Warner’s Root Camp 2022

Join us for Warner’s Root Camp, a series of FREE expert-led classes specifically tailored for the beginning gardener – and for Northern Arizona’s unique micro-climates. 

These in-person classes will begin on Saturday, March 12. Each class begins at 10 a.m.

Since we began these classes on March 12, they have been very popular. Because of that, we highly recommend that you reserve your spot for any class by emailing us at [email protected] well before the class date. We will limit classes to 45 participants, after which time we will not accept any more reservations or all walk-ins.

The Classes:

  • Pruning, March 12, 10 am. Tree pruning encourages tree growth and structure. In this session, we cover all the basics and benefits of pruning your trees from a native Flagstaff arborist. Instructor: Mick Henry. 
  • Seed Starting, March 19, 10 am. Seed starting indoors is a cost-effective way that allows you to grow long season crops in short season climates. Join us for a hands-on demonstration about how to start herb, vegetable, and flower seeds for your best gardening season yet! Instructors: Jackee & Steve Alston.
  • Composting, March 26, 10 am. Compost adds organic matter and healthy microorganisms to your soil for better gardening. This course is designed to teach you how to turn food waste and other materials into high quality plant loving compost. Instructor: Frank Branham.
  • Crop and Garden Planning, April 2, 10 am. Set yourself up for success in your garden by learning about choosing the right varieties of plants for Flagstaff, succession planting, timing, and season extenders. Instructor: Tina Gustafson. 
  • Intro to Soils, April 9, 10 am. Soil is the foundation of your garden. This session will discuss local soil issues and how to make the most out of your garden soil. We will demonstrate how to perform a soil texture test and cover the effects of soil pH on your garden plants. Instructor: Hattie Braun.
  • Veggie Gardening at High Elevation, April 16, 10 am. Growing a vegetable garden at high elevation can be very challenging and frustrating. Learn the key concepts of producing a flourishing garden here in Flagstaff from long-time master gardener Jim Mast.
  • Drip Irrigation, April 23, 10 am. Drip irrigation is the best way to water plants in Flagstaff. With so many different options, designing a watering system is not an easy task. This session will cover the advantages and disadvantages of different systems. Instructor: Linda Guarino.
  • Hydroponics, April 30, 10 am. Learn how you can grow vegetables, herbs and flowers year-round with hydroponics and Kratky gardening. This session teaches the ins and outs of gardening without soil. Instructor: Sue Madden.
  • Raised Beds and Container Gardening, May 7, 10 am. If you’re dealing with limited space or poor soil, come learn about the benefits of container and raised bed gardening. From buckets to pots, wood frames to rocks, there’s a raised bed or container style just for you! Instructor: Janan Scott.
  • Native Perennials for the Garden, May 14, 10 am. In this class, we will stroll around Warner’s to explore the native plants that are available in the nursery trade. You will learn the benefits of gardening with native plants, the difference between a native plant and a cultivar, plus the light, soil, and water requirements of the plants we discuss. Instructor: Gayle Gratop.
  • Deer- and Javelina-Resistant Gardening, May 21, 10 am. One big issue to consider before starting your garden in Flagstaff are the critters. This talk will cover plants that are resistant to deer and javelina and the basics for how to keep your plants safe from damage. Instructor: Hattie Braun.
  • Creative Landscaping for the DIYer, June 4, 10 am. Do you love to get down and dirty in the garden? Do you have a space in your yard that is ready to be taken to the next level? Then this course is for you! Designed for the DIYer, we will help guide you through the steps to designing a creative landscape in your very own yard. Instructor: Chris Dixon.
  • Landscaping with Cacti and Succulents, June 11, 10 am. Cacti and succulents are a beautiful, low water way of livening up your garden. This class will cover the varieties that grow well in Northern Arizona’s high elevation. Instructors: Susan and Patty.
  • Rainwater Harvesting, June 18, 10 am. This session is designed to teach you how to harvest Arizona’s most precious commodity, water. Our expert will discuss how to properly collect and store rain water and discuss the benefits of this practice. Instructor: Chris Whitney.
  • Plants and Pollinators, July 9, 10. Birds, bees, bats and more are essential for a healthy ecosystem. Creating a garden that benefits those creatures is not only rewarding but also beautiful to view. Our garden expert will teach you about common pollinators and their plant preferences, as well as what pest controls to avoid. Instructor: Patrick Pynes.