In 2010, Smiling Dog Learning Center began with a little idea and a broad vision: to share our passion, care and concern for all things of the earth with others. While the Learning Center continues to evolve, that little idea has grown each year and now includes a wide array of classes and events designed to promote healthy modalities of growth in the Sonoran Desert. We have something for everyone, so come join us. We look forward to seeing you soon!

All classes are outdoors, weather permitting. Registration is required. Register for any class or event by calling (480)288-8749 or email

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New Season of Classes

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Ours is a commitment to...

"Enhancing Nature by Design"

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All classes are free and held outdoors.  Space is limited to 15 people.  To reserve your spot, call 480 288 8749 or email us at

Garden Walks: This ever popular walk is back again for another season!  Tour the Smiling Dog Gardens with owner Tom McDonald and discover what plants will thrive in your personal landscapes.  Questions are encouraged!  Walks begin at 9:00 am and typically last 90 minutes.  Pick the date that works best for you:

October 11     December 20    February 7

Irrigation Class:   Everything you need to know about maintaining your irrigation system is covered in this class including clock setting, zones, frequency of watering, and minor repairs.  Led by Tom McDonald and Bill Roe, this class begins at 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.   Choose the date and call or email to reserve your spot:

October 25   December 6    February 21

Curandero Walks: The Sonoran Desert abounds with edible and medicinal plants from the well-known prickly pear and mesquite to brittlebush and flat top buckwheat!   Explore the Curandero trail at Smiling Dog with Tom and Kathy McDonald and discover the harvestable bounty of the desert. Walks kick off at 9:00 a.m. and last 90 minutes. Dates for the Curandero Walk are:

November 8    January 10    March 7

Coping With Critters:  We enjoy our gardens for their beauty but, much to our dismay, the critters see them as lunch!  From insects to birds to javelinas, Tom McDonald will share his stories and knowledge on how to encourage critters to seek shelter and nourishment elsewhere.   Class begins at 9: 00 a.m. and run for 90 minutes.  Join Tom on one of the following dates:

November 15    January 24    March 21


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