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Melodie's Program

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Serving Cancer Survivors and their Families

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Melodie’s Program was created in honor of the late Melodie Lewis, a past president of the Desert Botanical Garden. Her passion for the Garden and The Wellness Community led us to offer wellness classes at the Garden to bring cancer survivors here to enjoy this healing and nurturing environment. The two organizations seek to expand the community support for cancer patients, their family and friends.

Melodie’s Spring Programs


Day of Mindfulness

Saturday / February 8 / 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Please RSVP to rsvp@twccaz.org or 602 712.1066

Join us for a day of mindful attention and self-care. Use this day to develop your ability to be present and aware in each moment through meditation, gentle yoga, tai chi, deep relaxation and journaling. Dress comfortably. Space is limited.



Social Connection

Saturday / March 8 / 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Please RSVP to rsvp@twccaz.org or 602 712.1006

Many of us have been touched by cancer. Whether you are a survivor, caregiver or have a loved one with cancer, we invite you join us in the nurturing and healing environment of the Garden for light hors d’oeuvres and beverages with others who have been on a similar journey.

A Meal to Celebrate Spring

Thursday / April 24 / 3 - 5 p.m.
Please RSVP to rsvp@twccaz.org or 602.712.1006

Most of us have lots of ideas when it comes to winter or summer holiday meals. But spring is on its way. Chef Madelyn Pryor will create a spring dinner that celebrates the bounty and freshness of the season. She will show you how to make a wonderful, healthy meal that does not sacrifice taste. Samples will be provided. Bring your appetite, along with a pencil for taking notes.

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As a place of education, research, exhibition and conservation of desert plants, the Garden provides information about plants using many different techniques. One of these methods is through labels. These labels provide the Latin name used by the scientific community, its common name, where it grows and when it blooms.

You can customize your Garden experience further by downloading the Garden app. It includes trail guides, maps, garden tour, plant information and pictures, and a learning center that helps you care for your plants at home. You can download the app through iTunes for 99 cents.

The Garden app was developed by by Clarisoft & MuseumXP and Garden staff members.

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