Classes

  • Garden Meditation (September) – 9 to 9:45am

    09/06/2019 9 to 9:45am

    Meditation helps us to bring greater balance and peace into our lives. Join the Yoga Connection to learn how to relax and renew your energy and vitality for…

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  • Mimicry in Nature – 10 a.m. to noon

    09/20/2019 10 a.m. to noon

    Mimicry is commonplace in nature, as animals and plants try to trick predators or competitors into thinking they are potentially dangerous or distasteful. This class explores the types…

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  • Building Healthy Soil – 2 to 4 p.m.

    09/20/2019 2 to 4 p.m.

    Join Michael Ismail, vegetable gardener and owner of Thrive and Grow Gardens, for this class as he explains the soil food web and how to feed it, building…

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  • Pewter Hummingbird & Flower – 1 to 4 p.m.

    09/25/2019 1 to 4 p.m.

    Learn about metals, alloys and techniques for sculpting and molding with these materials. Then create your own lead-free, pewter hummingbird and flower (lead free) to take home. Presented…

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  • Agave Mandala – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    09/27/2019 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Create a beautiful mixed media agave mandala panel (14” x 14”) using glass and porcelain tiles. We will nip and fit glass and porcelain tiles to construct a…

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  • Aromatherapy for Mind & Mood – 10 a.m.

    09/27/2019 10 a.m. to noon

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

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  • Sustainable Landscape Design – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    09/28/2019 9 am - 4 pm

    With guidance from Dan Dorsey of the Sonoran Permaculture Guild, you will create a long-term plan for your sustainable home and landscape using strategies such as rainwater harvesting,…

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  • Mindful Yoga (October) – Tuesdays

    10/01/2019 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…

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  • Intermediate Yoga (October) – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    10/03/2019 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    Achieve a deeper reflection in your asana practice and refine your relationship to your body in this moderately paced class that focuses on safe alignment and building strength….

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  • Mindful Yoga (October) – Thursdays

    10/03/2019 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…

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  • Tai Chi (October) – 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

    10/04/2019 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

    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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  • Yin Yoga (October) – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    10/04/2019 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    Yin Yoga is a mindful, meditative, practice that consists of floor-bound postures passively held for 3-5 minutes, incorporating breath and visualization techniques. These long held stretches cultivate intuition…

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  • Garden Meditation (October) – 9 to 9:45am

    10/04/2019 9 to 9:45am

    Meditation helps us to bring greater balance and peace into our lives. Join the Yoga Connection to learn how to relax and renew your energy and vitality for…

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  • DIY Desert Design – 9 a.m. to noon

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

    Taught by the Garden’s knowledgeable docents, this 6-class series will provide you with the information and inspiration you need to plan a personal, beautiful and successful garden in…

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  • Aguas Frescas Workshop – 10 a.m. to noon

    10/08/2019 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    There is no better way to beat any lingering Sonoran Desert heat than to enjoy one of the most quintessential Mexican treats, a cool glass of agua fresca….

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  • Pine Needle Casting – 1 to 4 p.m.

    10/09/2019 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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  • Fall Vegetable Gardening – 10 a.m. to noon

    10/09/2019 10 a.m. to noon

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

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  • Learn to Make Herbal Bath Bombs – 10 a.m. to noon

    10/11/2019 10 a.m. to noon

    Enjoy a foot soak in the gardens using herbal bath bombs you made yourself! Linda Sherwood of Desert Offerings will share the topical benefits of Calendula and creosote,…

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  • Mosaic Aloe Sculpture – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    10/15/2019 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Join us to create a wonderful aloe-inspired mosaic plant sculpture. Learn to make a simple armature and apply shimmering glass tiles. We “plant” in a small terracotta pot…

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  • All About Bats – 6 to 8 p.m.

    10/17/2019 6 - 8 p.m.

    Bats are much maligned, misunderstood creatures—in actuality, they are a fascinating and highly beneficial group. Led by Jeff Babson, this class will explore the diversity and ecology of…

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  • Watercolor Butterflies – 9 a.m. to noon

    10/18/2019 9 a.m. to noon

    Capture the incredible diversity and gorgeous patterns of our amazing butterfly collection in watercolor. Students will learn how to use color and line quality to depict butterflies and…

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  • Bonsai Basics – 1 to 4 p.m.

    10/20/2019 1 to 4 p.m.

    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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  • Atole and Polvorones – 10 a.m. to noon

    10/22/2019 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Cooler Sonoran Desert nights call for warming drinks and rich buttery cookies. Students will learn how to coax corn masa into atole de canela y vainilla, a rich…

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  • The Monarch: An Iconic Butterfly – 10 a.m. to noon

    10/25/2019 10 a.m. to noon

    The Monarch is the most famous insect in the world, beloved for its beauty, graceful flight, and miraculous migration. In this class we explore the natural history of…

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  • Tai Chi (November) – 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

    11/01/2019 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

    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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  • Yin Yoga (November) – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    11/01/2019 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    Yin Yoga is a mindful, meditative, practice that consists of floor-bound postures passively held for 3-5 minutes, incorporating breath and visualization techniques. These long held stretches cultivate intuition…

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  • Garden Meditation (November) – 9 to 9:45am

    11/01/2019 9 to 9:45am

    Meditation helps us to bring greater balance and peace into our lives. Join the Yoga Connection to learn how to relax and renew your energy and vitality for…

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  • Harry Potter Tea – 2 to 3:30 p.m.

    11/03/2019 2 to 3:30 p.m.

    Grab your wand, put on your cloak and join Chantilly Tea for a magical afternoon at the Gardens. Tamara Read, proprietor, will demonstrate how to make Harry’s favorite…

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  • Adding Heat: Escabeche and Chiltepin Hot Sauce – 10 a.m. to noon

    11/05/2019 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Enjoy easy to prepare and immensely enjoyable edible heat in the form of carrot and onion studded pickled fresh chiles, escabeche, and a wonderful Sonoran specialty, chiltepin hot…

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  • Mindful Yoga (November) – Tuesdays

    11/05/2019 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…

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  • Intermediate Yoga (November) – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. – copy

    11/07/2019 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    Achieve a deeper reflection in your asana practice and refine your relationship to your body in this moderately paced class that focuses on safe alignment and building strength….

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  • Mindful Yoga (November) – Thursdays

    11/07/2019 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…

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  • Ducks and Geese of Arizona – 10 a.m. to noon

    11/08/2019 10 a.m. to noon

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

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  • Plants, Up-Close & Personal – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    11/09/2019 10 a.m to 1 p.m.

    Learn to see plants in a new way and, through careful observation, create up-close and unique compositions of desert plants. Working on toned paper with charcoal, we will…

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  • Simple Silvermaking – 1 to 4 p.m.

    11/13/2019 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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  • Garden Flower Stake – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    11/16/2019 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Flowers are an integral part of the garden setting and our mosaic flower sculpture is no exception. Learn nipping and fitting skills relating to glass tiles mosaics while…

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  • DIY Irrigation – 10 a.m. to noon

    11/16/2019 10 a.m. to noon

    The importance of proper watering techniques cannot be overemphasized! It is very common to have plant problems caused by poor watering practices, which include under watering, over watering…

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  • Watercolor Flowers – 9 a.m. to noon

    11/22/2019 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Explore the wonderful world of watercolors to capture the fleeting beauty of spring flowers. Illustrator and artist Devon Meyer will cover principles of drawing, shading, and color.

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  • Colored Pencil Hummingbirds – 9 a.m. to noon

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

    Hummingbirds are some of the most captivating creatures that visit our home gardens. Learn fundamental techniques from illustrator and artist Devon Meyer that will help you more accurately…

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  • Garden Meditation in Ink – 9 a.m. to noon

    11/30/2019 9 a.m. to noon

    Use simple and transportable water-soluble ink pens and a brush to create fluid and dynamic sketches of garden subjects. We’ll take a contemplative approach, focusing on process over…

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  • Winter Vegetable Gardening – 10am to noon

    12/09/2019 10 a.m. to noon

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

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  • Gingerbread House Decorating – 2 to 3:30pm

    12/14/2019 2 to 3:30 p.m.

    Join Tamara Read from Chantilly Tea for Gingerbread House Decorating! We’ll supply the houses and gobs of candy; you supply the creativity for this whimsical afternoon of hands-on…

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  • Postcards from the Garden – 9am to noon

    12/14/2019 9am to noon

    Create your own postcards featuring succulents, quail, and more! We’ll take a whimsical approach, using patterns and designs to complement our desert subjects. Each participant will take home…

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  • Sonoran Beef Tamales for the Holidays – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    12/17/2019 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Learn to make a light and tender masa to enjoy in one of the holiday season’s best treats, tamales. Participants in this hands on class will learn the…

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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.