This Week’s Specials

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June 18 through June 24

  • 3-gallon Warner-grown Butterfly Bush, now $19.99 (regularly $29.99)

  • BOGO quart & gallon pepper plants

  • 1-gallon Warner-grown Perennial Lavender, now $5

  • 5-gallon Siouxland Poplar and Lombardy Poplar, only $29.99

All specials are while supplies last

Free Seminar: Build Your Own Drip Irrigation System

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Join us on Saturday, June 16 at 10 am for a free seminar on how to build your own drip irrigation system for your home. We are big fans of drip irrigation for a lot of reasons – you waste less water and it’s better for your plants – but understand this can be an expensive undertaking.

This seminar will teach you how to build your own system that will give you many of the benefits of a drip irrigation system, but without breaking the bank.


Using Color in Your Garden

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As a gardener, you are an artist.

(I know that’s sometimes hard to believe. When you are on your knees, pulling weeds, dirt smudged on your forehead from where you wiped away the sweat, it can be hard to see yourself as something that glamorous.)

I read a great quote recently that said artistry wasn’t limited to being a painter or a writer or a musician – it was about producing beauty through skill. That’s what you do.

So if we extend that metaphor, your garden is the blank canvas that you can create beautiful pictures with every year – and plants are your paints.

Good artists will tell you that they create for themselves and not the audience or the critics, and that’s true of gardening as well. When you create your garden, the person it should please is you. Let the latest trends inspire you, but don’t feel you have to be a slave to them.

However, following some general rules can make it easier to create the look you want. Chief among these is how you use color:

Light is always changing in a garden, so as you plan your space, think about what your garden will look like in early morning light, full day sun and twilight. What time are you most likely to be enjoying your garden?

Shade and sunlight also will change the way you perceive color. A general rule of thumb is that lighter, more pastel looking colors are great for shady areas because they contrast with the darker background, whereas darker colored plants and flowers will tend to get lost in the shade. The reverse is true in sunny areas; bright colors and dark hues look spectacular in the bright light, but pastel colors can get faded out.

Certain shades promote calmness, like soft pinks, lilacs, and peach colors. Meanwhile, bright reds, yellows, and orange will give energy to your space. White is your all-purpose go-to color.  White flowers can make your garden feel “lighter.” They also get along with every other color, so they can serve as a buffer between two colors that might clash.

Speaking of color, a great tool for putting together your color scheme is the color wheel. It’s an excellent indicator of what colors pair together well. The general rule is that colors next to each other are “harmonious” and soothing, while colors across from each other on the wheel are “complementary” and work well together while giving your garden a little more contrast and drama.

Finally, remember that flowers aren’t the only color in your garden. Everything from furniture to fencing to foliage (and other things that don’t begin with the letter F like pottery, containers, birdbaths, and pavers) will contribute to the palette you use.

Have fun picking out your colors and painting your masterpiece!

Happy gardening,

Early Bird Specials This Saturday

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Set the alarm Friday night and make sure to get to Warner’s between 8 am and 11 am for our  Early Bird Special on June 2nd.

  • Buy One, Get One on 1-gallon Dahlias

  • 1-gallon Geraniums, $5

  • 1-gallon Warnergrown Strawberry, $5 (regularly $6.99)

  • 1-gallon Warnergrown Russian Sage, $5 (regularly $7.99)

  • 7-gallon Warnergrown multi Aspen, $49.99 (regularly $69.99)

See you bright and early on Saturday for our Early Bird Sale!

Falling in Love – with Tomatoes

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So if you recall, last time in this space I was talking about the joys of being a mom and trying to achieve that work/life balance and saying that I was hoping I’d be spending Mother’s Day in the garden with my sons, getting this year’s veggie crop into the ground.

Little did I know that the guys in my life were planning to surprise me with a greenhouse!

Here’s a picture of my two youngest helping out in my new gardening digs. (I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Best. Kids. Ever.)

The very first thing we planted on Mother’s Day was our tomatoes.

There’s nothing quite so emblematic of the joys of gardening than fresh tomatoes from your garden. They work on almost all the senses – the beautiful transformation from green plant to yellow flower to deep red fruit; the earthy smell of it; the satiny smooth skin against your fingers when you pick it off the plant…

Then there’s that taste. Ever eaten a tomato fresh off the vine that is still slightly sun-warmed? Heaven.

No wonder I’m in love with tomatoes! And that’s why every year at Warner’s Nursery, we break out the party hats to celebrate Tomatopalooza with specials and advice and just general joy that tomato season is back. In honor of Tomatopalooza, here’s some practical advice on rearing your tomato plant for a beautiful harvest:

  • Please get them planted soon! We’ve got a limited window to grow these gems and the sooner yours are in the ground, the sooner you can reap (eat) the benefits.
  • You might want to invest in a season extender – even if you aren’t technically extending the season. The nice thing about these tubes of water is that in addition to keeping the plant warm (remember, we still could get frost into June), they protect your plants from transplant shock.
  • Yes, you need cages or stakes. Tomato plants are like children – they need structure and support. New fruit will benefit from improved air circulation and it keeps the plants away from ground pests.
  • Food and Water. A slow release fertilizer is perfect for your young plants. Water thoroughly but not too often and try to water early in the day so that plants will dry off before evening. As always, we recommend drip irrigation systems because they are more efficient and get the water down to the roots and you don’t lose water to evaporation or runoff. If nothing else, don’t water from the top down – this does nothing except get the leaves and tomatoes wet and make them more prone to get diseases or rot.

So let’s wrap this up with some food and funnies.

The food – I love a good gazpacho and this recipe from the New York Times is simple and can be served as a drink as well as a soup.

Funnies: Why did the tomato blush? Because it saw the salad dressing….Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad. Philosophy is wondering if this makes ketchup a smoothie….Why is a tomato big, round, and red? Because if it was long, skinny, and green, it would be a bean.

Happy Tomatopalooza!

Veggies & Tomatoes Seminar May 26

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Just in time for our Tomatopalooza celebration, local gardening expert Todd Cislo will be holding a free seminar on growing veggies and tomatoes on Saturday, May 26 at 10 am.

Todd has been growing food in Flagstaff for 25 years and is an honorary Master Gardener. He’s been a speaker at the Arizona Highlands Garden Conference and focuses on four-season food production in our region.

Todd is passionate about helping folks grow food and will have tips on soil amendments, season extenders and other ways to help you have a great harvest this year!

Mom: Best Job Title Ever

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I really like Mother’s Day.

From a work standpoint, it is awesome because it’s usually the kickoff weekend for our busy season. Well, as long as the weather cooperates; if we get a weird Mother’s Day snowstorm, that tends to put a damper on people’s enthusiasm for gardening!

But as much as I love my work here at Warner’s, Mother’s Day is an annual reminder that the best job I have is being a Mom to three of the coolest boys I’ve ever met.

(Yes, I’m biased.)

I didn’t truly appreciate my mom and all she did for us until I had kids. That’s probably true for most of us. We just don’t know growing up about the difficulties of parenthood because our moms work SO hard to make our childhoods fun and memorable.

After I became a mother, I understood the stresses and sacrifices that go with the job. Now I try to make sure that I don’t take for granted what my Mom did (and continues to do) for me. I’m also making sure that I savor every minute of watching my sons grow up.

So even when I’ve worked six days straight and am coming home tired and with a headache, if they ask me to go to the park to play football with them, my answer is always going to be yes. I’m determined to create and capture as many memories as I can while they are still kids.

It’s a tough balancing act though – as most of you working mothers know. There’s always this nagging feeling in the back of your mind that one of your two jobs isn’t getting enough attention, that either your family or your work is suffering because of it.

I think maybe the best way to deal with that is to be thankful that your life is so full, do your best, and let go of the guilt.

And remember to thank your mom more often for all she has done for you.

This is going to be a busy weekend and it will be a blast because so many of our customers are coming in for gifts for their moms. It’s super sweet to see.

But I’m also going to take some time to celebrate with my mom and spend Sunday with those three amazing boys who gave me the best job title in the world.

Maybe we’ll plant our veggie garden!

Happy Mother’s Day,

Spring Has Sprung

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Spring tends to sneak up on me.

I was thinking about this while I was watering my perennials this weekend.

It’s such a changeable season here in Flagstaff. We enjoy warm, flower-friendly weather for a few days and then – whoosh – spring suddenly disappears in a rush of wind, cold temps and even the occasional snow flurry.

So when I finally start to see new buds and leaves on my garden plants it fills me with a sense of hope for the season.

I know most people think of fall as the time to reflect and be grateful, but for me it’s spring. Not just because of the excitement of all of my plants surviving (especially after this harsh, dry winter!), but because I know I’ll be seeing you soon.

Winter is a slow and quiet time at the nursery. There’s only about six of us working in the nursery during the off-season, getting the inventory done, doing building improvements and planning for the upcoming season.

But then you start to arrive – just like the new buds and leaves – and that’s when spring really begins for us. I’m so grateful to you when I see you – familiar faces and newbies coming by on those first warm days, checking out what’s in stock and chatting with us about your plans for your gardens.

I know spring in Flagstaff sometimes makes it seem like gardening is impossible. But I was always taught that you don’t get what you wish for; you get what you work for, and the things that you work for the hardest give you the biggest reward.

That’s how I think of gardening in Flagstaff.  Difficult but worth it, and when spring finally shows up (and sticks around!), it’s like Mother Nature is giving us hope for the season to come.

Happy Gardening!


Raised Gardening Seminar May 5

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Take your garden to new heights and join us for a seminar on Raised Gardening on Saturday, May 5  at 10 am.

Benefits of raised garden beds include easier planting (as our local soil tends to be hard & rocky). You can also strategically place your raised garden in an area that gets ideal sunlight for your plants and easily adjust soil adding organic matter for nutrient hungry plants like veggies.

Plus it’s easier to keep the critters out!

We’ll have lots of specials for seminar participants, including:

  • Buy 2, get 1 free steer manure
  • $2 off Warner’s Supreme Planting Mix, and
  • $2 off chicken manure.

So learn all about raised garden beds and let’s get planting!