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April Garden Events

Issue: April, 2016, Page 135
April 3
Warm-Weather Edible Gardening

Southwest Gardener, Phoenix, noon- 2 p.m. Find out what it takes to grow vegetables and herbs during the hot months of summer. Local grower Gregory Ware will share his insights on selecting the appropriate plants, soil preparation, watering guidelines and tips for maximizing the growing season. At the end of the class, participants can select three vegetable or herb plants to take home and grow. Registration required. $40 (

April 8-10
Cactus & Succulent Show & Sale

Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, April 8-9—9 a.m.-5 p.m., April 10—9 a.m.-4 p.m. The Central Arizona Cactus and Succulent Society Show and Sale will introduce visitors to some of the most beautiful and bizarre plants from deserts around the world. Hundreds of judged specimens will be on display for viewing, while growers and potters will present their wares for purchase. Free. (

April 9 & 10
Bonsai Show

Valley Garden Center, Phoenix, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Come and see more than 50 examples of bonsai trees along with viewing stones known as “suiseki” and companion plants called “kusamono.” A Bonsai marketplace will sell bonsai, pots, bonsai soil and related items, while a children’s area will feature a free mini-bonsai potting area. Enjoy demonstrations as members of the Phoenix Bonsai Society answer questions. Free. (

April 10
Garden Tour

Paradise Valley, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Phoenix Home & Garden presents its 18th annual garden tour, featuring five residential properties in styles ranging from Spanish Mediterranean and Old World to desert Southwest and festive Mexicana. The design professionals involved in the projects will be on hand to answer questions, as will Desert Botanical Garden volunteers. Proceeds from the event benefit DBG. Tickets must be purchased in advance; order soon, as the tour sells out quickly. $50 (

April 16
Saving Monarch

Carefree Desert Gardens, U.S. Post Office Building, Carefree, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Find out how to fill your home garden with the right combination of plants to provide a refuge and habitat for breeding monarch butterflies. Taught by the owners of Signature Botanica LLC, an Arizona nursery that produces native plants for ecological restoration, the program will include the sale of monarch-friendly plants. $5 donation. (480) 488-3686.

April 30
Festival of Iris

Mortimer’s Nursery, Prescott, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Prescott Area Iris Society presents its 17th annual Iris Exhibit and Sale. Irises in all colors will be on display in a variety of arrangements, while many others will be available for purchase. Planting and care demonstrations will take place throughout the day. Free. (
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