Our schedule of events changes often. You’ll find many good, info-packed workshops to help you with your gardens, as well as terrific craft and foodie classes. Click on the SIGN UP NOW link on any individual workshop to register. Don’t delay because they fill quickly. This list is chronological.
Here’s how it works: Register online, in the store or by phone to reserve your spot; classes fill quickly. All workshop materials are included in the class cost, unless otherwise stated. Prepayment is required when registering; debit and credit cards are accepted. Click the link on the workshop or call 602-279-9510 to register.
Cancellation policy: No refunds or store credits will be issued if you can’t attend a class. Instructors work in advance to prepare materials and they are paid whether or not you attend. No exceptions. You are welcome to send someone in your place. Please let us know in advance.
Free Parking & Light Rail
- There is plenty of free public parking west of Southwest Gardener at 400 and 444 West Camelback Rd. Additional free public parking across Camelback to the south.
- Don’t want to drive? Take the Light Rail! It lets off at the Central Avenue/Camelback Park-and-Ride, which has hundreds of free parking spaces across the street from Southwest Gardener.
Pet Portrait Collage
Saturday, January 26, 10:30 a.m. SOLD OUT. Use torn and cut paper – magazine pages, maps, sheet music, etc – to create a strikingly realistic portrait of your favorite pet. There is no drawing skill needed for this project, but you’ll need to bring an 8” by 10” photo of your favorite pet. A full-face portrait works best if this is your first collage. This can be a color print from a home computer or copy printed at a retailer such as FedEx, Staples or Walgreens. From that large print, Lynn will show you how to use all kinds of paper to create a portrait that catches your “baby’s” true personality. This is a popular class and we’ve seen gorgeous portraits of not only dogs and cats but birds, reptiles and bunnies. You choose! This is a six-hour workshop.
Saturday, February 2, 10:30 a.m. OR 2 p.m. SOLD OUT. Light up your garden or home with a pair of desert-inspired Cactus Luminaria. This is a brand new project for Southwest Gardener created by ceramic artists Musette Young and Deb Betz. You will start with two hand-thrown clay orbs which you will then embellish with your own cactus like designs. Deb and Musette will teach you to form flowers, spines, or anything that makes your luminaria perfect for you. You will then glaze your pieces to add color and depth. Each participant makes two luminarias. They will go to an off-site kiln to be fired and Deb and Musette will return them for you to pick them up in about two weeks. This is a three-hour class.
This workshop is being offered two times on the same day. Click on the botton below to choose your preferred time.
Make Your Own Sauerkraut
Sunday, February 3, Noon – Making your own sauerkraut is fun, easy, and very healthy. Sauerkraut is loaded with vitamin C and probiotics and homemade tastes much better than any store-bought variety. Gregory will teach you the tastiest way to convert raw cabbage into this tasty treat. Then you’ll pack and take home a quart jar of sauerkraut in the making. Join us for this informative class and you will have your own fresh sauerkraut by St Paddy’s Day! This is a two-hour, tasty class.
Mosaic Birds of the Desert
Saturday, February 9, 10:30 a.m. Mosaic artist Dave Jarvinen has created a new mosaic project that celebrates our fascination with birds. Join David to learn about using glass mosaics to create beautifully detailed portraits of one of your favorite bird species. You will learn how to use a shard nipping technique that is very flexible and forgiving. Dave will provide a variety of patterns to choose from including the Western Bluebird, Hooded Oriole, Hummingbird, and Quail. Your finished bird mosaic will measure 5 x 7 inches and is suitable for indoor display. Please bring a pair of tweezers to this to help with positioning the glass shards. This is a six-hour class.
Lettuce Bowl Gardening
Sunday February 10, Noon.This is a class that fills up every season! Gregory Ware will teach you the best practices for growing fresh and tasty greens in a container you can keep right outside the kitchen door. You’ll learn planting and harvesting techniques that will ensure you enjoy three months of salads from just one planting. In this workshop you will plant and take home a generous mix of lettuces that will grow into a bounty of healthy meals. Fill your patio or balcony with pretty greens! This is a two-hour class.
The Natural Laundry
Friday, February 15, 10:30 a.m. Clean clothes are wonderful but we don’t always like the harsh chemicals and detergents that are part of the process. Class instructor Alice Sweeney has done a lot of research into the best ways to create natural cleaning products that are healthy, biodegradable, environmentally friendly and work well. Join Alice in this hand-on class to make your own natural laundry detergent, spot remover and energy-saving wool dryer balls. You will make and take home samples of each and as an added bonus, the class will be capped off by making wool-felted bars of soap. Felted soap is like having a built-in washcloth that gently defoliates your skin. This is a two-hour workshop.
Herb Embroidery Sampler
Saturday, February 16, 10:30 a.m. Stitch your way into the world of contemporary embroidery and create a sampler full of lovely herb plants. Artist Linda Arandas is returning with a project full of her pretty botanical creations. She will share her passion for stitching while demonstrating five basic stitches – along with a few neat tricks – that will start your embroidery journey. As you master Linda’s techniques, you will be ready to stitch all kinds of work for yourself or as gifts. No experience is necessary. Linda is also very good at helping you find the meditative qualities of embroidery. She is well-organized and a patient teacher, and her students always praise their experiences with her. Class fee includes quality instruction, a hoop, needle, fabric and enough floss to complete your project. Embroidery is making a big comeback among all age groups. Come join the fun! This is a two-hour class.
Grow Great Tomatoes
Sunday, February 17, Noon. Local grower Gregory Ware produces some of the best tomatoes plants in the Valley. In this very popular workshop he’ll share planting tips, information on where to plant in your garden, how to fertilize and how to select the best location for your tomatoes, and how to avoid blossom end rot. You’ll also get tips for growing in containers and some of the lore and legends behind the many tomato varieties that Gregory grows. This is a two-hour class.
Ceramic Sun Face
Saturday, February 23, 10:30 a.m.Just in time for patio weather, ceramic artist Yvonne Allen has created another unique tile project exclusively for Southwest Gardener. This cheerful sun face will add a striking splash of color whether you use it outside or in your home. Yvonne will help you to design and personalize a sun face with with multiple layers of clay for the rays and face features. This will be finished with a selection of glaze colors, then taken for firing in a kiln. Yvonne will have your project back at Southwest Gardener for you to pick up in about two weeks. This is a five-hour class.
Tomatopalooza Plant Sale
Sunday, February 24, Noon to 3 p.m. OK tomato lovers, this is the plant sale you don’t want to miss. Gregory Ware grows some of the best, most interesting varieties of tomato and Southwest Gardener is the only place you’ll find them.
Gregory will have more than 25 varieties of tomatoes. You’ll find heirlooms as well as modern and non-GMO hybrids with fruits in a variety of sizes and in a rainbow of colors. We are proud to say we think these are the best tomato plants you can get.
This is tomato planting season, so now is when you should get your transplants into the garden. Gregory’s transplants are all organically grown, acclimated to our desert climate and ready to take root. Come early for the best selection. He often sells out.
Check back here closer to the event for a list of varieties.