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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Smiling Dog Landscapes & Learning Center

(2018 to 2019 Season to be announced soon)

All classes are held outdoors and are free of charge.   Space is limited to 15 participants per class.  Season runs from October through April.  Registration will open soon!

Irrigation Class:  Tom McDonald and Bill Roe walk participants through the basics of your landscape irrigation system including clock setting, frequency of watering and small system repairs.   2 ½ hours.

Garden Walk:  Stroll the gardens of Smiling Dog Landscapes with owner, Tom McDonald, and learn what plants thrive in our Sonoran Desert landscape.  This is an opportunity to ask the expert and discover how to keep your plants looking beautiful and healthy!   90 minutes.

Coping With Critters:  Is your landscape a feast for bugs, birds, rodents, and javelinas?  Frustrating as it may be, coping with hungry critters is a part of every garden and landscape.  Tom McDonald has years of experience fending off these invasions.   Learn what works and what doesn’t in this 90 minute session.

Curandero Walk:  Do you have a stuffy nose?  Or, perhaps, a small cut or bruise that needs some attention?  Walk the perimeter trail at Smiling Dog Landscapes with plant enthusiasts Tom and Kathy McDonald to learn how our native plants can help heal these minor maladies.  2 hours.

Smiling Dog Landscapes and Learning Center will also accommodate requests for private groups.   

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"Enhancing Nature by Design"

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