Please join us for Gardening for Honeybees, Monarch Butterflies, and other Precious Pollinators, a special 90-minute workshop with Dr. Patrick Pynes, a lecturer in Environmental Humanities at Northern Arizona University.
This event will take place at 1 pm on Saturday, April 27 at Warner’s Nursery and costs $10. Space is limited, so please RSVP by emailing us at [email protected].
Dr. Pynes will describe the life-giving relationships that exist between honeybees and other pollinators, flowering plants, and people – especially gardeners. As high altitude gardeners, we can help pollinators survive and thrive by planting and nurturing annuals (seeds) and perennials, native and not.
Patrick will discuss a selected ‘short’ list of the best plants for honeybees and other pollinators for Flagstaff gardeners. A question and answer section will be included, along with a hands-on demonstration of how to plant packets of flowering annuals in rhythm with our annual monsoon season. A longer list of local native and non-native plants especially beneficial for the health and well-being of honeybees will also be included.
In addition to his post at NAU, Dr. Pynes is the founder and President of the Northern Arizona Organic Beekeepers Association (NAOBA) and has been working as Head Gardener for La Posada Hotel and Gardens in Winslow for almost two decades.
There are few holidays or observances that are celebrated around the world regardless of your nationality or religion, but since the 1970s, April 22nd has been known worldwide as a day to promote environmental protection and show your love for Mother Earth.
Earth Day started in the United States as an “environmental teach-in,” but quickly grew and now there are close to 200 countries that hold events on the day.
If you are wondering what you could do to make the Earth a more vibrant place and be more environmentally responsible, here are some suggestions for this Earth Day (and every day, truthfully).
- Plant a tree. I run a nursery, so this, of course, is the first thing that pops into my head. A tree not only adds greenery and beauty to your property; it also provides shade, cleans the air and gives critters a place to rest, nest and feed.
- Consider alternatives to driving everywhere. Walking, biking, public transport, and car-pools are all great ways to get where you are going while saving on energy consumption and reducing pollution.
- Switch to e-bills and invoices instead of paper ones. In addition to saving trees, they are also easier to (virtually) file!
- Create a pollinator garden. Chemicals and pollution have done harm to bee colonies and by planting flowers, you help repair their ecosystem. Not sure what plants are best for creating a garden that bees and butterflies will love? Check out a special workshop we’ll be hosting with Dr. Patrick Pynes later this month. He’s not only a lecturer at NAU in Environmental Humanities; he also founded the Northern Arizona Organic Beekeepers Association (NAOBA).
- Fix leaky faucets. That drip, drip, drip you hear at night from a leaky faucet is literally money going down the drain. A slow drip can waste seven to 10 gallons of potable water a day.
- Speaking of water, start conserving the H2O that falls from the sky by installing a rainwater harvesting system in your home. We have a free seminar about that on Saturday, April 13 at 11 am.
- Take time to appreciate the earth. A visit to a park or a hike in the mountains will remind you of how gorgeous your home planet is and why it’s worth making some changes to better protect it.
I hope you have a wonderful Earth Day this year. If you need any advice on ways you can be more eco-friendly in your garden or lawn, we are happy to help at Warner’s.
This week’s houseplant, Philodendron, comes in a wide array of varieties, many of which we have at Warner’s, including Splitleaf, Brasil, Hope Selloum, and more.
In addition to being beautiful, the various varieties of Philodendron have something else in common: They are easy to care for.
They like bright, but indirect, light. It’s a good idea to let the top inch of soil dry out between waterings. During the growing season, feed with liquid fertilizer with macro-nutrients like VF-11.
If your leaves are pale, it’s likely that your Philodendron isn’t getting enough calcium and magnesium.
Warner’s Nursery is dedicated to providing classes and seminars to help you become the best gardener you can be. We also have fun, family-friendly events throughout the year from an Easter Egg Hunt to a Fall Festival to holiday offerings in December.
Join us for our annual Easter celebration, including an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids, Kiddie Caboose, Petting Zoo, 4-H Bake Sale and a hot dog stand on Saturday, April 20 from 10 am to 1 pm. There is only one egg hunt and it will start promptly at 10 am.
The egg hunt is free, but other activities may incur small fees. There will also be a “craft house” and you can get in for the cost of a canned food item. Celebrate Spring at Warner’s!
Join us for this class on how to properly prune your trees and shrubs. With help from our experts, you’ll learn to make appropriate cuts for optimum growth, flowering, or removing dead branches.
This class is part of the Warner’s Root Camp series. A limited number of seats will be available to non-Root Camp members at a cost of $15. Please call to determine availability.
With the last season of Game of Thrones about to start, it’s a great time to talk about that Mother of Dragon Houseplants – the Dracaena. The word is Greek and roughly translates to “Female Dragon,” because of the red gummy resin that can be produced by the stems of the plant resembling, it’s said, dragon’s blood.
Fortunately, the Dracaena doesn’t breathe fire. It’s even pretty easy to maintain.
Dracaenas like filtered light or semi-shady spots. Never place a Dracaena in direct sunlight. They also require less water than most indoor plants. Mist their leaves, keep the soil slightly moist but also make sure it has good drainage (Dracaenas hate soggy soil as it can create root rot). A good rule of thumb? Let the top couple of inches of soil dry out before watering.
Dracaenas are sensitive to temperature, preferring it to be about 65-78 degrees during the day and no colder than 55 degrees at night.
Stop by bright and early this Saturday, April 6, for our Early Bird Sale at Warner’s Nursery. All specials available from 9 am to noon.
- Outdoor pottery 30% off
- Buy 3, get 1 free on shrubs
- Buy 3, get 1 free on perennial plants
- 20% off any shade tree
- 10% off bareroot plants
Sales only good from 9 am to 12 pm this Saturday, April 6.