Gardening Workshops & Plant Sales
Plant sales and workshops are at our shop at The Newton, 300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85013. 602.279.9510.
Click on the SIGN UP NOW link on any individual workshop to register. Don’t delay because they fill quickly. All class materials are included in price, unless otherwise stated. This list is chronological.
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.
Sunday, April 30, Noon. Desert gardening really is all about creating beautiful outdoor environments while conserving water. Learning about desert trees and plants and creating gardens full of texture, color and interest year-round is possible by choosing native and low-water plants that thrive here in the low desert. Choosing the right plant for the right place is key to your success. Katie Coates of PaloOco Design will be here to show you how you can create lush and colorful landscaping using water-wise plants. She will cover topics that include an overview of soil and irrigation with discussion of water-wise plants, plants for butterflies and hummingbirds, and site design considerations. Bring your questions, Katie will make time to answer them. This is a two-hour class. SIGN UP NOW.
Sunday, May 7, Noon. Adding eye-catching accents to your patio and yard is a snap with containers that overflow with bright plants. Palo Oco landscape specialist Katie Coates will be here to share her tips for planting and maintaining successful containers. Katie will cover such topics as design basics, color coordination, a list of the best plants for containers, soil selection and planting tips, plus care for flowering color pots. Use Katie’s suggestions and tips and your seasonal pots will look great year-round. You will go home with loads of helpful printed information and a few lucky people will win the demonstration containers. This is a two-hour class. SIGN UP NOW.
Sunday, May 14, Noon – As we head into May, our gardens and markets are full of fresh produce begging to be preserved for the rest of the year. Many of us have fond memories of our moms and canning, but most of us don’t have a clue about how it is done. Gardener and cook extraordinaire Gregory Ware will be here to demystify the science of canning. He will outline the various methods of canning including water bath, pressure, acid and non acid, plus how to know what technique is appropriate for vegetables, meats, fruits and jams. As part of this workshop you will get a copy of Gregory’s brochure outlining in detail his favorite canning methods. This is a two-hour class. SIGN UP NOW.
Warm Weather Vegetable & Herb Plant Sale
Sunday, May 28, 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. It may be late May, but Gregory will bring plants that like warm soil and hot days. Come see which of his hearty, organic vegetables and herbs you want to try for summer.
Sunday, June 4, Noon. An inviting yard and outdoor living space makes you happy and adds value to your property. Well-designed spaces also offer color, texture, shade and beauty, creating a place to enjoy your outdoor room as much as your indoor living areas. Coming up with a design that fulfills your dreams, makes sense in our low-desert environment and works within your budget can be a challenge. In this class, landscape designer Katie Coates of PaloOco Design will help you create a plan that fits your vision and lifestyle. Katie will cover design fundamentals, an overview of landscape styles, hardscape options, how to select the right plants for the right place, and a basic “how to” for measuring and designing your own hand-drawn plan. With the heat of June just beginning, now is the perfect time to start organizing all your landscaping ideas and dreams into a cohesive design for fall installation. This is a three-hour class. SIGN UP NOW.
Sunday, June 11, Noon. The winter greens in your garden may have bolted but you can grow healthful sprouts and microgreens indoors. 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.
Sunday June 18, Noon to 3 p.m. This is the plant sale for all the hard-core gardeners who don’t let the heat stifle their gardening efforts. Gregory Ware will be here with a selection of organic, heat-loving transplants including summer tolerant herbs, hot peppers, ornamental peppers, lemongrass and mosquito repelling citronella grass, which thrives in our hot climate. You’ll also find goji berries, caper plants, and Malabar spinach. Even better, check out the herbs that are succulents – kind of unusual. Great news, plant lovers, this event will be held indoors, so don’t let a few days of searing temperatures scare you. We’ll be cool and comfy all day.