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.
Mosaic Planter Trio
Saturday, November 16, 10:30 a.m. David Jarvinen has designed a new mosaic project that is a set of three pots. These little planters are the perfect size for small herbs, succulents or cacti, or you could use them for a trio of candles. Dave will show you how to use glass tiles to design opposite sides of three planters for a total of 6 sides. Choose from a variety of colors to create your designs and learn the basics of glass mosaics. Easy nipping and fitting make this a good class for beginners. We will work toward grouting at the end of day. Each pot is a three-inch square and together they fit into terracotta tray that is included in the workshop. All tools and materials included. Dave suggests you bring a lightweight pair of gloves. Plan on a six-hour class.
Quickie Pickled Vegetables
Saturday, November 16, 1 to 3 p.m. Create a tangy giardiniera with Tanya Chakravarty in this 20-minute pop-up event in the shop. Tanya will demonstrate and help you create a custom mix of tasty pickled vegetables. You’ll learn to make brine and then pack an 8-ounce jar to take home filled with your choice of veggies. Think broccoli, onion, garlic, cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans, peppers, and a possible surprise or two. In no time you’ll have piquant veggies to use as an appetizer, relish, or toss into salads. This is a casual event so you can register online or just pop in that day. We’ll get you the first available seat when you arrive. Easy peasy. You’ll leave with a jar of brining veggies and a recipe. Cost: $15 per jar. Make as many as you’d like and turn them into holiday hostess gifts! The class takes no more than 20 minutes, and it’s a nice activity for all ages..
Sunday, November 17, Noon. SOLD OUT. Making tamales for the holidays is a favorite tradition in the Southwest. Not only are they delicious, cooking tamales is a well-loved group activity for family and friends. Join cooks Gregory Ware and Dennis Reinhardt to learn about this tasty tradition. You will learn about masa, form your own tamales and master the corn husk wrapping. Gregory and Dennis are excited to share tips about the many stuffings that can make yummy tamales. You will make six green corn tamales to take home. They can be steamed for dinner that night or frozen for future nibbling. Your workshop will be capped off with a savory lunch of green corn and beef tamales, Spanish rice and pinto beans. You’ll want to come hungry! Plan on a three-hour class.
Metal & Mosaic Glass Holiday Tree
Sunday, November 24, 11 a.m. SOLD OUT. Some of you might have seen Nancy McIntosh’s beautiful mosaic glass Christmas trees on display at Southwest Gardener during past holiday seasons. This year we are thrilled Nancy will offer a workshop on how to make these brilliant pieces. You will start with either a silver or gold-colored tree (your choice at registration). Nancy will provide precut glass in a selection of festive colors so that you can design and assemble your tree with only a small amount of glass cutting. She’ll teach you how to securely glue the glass pieces into place and complete the grouting. Each tree stands approximately 16-inches tall by 9-inches wide with a sturdy base that is designed to hold a candle or a string of lights so you can make your tree sparkle! This is a four-hour workshop.
Saturday, December 7, 10:30 a.m. Artists Musette Young and Deb Betz are back with their clever clay luminarias that you can use to light up your home or garden. You choose the theme – holiday, creature, garden or mix it up. Everyone will make two luminaria from pre-thrown clay orbs and lots of slab clay. Deb and Musette will show you how to embellish and hand-cut your own designs into the clay. After you are happy with the look and construction of your luminaria, you’ll add glazes. All materials are provided, along with excellent instruction in clay hand-building techniques. Deb and Musette will take them for kiln firing and return them to Southwest Gardener for pick up in about two weeks. Plan on a four-hour class.
ThreeMacStudio Trunk Show
Saturday, December 7, Noon to 3 p.m. The three sisters that make up ThreeMacStudio are a welcome holiday tradition at Southwest Gardener. Each December they bring their beautiful cards, wrapping paper, sachets, pillows and other special gift items to our shop for an exclusive trunk show. ThreeMacStudio is a collaboration of individual styles and complementary talents of the three MacCollum sisters. Lisa, Michele and Lynn each make distinct and unique contributions to the design process, transforming their original art into stunning practical forms that are layered with rich and vivid color, exquisite detail and visual texture. This is the event to find the perfect something to surprise your special someone!
Sunday, December 8, 11 a.m. Hummingbirds are a favorite garden visitor and we think this one will be, too. Join mosaic artist Dave Jarvinen to create a wall-mounted Mosaic Hummingbird. Participants will use glass tiles to create an eye-catching piece on sturdy backer board. Glass tiles are relatively easy to nip and cut so that they can be manipulated into shapes that fit together. You’ll be able to define colorful patterns in areas such as the head, throat and back. The finished hummingbird will measure approximately 12 by 16 inches. Participants will need to work at a quick pace with the goal to grout at the end of the day. All supplies are provided. Dave recommends that you bring a lightweight pair of gloves. Plan on a four-hour class.
Not Your Mom’s Bloody Mary Mix
Saturday, December 28, 1 p.m. 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. New Year’s is just around the corner and we couldn’t resist the opportunity to party a little and have Tanya Chakravarty show us how to make the perfect Bloody Mary. (New Year’s Day brunch, anyone?) She will share her recipe for a scrumptious Bloody Mary mix that uses fresh vegetables and a tomato base. She’ll also share a recipe for a green Bloody Mary. You’ll go home with a quart jar of fresh mix and recipes to make more. This is a quickie workshop that should not last more than 30 minutes, but it will pack a wallop. Bet there’s tasting, too!.