Free garden workshops

Have a flowery Spring with free garden workshops

Begin the New Year with new ways to take care of your plants. Keep Phoenix Beautiful invites residents for its second free garden workshop series where locals can learn how to take care of their desert gardens with expert instructors. From water sourcing, tree pruning and irrigation methods, there’s a variety of topics to choose from throughout the season.

“It is important to learn the proper techniques when taking care of your plants,” said Cindy Moss, program director for Keep Phoenix Beautiful. “We’re excited to bring these free resources to residents who want to learn ways to grow a healthy and beautiful garden!”

The free garden workshop series, which began last fall, continues through the spring with eight more workshops being offered. These mini and full workshops are proudly supported by Keep Phoenix Beautiful’s partners at the Coca Cola Foundation and will run through April.

The workshop attendees will conduct their classes at PHX Renews, a 15-acre desert oasis of community gardens and gatherings offered by Keep Phoenix Beautiful. Currently, PHX Renews hosts a fully functional solar home for sustainable living demonstrations, two acres of food to feed local refugee families, a research space for urban agriculture and organic pesticide-free gardening, a therapy space for war veterans and a creative outlet for LGBT youth.

Attendees may arrive for the first January workshop today at 5:00 p.m. as well as this Saturday at 9:30 a.m. The PHX Renews site is located at 4221 N Central Ave. People may sign up on Facebook at or RSVP via email at

PHX Renews Garden Workshops Classes:

Our Water Resources: How important are they to you and your landscape 

Time: Thursday, January 26, 5:00 p.m.

Topic: Learn about our water supplies and water conservation efforts.

Poodles are dogs, not plants:  Learn how to prune properly for healthy plants

Time: Saturday, January 28, 9:30 a.m.

Topic: Proper plant pruning and care

Watering Methods Outside the Box (Or the hose) 

Time: Thursday, February 23, 9:30 a.m.

Topic: Ways to save water and sustain a garden

Smart Controllers and Efficient Lawn Watering 

Time: Saturday, February 25, 9:30 a.m.

Topic: Pros and cons of smart controllers and how to efficiently maintain landscape water

The Beauty of Desert Plants:  Choosing the right plants for your landscape 

Time: Saturday, March 18, 9:30 a.m.

Topic: Learn about more than 200 low-water-use plants that thrive in Phoenix landscapes. Free book with this series!

The Right Plant in the Right Place:  Learn Design Elements to Plan a Beautiful Xeriscape Yard 

Time: Thursday, March 23, 5:00 p.m.

Topic:  Receive an overview of the 7 principles of xeriscape and a lesson for designing a desert landscape.  Each participant will receive a copy of “Xeriscape: Landscaping with Style in the Arizona Desert”

Boulders and Bedsprings:  Using Hardscape to Enhance Your Garden 

Time: Thursday, April 27, 5:00 p.m.

Topic: Learn how paint color, natural elements and found items can be used in your garden design. Free demos will be included!

Helping Your Landscape Survive Summer 

Time: Saturday, April 29, 9:30 a.m.

Topic: Now is the time to take the steps need to prepare plants, trees and grass to survive the summer. Best practices will be shown.