style of Friday Kahlo’s portraits and the symbolism she incorporated…

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  • Cactus Portraits

    10/06/2018 9 a.m. to noon

    Prickly pear, barrel cactus, organ pipe, and more! There are more than 2,000 species of cactus, with a range limited to North and South America. In this class…

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  • Tips & Tools for Seasonal Tree Pruning

    10/10/2018 10 a.m. to noon

    Tailored to the season and interests of attendees, Certified Arborist Jason Isenberg will begin this program with a crash course on pruning dos and don’ts to extend the…

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  • Bonsai Basics

    10/13/2018 9 a.m. to noon

    Learn the art and science of bonsai with the Tucson Bonsai Society during this three-part workshop designed for beginners.  You will learn the techniques for long-term cultivation and…

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  • Building Healthy Soil

    10/15/2018 10 a.m. to noon

    Your vegetable garden is only as good as its soil.  Understanding what goes into building healthy soil gives you control of your gardening outcomes and create conditions that…

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  • Glass Candle Holder

    10/16/2018 10 to 11:30 a.m.

    The light coming from a candle holder you make yourself is always better than one you would buy in a store! Join Sonoran Glass School to create a…

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  • All About Bats

    10/19/2018 10 a.m. to noon

    Bats are much maligned, misunderstood creatures, but in actuality they’re fascinating and beneficial animals to our ecosystem. Led by Jeff Babson, of Sky Island Tours, this class will…

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  • Essential Oils for the Fall Season

    10/20/2018 10 a.m. to noon

    Nature teaches that Fall is a time of transition and letting go of the old to make way for the new.  Learn which essential oils offer support and…

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  • Growing Your Own Food in Small Spaces

    10/24/2018 10 a.m. to noon

    Growing food in containers and raised beds is a great option if you’ve downsized and have limited space or if you’re dealing with knee or back pain or…

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  • Cupping: Taste Teas Like a Professional

    10/27/2018 10:30 a.m. to noon

    Taste teas on a whole new level with Tea Specialist Tamara Read, from Chantilly Tea.  Tea cupping is a process of tasting and evaluating the quality, taste, aroma,…

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  • Mosaic Sunflower Panel – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    10/31/2018 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    In this introductory workshop offered by Mosaic Guys, learn how to work with porcelain and glass tiles and their corresponding hand tools.  We will create our sunflower from…

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  • Sketching Succulents

    11/03/2018 9 a.m. to noon

    Succulents are a diverse group of plants with the ability to store water in their leaves! In this class presented by The Drawing Studio, participants will roam the…

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  • How to be an All Star Desert Gardener

    11/05/2018 10 a.m. to noon

    Do you dream of having a beautiful lush vegetable garden in your backyard, but have felt discouraged by previous attempts with lackluster results or you don’t just know…

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  • Sun Catcher

    11/06/2018 10 to 11:30 a.m.

    There is nothing like the magic of glass to capture our beautiful desert sunshine and scatter it inside your home! Create your own 6-inch square glass sun catcher…

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  • Pioneers of American Botany

    11/09/2018 10 a.m. to noon

    Douglas-fir.  Torrey Pine.  Parry Agave.  Did you ever wonder who these people were? Why did they have plants named after them?  This class will look at the botanists…

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

    11/10/2018 10 a.m. to noon

    Learn to make your own natural cleaning products with essential oils with Certified Aromatherapist, Kerry Blank.  Find out which oils to use for counter sprays, grout cleaners, cutting…

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  • Drawing as Meditation

    11/10/2018 9 a.m. to noon

    Drawing increases our powers of observation, opening our eyes to the nuances of our visual world. In this class presented by the Drawing Studio, we’ll put aside our…

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  • Mosaic Perennial Panel

    11/14/2018 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Combining materials has never been more fun! Create a colorful bouquet of fanciful flowers using porcelain and glass tiles. Join Mosaic Guys to learn shaping and fitting to…

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  • Harvest Tea

    11/17/2018 2 to 3:30 p.m.

    Celebrate autumn with adornments of pumpkins and gourds and a menu infused with flavors of the season!  Tamara Read, proprietor of Chantilly Tea, will host this 3-course afternoon…

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  • Mosaic Ornaments

    12/12/2018 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Create a set of three colorful glass mosaic holiday ornaments to complement your holiday decorating or as hostess gifts. Join Mosaic Guys to craft a chili pepper, cowboy…

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  • Gingerbread House Decorating

    12/15/2018 2 to 3:30 p.m.

    Join Tamara Read from Chantilly Tea  for the Garden’s first Gingerbread Decorating Class!  We’ll supply the houses and gobs of candy; you supply the creativity for this whimsical…

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  • Holiday Stories with Mrs. Claus – 2 to 4 p.m.

    12/22/2018 2 to 3:30 p.m.

    Mrs. Claus is coming from the North Pole to visit the Gardens to read her favorite children’s holiday stories.  Enjoy cocoa and cookies with Tamara Read, proprietor of Chantilly…

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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.