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 Collage Workshop
Saturday, February 1, 10:30 a.m. SOLD OUT. Southwest Gardener’s Lynn Town is going to teach you to make a gorgeous collage portrait of any critter you love. Learn to 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. You will need to bring an 8” by 10” photo of your favorite pet – you can print one at home from your computer or take a photo to a copy center such as FedEx/Kinko’s or Staples and have one enlarged. 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 six-hour workshop.
Lettuce Bowl Gardening
Sunday, February 2, Noon. SOLD OUT. 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.
Eat Your Greens
Saturday, February 8, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. Super cook and gardener Tanya Chakravarty will share her expertise on cooking our favorite superfoods – dark leafy greens! You’ll learn about preparing tasty greens using two of her favorites, Swiss chard and beet greens. To say that greens are delicious and nutritious is an understatement. Chard is a darling of the paleo diet and packs a much bigger nutritional punch than spinach. Beet greens are an easy, healthy addition to so many dishes. Not only are they delightful, they are low in calories and jam-packed with vitamins. Greens are known for cancer prevention, anti-inflammation properties and heart health. Of course, there will be sampling and Tanya will send you home with yummy recipes. This workshop will last 30 to 40 minutes.
Grow Great Tomatoes
Sunday, February 9, 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 tomatoes in your garden, how and when to fertilize, and how to avoid blossom end rot and survive spring pests. You’ll also get tips for growing tomatoes in containers and some of the lore and legends behind the many tomato varieties that Gregory has grown. You will learn to grow an abundance of tasty tomatoes in the desert and have all your tomato-related gardening questions answered. This is a two-hour class.
Wild About Wisteria
Saturday, February 15, 10:30 a.m. SOLD OUT. Learn to paint beautiful Wisteria cards with artist Linda Arandas. She will share her techniques for combining watercolor pencil painting with pen and ink detailing. Step by step she will show you how she creates her botanical art and encourage you to blossom as you learn to create your own. No experience is necessary – really! This is a three-hour class.
Tomatopalooza Plant Sale
Sunday, February 16, Noon to 3 p.m. 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 30 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. This sale gets crowded, so please be patient. A line will form before the sale starts and you are welcome to wait there, but there will be no shopping until Noon. If you want to bring your own box, that can be helpful. Just be prepared for a crowd but keep in mind we’re all happy gardeners!
Painted Desert Mason Jar Votive Set
Saturday, February 22, 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., or 12:30 a.m. Musette Young and Deb Betz are so clever. They spied an item we sell in the shop and said, “Let’s make that a class!” Two weeks later they delivered the most adorable desert-themed lights and a new workshop was born. Everyone will paint two frosted glass Mason jars with a cactus motif – Deb and Musette will guide you through it and teach the basics of working with acrylic paints. Battery operated twinkle lights are included in the project. Mason jar votives are perfect on a patio or as an accent inside. (Or a very cool night light.) This workshop will take you about 40 minutes to complete.