Events Calendar

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

Classes are held at our shop at The Newton, 300 W. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85013. 602.279.9510

Succulent Pumpkin Decor

Saturday, October 21, 10:30 a.m. You don’t need to be a witch or have special powers to create this magical fall decor. These wonderful pumpkins planted with live succulents will last through Thanksgiving. In this workshop you’ll learn to plant the pumpkin with succulents, plus we’ll teach you to care for these planted wonders. All you need to do is bring a live pumpkin and we will provide the tools, moss and plants. We recommend the style they call “Cinderella” or “Fairytale” pumpkin, that has a diameter of 10 to 12 inches. Their deep ribs and flat or slightly indented top are ideal for this type of project. This is a three-hour workshop. SIGN UP NOW.

Welcome Fall! Acorn Necklace Pop Up Event

Sunday, October 22, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. What better way to mark the change in seasons than with acorns, beautiful fall colors and a bit of warm wool? Come make a colorful Fall Acorn Necklace in this Pop-Up Workshop. First you’ll craft felted balls using bright wool roving. Once the wool is dry, complete your necklace with a genuine acorn cap and a black cord necklace. This is a walk-in event. Just pop into Southwest Gardener any time between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., check in and you get the first available spot. This project takes about 30 minutes. Cost is $8 to make one acorn pendant. Make additional single for $5 each. MARK YOUR CALENDAR.

Mosaic Garden Thermometer

Friday, October 27, 10:30 a.m. Mosaic artist Dave Jarvinen has come up with a wonderful new design for an outdoor thermometer that you can customize to fit your taste. You’ll work with porcelain and glass tiles to create a design that can hang on a wall or sit in an easel stand on your patio. The two-by-six-inch thermometer is in a metal housing and will be affixed to a 10-by-12-inch mosaic panel. Your thermometer will be ready to hang soon after your class. The thermometer will work in all climates and it is freeze/thaw stable. This is a six-hour workshop. SIGN UP NOW.

Ceramic Tile Plant Stakes

Sunday, October 29, 11 a.m. SOLD OUT. Ceramic artist Yvonne Allen has designed a hand-made tile project that becomes a virtual bouquet of garden stakes for your garden or potted plants. First you will form tiles from clay – you can make as many as 8 (wow!) – in shapes that reflect nature. Think flowers, birds, butterflies and more. Yvonne will bring her collection of wood and letter stamps so you can add lively texture to your tiles and inspirational words to the back. Then you’ll apply colorful glazes to each shape and create wire stems. Yvonne will take your tiles to be kiln fired and return them for pick up here. You will assemble them easily at home. This is a four-hour workshop. SIGN UP NOW.

Sip, Shop & Save, Holiday Open House

Friday, November 3, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Kick off your winter holidays shopping at Southwest Gardener. Join us Friday, November 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. for tasty food, adult refreshments and seasonal cheer while you enjoy 20% off all your purchases that evening. Yes, 20% off of everything in the store! Be the first to shop our fall and winter holiday decor collection. You’ll find great hostess gifts, beautiful wreaths, comfy pillows, extraordinary ornaments and more. Bring your holiday shopping list and we’ll help you choose perfect gifts for family and friends – chimes, candles, garden art and more stocking stuffers than you can imagine. We’ll wrap them up, too. As you can see from our photo archives photo, it’s a night of fun!

Just Say Cheese (& Wine, Too)!

Sunday, November 5, Noon.  Our resident cook and gardener Gregory Ware has a knack for making smooth, tasty cheese. Gregory will start by demonstrating how to make a basic Farmer’s Cheese (aka Fromage Blanc), then show how to create a never-ending variety of cheeses by adding flavors. You’ll also learn to make Paneer, and even a tasty Cheesecake. Class will be topped off by sampling cheeses and glass of wine.  Everyone will take home containers of Fromage Blanc. This is a three-hour class. SIGN UP NOW. 

 

 

Whoooo Is In Your Garden? Whimsical Ceramic Owl

Saturday, November 11, 10:30 a.m. Ceramic artists Musette Young and Deb Betz have come up with a new owl to reside in your garden or home. In this workshops you’ll create an owl of your own design using a pre-thrown base from a marbled mixture of clay types. Your imagination takes over when you form the parts of the owl with a variety of clay colors. Your finished project will be a one-of-a-kind piece, and you have the option of making your owl as a planter pot or statue. Musette and Deb will then take your piece for firing and have it back for pick up in about two weeks. Plan on about a three-hour workshop. Cost: $75. SIGN UP NOW.

Chill-Weather Plant Sale

Sunday, November 12, Noon to 3 p.m. – There is still a lot of time to plant winter season crops. Grower Gregory Ware will be here with a full assortment of goodies to fill your gardens. We don’t have a final list, but we’re pretty sure Gregory will have a selection of chill-loving herbs and vegetables that will fill the last corners of your garden. Look for lettuces, cabbage, kale, broccoli and cauliflower in all different colors. As we get closer to the event we’ll post a more definite list. Watch this space.

Mosaic Lazy Susan

Friday, November 17, 10:30 a.m. Fall has arrived and plans for entertaining are in the air! Dave Jarvinen, our resident mosaics master, wants to help you create a really neat Mosaic Lazy Susan centerpiece that will look lovely on a kitchen counter or as a dining accessory. You will learn all the techniques for completing glass mosaics. Bring ideas for your design – pictures, fabric patterns, anything you love and you will construct a beautiful 10” round top for your Lazy Susan. It will be recessed into the surface and finished flush with an attractive wood edging. This is a full-day class (about 6 hours). SIGN UP NOW.

 

Kitty Gardens & Designer Cat Toys

Saturday, November 18, 10:30 a.m. If you have ever shared your home with a cat, you know how some love to nibble on plants. The trick to steering them away from your houseplants is to provide them with a healthier alternative. Our resident gardening expert Gregory Ware has done research on which healthy plants cats most enjoy nibbling and has put together a fun class on planting and growing a Cat Dish Garden. The class includes a generous pot, soil and a selection of cat grasses, herbs, and catnip. Once you have finished planting your Cat Dish, SWG’s own Lynn Town will jump in with a tutorial on making “designer” catnip toys. Everyone will make two toys by adding a bit of catnip to a traditional plastic cat ball, then sealing it into the ball by wet felting around the outside. Once the toy is complete it gets a final spritz of catnip essential oil. Faster than you can say “Meow” you will have two very pretty cat toys and an enticing cat dish garden. This is a four-hour workshop. SIGN UP NOW.

OMG PetArt Trunk Show Introducing Pet Angels!

Friday, November 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Our good friends Joe and Chris Ray recently combined their artistic skills and love of animals to form OMG PetArt.  Of course their colorful Pet Angel garden stakes and hanging mobiles immediately caught our eye and we want to share them with you. So, come to a  special “trunk show” at Southwest Gardener the day after Thanksgiving. Meet Joe and Chris and see all their Pet Angel garden stakes, hanging mobiles and limited edition Christmas ornaments that will include Poodles, Golden Retrievers, Labs, Shiba Inu, a “mixed breed” dog, and a friendly cat. These beautiful Pet Angels are a perfect way to remember a pet’s spirit, celebrate a new puppy, or serve as a guardian angel for your furry friend. They are a great gift for the animal lover in your life. Plus, Chris and Joe will bring samples of their custom pet portraits and OMG-Pop Art. You will flip over the colorful illustrations of your pet that can be completed just in time for Christmas! For each Pet Angel sold during the trunk show, a donation will be made to Arizona Poodle Rescue. MARK YOUR CALENDAR.

Shimmering Holiday Ornaments

Sunday, December 3, Noon. Artists Musette Young and Deb Betz are back with a fun new way to play with clay. It’s a Shimmering Holiday Ornament workshop. What makes this project extra special is that the clay contains white mica which shimmers and gives off a holiday glow. In addition to molding and stamping designs in the clay, you will also have the option of adding color highlights. Each student will receive four pounds of clay which will make six to 10 ornaments, depending on the size and style you choose. Deb and Musette will take your ornaments to be fired and return them the next weekend. These will make great keepsakes, teacher gifts, and secret Santa presents. Plan on a two-hour workshop. SIGN UP NOW.

Tasty Peanut Brittle & Caramel

Sunday, December 10, Noon.  With the holidays right around the corner, thoughts turn to our favorite sweet treats. Gregory Ware has won blue ribbons for his peanut brittle and caramel, so we are joyful that he’ll be here to share his recipes and tips for candy-making success. (He has won a first-place ribbon from C & H Sugar for his Chili Peanut Brittle.) Gregory will demonstrate a basic recipe for peanut brittle plus all sorts of fun ways to put your own twist on this holiday favorite. Then he will show you how to make perfect homemade caramels. Of course there will be plenty of sampling! You will take home recipes and a sample pack of goodies. This is a three-hour, tasty class. SIGN UP NOW.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our schedule of events is rich with opportunity, and it 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.

Workshops & Events

Classes are held at our shop at The Newton, 300 W. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85013. 602.279.9510

What’s Bugging You? Weeds, Insects & More – Walk-In Event

Saturday, September 30, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. We get many questions about challenges in the garden that relate to bugs, noxious weeks and annoying critters. So we’ve planned a day that you can come in and our “big gun” –  Gregory Ware –  will work with you on all garden bugaboos. Gregory will listen to your questions, check out your chewed leaves and attempt to answer all your pest-related queries. You should bring samples or photos – a cut branch, an ugly insect (in a baggie or jar, please) – because it’s much easier to diagnose a problem when the offender or damage can be seen.  This is a casual, walk-in event and you will likely learn lots from other people’s questions.  Gregory will be in the store from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s all FREE. 

Cool Season Vegetable Gardening

Sunday, October 1, Noon. Fall is our largest growing season in the desert southwest. Homegrown veggies taste better and recent studies show they are more nutritious. Local grower Gregory Ware will be here to share his considerable knowledge about fall and winter season gardening, choosing appropriate varieties, plant placement, pest issues, watering guidelines, and best practices for growing and harvesting. This is a very useful workshop for both first-time gardeners and seasoned growers. Each participant will take home four of Gregory’s wonderful organic veggie plants. Everyone is encouraged to share experiences and ask questions. This is a two-hour class, but sometimes goes longer because we want to answer all your questions. SIGN UP NOW.

Pet Collage Portrait

Saturday, October 7, 10:30 a.m. SOLD OUT. The interest in this workshop is sky high so we’re putting it on the October calendar. Come make a collage portrait for 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, we 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.

Lettuce Bowl Gardening

Sunday October 8, 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. 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. SIGN UP NOW.

Ceramic Garden Totem

This is a two-part workshop – Saturday, October 14, 10:30 a.m. and Saturday, October 28, 10:30 a.m. One spot left! Once you make one, you want more. That seems to be the trend with the Garden Totem workshop. Every time we offer this one we have repeat artists. Musette Young and Deb Betz are super instructors who will guide you in creating a handcrafted ceramic totem that will make a big statement in your yard or garden. 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 October 28 to 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.

Mid-Fall Plant Sale 

Sunday, October 15, Noon to 3 p.m. – Fall planting season has started. Gregory Ware will be here with a selection of young appropriate bulbs (think saffron crocus and paperwhites), herb plants, and vegetable seedlings. His selection is likely to include: arugula, a wide variety of kales, a nice selection of broccoli and many assorted lettuce varieties. We will post a more complete list of varieties as the sale nears. You can also buy soils, organic fertilizers and controls, tools and shade cloth at the sale.

 

Succulent Pumpkin Decor

Saturday, October 21, 10:30 a.m. You don’t need to be a witch or have special powers to create this magical fall decor. These wonderful pumpkins planted with live succulents will last through Thanksgiving. In this workshop you’ll learn to plant the pumpkin with succulents, plus we’ll teach you to care for these planted wonders. All you need to do is bring a live pumpkin and we will provide the tools, moss and plants. We recommend the style they call “Cinderella” or “Fairytale” pumpkin, that has a diameter of 10 to 12 inches. Their deep ribs and flat or slightly indented top are ideal for this type of project. This is a three-hour workshop. SIGN UP NOW.

Welcome Fall! Acorn Necklace Pop Up Event

Sunday, October 22, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. What better way to mark the change in seasons than with acorns, beautiful fall colors and a bit of warm wool? Come make a colorful Fall Acorn Necklace in this Pop-Up Workshop. First you’ll craft felted balls using bright wool roving. Once the wool is dry, complete your necklace with a genuine acorn cap and a black cord necklace. This is a walk-in event. Just pop into Southwest Gardener any time between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., check in and you get the first available spot. This project takes about 30 minutes. Cost is $8 to make one acorn pendant. Make additional single for $5 each.

Handcraft Cards With Recycled Treasures

Sunday, October 22, Noon. In this age of electronic communications, it’s still a gift to receive a unique card in the mail. Artist Clarice Rutherford crafts greeting cards that are works of art using recycled materials. Join Clarice to learn about the tools, materials and techniques for quality card making. You will learn about embossing on recycled soda cans, using recycled papers and cards, plus stamping and coloring. Each participant will receive a kit that includes a bone folder, an embossing stylus and materials for six cards. Plan on completing up to four cards during the class and you will have materials to make two more cards when you get home. The tools are yours to keep for future card making! This is a three-hour workshop. SIGN UP NOW.

Mosaic Garden Thermometer

Friday, October 27, 10:30 a.m. Mosaic artist Dave Jarvinen has come up with a wonderful new design for an outdoor thermometer that you can customize to fit your taste. You’ll work with porcelain and glass tiles to create a design that can hang on a wall or sit in an easel stand on your patio. The two-by-six-inch thermometer is in a metal housing and will be affixed to a 10-by-12-inch mosaic panel. Your thermometer will be ready to hang soon after your class. The thermometer will work in all climates and it is freeze/thaw stable. This is a six-hour workshop. SIGN UP NOW.

Ceramic Tile Plant Stakes

Sunday, October 29, 11 a.m. Ceramic artist Yvonne Allen has designed a hand-made tile project that becomes a virtual bouquet of garden stakes for your garden or potted plants. First you will form tiles from clay – you can make as many as 8 (wow!) – in shapes that reflect nature. Think flowers, birds, butterflies and more. Yvonne will bring her collection of wood and letter stamps so you can add lively texture to your tiles and inspirational words to the back. Then you’ll apply colorful glazes to each shape and create wire stems. Yvonne will take your tiles to be kiln fired and return them for pick up here. You will assemble them easily at home. This is a four-hour workshop. SIGN UP NOW.

Just Say Cheese (& Wine, Too)!

Sunday, November 5, Noon.  Our resident cook and gardener Gregory Ware has a knack for making smooth, tasty cheese. Gregory will start by demonstrating how to make a basic Farmer’s Cheese (aka Fromage Blanc), then show how to create a never-ending variety of cheeses by adding flavors. You’ll also learn to make Paneer, and even a tasty Cheesecake. Class will be topped off by sampling cheeses and glass of wine.  Everyone will take home containers of Fromage Blanc. This is a three-hour class. SIGN UP NOW.

 

Whoooo Is In Your Garden? Whimsical Ceramic Owl

Saturday, November 11, 10:30 a.m. Ceramic artists Musette Young and Deb Betz have come up with a new owl to reside in your garden or home. In this workshops you’ll create an owl of your own design using a pre-thrown base from a marbled mixture of clay types. Your imagination takes over when you form the parts of the owl with a variety of clay colors. Your finished project will be a one-of-a-kind piece, and you have the option of making your owl as a planter pot or statue. Musette and Deb will then take your piece for firing and have it back for pick up in about two weeks. Plan on about a three-hour workshop. Cost: $75. SIGN UP NOW.

Chill-Weather Plant Sale

Sunday, November 12, Noon to 3 p.m. – There is still a lot of time to plant winter season crops. Grower Gregory Ware will be here with a full assortment of goodies to fill your gardens. We don’t have a final list, but we’re pretty sure Gregory will have a selection of chill-loving herbs and vegetables that will fill the last corners of your garden. Look for lettuces, cabbage, kale, broccoli and cauliflower in all different colors. As we get closer to the event we’ll post a more definite list. Watch this space.

Mosaic Lazy Susan

Friday, November 17, 10:30 a.m. Fall has arrived and plans for entertaining are in the air! Dave Jarvinen, our resident mosaics master, wants to help you create a really neat Mosaic Lazy Susan centerpiece that will look lovely on a kitchen counter or as a dining accessory. You will learn all the techniques for completing glass mosaics. Bring ideas for your design – pictures, fabric patterns, anything you love and you will construct a beautiful 10” round top for your Lazy Susan. It will be recessed into the surface and finished flush with an attractive wood edging. This is a full-day class (about 6 hours). SIGN UP NOW.

Kitty Gardens & Designer Cat Toys

Saturday, November 18, 10:30 a.m. If you have ever shared your home with a cat, you know how some love to nibble on plants. The trick to steering them away from your houseplants is to provide them with a healthier alternative. Our resident gardening expert Gregory Ware has done research on which healthy plants cats most enjoy nibbling and has put together a fun class on planting and growing a Cat Dish Garden. The class includes a generous pot, soil and a selection of cat grasses, herbs, and catnip. Once you have finished planting your Cat Dish, SWG’s own Lynn Town will jump in with a tutorial on making “designer” catnip toys. Everyone will make two toys by adding a bit of catnip to a traditional plastic cat ball, then sealing it into the ball by wet felting around the outside. Once the toy is complete it gets a final spritz of catnip essential oil. Faster than you can say “Meow” you will have two very pretty cat toys and an enticing cat dish garden. This is a four-hour workshop. SIGN UP NOW.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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