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Artistic Expression under Glass Workshop

Tohono Chul
Tucson, AZ

Using the technique of reverse-painting on acrylic glass, artist Bonnie Pisik captures the beauty and movement in nature in each of her works. Meticulously applying up to 30 layers of color, her artwork takes on a multi-dimensional aura. In this morning workshop, Pisik demonstrates her dramatic and fascinating techniques of reverse-painting as applied to the interpretation of some of our desert flora. Whether an experienced painter or budding novice, students will have the opportunity to unleash their “inner artist” and create their own original piece of art! Cost includes all materials.

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Mindfulness and Meditation: Techniques for Well-being

Tohono Chul
Tucson, AZ

Explore simple ways to create health, joy and connection in your life, in the beautiful environment of Tohono Chul as Lynn Blankinship and Marley Beard share why researchers, medical practitioners and educators are all promoting mindfulness and mediation. Let them guide your exploration of modern practices including: sitting and walking meditation, journaling, mindful eating and drinking, and body and sensory awareness. Join us and discover the techniques that are most effective for you.

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Gourd Vase Workshop

Tohono Chul
Tucson, AZ

Gourd artist Sue Brogdon marries foliage to gourd to craft a Southwest botanical vessel. Beargrass is an elegant weaving material, with leaf blades more than three feet in length, much more versatile than traditional pine needles. Students will learn where and when to collect beargrass in the wild, how to prepare it and use it as the coiled rim of a vessel. Once gourds are dyed with inks and metallic pigments, floral design principles will be used in adding skeletonized leaves and other botanicals from Arizona and California. Instructor will provide a prepped medium-sized round gourd, natural bear grass, gage and sinew, prepped skeletonized leaves and a variety of botanicals from Arizona and California. Materials provided; but please bring plastic or latex gloves, heat tool (if you have one), a dremel or power carver (if you have one), ¼” drum file and medium sand paper, bucket, old towel and scissors. There will be power tools to share if you do not have them.

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Landscape Design for Renovation

Tohono Chul
Tucson, AZ

Shelly Ann Abbott, MLA, award-winning Master of Landscape Architecture, shows Tucson newcomers as well as longtime residents how they can renovate their existing landscapes and turn them into stunning, colorful desert landscapes using her unique landscape design concepts. And, if you’ve got specific questions about your own project, feel free to bring photos, old plants or measurements, etc. and ask the expert!

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Mediterranean Outdoor Style

Tohono Chul
Tucson, AZ

Do you love citrus, palms, and olive trees? Mediterranean is the perfect garden style for desert dwellers who want lush, green gardens in an arid climate. Be inspired by Turkish oil jars, indigo tile, Moorish fountains and the leafy, colorful plants that make up a desert oasis. APLD-certified landscape designer Elizabeth Przygoda-Montgomery (Boxhill Design) discusses drought-tolerant plants, hardscape materials and landscaping layouts that will help you achieve this signature look in your backyard space, drawing her own inspiration from her many trips to Turkey and the Mediterranean region.

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Chiles, Chocolate and Day of the Dead Festival | Early Bird Tickets

Tohono Chul
Tucson, AZ

Tohono Chul’s annual homage to the cult of the fiery chile – and decadent chocolate – also celebrates another enduring tradition of the borderlands, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a time we remember and honor those who have gone before. Enjoy dozens of chile and chocolate craft and food vendors, musical entertainment, Day of the Dead altars by local artists and local students, face painting and children’s activities. Your ticket is good for admission to either of the two days of the event.

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Sonoran Borderlands: Day of the Dead - SOLD OUT - call 742-6455 x 228 to be wait listed

Tohono Chul
Tucson, AZ

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a centuries-old tradition in Mexico and the Arizona-Sonoran borderlands, a vibrant celebration that is also a time of respect and remembrance. Now that you have enjoyed our exhibit and reveled in our heritage festival of Chiles & Chocolate & Day of the Dead, come experience this holiday firsthand. Our host is Stephen Bernier of South of the Border Tours and our personal guide is natural and cultural historian, Stephanie Meyer. We will visit the small “cementario” (sic) in historic Tubac, and by way of contrast, the large Pantéon Nacional in Nogales, Sonora where the spirit and colorful pageantry of the holiday awaits. Families gather to clean and decorate the graves and socialize with friends, while colorful street vendors sell ribbon wreaths, cempasúchiles (marigolds) and amaranth (red cock’s comb). Lunch will be at famed La Roca Restaurant, just across the border. Be prepared for about a mile of walking on uneven surfaces. Participants need to bring a passport. Cost includes motorcoach transportation, guide services and lunch.

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Mexican Salsa Gardens in a Pot!

Tohono Chul
Tucson, AZ

Grow fresh-from-the-garden salsa for your fall holiday parties! Discover the finer points of container gardening for your chiles, limes, cilantro, Mexican oregano, jalapeños and heirloom tomatoes from Garden Conservatory member, and award-winning landscape designer Elizabeth Przygoda-Montgomery. Learn about companion planting, pot selection, seed varietals and watering/harvesting techniques and pick up local recipes and decorating tips for your next Mexican fiesta. Because after all, gardens are for entertaining!

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Armory Park: The City Beautiful – The Talk

Tohono Chul
Tucson, AZ

Tucson’s historian Ken Scoville tells us that the city’s way of life changed with the arrival of the railroad in 1880. New fashions in lifestyle and architecture and new ways of thinking were flooding the adobe pueblo, especially after 1893. In that pivotal year, the Columbian Exposition in Chicago made much of the coming new century and what it would mean for American cities, cities that inspired to be above all, beautiful places to live. The Beaux Arts architectural movement from France became all the rage and, as one critic commented, every town wanted to “put up little Romes everywhere.” If you can’t join Scoville’s walking tour of Armory Park, join this armchair exploration of Tucson’s short-lived attempt to build a grand city in the dusty spaces once occupied by Camp Lowell, originally established to protect residents from the Apaches. Talk is included in the cost of the walking tour for those signing up for the walk on November 9.

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Armory Park: The City Beautiful - The Walk

Tohono Chul
Tucson, AZ

Tucson’s historian Ken Scoville tells us that the city’s way of life changed with the arrival of the railroad in 1880. New fashions in lifestyle and architecture and new ways of thinking were flooding the adobe pueblo, especially after 1893. In that pivotal year, the Columbian Exposition in Chicago made much of the coming new century and what it would mean for American cities, cities that inspired to be above all, beautiful places to live. The Beaux Arts architectural movement from France became all the rage and, as one critic commented, every town wanted to “put up little Romes everywhere.” Join Scoville and explore Tucson’s short-lived attempt to build a grand city in the dusty spaces once occupied by Camp Lowell, originally established to protect residents from the Apaches. Be sure to join us for the pre-walk talk on Tuesday evening, November 8 at 7pm in the Education Center, Classroom #1. Cost includes evening talk, transportation, guide services and lunch at Maynard’s Kitchen.

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Organic Veggies — Desert Style! (Full Series)

Tohono Chul
Tucson, AZ

Challenged trying to grow vegetables in Tucson? It can be done and Jason Isenberg (REALM) is back to share his creative and environmentally-friendly approach to successful organic vegetable gardening in the desert southwest. In this series of four approachable classes, Isenberg covers: Garden Design (November 12 | 9am-11am) — elements of design and the design process, tools of the trade and site considerations; Soils (November 12 | 1-3pm) — organics, soil science, macro- and micro-nutrients, enhancements and compost; Growing a Garden (November 19 | 9am-11am) — selecting and starting seeds, fertilizers, planting strategies, reading the calendar and irrigation; and finally, the Harvest (November 19 | 1-3pm) — tools, timing and techniques, prep and storage, all followed by a shared potluck of garden-fresh cuisine! And, best of all, you can register for all four classes, or just the ones you need.

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Organic Veggies — Class #1 -- Design

Tohono Chul
Tucson, AZ

Challenged trying to grow vegetables in Tucson? It can be done and Jason Isenberg (REALM) is back to share his creative and environmentally-friendly approach to successful organic vegetable gardening in the desert southwest. In this series of four approachable classes, Isenberg covers: Garden Design (November 12 | 9am-11am) — elements of design and the design process, tools of the trade and site considerations; Soils (November 12 | 1-3pm) — organics, soil science, macro- and micro-nutrients, enhancements and compost; Growing a Garden (November 19 | 9am-11am) — selecting and starting seeds, fertilizers, planting strategies, reading the calendar and irrigation; and finally, the Harvest (November 19 | 1-3pm) — tools, timing and techniques, prep and storage, all followed by a shared potluck of garden-fresh cuisine! And, best of all, you can register for all four classes, or just the ones you need.

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Organic Veggies — Class #2 -- Soils

Tohono Chul
Tucson, AZ

Challenged trying to grow vegetables in Tucson? It can be done and Jason Isenberg (REALM) is back to share his creative and environmentally-friendly approach to successful organic vegetable gardening in the desert southwest. In this series of four approachable classes, Isenberg covers: Garden Design (November 12 | 9am-11am) — elements of design and the design process, tools of the trade and site considerations; Soils (November 12 | 1-3pm) — organics, soil science, macro- and micro-nutrients, enhancements and compost; Growing a Garden (November 19 | 9am-11am) — selecting and starting seeds, fertilizers, planting strategies, reading the calendar and irrigation; and finally, the Harvest (November 19 | 1-3pm) — tools, timing and techniques, prep and storage, all followed by a shared potluck of garden-fresh cuisine! And, best of all, you can register for all four classes, or just the ones you need.

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Pocket Sketching Workshop

Tohono Chul
Tucson, AZ

This quick-draw technique of artist Kath Macaulay is perfect for travel journaling, hiking, biking, sauntering or just sitting in a roadside café. Capture what you see in 25 minutes or less using a water soluble pen, 4×6 inch pad and a small paint set. Workshop includes basic technique anyone can learn, and working ‘on location’ in the Park, plus technique from John Singer Sargent. Ideal for timid beginners who want to fearlessly paint in public, and for experienced artists who want total portability, speed and no clean-up. Cost includes all supplies; if you already have them, take advantage of the discounted price (list emailed on request from jfalls@tohonochul.org).

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Organic Veggies — Class #3 -- Growing a Garden

Tohono Chul
Tucson, AZ

Challenged trying to grow vegetables in Tucson? It can be done and Jason Isenberg (REALM) is back to share his creative and environmentally-friendly approach to successful organic vegetable gardening in the desert southwest. In this series of four approachable classes, Isenberg covers: Garden Design (November 12 | 9am-11am) — elements of design and the design process, tools of the trade and site considerations; Soils (November 12 | 1-3pm) — organics, soil science, macro- and micro-nutrients, enhancements and compost; Growing a Garden (November 19 | 9am-11am) — selecting and starting seeds, fertilizers, planting strategies, reading the calendar and irrigation; and finally, the Harvest (November 19 | 1-3pm) — tools, timing and techniques, prep and storage, all followed by a shared potluck of garden-fresh cuisine! And, best of all, you can register for all four classes, or just the ones you need.

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Organic Veggies — Class #4 -- Harvest

Tohono Chul
Tucson, AZ

Challenged trying to grow vegetables in Tucson? It can be done and Jason Isenberg (REALM) is back to share his creative and environmentally-friendly approach to successful organic vegetable gardening in the desert southwest. In this series of four approachable classes, Isenberg covers: Garden Design (November 12 | 9am-11am) — elements of design and the design process, tools of the trade and site considerations; Soils (November 12 | 1-3pm) — organics, soil science, macro- and micro-nutrients, enhancements and compost; Growing a Garden (November 19 | 9am-11am) — selecting and starting seeds, fertilizers, planting strategies, reading the calendar and irrigation; and finally, the Harvest (November 19 | 1-3pm) — tools, timing and techniques, prep and storage, all followed by a shared potluck of garden-fresh cuisine! And, best of all, you can register for all four classes, or just the ones you need.

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Epicurean Santa Fe

Tohono Chul
Tucson, AZ

Called “The City Different,” fabled Santa Fe IS different — from its legendary history and culture to its legendary museums and cuisine, it embodies a unique mix of Native American, Hispanic and Anglo heritage whose influence is felt in every aspect of the city.

We have made the journey before, exploring ancient adobe pueblos and prestigious galleries. This time, we are hungering for an altogether different ed-venture, “epi-curious” about the gourmet side of town. And what better time to visit than Thanksgiving – that most tasteful of holidays?!

Staying five nights at the celebrated Inn at Loretto, we are just steps from the Plaza and a window on all that is Santa Fe. On the schedule is a Native American cooking class at the Santa Fe School of Cooking; a chef-hosted, progressive culinary tour of several of the city’s best restaurants (samples included!); a traditional meal served by the residents of one of the Rio Grande pueblos; a look at the food history of New Mexico; free time to explore artful galleries, exceptional museums, enticing shops and tempting cafes; and of course, a very special Thanksgiving dinner.

Our ineffable host is Stephen Bernier of South of the Border Tours and our companion guides are Mark Bahti of Bahti Indian Arts, Tucson and Santa Fe and Gloria Giffords, visiting scholar with the Arizona State Museum, art conservator and historian.

Cost includes motorcoach transportation, accommodations, seven meals, guide services and fees. Space is limited. $1825 per person/double occupancy ($425 Single supplement).

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Shared Spaces: Creating Habitats for People and Wildlife

Tohono Chul
Tucson, AZ

The Sonoran Desert is renowned for its biodiversity and natural beauty, two factors that can focus the design of new gardens or the retrofitting of existing ones. Greg Corman (Gardening Insights) and Eli Nielsen and Andrew D’Arezzo (EcoSense Sustainable Landscapes) discuss creating landscapes you can enjoy year-round that also support friendly, local critters. Get tips and ideas on landscapes that are fun, functional, ecologically sound, aesthetically pleasing and wildlife friendly.

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Bosque del Apache and Beyond

Tohono Chul
Tucson, AZ

Grus canadensis . . . otherwise known as the Sandhill Crane. For those who have witnessed a mid-day fly-in, I am sure you will agree there is nothing quite like the sight, and especially the sound, of thousands of cranes filling the skies. Like the “call of the wild,” their trumpeting is actually a result of the bird’s very long windpipe which extends into the chest cavity, thus giving the sound breadth and depth. Join us in January and hear the call for yourself, you will never forget it.

Established in 1939, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most significant wildlife refuges in North America. Just south of Socorro, New Mexico in the midst of the Chihuahuan Desert and nestled between the Chupadera and San Pascual Mountains, the refuge protects a stretch of the Rio Grande River and its floodplain. Wetlands, riparian forests and cultivated agricultural fields (for wildlife food crops) are interspersed throughout the refuge, offering a variety of habitat needs for a variety of migratory and non-migratory wildlife. Every fall, Sandhill Cranes by the thousands flock here to overwinter. Heading out to feed each day, their dawn fly-out often blocks the sunrise. This is a place where you can still connect with nature on a grand scale.

Tohono Chul Director of Education Jo Falls and birding expert and author Lynn Hassler have planned this travel ed-venture to appeal to birders and non-birders alike. The Bosque is a mecca for wildlife of all kinds, not just cranes. In addition to the Snow Geese, migrating ducks, Bald Eagles and other raptors that spend the winter here, it is also home to beaver, elk, ringtails and coyote. We’ll travel by mini-coach with all the amenities. Along the way, we’ve planned a stop at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory outside Magdalena – the Very Large Array –one of the world’s largest radio telescopes. On our return trip, we’ll stop for lunch and chile shopping in Hatch and end with a flight of wines at St. Clair Winery outside Deming. In between, sample the green chile cheeseburger that beat Bobby Flay and some local Socorro brews. Cost is all inclusive.

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California Bloomin' — The Botanical Gardens of Southern California and More

Tohono Chul
Tucson, AZ

Botanic gardens influence our style and practice of gardening and outdoor living. They affect our choice of plants by introducing us to overlooked natives as well as new species and cultivars, while showing us creative ways to move our lives out onto the patio and under the sky. Botanic gardens introduce casual visitors to the wonderful diversity of plant life, make plant geeks giddy and help us all reconnect to the natural world.

More than simply “a garden containing scientifically ordered and maintained collections of plants, usually documented and labeled,” the gardens of southern California can be described as stately (Huntington), exotic (Lotusland), naturalistic (Santa Barbara), or eclectic (Getty), but always inspiring!

Next spring we’re making a journey of exploration, visiting some of the historic, picturesque and world-class botanic gardens in and around Los Angeles. Joining our host, Stephen Bernier of South of the Border Tours and Jo Falls, Director of Education, are plant experts Greg Corman of Gardening Insights and Lynn Hassler, former Director of Education at Tucson Botanical Gardens.

On the itinerary are visits to Huntington Gardens, whose highlights include the recently opened Liu Fang Yuan Garden of Flowing Fragrance, reflecting the traditional style of Chinese scholar gardens; Descanso Gardens, an urban retreat preserving California’s natural heritage; LA County Arboretum, with collections from Australia, the Canary Islands, Madagascar and South Africa; Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, showcasing eight habitats of the state; and, fabled Lotusland, noted for its rare and exotic aloes, bromeliads and cycads. But that’s not all, we are also touring The Getty, inside and out; Greene & Greene’s Gamble House, a classic of craftsmen workmanship; the Norton-Simon Museum; noted Hashimoto and Yamaguchi Bonsai Nurseries; and the mid-century modern architecture of Palm Springs. And for a bit of nature-in-the-raw, we’ve planned a picnic day on Anacapa in the Channel Islands!

From our first day’s picnic lunch in Joshua Tree National Monument to our farewell dinner in Palm Springs, you will see that this tour is something altogether different. We’ll be spending four nights at The Langham – Huntington, one of Pasadena’s most luxurious resorts, an additional three nights at the charming and historic Hotel Santa Barbara in the heart of downtown, and our last evening at the Indian Wells Resort Hotel in retro Palm Springs. And we’ve paid attention to detail when it comes to dining, offering a selection of some of the best restaurants in the greater Los Angeles area.

Cost includes motorcoach transportation, accommodations, all but seven judiciously selected meals, guide services and admission fees. $3150 per person/double occupancy ($875 single supplement).

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