Group Free

September 1
Cooking Class
Wild mushrooms are in the spotlight as executive chef Alex Stratta hosts this demonstration and tasting of three fungi-inspired recipes: maitake mushroom and chicken liver crostini, shiitake and porcini gemelle, and chicken and chanterelle fricassee. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $50. Match Restaurant & Lounge, 1100 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,, 602-875-8080.

September 1
Edible & Medicinal Plants
Desert plant enthusiast Jim Shepherd guides a leisurely walk to see prickly pear cacti, agaves and mesquite trees, with tasting samples along the way that might include agave syrup, mesquite flour and prickly pear jelly. 8 a.m. Call for admission prices. Boyce Thompson Arboretum, 37615 U.S. Hwy. 60, Superior,, 520-689-2811.

September 4
Inspired by Nature (FREE)
Jacques Girard, master steward for McDowell Sonoran Conservancy and professor of design at Arizona State University, discusses how Mother Nature can inspire us when we design. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St., Scottsdale, RSVP recommended: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

September 8
Salon Wall Hanging
Laura Best, SMoCA exhibitions manager, and Jennifer McCabe, acting director, offer a crash course in how to organize and install a salon-style wall to make the art in your home look like a museum. Noon. $15; $25 per pair. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale,, 480-874-4666.

September 8, 29
Learn Your Lizards
This family-friendly guided excursion educates participants on identification of common species while answering such questions as why lizards have azure abs and do “pushups.” 8 a.m. Call for admission prices. Boyce Thompson Arboretum, 37615 U.S. Hwy. 60, Superior,, 520-689-2811.

September 11, 20
Yoga in the Rainforest
Guests 18 and older enjoy the beauty of butterflies while being guided through a series of yoga poses that help build strength and flexibility. 5:30-6:30 p.m. $20. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale,, 480-800-3000.

September 14
Three Ways to Kill a Fruit Tree (FREE)
Learn from others’ fruit tree failures as Greg Peterson, founder of Urban Farm, provides information on how to plant and nurture citrus trees. 6:30-8 p.m. Creative Living Farmers Market, 6430 N. Seventh St., Phoenix,

September 22
Great American Seed Up
Gardeners across the Southwest meet to collect, preserve and learn about local seeds. The event includes presentations and workshops with seed experts, plus more than 60 varieties of climate-appropriate seeds ready to be scooped up and taken home for planting or saving. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $7.50. Uptown Farmers Market, North Phoenix Baptist Church, 5757 N. Central Ave., Phoenix,

September 29
Floral Design
Participants mix fall-like flowers and greenery with such natural elements as cattails, pods and succulents to create a unique piece of floral art to take home. Advance reservations required. 3-4:30 p.m. $95. La Paloma Blanca Floral Designs, 8711 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Scottsdale,, 480-515-1478.

September 29
Messy Motherhood
Dr. Shauna Shapiro, a renowned author and parenting expert, is keynote speaker for this mindfulness and self-compassion workshop for mothers. 2-6 p.m. $65-$70. Unity of Phoenix Spiritual Center, 1500 E. Greenway Pkwy., Phoenix,

September 29
Waking Up with Butterflies
Novice and professional photographers are invited to spend a quiet hour photographing awakening butterflies and new species in a tropical rainforest setting. 8:30-9:30 a.m. $25. Butterfly Wonderland, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale,, 480-800-3000.