Warner’s Root Camp 2023

Join us for Warner’s Root Camp, a series of 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 11. Classes are $10, but for each class you attend, you’ll receive a $10 token that can be redeemed for plants and gardening products at Warner’s.

The Classes:

  • Pruning, March 11, 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 18, 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.
  • Crop and Garden Planning, March 25, 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. 
  • Season Extenders, April 1, 10 am. Flagstaff has a short growing season, but you can start early by using season extenders that either warm the soil or warm the air around the soil in order to create a more hospitable microclimate for your plants. Instructors: Jackee and Steve Alston.
  • Creative Landscaping for the DIYer, April 8, 2 pm. 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.
  • Veggie Gardening at High Elevation, April 15, 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 22, 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.
  • Composting, April 29, 10 am. Compost adds organic matter and healthy micro-organisms 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.
  • Raised Beds and Container Gardening, May 6, 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 13, 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.
  • Water Conservation for Gardening, May 20, 10 am. From drip irrigation to rainwater harvesting to use of native plants, there are lots of ways to grow a lush garden while conserving water use. Instructor: Emily Melhorn. 
  • Organic Pest Control. June 3, 10 am. Stop! Don’t just reach for a spray bottle! There are other ways to control pests in the home garden. Learn about the principles of Integrated Pest Management and how you can reduce your dependence on toxic chemicals in the home garden. Instructor: Hattie Braun.
  • Plants and Pollinators, TBD. 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.