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DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN SUMMER 2011 WORKSHOPS

May 03, 2011

 

Contact:
John Sallot
Phone: 480 481.8101
jsallot@dbg.org

   
WHAT:

June, July & August events open to the public.

WHERE:

Desert Botanical Garden (in Papago Park)
1201 North Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ  85008

COST:

Free with regular Garden admission or Garden membership (unless otherwise noted). 

Garden Admission: $15 for adults, $13.50 for seniors (60+), $7.50 for students (13-18 and college with ID), $5 for children 3-12.  Children 2 and younger and Garden members are admitted free.

FOR INFO: The public can get more details by visiting the Garden’s website at www.dbg.org or by calling 480 941.1225.
   

DAILY AND WEEKLY ACTIVITIES
INCLUDED WITH MEMBERSHIP OR ADMISSION


Garden Flashlight Tours
Saturdays / 7 p.m. / May and September
Thursdays and Saturdays / 7 p.m. / June - August

Flashlight tours are a sensory adventure where you will see, hear and feel the desert night.
Tours are perfect for families and children of all ages. Included with membership or paid
Garden admission. For additional information call 480 941.1225 or visit dbg.org.

Birds in the Garden
Mondays / May - August / 7 a.m.

Join expert birders for a morning bird walk along the Garden trails. Everyone is welcome, including first-time birders. Wear a hat, sunscreen and comfortable shoes, and bring binoculars if available.

Audio Tours
Free for Members / $3 Non-Members

These lighthearted, fun and informative tours bring alive our collections of plants along the Desert Discovery Trail. Adult or family audio presentations are another great opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Garden.

Group Tours and Activities
Available at a time and date of your choice

We offer special discounts and customized tours for groups of 10 or more people. Join us for team building, education and entertainment offerings, including private guided tours, planting activities, southwestern cooking demonstrations and flashlight tours. Ask about our Native American tour package that includes a boxed lunch and visits to both the Desert Botanical Garden and the Heard Museum. Call 480 481.8104 or go to dbg.org/groupsales for pricing and more information.

CHILDREN & FAMILY PROGRAMS
(REQUIRES ADVANCE REGISTRATION) 480 481.8146.


Summer Camp 2011

Summer Camp at the Garden is always an adventure.  Each day our campers become scientists as they use their powers of observation and inference to learn about the world around them.  The Garden’s top notch educators encourage exploratory learning in a fun and safe environment.  Every day of camp brings new adventures in outdoor experiences, children’s literature, free choice learning, snack, games, art projects and more!

Webs, Talons and Teeth: Predator Prey Camp
For children going into 1 – 6 grades.

Slither like a snake, hover like a hawk, and sting like a scorpion. During this camp we will explore the intriguing relationship between predators and their prey and try to see the desert world from the perspective of the hunter and the hunted. Who is the target, what are the tactics, how often do they eat, and who is the hunter? Campers will learn about connections in desert food chains and gain an appreciation for the different roles played by each organism. 

Monday – Friday   / June 6 – 10
1 – 3 graders / 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. / Member: $250 / General Public: $310
4 – 6 graders / 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. / Member: $250 / General Public: $310
Aftercare / 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. / $40 per week


Snacks provided.  Campers must bring their own sack lunch.  Limit: 12 campers per class.

Sonoran Desert Private Eyes
For children going into 1 – 6 grades.

Calling all private eyes. Where did that hole come from? How did that white stuff get there? What’s inside those fuzzy things? Campers will use their powers of observation and intuition to solve mysteries of our desert world. Each day campers will become a Sonoran Desert investigator when they stumble upon a new mystery and then try to solve the case using a variety of tools in their investigative tool box. Join us for this hands-on investigative experience!

Monday-Friday  / June 13 – 17
1 – 3 grades / 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. / Member: $130 / General Public: $160
4 – 6 grades / 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. / Member: $250 / General Public: $310
Aftercare / 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. / $40 per week / Available for full day campers


Snacks provided.  Full day campers must bring their own sack lunch.  Limit: 12 campers per class.

World of Water 
For children going into 1 – 6 grades.

To celebrate the wonderful ways of water, we will spend the week learning about where water comes from, how it cycles through the atmosphere, and how creatures in the desert have special adaptations to make the most of limited water.  To top off the week we will journey down the Salt River with the Cimarron River Company!

Monday – Friday   / June 20 – 24
1 – 3 grades / 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. / Member: $130 / General Public: $160
4 – 6 grades / 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. / Member: $250 / General Public: $310
Aftercare / 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. / $40 per week / Available for full day campers

Snacks provided.  Full day campers must bring their own sack lunch.  Limit: 12 campers per class.

To register for summer camp visit dbg.org/camp or call 480 481.8121.

Registration Information
Desert Botanical Garden members receive a 20% discount on education programs and pay the lower member fee listed. To become a member, go to dbg.org/membership.

Important Information
Program sizes are limited to ensure quality, and we regret that receipt of your payment does not guarantee enrollment. Your enrollment will be confirmed by email. Should your program be unavailable, you will be contacted and your payment will be refunded.

Register Early
Registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis; please register early to ensure your space in the program. Programs may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment. Advance registration is required for all classes. Confirmation of your enrollment will be sent by email following your completed registration.

Private Group Classes

Many of the classes listed in the calendar, including photography, are available for private groups. Please contact the Steen Allard-Lawson, adult education manager, at 480 481.8164 or email sallardlawson@dbg.org for prices and availability.

JUNE WORKSHOPS
(REQUIRES ADVANCE REGISTRATION) 480 481.8146


Landscaping for Small Spaces

Learn how to handle and work with a limited space in your garden design. Creating an exciting landscape with interesting, yet appropriate, plants for those small spaces is easier than you think. Instructed by Kirti Mathura. Limit 25.
Tuesday / June 7 / 6 - 9 p.m.
Members: $30 / General Public:  $38


Southwest Desert Tectonics and Hydrology
The four deserts of the Southwest share a common tectonic setting but have varying levels of precipitation. Come and learn how the motion of the earth’s crust has helped to shape the environments that make up the Southwest. Examine the hydrologic cycle for each of these deserts by understanding the differences in precipitation, climate, vegetation and soil moisture. Participate in a hands-on exercise that helps you understand water limitations issues in the North American desert systems. Instructed by Rebecca Frus. Limit 25.
Tuesday / June 7 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Members: $20 / General Public: $25


Summer Garden Twilight Tour
Explore the Garden in the magical twilight hours with Cathy Babcock, the Garden’s assistant director of horticulture and writer of the Ask Cathy gardening column for The Arizona Republic. Walk with Babcock as she points out the summer night highlights of the Garden and answers your questions about the plants she presents. Limit 20.
Wednesday / June 8 / 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Members: $20 / General Public: $25


Pruning Trees and Shrubs
In this introductory presentation learn the basics of pruning to keep your green investments healthy, functional and looking great. You will learn the art and science of good pruning, including how to prune young trees for good structure, the five types of pruning and when to use them, and how to avoid the two worst pruning mistakes. You will leave this program ready to prune your own trees and shrubs with confidence and effectiveness. Includes a pruning demonstration plus informative take home materials and resources. Spanish version instructed by Jaime Toledano. English version instructed by John Eisenhower. Limit 25.
En Español / Saturday / June 11 / 8 - 11 a.m.
Members: $30 / General Public: $38


Drip Irrigation Design and Installation
Homeowners will learn how to design a drip irrigation system that will be efficient and able to handle their landscape as it grows to maturity. Proper zones for plant materials, soils and microclimates will be covered, as well as concepts of hydraulics to ensure systems will function properly, not only at start-up but over time. The installation portion covers the point of connection out to the end caps. Learn to avoid many of the common mistakes associated with drip system design and installation. Learn about connecting poly tubing with a compression coupler, as well as three styles of emitter installation and when each should be used. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20.
Saturday / June 11 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Members: $30 / General Public: $38


Smartphone Photography
The best camera you have is the one on you when something spectacular happens right before your eyes. That means nearly every person with a Smartphone has a great camera as well. Some of the world’s most famous photographs were taken from a Smartphone–amazing images taken with the simplest photographic device. Learn how to stabilize, hold and shoot with your Smartphone. iPhone, Android or Blackberry camera phone required. Instructed by Jeffrey Lowman. Limit 10.
Saturday / June 11 / 8 - 11 a.m.
Members: $40 / General Public: $50

The Dirt on Compost
Compost is a rotten business, or so you thought. In fact, it is an enriching business, especially if you know the secrets to cultivating this black gold for your garden. It starts with supplying jobs for a prolific population of microscopic workers. Learn the tricks to providing the right environment in our desert climate, so these microbes can really heat things up, as well as which compost systems are easiest and most efficient. It is free, smart and easy, and it will make a world of difference in your garden. Instructed by Kristen Battafarano. Limit 25.
Monday / June 13 / 6 - 9 p.m.
Members: $30 / General Public: $38


Beginning Bonsai
When you love trees and larger plants but cannot fit any more in your landscape, try them as miniature bonsai creations. This hands-on workshop will provide you with a bougainvillea plant, bonsai pot and soil. Under the gentle guidance of your instructor and your imagination, you will learn how to turn a plant into a living piece of art. Three classes will cover the basics of bonsai, including plant and pot selection, shaping, wiring, watering and fertilizing. Instructed by Phoenix Bonsai Society educators. Limit 15.
Tuesdays / June 14, 21, 28 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Members: $85 / General Public: $106


Grand Canyon and Geologic Time
Throughout geologic time, Arizona has changed dramatically. Studying rocks reveals a record of these changes. There is no richer source for this information than the Grand Canyon. At the canyon, we have a record of the formation of the continent, of life beginning on earth, and of the dramatic changes that happen when seas rise and fall. Come and learn about the rich geologic history of the Grand Canyon by examining rocks found in its ancient walls. Instructed by Rebecca Frus. Limit 25.
Tuesday / June 14 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Members: $20 / General Public: $25


Moonscape Photography
The beauty of moon-lit nights combined with the splendor of the Garden make for a fantastic evening of photos and fun. Class times are optimized for best shooting of  moon-illuminated landscapes. This class is for amateur photographers who want to develop their nighttime photography skills through hands-on guidance and personal instruction on the Garden trails. This class is focused on creativity and experimentation to learn elements of lighting, exposure, camera settings and nighttime considerations such as painting with light. For digital or film SLR cameras with a tripod only. Instructed by Adam Rodriguez. Limit 10.
Wednesday / June 15 / 7 - 10 p.m.
Members: $45 / General Public: $56


Contain your Herbs
Would you love to have an herb garden but do not have much space? Maybe you would like to add some herbal accents to a patio or balcony? Learn about the surprising variety of herbs that do well in containers in a desert environment and how to grow them. Instructed by Kirti Mathura. Limit 25.
Wednesday / June 15 / 6 - 9 p.m.
Members: $30 / General Public: $38


A Night of Wine and Roses
Create a beautiful rose arrangement using a vase made from recycled wine bottles collected from local restaurants. In this hands-on class, students will learn how to clean, condition and arrange top-quality roses. Join designer Robert Beukema as he takes you through this no-fail process that will help you make beautiful, lasting arrangements. You will receive a florist knife, a laminated how-to sheet, plus the vase and the arrangement of roses you create. Wine and cheese will be served. Must be 21 to attend. Limit 15.
Friday / June 17 / 7 - 9 p.m.
Members: $70 / General Public: $88

Photographing in HDR
A general problem in photography is the rendering of scenes which have very bright highlights and deep shadows. In digital photography, the problem is made even worse as the linear response of the sensors imposes an abrupt limit to the dynamic range captured once the sensor capacity is reached. Learn how to use three photographs of the same scene taken under different exposures to process the High Dynamic Range (HDR) image to reveal its details in highlights and shadows. Class includes two hours of shooting in the field and one hour of in-class software demonstration. For DSLR cameras with tripod and Auto-Exposure Bracketing (AEB). You may have to change the exposures manually if your camera does not bracket. Instructed by Adam Rodriguez. Limit 10.
Saturday / June 18 / 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Members: $45 / General Public: $56


Ferocactus
Discover the wonder of the Ferocactus or barrel cactus, one of the Garden’s most ubiquitous cacti. Ferocactus fascinate with diversity, legend and beauty. This classroom and trailside experience will be taught by Scott McMahon, collections manager of Cactaceae family. Limit 20.
Monday / June 20 / 6 - 9 p.m.
Members: $30 / General Public: $38


Painting on Fabric
Discover the possibilities of painting with acrylic on fabric. Our main project will be the creation of a painted tote bag, but you are welcome to bring other fabric items to paint.
Materials list available with online listing. Instructed by Gigi Wilson. Limit 15.
Monday / June 20, 27 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Members: $80 / General Public: $100


All About Lavender
People have used lavender as a fragrance for centuries, but this herb is not just a pretty scent. Roman soldiers wore it into battle, believing it had protective powers. The essential oils of lavender are said to deepen sleep, speed wound healing and disinfect your home. Lavender encrusted seared ahi tuna and lavender butter are culinary treats. We will discuss the uses and lore of this phenomenal plant, create some lavender concoctions, and learn about cultivating, harvesting and storing this magical plant. Instructed by Kristen Battafarano. Limit 20.
Wednesday / June 22 / 6 - 9 p.m.
Members: $40 / General Public: $50


Introduction to Photoshop
Learn the basics of Photoshop CS5 in this overview demonstration class designed for photographers interested in improving their photographs. Learn time saving tips for correction of lens distortion, chromatic aberration and vignetting. These tips and more provided in the class will open a world of possibilities in the most powerful and popular software for photography. Instructed by Adam Rodriguez. Limit 12.
Wednesday / June 22 / 6 - 9 p.m.
Members: $45 / General Public: $56


Cooking with Quinoa
Tired of rice? Bored with bread and pasta? Looking for a quick-cooking, wheat-free, gluten-free, high-protein alternative to conventional grains? Try quinoa (pronounced Keen-WAH). This ancient seed, cultivated 4,000 to 8,000 years ago in the highlands of the Andean region of South America, has a higher protein and mineral profile than most other grains. Chef Rachel will show you how to use the whole grain, flour and flaked forms to make an enticing array of dishes from appetizers to dessert. Wheat-free, gluten-free, mostly dairy-free demonstration. Instructed by Rachel Albert. Limit 18.
Sunday / June 26 / 2 - 4 p.m.
Members: $45 / General Public: $56


Twilight Photography
Learn how to shoot at sunset and later building fundamentals of composition by adding foreground elements to spectacular backgrounds such as sunsets, stars or plants. In this class you will gain experience using a tripod and shooting in extreme low light. You will learn about long exposures and how time can be captured on a single frame, as well as how to light subjects during exposures with flashlights, LEDs, and off camera flashes. DSLR camera required. Instructed by Jeffrey Lowman. Limit 10.
Monday / June 27 / 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Members: $45 / General Public: $56


Gems of Arizona
Arizona is the country’s leading gem mining state and produces fine peridot, amethyst, turquoise and garnets. This class focuses on how these and gems from other states are formed and valued. The fascinating science of gemology, which incorporates mineralogy, history, psychology, economics, mythology and glamour, will be discussed as well. If you ever plan on visiting a gem show, this course will also give you some buying tips. Instructed by Richard Allen. Limit 25.
Tuesday / June 28 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Members: $20 / General Public: $25

JULY WORKSHOPS
(REQUIRES ADVANCE REGISTRATION) 480 481.8146


Paleontology of Arizona

Life on earth has seen many changes. We are able to find a record of these changes by looking at the fossils preserved in rocks. Come and learn about life in the ancient oceans as we examine invertebrate fossils found in Arizona. Learn how fossils are preserved and what their shapes tell us about ancient environments. Discover the different invertebrate fossils and other remnants of life that lived in Arizona throughout geologic time. Instructed by Rebecca Frus. Limit 25.
Tuesday / July 12 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Members: $20 / General Public: $25

Fragrance in Your Garden

Delight in fragrant blooms and foliage that tantalize your sense of smell as well as your sense of beauty. Do not miss this great opportunity to familiarize yourself with the best plants to create an enchanting scented landscape at home. Instructed by Kirti Mathura. Limit 25.
Wednesday / July 13 / 6 - 9 p.m.
Members: $30 / General Public: $38


Desert Ikebana Studio

Ikebana is the art of arranging flowers aesthetically. Botanical representations of the three elements (sky, earth and mankind) are artfully placed to achieve a well balanced floral design. While exploring this six centuries old Japanese art form, you will create an arrangement of your own design. Students will learn tips and techniques for working with floral elements. Class includes a pot, plants and materials. Material list available with online listing. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Wednesday / July 13 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Members: $60 / General Public: $75


Moonscape Photography
The beauty of moon-lit nights combined with the splendor of the Garden make for a fantastic evening of photos and fun. Class times are optimized for best shooting of  moon-illuminated landscapes. This class is for amateur photographers who want to develop their nighttime photography skills through hands-on guidance and personal instruction on the Garden trails. This class is focused on creativity and experimentation to learn elements of lighting, exposure, camera settings and nighttime considerations such as painting with light. For digital or film SLR cameras with a tripod only. Instructed by Adam Rodriguez. Limit 10.
Thursday / July 14 / 7 - 10 p.m.
Members: $45 / General Public: $56


After the Lawn is Gone
Learn how to reduce your yard work while lowering your water bills. It takes 60 to 72 inches of water a year to maintain an attractive and healthy Bermuda grass lawn in the Sonoran Desert. If you overseed your lawn, the water usage can exceed 120 inches of water a year. This is an ideal season to remove your lawn and replace it with a desert friendly landscape. This class will take you through the step-by-step process of removing turf and designing and installing a water conserving, low maintenance landscape. Both landscape and hardscape design ideas will be discussed. Instructed by Jack Gilcrest. Limit 25.
Thursday / July 14 / 6 - 9 p.m.
Members: $30 / General Public: $38


Desert Night Ecology Party
Bring back memories of nighttime explorations and campouts of childhood with an after-dark adventure in the Garden’s Plants and People of the Sonoran Desert Trail. Join us as we explore the nocturnal ecology of the Sonoran Desert and its nighttime denizens such as reptiles, amphibians, bats, owls, insects, plants and more. Bring your flashlight and sense of adventure for this unique trip through the Garden. Wine, cheese and desserts will make the night extra special. Instructed by Christine Brehm. Participants must be 21 or older. Limit 24.
Friday / July 15 / 7 - 10 p.m.
Members: $40 / General Public: $50


Watering and Controller Programming (DGM-E)
Take an active role in the health of your landscape by learning correct watering techniques and how to properly control your home irrigation system. The ins and outs of irrigation controller programming will be demonstrated through hands-on exercises with controller models in the classroom. Learn when and how much to water, and how proper watering not only benefits your landscape but actually conserves water and lowers your utility bill. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20.
Saturday / July 16 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Members: $30 / General Public: $38


Mesquite Bean Harvest
Enjoy one of the most abundant, tasty and nutritious local foods from the Sonoran Desert. Turn the bounty in your backyard into sweet mesquite ice cream and savory, gluten-free mesquite almond crackers. You will learn which trees to harvest and which to avoid, how and when to harvest, and how to prep your cache for storage. After harvesting, you will learn how to process mesquite pods into flour or meal using both ancient and modern ways. Instructed by Amy Valdés Schwemm. Limit 18.
Saturday / July 16 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Members: $45 / General Public: $56


Color Pencil: Getting Started
Color pencils have been around for many years, but only in the last 20 years have they been considered a professional tool that is accepted at art shows. In this class, we will explore all that the color pencil can do, and all of the different surfaces that work with this versatile tool. Possible surfaces include wood, metal, gourds and a large variety of papers, even sandpaper. There are also many varieties of color pencils, from clay- or oil-based to wax. Materials list available with online listing. Instructed by Gigi Wilson. Limit 15.
Saturdays / July 16, 23, 30, August 6 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Members: $170 / General Public: $212


Caring for Your Desert Garden
My irrigation system runs everyday; why aren’t my plants healthy? Why is my cactus getting sunburned? How often should I fertilize and shear my shrubs? This class will shed light on misconceptions and malpractices commonly associated with desert gardening. Learn how to select the right plants and grow them properly in your landscape. Correct techniques for watering, fertilizing, pruning and other maintenance will be addressed. Instructed by Angelica Elliott. Limit 25.
Mondays / July 18 and 25 / 6 - 9 p.m.
Members: $60 / General Public: $75


Volcanology of Arizona
Although inactive today, the volcanoes of Arizona have spanned the ages of geologic time and changed the landscape of the state. Ancient Native Americans bore witness to the eruption of Sunset Crater north of Flagstaff. The Grand Canyon’s Vulcan’s Throne poured lava over the side of the canyon, damming the Colorado River for a time. Learn how tectonic changes over geologic time formed the different types of volcanoes found in Arizona by examining the volcanic deposits found today. Instructed by Rebecca Frus. Limit 25.
Tuesday / July 19 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Members: $20 / General Public: $25


Vegetable Garden Design
A vegetable garden does not have to be square. It could be tiers off the back porch or a raised serpentine swath of color along a walkway. Come learn about the latest materials for raised beds, how to copy the indigenous, sunken waffle beds to channel water, and more. We will draw up a plan for your own edible, sustainable, accessible and beautiful garden. Now is the best time to plan for cool season success. Get ready to think outside the box! Instructed by Kristen Battafarano. Limit 25.
Tuesdays / July 19 and 26 / 6 - 9 p.m.
Members: $60 / General Public: $75


Water Harvesting
Living and gardening in the desert has its own challenges, not the least of which is making sure your plants receive enough water. Rainwater and greywater offer a vast supply of water that is usually viewed as something to get rid of. With appropriate management, we can use these resources to build an incredible oasis in the desert. In this class we will explore techniques to take full advantage of the water we often call waste. Instructed by Greg Peterson. Limit 25.
Thursday / July 21 / 6 - 9 p.m.
Members: $30 / General Public: $38


Smart Controllers: What you Need to Know
To water your landscape accurately, all you need to do is continuously gather weather data that affect plants, like temperature, solar radiation and humidity, and then adjust your irrigation accordingly. Or you can install a smart controller that will do this for you. The common irrigation controller will only do what you tell it to do, and it will keep doing that until you change the program. A properly set smart controller can make these watering adjustments on its own, saving water and money and keeping your landscape looking great. Learn how these controllers work and what they can do for you, your plants and your water bill, from someone who is not a salesman. Learn how to select the smart controller that will do the best job for your situation. Instructed by Jeff Lee. Limit 20.
Saturday / July 23 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Members: $30 / General Public: $38


Field Photography in Black and White
Learn to shoot photographs and convert them to stunning black and white images. Come and explore the beauty of the Garden and learn how to capture its beauty in black and white. The class will consist of field work in the Garden and instruction on how to convert files to black and white. This workshop is for DSLR photographers. Instructed by Adam Rodriguez. Limit 10.
Saturday / July 23 / 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Members: $50 / General Public: $62


Figs: Turning over the Leaf
Figs are among the longest-living trees on earth, with one tree in Sri Lanka known to be more than 2,300 years old. The fig leaf is a universal symbol of modesty dating back to the Garden of Eden. Unique for its invisible flowers, the fig also produces edible fruit that is not only delicious but has the highest amount of dietary fiber of any food. In this class you will learn about this extraordinary tree, including how it got to the Americas, its role in history, myth and legend, and its proper care and cultivation in Valley yards. Then the class will adjourn to the kitchen to watch fig delicacies being prepared and sample the results, with lots of take-home recipes. Instructed by Ken Furtado. Limit 18.
Saturday / July 23 / 9 - 11 a.m.
Members: $45 / General Public: $56


The Art of Desert Owls
Owls have been portrayed artistically on everything from petroglyphs to coins throughout history. As icons of multiple meanings in many different cultures, the owl has always been a creature of interest and study. Selecting from graphite, colored pencil, watercolor and scratchboard, you will create an owl work of art. Use of varied mediums and skill levels welcome. Materials list available with online listing. Instructed by Lynn Reves. Limit 15.
Tuesdays / July 26, August 2, 9, 16 / 6 - 9 p.m.
Members: $170 / General Public: $212


Gluten Free Cooking 101
You heard about it, read about it, and you want to know more about it. Chef Rachel will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about gluten: what it is, where it lurks, why and how it can cause health problems, and the benefit of eliminating it from your diet. You will learn about gluten free ingredients, where to buy them, how to use them, and how to make simple substitutions in some of your favorite recipes. Chef Rachel will also walk you through the preparation of six delicious gluten-free, dairy-free recipes. Instructed by Rachel Albert. Limit 18.
Tuesday / July 26 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Members: $45 / General Public: $56

AUGUST WORKSHOPS
(REQUIRES ADVANCE REGISTRATION) 480 481.8146


Agave and Yucca in your Landscape

Agaves and yuccas are fascinating plants with bold forms, dramatic colors, and a range of sizes and textures. This vast array of characteristics makes them useful as accents, masses and specimens in our hot desert landscapes. The presentation will focus on some spectacular yet underused agaves and beautiful, durable yuccas that tolerate our extreme climate. We will discuss placement, maintenance and pest problems of this group of extraordinary plants that adds color, interest and excitement to a garden. Instructed by Chad Davis. Limit 25.
Wednesday / August 10 / 6 - 9 p.m.
Members: $30 / General Public: $38

Digital Desert Photography: Getting Started

This is a hands-on class for beginning digital camera users interested in learning the concepts and craft of digital photography. Class instruction emphasizes learning the functions and features of your digital camera for various shooting conditions and subjects. The course also covers composition and tips for taking better everyday pictures. This beginning course emphasizes primarily auto scene modes of your camera and is open to all digital camera owners. Some shooting in the Garden is included, and students should bring photos for class critique. Instructed by Scott Salnas. Limit 10.
Saturday and Monday / August 13 and 15 / Saturday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and Monday 6 - 10 p.m.
Members: $70 / General Public: $88

Sustainable Edible Gardens

Learn how to create an edible garden that will provide food for years to come. Success depends on selecting plants to provide food season after season and using eco-friendly solutions to create an environment for them to flourish. These gardens can supplement your family’s weekly food budget and be part of an attractive landscape. Instructed by Doreen Pollack. Limit 25.
Monday / August 15 / 6 - 9 p.m.
Members: $30 / General Public: $38

Geology of the Valley of the Sun

Satisfy your geological curiosity about Phoenix’s spectacularly rugged landscape of unique and beautiful geologic features. Learn why our exposed rock and geologic variety make Phoenix the unrivaled capital of urban geology. Instructed by Richard Allen. Limit 25.
Tuesday / August 16 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Members: $20 / General Public: $25

Desert Vegetable Garden Planting and Harvesting

Growing a vegetable garden in the desert can be a challenge. If you just toss some seeds out back, you will be disappointed. With our three growing seasons and extreme heat and cold, planting the right plant at the right time is essential. Join Greg Peterson, using the Urban Farm’s Laminated Planting Calendar (included), as we discuss plant choice and timing along with the other essentials for growing a successful garden. Limit 25.
Tuesday / August 16 / 6 - 9 p.m.
Members: $30 / General Public: $38

Pruning Trees and Shrubs

In this introductory presentation learn the basics of pruning to keep your green investments healthy, functional and looking great. You will learn the art and science of good pruning, including how to prune young trees for good structure, the five types of pruning and when to use them, and how to avoid the two worst pruning mistakes. You will leave this program ready to prune your own trees and shrubs with confidence and effectiveness. Includes a pruning demonstration plus informative take home materials and resources. Spanish version instructed by Jaime Toledano. English version instructed by John Eisenhower. Limit 25.
In English / Wednesday / August 17 / 6 - 9 p.m.
Members: $30 / General Public: $38

Desert Night Ecology Party

Bring back memories of nighttime explorations and campouts of childhood with an after-dark adventure in the Garden’s Plants and People of the Sonoran Desert Trail. Join us as we explore the nocturnal ecology of the Sonoran Desert and its nighttime denizens such as reptiles, amphibians, bats, owls, insects, plants and more. Bring your flashlight and sense of adventure for this unique trip through the Garden. Wine, cheese and desserts will make the night extra special. Instructed by Christine Brehm. Participants must be 21 or older. Limit 24.
Friday / August 19 / 7 - 10 p.m.
Members: $40 / General Public: $50

Digital Desert Photography: Next Steps

This class is for DSLR digital camera owners only. The course is for students interested in learning intermediate photo skills and advanced set-up of your digital camera. Students should have an understanding of basic photographic concepts. You will learn to take your camera off the auto scene modes and take charge of capturing images using the creative settings of the mode dial. Hands-on assistance will be provided for you to set up your camera for varying lighting conditions and scenes using appropriate metering and focus options. Also covered are image file structures and digital workflow. Some shooting in the Garden is included, and students should bring photos for class critique. Instructed by Scott Salnas. Limit 10.
Saturday and Monday / August 20 and 22 / Saturday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and Monday 6 - 10 p.m.
Members: $70 / General Public: $88

More Gluten-Free Cooking

If you follow a wheat-free or gluten-free diet or cook for someone who does, you have no doubt wondered where to find great recipes, how to adjust some of your favorite dishes, and what to serve when you are expecting company. Chef Rachel will simplify the process as she shares some of her favorite recipes, cookbooks and online resources for delicious dishes that even people not on special diets can enjoy. You will sample six gluten-free, mostly dairy-free recipes, and get answers to your cooking questions and a printed packet for your culinary adventures at home. Instructed by Rachel Albert. Limit 18.
Tuesday / August 23 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Members: $45 / General Public: $56

Fall and Winter Color Splashes

Your family and guests can enjoy gorgeous seasonal color throughout the cooler months by adding splashes of vibrant color to your garden with blooms, foliage and more. Gather ideas from this informative presentation, and take home a useful plant list to use in your design. Instructed by Kirti Mathura. Limit 25.
Wednesday / August 24 / 6 - 9 p.m.
Members: $30 / General Public: $38

Prickly Pear Harvest and Feast

Ripening prickly pear fruits are among the most colorful and nutritious foods of our desert. Come join us for a careful hands-on experience to learn traditional Native American ways of harvesting the delicious purple fruits, de-spining them, and preparing them into some tasty super-nutritious dishes. Ethnobotanist Martha Burgess we will share the knowledge taught to her by Tohono O’odham elders as we prepare a special mini-feast for the class of gourmet treats such as prickly pear salsa, meatballs with southwestern sauce, a surprise cactus juice drink and luscious prickly pear sorbet. It will be a smorgasbord of exciting nutritional food for the health-conscious desert dweller, giving us greater insight into our Sonoran Desert home. Limit 18.
Saturday / August 27 / 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Members: $50 / General Public: $62

Can It!

Maybe your mother or grandmother canned produce from the orchard or vegetable garden, but who needs those skills today, when you can just throw stuff in the freezer? You do. Canning is green, canning is cool, canning is something anyone can do, even without fancy equipment. Learn how to prepare the containers and the contents, why acidity matters, how much salt to use, and whether to pressure can or use a boiling water bath. Join us as we put up fresh Hatch chiles, a staple of southwestern cuisine. Instructed by Ken Furtado. Limit 18.
Tuesday / August 30 / 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Members: $45 / General Public: $56

TRAVEL AND LEARNING


Grand Canyon Trail of Time Tour

Join us on the Trail of Time, an interpretive walking timeline of the Grand Canyon, where you can ponder, explore and understand the magnitude of geologic time and stories encoded in the rock layers and landscapes. This unique tour will be led by Garden instructor Rebecca Frus, who is also completing her graduate work in earth science education.

This recently completed, interpretative timeline trail focuses on the Grand Canyon’s vistas and rocks to provide visitors a better understanding of time. Frus will help us grasp the magnitude of geologic time and understand other aspects of our planet and universe. Frus participated in the construction of the timeline trail, which was funded by the National Science Foundation. This is the first time that any National Park Service site has participated in a project of this type. The tour departs from the Garden Saturday morning and travels to Grand Canyon National Park. Frus will share her insight and passion for the rich geologic history of the Canyon. Following a full afternoon in the Park, we drive the 22-mile stretch east along the Canyon, stopping at Desert View for a final glorious view at sunset.

We will stay overnight at the historic Cameron Trading Post where you will be able to enjoy dinner on your own in their large dining room before retiring for the evening. Do not miss the amazing display of stars in the dark summer sky!

After breakfast on your own in the connecting restaurant, we travel to Wupatki National Monument to take a different look at geologic history, ecological change and how they are intertwined with human settlement. We continue to Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, traveling from desert grasslands to ponderosa pine forest. A stop for lunch in Flagstaff provides a break before returning to the Garden.

Included:
• Round trip transportation in a luxury motor coach with professional driver
• Expert guide
• Admission to the National Parks
• Overnight lodging with taxes.

Not Included:
• Meals
• Gratuity for the driver

Saturday and Sunday / June 18 and 19 (roundtrip from the Garden)
Members: $244 per person double occupancy / $309 single occupancy
General Public: $305 per person double occupancy / $369 single occupancy


Q Ranch for Birders
Get out of town with the Garden for a cool weekend of flora and fauna at historic Q Ranch, nestled in the pine forests below the Mogollon Rim. Founded as a cattle ranch in 1893, Q Ranch is also the site of a 250-room Indian pueblo, circa A.D. 1250.

Due to its diversity of habitats and remote location 20 miles from the nearest paved road, the Q enjoys abundant wildlife, with more than 125 bird species, 50 varieties of butterflies and a dozen large mammals —and the lists are always growing. The absence of light pollution means dark skies at night, allowing naked-eye viewing of the Milky Way. Guide Ken Furtado will lead you to hotspots where you are likely to see such sought-after birds as red-faced warblers, common black hawks, mountain bluebirds, olive warblers and more. Although birding is the focus of this weekend, there will be opportunities to relax and enjoy the scenery, tour the ruins, take photographs and perhaps visit a Pleasant Valley War site or old prospector’s cabin.

Experience this gem in the mountains, where elk show up for cocktail hour daily. All-inclusive price includes two nights lodging, all breakfasts, lunches and gourmet dinner each evening, and your tour guide. Coffee, water and tea are provided. Transportation not provided. Limit 12.

Friday – Sunday / July 8 - 10
Arrive Friday 2 p.m., depart / Sunday 2 p.m.
Members: $400 per person (double occupancy) / $600 Single
General Public: $500 per person (double occupancy) / $700 Single

Hannagan Meadow Weekend

Join us for this exclusive weekend program at Hannagan Meadow in the White Mountains of Arizona. We will be staying at the unique and picturesque historical property of Hannagan Meadow Lodge, secluded high in the White Mountains of Arizona at 9,100 feet elevation on the scenic Coronado Trail. Escape from the heat of the desert and enjoy the cool temperatures and quiet serenity of the conifer forest. Situated in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, the area offers thousands of acres of old-growth forests of spruce, fir and aspen trees bordering beautiful meadows. Hannagan Meadow is a nature lover’s paradise for wildflowers, nature photography, birding and wildlife viewing including elk, mule deer, sheep and black bear. The weekend program will be led by author and naturalist Lynn Hassler. Trip leader for the Garden will be Jack Gilcrest. Sleeping accommodations will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis at the Hannagan Meadow Lodge. Price includes lodging (two nights), meals (Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast / lunch / dinner, Sunday breakfast / lunch), snacks, guides and hand-outs. Transportation not provided. Limit 14.

Friday – Sunday / August 12 – 14
Arrive Friday 3 - 5 p.m. / depart Sunday by 2 p.m.
Members: $400 per person (double occupancy) / $600 Single
General Public: $500 per person (double occupancy) / $700 Single

Q Ranch Photography Weekend

The Garden has arranged a special outdoor photography workshop at historic Q Ranch in the ponderosa forests near Young, Arizona. Q Ranch was founded as a cattle ranch in 1893 and offers a rich natural and historic area for photography. Photographic opportunities include historic man-made structures, both ranch buildings and ancient Mogollon culture pueblo ruins, as well as natural history including wildlife and wildflowers. Hands-on assistance and guidance will be provided by professional photographer Adam Rodriquez during the entire weekend. Trip leader for the Garden will be Jack Gilcrest. The accommodations will be bed and breakfast style at Q Ranch Lodge including two nights lodging, delicious home cooked gourmet meals (Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast / lunch / dinner, Sunday breakfast / lunch), snacks, hand-outs, photographic instruction and relaxed activities in a beautiful setting. Transportation not provided. Limit 12.

Friday – Sunday / September 16 – 18
Arrive Friday 3 - 5 p.m. / depart Sunday by 2 p.m.
Members: $400 per person (double occupancy) / $600 Single
General Public: $500 per person (double occupancy) / $700 Single

Journey to Galapagos aboard the National Geographic Endeavor

Forever linked with the name Charles Darwin and often referred to as the birthplace of the theory of evolution and natural selection, the Galapagos Islands is a destination that should not be missed. Early Spanish explorers gave the islands their first name, Las Islas Encantadas – The Enchanted Islands. Lava fields, cliff formations, extraordinary wildlife and overwhelming diversity make for an enchanting experience of a lifetime. 

The Garden is proud to offer this collaborative expedition with Lindblad Expeditions. Small ship expedition cruises to the Galapagos Islands are an opportunity to discover one-of-a-kind wildlife in a spectacular setting with a top-tier expedition team. Lindblad was the first to offer this expedition to the Galapagos Islands – exhibiting more than 40 years of experience in the land of Darwin. Thanks to Lindblad’s long history of expedition cruises in the Galapagos Islands, you will do so much more than observe this precious ecosystem – you will interact with it. Discover the wonders that make the Galapagos Islands one of the world’s unparalleled adventure travel destinations.

Featuring:
• World-class expert naturalists interpreting the wonders of Galapagos
• Unmatched sea exploration technology, including underwater videographers to capture your experience
• Galapagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station and a personal encounter with giant land tortoises
• Espanola - Marine iguanas and waved albatross exclusive to this island
• Bartolome and Santiago - Snorkel with penguins and experience unsurpassed tide-pooling

Whether you are a photographer (any level) who wants to photograph land iguanas, fur seals and dolphins, a snorkeler yearning to swim with the sea lions, or a birder eager to view the blue-footed boobie, Galapagos finch or a flamingo, this is an exceptional expedition for everyone. As a Garden traveler, you will also be amazed to find the super-endemic candelabra cactus, lava cacti and a very interesting adaptation of Opuntia.

October 7 – 16, 2011 / Cabin prices from $5,230 (Double occupancy)
Your trip host and leader will be the Garden’s Deputy Director MaryLynn Mack. If you would like more information please contact Steen Allard-Lawson at 480 481.8164 or sallardlawson@dbg.org.

WELLNESS PROGRAMS


Tai Chi

One of the most famous, effective and beneficial martial arts from China is Tai Chi Chuan. Some refer to Tai Chi as meditation in motion. Tai Chi form and breathing techniques reduce stress, stimulate the mind, bring life-giving oxygen to the body, build healthy muscle and bone strength, and enhance health and longevity. Qi Gong (Chi Kung) is incorporated into the warm-up and cool-down parts of the classes to give your body flexibility, power, core strength, mental focus and energy. Each class is limited to 20 students to ensure a personalized and encouraging atmosphere. Classes are primarily indoors, and outdoors as weather permits.

Instructor Jake Rydberg Mace has been a fulltime teacher of Tai Chi for more than a decade. His goal is to offer his students the traditions, techniques, skills and health that he has attained through Tai Chi. Since he was 18, he has visited China and other Asian countries regularly where he performs and trains in Tai Chi.

Level I
If new to Tai Chi or have completed ONE previous session.
Wednesdays or Saturdays / 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Level II
If you have completed TWO or THREE previous sessions.
Wednesdays or Saturdays / 10 - 11 a.m.
Level III
If you have completed TWO or THREE previous sessions.
Wednesdays or Saturdays / 9 - 10 a.m.

Session I
Wednesdays / July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10

Saturdays / July 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13
Members: $55 / General Public: $68

Session II
Wednesdays / August 17, 24, September 7, 14, 21, 28

Saturdays / August 20, 27, September 10, 17, 24, October 1
Members: $55 / General Public: $68
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