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.
Saturday, March 17, 10:30 a.m. This class was a huge hit last year. If you missed it, we encourage you to come learn more about living a healthy lifestyle using clean and natural herbs. Not only are herbs fun to grow and cook with, they also have time-tested medicinal uses. Clinical herbalist and educator Kerry Amann will teach you the basics of using herbs for your health. Kerry will share her experiences making and using herbal tinctures, teas, salves and syrups. She will also cover how to choose high-quality herbs and review her favorite resources and share her favorite formulas. Everyone will take home a container of soothing salve plus a sample of homemade tea. Plan on a lot of fun sniffing and sampling. This workshop lasts two and one-half hours. SIGN UP NOW.
Sunday, March 18, Noon until 3 p.m. Grower Gregory Ware will be here with plants that thrive in warm weather. He’ll be bringing sturdy eggplants starts, i’toi onions, a large variety of cucumbers (pickling, bush, lemon, slicers, container, vining, green and yellow) fresh beans, the first of many summer squash varieties and more. There will also be larger tomato plants. All these plants are organic and will do well in our desert climate. Gregory’s plants are well-known for their quality, and they always sell quickly. Mark your calendars.
Saturday, March 24, 10:30 a.m. Move over Martha Stewart, Certified Master Florist Tina Nestor will demystify the art of flower arranging and teach you many ways to make store-bought and home-grown stems look stunning. You will learn easy techniques along with helpful tips in this fun, informative class. Tina will provide all the materials and fresh flowers necessary to design a spectacular flower arrangement. Tina will cover floral design basics, how to select the most long-lasting stem varieties, color selection, plus how to cut and care for an arrangement so that you will have beauty for 10 to 14 days. Come prepared to take home a beautiful Spring flower display. This is a two-hour workshop. SIGN UP NOW.
Saturday, March 31, 10:30 a.m. Mosaic Artist Dave Jarvinen has come up with a new way to use his tile saw. y slicing off the side of a glass bottle and wrapping the edge with copper, he creates a nifty planter that is perfect for succulents. So, bring a glass bottle (wine, beer, or soda) minus the label and create a cool planter. Dave will handle the actual cutting but he will demonstrate the process and how to finish the edge with copper. We will provide soil and succulents and in just a few minutes you will have completed an adorable planter. This is a two-hour class. SIGN UP NOW.
Sunday, April 8, Noon. As the days grow longer, the temperatures start to rise but gardening in our desert climate doesn’t need to be a challenge. Local grower Gregory Ware will be here to teach you to grow and care for a warm season garden. He will help you select appropriate vegetables and herbs for the season,. You’ll learn about soil health, watering guidelines and tips for maximizing the growing season. SIGN UP NOW.
Sunday, April 15, 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. This is a super time to slip some plants into the soil that will thrive in the warm months. Gregory will be at Southwest Gardener with organic, hearty vegetables. For this sale you will find all kinds of cucumbers – pickle, slicers, heirloom and modern varieties. Also Armenian (which are actually melons) and lemon cucumbers. There will also be melons, including Gregory’s favorite variety the Minnesota midget. He will also have lots of summer and winter squash plants. We are excited about the winter squash variety with shorter vines and smallish fruit – it’s a space saver for those of us with limited gardening beds. Come and pick up a selection of plants that will carry your garden well into the summer months. It will be a busy Sunday here so please feel free to park in the lots across 3rd Avenue or in the light rail lot across Camelback (where there is shade!).