Wow, March is packed with all kinds of great events, so grab your calendar and make plans now to buy new plants for your spring garden, make a date to plant your spring garden, and head on out to admire spectacular gardens that will be open to the public. This list should get you started.

1. Boyce Thompson Arboretum Plant Sale – March 10 – 25. The folks out at Boyce Thompson have been busy securing plants that will tolerate drought and frost for the spring plant sale this year. We hear there is a great selection of plants from South Africa this year. Take a picnic lunch with you – this is a beautiful place for a hike and birdwatching.

2. Desert Botanical Garden Spring Plant Sale – March 16 – 18. We’ll see you there!  The DBG Plant Sale is an awesome place to pick up desert-adapted landscape plants. Plus you can shop our Southwest Gardener traveling boutique with beautiful garden art and landscape supplies. Horticulturists and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions. E-mail us if there’s something specific you’d like us to bring!

3. Real Gardens for Real People Tour – March 31. A well-planned, delightful tour of gardens hosted by the Maricopa County Master Gardeners.  This year the tour is in the northeast Valley. Purchase tickets at Southwest Gardener or online.

4. Warm Weather Veggie & Herb Plant Sale at Southwest Gardener – April 1, Noon to 3 p.m. Yeah! Gregory Ware from Dos Arbolitos nursery will be here to sell his hearty vegetable and herb starts. These heirloom plants are grown organically in the Phoenix area so they are adapted to our desert climate. Pick up some high-quality warm weather seedlings for your garden that will satisfy your cravings through the hotter months. Look especially for all types of yummy melons.

4. Rose Society Shows – Saturday, April 7, 14 and 22. There are several rose shows planned in Glendale, Tucson, Scottsdale and Phoenix. These are great places to see blooms and to ask questions. If you have roses, you should have them pruned for spring by now. If you’re not sure how, here’s a bit of information for you.