Seasonal Plant Events & Gardening Workshops

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.

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. 

Gardening Workshops & Plant Sales

Cool Season Vegetable Gardening

Sunday, October 7, 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.

Fall Vegetable & Herb Plant Sale

Sunday, October 14, Noon to 3 p.m. – We are in the midst of the biggest planting season and grower Gregory Ware will be here with a truckload of his healthy, organic herb and vegetable plants. The transplants are organic, are grown here in Arizona and everything you find is ready to be planted now. Plus, Gregory will be here to answer questions and dive into “garden” talk. This is a super opportunity to snag some of Gregory’s locally grown unusual plant varieties. Check this space closer to the sale for a partial list of what you’ll find.

Lettuce Bowl Garden 

Sunday October 28, 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.

Grow Bulbs For The Holidays

Sunday, November 4, Noon.  A showy pot of festive bulbs makes a great gift and a pretty addition to your holiday décor. Our favorite gardener (and elf-in-training) Gregory Ware will show you how easy it is to plant and grow bulbs for spectacular indoor containers. Gregory will demonstrate the best planting and care for techniques. He’ll also teach you to care for Amaryllis, Paperwhites, Grape Hyacinth and Ranunculus.  You will plant a six-inch pot of Paperwhites to take home and Gregory will have additional bulbs to purchase, so you can pot up more at home and have blooms for the holidays. This is a three-hour class.

Flower Herb & Veggie Plant Sale 

Sunday, November 11, 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. This Plant Sale will be held in our north parking lot. You’ll find fall color pots that will bloom through the end of the year, scented geraniums, edible nasturtiums, a good variety of herbs, artichokes, kale, and other cold weather veggies along with popular salad mixes. Check back as we get closer to the sale for a more detailed list of varieties.

 

Cornucopia Of Fresh Flowers

Saturday, November 17, 10:30 a.m. Here’s one way to deliver an abundance of smiles this Thanksgiving! Tina Nestor from Create Yours will be here to help you craft an original fall flower centerpiece for your holiday table. (Or this could be your contribution to the party!) Tina is a master with flowers and will share loads of good information about the best flowers to use in this season and setting, flower care for long-lasting beauty, and floral design. All flowers, supplies, and instructions are provided so you can create your own expression of gratitude and excitement for this beautiful season. Plan on a two-hour class.