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.
Workshops & Events
All events take place at our shop at The Newton, 300 W. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85013. 602.279.9510
Saturday, May 26, 10:30 a.m. SOLD OUT. A mandala is a spiritual symbol that represents the universe. Mandalas are made up of infinitely complex patterns that repeat, symbolizing the notion that life is never ending. Many mandalas have spiritual significance to an individual or group of individuals. In this workshop artist and rock painter Stephanie Tomich will teach you to master simple pattern techniques so you can create your own hand-painted mandalas. Stephanie will also discuss the best paints and finishes to use. Everyone will make two mandalas. This is a three-hour workshop. SIGN UP NOW.
Rustic Garden Chime
Sunday, May 27, 11 a.m. SOLD OUT. Yvonne Allen has created another exclusive class project for Southwest Gardener – a handsome chime you’ll make working with a variety of different materials. You will start with an iron piece that will be the top of the chime and to that you’ll add a piece from Yvonne’s handmade porcelain tile collection. Then you’ll craft three bell hangers from copper wire, bright and colorful glass beads and sweet copper bells. Your chime will be substantial enough to endure high winds but gentle enough to catch light breezes. This is a three-hour project. SIGN UP NOW.
Saturday, June 2, 10:30 a.m. Are you are ready to make the move from orchid admirer to orchid grower? Good, because experts Julie Rathbun and Wilella Stimmell will be here from the Orchid Society of Arizona to share their knowledge of orchids and assist you in planting a beautiful Phalaenopsis. Better known as Moth Orchid, it is by far the most popular and best suited for home growing out of 20,000 orchid varieties. Plants, pot and planting medium are included in this class. You will need to bring a pie pan (preferably glass, which can often be found in thrift stores.) Wilella and Julie with teach you the care and watering of your orchid, guidelines for repotting and how the needs or your orchid plant differ from that of traditional houseplants. We must warn you, though, it’s possible you may become addicted to these beautiful plants. This is a one and one-half hour class. SIGN UP NOW.
Learn To Grow Microgreens & Sprouts
Sunday, June 3, Noon. Microgreens and sprouts are nature’s own super food. The use of these incredibly nutritious greens in salads and stir fries is prolific, but many of us have no idea of the wide variety of tastes and textures that can be grown and harvested inside all summer. Gregory Ware will teach you safe, healthy techniques for growing microgreens and sprouts, including the best herb and veggie seeds to use. You’ll also learn how to easily add them to your every day diet. Each participant will go home with a tray for microgreens, a jar for sprouts and plenty of seeds for your first harvest. This is a two-hour class. SIGN UP NOW.
Saturday, June 9, 10:30 a.m. While discussing class ideas with artist and potter Deb Betz, we got to talking about small planters that could be staked into soil in pots or garden beds. Deb jumped on the idea and created adorable Planter Boats. These playful garden stakes can hold a small plant and dress up a houseplant or outdoor planter. They are the right size for succulents, tillandsia or look cool as colorful additions to your garden. Deb will teach you to form planters from clay and you will make three Planter Boats. After they are formed you will add color with glaze, then Deb will take your Planter Boats home to fire and attach the stakes with a sturdy material she’s just discovered. Your boats will be back in the shop for pick up in about two weeks. This is a four-hour workshop. SIGN UP NOW.
Hotter Than Hades Plant Sale
Sunday June 10, Noon to 3 p.m. Temperatures are soaring but there are still some tasty herbs and vegetables along with flowers that you can plant and care for through the summer. These heat lovers might need some shade cloth, but they will fill your garden with joy and life during Arizona’s extreme summer. Gregory will be here with his wonderful vegetables and herbs that have been selected for their ability to handle heat. Stop by and check on his selection of plants that will carry your garden through the summer months. More info on plant selection as we get closer to the event.
Friday, June 15, 10:30 a.m. Let your imagination take flight with a shimmering Mosaic Pinwheel stake. Mosaic artist Dave Jarvinen has created this new project for you. In this workshop you will create a bright and colorful glass mosaic design for a ceramic pinwheel form. Dave will take you through the basic steps of working with glass for mosaics. Once your mosaic work is done you’ll add a sturdy stake and your Mosaic Pinwheel will be ready to plant in the garden. (It won’t spin but it sure will stand tall and brilliant!) All class materials are included. We suggest you bring a lightweight pair of gloves (garden gloves are perfect) to protect your hands while you cut and nip tile. This is a six-hour class. SIGN UP NOW.
Custom Herbal Seasoning Blends
Saturday, June 16, 10:30 a.m. Growing fresh herbs is such a joy. We invite you to expand your herb knowledge and use in this workshop where you’ll learn to create custom herbal seasoning blends. Clinical herbalist and educator Kerry Amann has used her expertise to create salt-free seasoning blends that will enhance the natural flavors of food without a grain of salt. Herbs and spices bring food to life and they are good for you. Kerry will tell you how they can help you create healthy, satisfying food. She’ll also teach you the best ways to create your own blends and share her recipes. You will take home tasty samples to use in your culinary adventures. This is a two-hour class. SIGN UP NOW.
Includes a tool kit to take home and make more!
Saturday, June 23, 10:30 a.m. All dogs deserve at least one pet tag that was made especially for them, so unleash your creativity and learn to make your own custom metal pet tags. Southwest Gardener’s Lynn Town will train you in the basics of metal stamping (it’s tricky), provide humorous copy suggestions, then review finishing techniques on metal work. Then you’ll paws to practice. Once your stamping skills are fine-tuned, you’ll make three pet tags. There will be a selection of tag shapes and sizes from which to choose – for all shapes and sizes of pups. Tags could hold basic ID info with name and phone contact, or they could reveal a sassy saying to fit your pet’s personality. You could even attach a tag to a chain as jewelry for humans. Best of all you get a doggie bag with a basic metal stamping kit (a $45 value) to take home. The set includes uppercase alphabet stamps, an ergonomic stamp hammer, and a steel stamp block. Plan on a three-hour class. SIGN UP NOW.
Ceramic Butterfly Plaque
Sunday, June 24, 11 a.m. Yvonne Allen has created another gorgeous ceramic plaque for a workshop! This one is an elegant butterfly that will take flight in your garden or home. Yvonne will teach slab clay construction to make an eye-catching plaque. You’ll learn and practice clay addition and subtraction techniques to create a beautifully textured, one-of a kind piece. After selecting your butterfly design from a variety of patterns, you’ll cut the design from clay, add texture and finish by adding colorful glazes. Yvonne will take your plaque home to be kiln fired and will return everything to Southwest Gardener for pick up in about two weeks. The finished plaque will measure about 12 inches long by 8 inches wide. This workshop will last about four hours. SIGN UP NOW.
Friday, July 13, 10:30 a.m. When we mentioned to mosaics instructor Dave Jarvinen that July feels good for a bit of Midsummer Madness, he brilliantly found glow in the dark pebbles and created this fanciful mushroom that will look beautiful in your garden day and night. These colorful stones are embedded with a phosphorescent powder that absorbs the sun’s rays and then glows for several hours at night. You will learn the basics of mosaics without the mess of cutting or nipping. (Easy on the hands!) This is a three-hour workshop. SIGN UP NOW.
We Be Jammin’
Sunday, July 15, Noon. This is berry season so it’s prime time to make jam and jelly. Homemade captures the naturally fresh flavors of fruit and lacks all the additives of store-bought brands. Gregory Ware will be putting on his chef’s hat to share his secrets for making award-winning jams. He likes to say “I’m going to teach you the secrets to jam that Grandma didn’t.” This isn’t as difficult as you think, but it’s something that is best learned from another person. You’ll go through every step to jam making, including tools, choosing the best berries, cooking secrets, transfer to jars and then safe preserving practices. Gregory has won many blue ribbons at the Arizona State Fair for his jams and jellies. Everyone will go home with a 4-ounce jar of his homemade berry jam, and we will do a lot of tasting, too. This is a two and a half-hour workshop, with extended time for all questions. SIGN UP NOW.
Light Blub Insect Stakes
Saturday, July 21, 10:30 a.m. After this class, you will never look at a light bulb the same way. Lynn Town will take you through all the steps to make magical insects using upcycled light bulbs, a bit of wire, metal tooling foil and a secret ingredient that you can get at any hardware store. You will also have the option of decorating the bulbs with markers, alcohol inks and even a touch of glow-in-the-dark glue – so you’ll have fireflies! You will make three houseplant-size stakes to take home. (And then you’ll make more!) This is a three and a half-hour workshop. SIGN UP NOW.