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Desert Botanical Garden Announces Exciting Adult Education Programming for Fall

September 29, 2022

Desert Botanical Garden announced new offerings of inspiring and life-enriching adult education classes. The theme of the Garden’s fall season is “Celebration of the Americas” and many of the classes are inspired by the incredible biodiversity as well as the cultural diversity of the Americas. Class registration is now available online at and classes run through December 2022. Click here for a complete list of classes.

“We are excited to expand the Garden’s educational offerings for adults in the Phoenix area with new and exciting classes that explore multiple topics that will enrich the lives of our students,” says Andrew Cipriano, the Garden’s Senior Director of Education. “By partnering with diverse instructors, these adult education programs will provide guests and members one-of-a-kind experiences only the Garden can provide.”

On Oct. 20-23, join internationally-acclaimed Oaxacan artist Rufina Ruiz Lopez for an immersive clay sculpting workshop experience that celebrates the vibrant art history of Diá de Muertos. Discover how to incorporate your own life story into the craft of molding black/gray clay, or barro negro, that is culturally significant to the region of Oaxaca, Mexico. This series will be taught by Lopez in Spanish with an English interpreter.

Over the course of four days, learn about traditional techniques that incorporate a connection with nature and family history into the design and creation of an original clay sculpture. Participants will be able to choose a design option that best fits their comfort and skill level. * Class hours are Thursday and Friday from 5 – 9 p.m. | Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Additional classes offered this fall include:

Learn basic principles and techniques of photography or master your skills. Many of the classes are supported with hands-on sessions held at the Garden. From smartphone photography to digital photography, explore a variety of offerings that cater to specific interests. For all skill levels.

Cooking and Wellness
Take part in one of the Garden’s demonstration classes and explore new cuisines, cooking techniques or sharpen your culinary skills. From beginner cooking 101 classes to baking and international cuisine, experience truly unique culinary offerings. The Garden also offers wellness programs, including sound meditation, yoga and more. Classes are small and suitable for all skill levels.

Landscape and Gardening
Whether you are new to gardening or want to increase your knowledge, these classes give you the necessary skills to become a successful low-desert gardener. Learn more about vegetable gardening, desert plants, container gardening, sustainable practices and landscape design.

Be inspired by your imagination and release your creativity by attending art classes at the Garden. Classes are intended to foster your artistic visions and give you the skills to bring them to life. Each class is designed to be hands-on with individualized instruction. The Garden offers programs in arts and crafts, drawing and painting, jewelry making, weaving and more! All art class materials are included with attendance unless otherwise noted.

About Desert Botanical Garden
An Arizona icon for nearly 85 years, Desert Botanical Garden is a living museum of more than 50,000 plants. Founded in 1939, the Garden is a premier institution focused on education, exhibition, research and conservation of desert plants of the world, with an emphasis on the Sonoran Desert. The Garden’s 140-acre site is distinguished by its robust collection of cactus and agave plants, as well as its scope and excellence of its programs in education, horticulture, plant research and conservation. Learn more at