This is always an exciting time of the year for us – the Hiring Draft is almost here.
Each year, we hold a draft for applicants who want to work at Warner’s, and I always look forward to that Saturday when new, fresh faces come to the nursery to show us what they’ve got.
The Warner hiring process is not like your regular job interview. For two hours, we have our applicants participate in all the activities they’d be expected to do if they got the job. Once the draft is over, we call back the most promising candidates for interviews.
The draft is pretty reflective of our work philosophy here. We believe in hands-on experience, working hard, and having fun – and for us, two hours of playing outside in the dirt and working with plants is the best time you can have!
So what are we looking for?
People who are enthusiastic about gardening and about our customers. For almost half a century (wow!) we’ve been honored to be our community’s go-to garden center and a huge part of that is our friendly customer service.
Applicants also need to be comfortable working on their feet outside in all types of weather. It can also get warm in our nursery and hothouses. You’ll need to be able to regularly lift 30 to 50 pounds – we’ve got a lot of bags of soil, birdseed, mulch and more that need to be moved around!
What will you get in return? A terrific job experience in a beautiful environment with an amazing team.
Interested? Or know someone who might be? Then plan to join us on Saturday, March 9 at 10 am.
You can read more about our Hiring Draft (and download a job application) here.
Join us for our latest Houseplant seminar this Saturday, February 9, when we tackle the issue of houseplants disagnostics. Learn how to deal with common bugs like fungus gnats, aphids, spider mites, and mealy bugs; nutrient deficiencies; powdery mildew; and over/under watering. We’ll talk about ways to mitigate these issues and other using organic (and sometimes non-organic) methods.
Houseplants 102: Diagnostics
Saturday, Feb. 9 – 10 a.m.
Spring is coming.
We can feel it in the nursery. It’s more than just that we’ve stocked up on seeds and soil and everything gardeners need to get ready for a new season. It’s a feeling of excitement. The days are getting longer, they’ll get warmer (eventually), and before you know it, we’ll be outdoors planting and cultivating and enjoying the fruits of our labors.
But you don’t have to wait. Now is the perfect time to start planning for the garden you want this year. This is when you should figure out the best spot for your veggies, or start sketching out big projects, like adding a butterfly garden or building a patio.
I know there are also some folks reading this might not feel that confident about their gardening abilities. Maybe you tried gardening in the past and it didn’t work out. Or maybe you feel confident about creating beds of annuals and perennials but aren’t as sure about trees and shrubs.
We’ve got you covered.
Beginning next month, we’ll be offering Warner’s Root Camp, a Gardening 101 series of classes to help you build up your skills in the garden. Participants will pick 10 expert-led classes in topics ranging from understanding your soil and seed planting to drip irrigation to building specialty garden spaces, like those that attract pollinators.
In addition to the classes, Root Camp participants will get special savings, free tools and guides, and special one-on-one guidance as they develop their outdoor spaces.
We will be rolling out details soon on this multi-month series of classes, so be on the lookout. The first class will be March 16, but we’ll be encouraging you to sign up earlier – we suspect these classes will fill up fast.
10 am, Saturday 1/26
$30 for instruction & materials
What is Kokedama?
It’s a form of Japanese garden art that is centuries old where a plant is displayed within a moss ball – a truly unique way to show off your plant and perfect for hanging.
Join us to learn more and go home with your very own Kokedama during our workshop.
Welcome to 2019! Or at least to my first blog of 2019. 😉
So here’s an interesting thing I read the other day: according to Strava, which is an app for runners and cyclists, most folks give up on their New Year’s resolutions by Jan. 12. Something like 75 or 80 percent. Isn’t that amazing?
In spite of that, I’m going out on a limb to ask you to make another New Year’s resolution because I think it won’t be too hard to keep. At least it won’t involve going to the gym five times a week or passing up that chocolate lava cake because you’re on a diet. Ready?
Be kinder to Mother Earth.
We are big on environmentalism and conservation here at Warner’s Nursery. It’s why a lot of our Mud Club events for kids focus on the topic. In fact on Saturday, Feb. 19, we’ll be talking about the three R’s – reduce, reuse, recycle – and for a fun hands-on craft, the kids will be taking water bottles and turning them into aquariums! It’s also why we offer workshops and classes on everything from composting to attracting pollinators and wildlife with your garden.
If you aren’t sure how to be greener in 2019, here are three simple ideas to get you started.
- Bring your canvas or tote bags with you when you go shopping – and remember to use them! Don’t leave them in the car (I’ve been guilty of this). First of all, these bags are way sturdier than those flimsy plastic ones, they tend to hold more items and they won’t wind up in the landfill.
- Detox your home. If you want to improve the air quality in your house, go through your cleaning products and substitute harsh chemical cleaners with eco-friendly alternatives. You’d be amazed what a little white vinegar and baking soda can do!
- Plant a tree. Spring will be here sooner than you expect and it’s the perfect time to add a little leafy splendor to your backyard. You’ll improve the air quality as trees add oxygen and reduce carbon dioxide, plus you’ll be giving shelter and food to birds and small animals. Also, if one of your other New Year’s resolutions was to reduce stress, trees can help; they are proven to make people feel more relaxed and happier.
It’s not too late to make a New Year’s resolution that will not only help you but the world in general.
Go green in ’19 – you won’t regret it.
See you soon,
Have a black thumb? Worried you carry a “license to kill” when it comes to houseplants?
Never fear! Our free Houseplant 101 seminar “Easy-Peasy Lemon-Squeezy Houseplants” will show you the easiest plants to care for in your home or office. Don’t fear the green; you too can have all the health and aesthetic benefits of having beautiful houseplants around with minimal worry. Easy-peasy!
Houseplants 101: Easy-Peasy Lemon-Squeezy Houseplants
Saturday, Jan. 12 – 10 am
I hope you are all enjoying the wonders of the holiday season. Everything is so glittery and beautiful here in Flagstaff, particularly at night when the holiday lights are in full view. It’s just magical.
And while my focus is on the holiday next week and all that it means – time with my family and faith, a chance to take a breath and really enjoy the blessings of the season – there is a little part of me that’s already planning for 2019.
It’s natural, right? Almost the minute after we finish unwrapping the gifts and eating the holiday feast, we start reflecting on the previous year and getting ready for the new one.
The crew at Warner’s Nursery has already started the process. Each department has done a review of how the past year went and developed strategies so that we can serve you better in the new year. There won’t be much downtime between the holidays and the spring rush, either; we do our huge inventory check on January 10 and right after that, we start stocking up for the new season.
You, however, don’t have to wait for spring to come by and see us. I suspect that if you are anything like me, you are already missing the fun and relaxation of gardening, so why not stop by and talk with us about your garden plans for 2019? We can celebrate the triumphs of your last garden, plan for your new one, and maybe help you troubleshoot what didn’t go quite right last year.
Plus, we’ll be hosting a lot of seminars throughout the winter on indoor gardening, small space gardening and more.
Thank you so much for an amazing 2018! You are the reason why we do what we do.
Warm wishes from the Warner’s Nursery family to yours for an amazing holiday and bountiful New Year!
We know the problem – you’d like to get someone a beautiful plant or garden gift but you just don’t know exactly what they want. Or, even better, you see five or six things they’d be crazy for and can’t decide between them.
The solution? A Warner’s gift card! Stop by today for this perfect stocking stuffer and give the gift of gardening this year.
Every Saturday and Wednesday until December 15, Warner’s Nursery hosts our always-popular Holiday Storytime for the kids. We start off by reading a neat holiday story, then move on to a craft your child can take home – plus there’s always plenty of hot chocolate!
Each session is $5 per child. Holiday Story Time is held at 4 pm on Wednesdays and 11 am on Saturdays. The same story and craft featured both days of the week.
It’s the last week of Holiday Story Time! The story on Wednesday, Dec. 12 and Saturday, Dec. 15 will be The Lost Gift: A Christmas Story by Kallie George and Stephanie Graegin.
The craft for this week will be a gift box the kids will make out of construction paper.