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, March 24, 10:30 a.m. Move over Martha Stewart, Certified Master Florist Tina Nestor will demystify the art of flower arranging and teach you many ways to make store-bought and home-grown stems look stunning. You will learn easy techniques along with helpful tips in this fun, informative class. Tina will provide all the materials and fresh flowers necessary to design a spectacular flower arrangement. Tina will cover floral design basics, how to select the most long-lasting stem varieties, color selection, plus how to cut and care for an arrangement so that you will have beauty for 10 to 14 days. Come prepared to take home a beautiful Spring flower display. This is a two-hour workshop.SIGN UP NOW.
Saturday, March 31, 10:30 a.m. Mosaic Artist Dave Jarvinen has come up with a new way to use his tile saw. y slicing off the side of a glass bottle and wrapping the edge with copper, he creates a nifty planter that is perfect for succulents. So, bring a glass bottle (wine, beer, or soda) minus the label and create a cool planter. Dave will handle the actual cutting but he will demonstrate the process and how to finish the edge with copper. We will provide soil and succulents and in just a few minutes you will have completed an adorable planter. This is a two-hour class.SIGN UP NOW.
Friday, April 6, 10:30 a.m. Our master of mosaics Dave Jarvinen continues to design new ways to expand your mosaic skills. This workshop is where you will make three abstract mosaic panels. Abstract designs are a good way to explore movement and texture in art while learning the practical skills of working with art glass and glass tiles. You’ll start by choosing a primary glass color and cut it for movement and motion. Then you’ll explore nipping and fitting techniques to complete your design. The finished product will be three framed 6” by 6” panels. All tools and materials will be provided. We recommend that you bring a lightweight pair of gloves for use during cutting. This is a six-hour project.SIGN UP NOW.
This is a two-part workshop. Saturday April 7, 10:30 a.m. & Saturday, April 28, Noon. SOLD OUT. This Garden Totem workshop is one of our most popular projects. Musette Young and Deb Betz, have created new, exciting designs for this class. Your own handcrafted totem will make a big statement in your yard or garden. In this class, you will build your own three-foot-tall garden totem from clay. This project includes five wheel-thrown pieces that you embellish and decorate. Then you form divider “beads” and flat discs to go between the main pieces. Musette and Deb will take you through the process of creating totem shapes, making a finial for the top, and the best techniques for constructing pieces that will fit over a rebar support post. Once you create the pieces, they’ll go off for the first kiln firing. Come back for part two of your class on February 5 to you’ll glaze the totem pieces. Everything then goes into the kiln for a second firing. Musette and Deb will return your project, along with a three-foot piece of rebar so you can install your totem in the garden. Plan on two, four-hour classes.SIGN UP NOW.
Sunday, April 8, Noon. As the days grow longer, the temperatures start to rise but gardening in our desert climate doesn’t need to be a challenge. Local grower Gregory Ware will be here to teach you to grow and care for a warm season garden. He will help you select appropriate vegetables and herbs for the season,. You’ll learn about soil health, watering guidelines and tips for maximizing the growing season. SIGN UP NOW.
Saturday, April 14, 10:30 a.m. Mixed-media artist Linda Arandas collects vintage trays, papers and buttons then creates lovely places to rest anything from jewelry and eyeglasses to air plants. We had them for sale in the shop during the winter holidays, and many people recognized them as being used for tips in restaurants decades ago. Linda will help you explore the intuitive, artful process of collage as you create a botanical work of art in the trays. Choose from a tree or a cactus pattern. You can add inspirational words or a favorite quote from the papers and other material provided. All class materials and tools are provided. This is a two-hour workshop. SIGN UP NOW.
Sunday, April 15, Noon to 3 pm. Not a week goes by that a customer doesn’t tell us what good luck they’ve had Gregory Ware’s locally grown organic plants. This is a super time to slip some plants into the soil that will thrive in the warm months. Gregory will be at Southwest Gardener with organic, hearty vegetables. For this sale you will find all kinds of cucumbers – pickle, slicers, heirloom and modern varieties. Also Armenian (which are actually melons) and lemon cucumbers. There will also be melons, including Gregory’s favorite variety the Minnesota midget. He will also have lots of summer and winter squash plants. We are excited about the winter squash variety with shorter vines and smallish fruit – it’s a space saver for those of us with limited gardening beds. Come and pick up a selection of plants that will carry your garden well into the summer months. It will be a busy Sunday here so please feel free to park in the lots across 3rd Avenue or in the light rail lot across Camelback (where there is shade!).
We are very excited Tucson artist Julie Haymaker is our visiting artist this spring for an array of jewelry making workshops. Julie is a mixed-media maven and teacher. She graduated from Kendal School of Design with a degree in Illustration and also attended the California College of the Arts to study fine metalsmithing and ceramics.
Using one of her favorite mediums, Julie has taken shinkable plastic to a new artistic level. Her creative journey and passion for teaching led her to design amazing art using plastic and her own molds called Shrinkets. Each piece is embellished using colored pencils, stamps and inks, and is finished with beads. As in nature, no two of Julie’s flowers or leaves are alike. Pick a favorite or come make all three!
Friday, April 20, 10:30 a.m. Artist Julie Haymaker has created an amazingly beautiful necklace using shrink plastic, colored pencils and her trademarked Shrinkets molds. You’ll start your project with a wirewrapped iron ring. From there, Julie will show you how to create a piece that wraps around the ring and acts as the base for a lovely flower. The pieces will be created using Julie’s special molds and tools. Finally, your necklace will be finished with a rhinestone bezel and then attached to the base. All tools and materials are provided. This class will last about 3 and one-half hours. SIGN UP NOW
Saturday, April 21, 10:30 a.m. Artist Julie Haymaker will be back for a second day of fun with shrinkable plastic and her trademark Shrinkets molds/tools. You will learn to design plastic beads using colored pencils. Then Julie will teach you to bend, ruffle and dome the beads using her bead molds. Once completed, your pieces will be used to create charms that will be attached to a bracelet along with 10 pre-wrapped bead charms and 10 garden-themed metal charms. The finished bracelet is pure magic. All materials and tools are provided. This is a six-hour workshop.SIGN UP NOW.
Sunday, April 22, 11:30 a.m. Julie is back for a final day of fun! In this workshop you will work with shrink plastic and Julie’s bead-making molds to create lovely flower dangles, leaf beads and a custom bale. Each flower will be embellished with glass beads, then the bale will be placed over a large iron ring and the leaf beads and flower dangles will be attached. Your necklace will be finished with a lovely beaded chain. All materials and tools are provided. This is a four-hour workshop. SIGN UP NOW.
Sunday, April 29, 11 a.m. Ceramic and mosaic artist Yvonne Allen has once again developed a unique plaque/tile design for Southwest Gardener. Come and explore slab clay construction while you make an eye-catching bird plaque that will nest beautifully in your home or garden. After selecting your bird design from a variety of patterns Yvonne will provide, you’ll cut the design from clay, add texture and finish your artwork with colorful glazes. Learn clay addition and subtraction techniques to create a textured, one-of a kind piece. Yvonne will take your plaque home to be kiln fired and 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 is a four-hour workshop. SIGN UP NOW.
Saturday, May 5, 10:30 a.m. Our favorite flower maven Tina Nestor will teach you to cut, care for and arrange a vase of flowers that will have everyone thinking you’re a professional florist. Tina is a floral artist. She understands color combinations, texture and design and how to combine all three to make stunning bouquets. You’ll learn techniques for cutting flowers, tips for keeping them fresh for as long as possible, suggestions on how to perk up a plain glass vase, and there will be lots of practice arranging stems. Everyone will create their own own free-form flower arrangement to take home. You’ll be inspired to keep fresh flowers at home year round. What joy! This is a two-hour class. SIGN UP NOW.
Sunday, May 6, Noon. Magic happens when you take a beautiful shell and add tiny succulents to create a miniature plant world. Southwest Gardener’s Lynn Town will show you how to create three amazing little gardens from shells that measure three to four inches across. These tiny terrariums can go almost anywhere. Place them on a windowsill, a desk, your patio. Add a magnet and attach them to your fridge. You could even hang them in windows. They are sweet together or can be tucked in with larger potted plants. Lynn will talk about and demonstrate how to best plant your shells with miniature succulents and offer tips on care of succulents. All materials are included: plants, soil, lots of pretty shells, and a nifty squeeze bottle that is perfect for watering succulents and other house plants. This workshop will last about 1 1/2 hours. SIGN UP NOW.
Saturday, May 12, 10:30 a.m. In the beginning there was Tobasco. Next came Cholula. Then regional hot sauce varieties. Now, the universe of hot sauces has exploded. Fabulous cook and hot-sauce artist Tanya Chakravarty is coming to teach us how to create our own tasty, tongue-tingling hot sauces. Tanya is our go-to person for advice on all things related to chili peppers and hot sauce. She grows her own peppers then mixes up custom sauces full with flavor. Tanya will share her insights, recipes and favorite peppers in this workshop. You’ll learn safe practices for handling peppers, how to blister and skin a chili, and Tanya’s technique for how to smoke chilies and create your own chipotles and adobo. Tanya will walk you through the basics of making a great hot sauce and offer ideas on many ways to change it up and make it your very own by adjusting ingredients, using red or green chilies, adding fruit, and using prickly pear. This is a make and take class so you’ll got home with samples of hot sauce and pepper vinegar. Plan on lots of fiery fun and tasting. This is a three-hour class. SIGN UP NOW.
Friday, May 18, 10:30 a.m. Beautiful Arizona sunshine and sunflowers seem to go hand and hand and mosaic master Dave Jarvinen has created an eye-catching sunflower wall piece that will be a bright addition to any wall (indoors or out). This project is an excellent way to explore both ceramic and glass mosaics as Dave takes you through the basic steps of nipping and cutting, plus assembly and grouting. Your finished sunflower mosaic wall art will measure 10” by 10”. This is a six-hour workshop. SIGN UP NOW.
Saturday, May 19, 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. SIGN UP NOW.