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February 2018 Picks for the Gardener

Author: Editorial Staff
Issue: February, 2018, Page 118

The self-watering White Spruce Grow Kit features a 1-pint gold mercury glass mason jar with a passive hydroponic system known as “wicking,” which brings water and nutrients to the plant’s roots as needed. The kit includes grow medium, plant food and non-GMO seeds that will sprout within 20 days. Your sapling can be transplanted outside, and the jar can be reused to grow additional plants. $15 (

GO FOR THE BRONZEHarder-wearing than steel and impervious to rust and corrosion, bronze is an ideal alloy for outdoor implements. For discerning gardeners who appreciate style, form and function, this line of tools—including a hand trowel, scoop weeder and rake/spatula—will develop a beautiful patina over time. $52-$60 (

fire escapeNamed for the Greek hero known for his strength, the Hercules Fire Pit lives up to the legend. This bold fire feature’s oxidized steel frame holds a wood-burning pit surrounded by a circular concrete seating area, with storage for firewood below. Also included is a stainless-steel grill for cooking. Available in two sizes—16"H by 59"in diameter and 16"H by 98.5" in diameter—and three concrete options: white, gray or brown. $6,950-$16,900 (
DRINK DISTINCTIONRaise a glass to whimsy. Made of food- and drink-safe silicone, the Cactus Stopper and Charm Set includes a saguaro bottle stopper and six colorful mini potted succulents to beautify your beverages. The slotted charms easily attach to the rim of a glass, adding a fraction of fun to every sip. $12 (

MOD SQUADBold and graphic with a nod to paintings by Piet Mondrian, Blocks place mats are a limited-run design made of durable phthalate-free, color-saturated fabric that will stand up to outdoor use without fading. Available in palettes of green, blue and gray. 19"L by 14"W. $60/each (
CACTUS CREATIONThe Prickly Pear Table by local ceramist Jim Sudal makes an unmistakably Sonoran statement. Inspired by a mural that Sudal created for Muhammad Ali, a hand-fired, glazed stoneware tile offers a bold representation of the iconic desert succulent in vibrant splashes of green, yellow and orange against a black background, all atop an iron base. Each piece is hand-signed and dated by the artist. Suitable for indoor or outdoor use. 24"H by 13" square. $425 (

Feb. 4
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, 2-4 p.m. Learn how to maximize available space, light and harvest yields by growing upward on a small balcony or patio. This class will explore the many advantages of vertical gardening and which vegetables, besides vines, are most appropriate for this method. Different construction and support materials, designs and soil mixes will also be covered. $30/members; $38 nonmembers (

Feb. 6
Tucson Botanical Gardens, Tucson, 10 a.m.-noon. Nursery owner Greg Starr discusses 10 desert trees that are best adapted to the harsh, arid conditions of the desert United States and will describe how some often overlooked and underutilized trees, such as ebenopsis, havardia and lysiloma, can add tremendous value to a modern Southwestern landscape. $15 (

Feb. 10
Town Council Chambers, 33
Easy St. and Nonchalant Ave., Carefree, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Attract more birds to your garden with a myriad of plants that will provide not only food but also shelter and nesting places. Carefree Desert Gardens welcomes master gardener and certified desert landscape designer Carol Stuttard, who will present some of the best plants to include in your landscaping to entice feathered friends, including hummingbirds. Free with $5 donation (480) 488-3686

Feb. 17
Mesa Community College Rose Garden, Mesa, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. The East Valley Gardeners’ Club annual plant sale will feature more than 50 varieties of tomatoes—including dwarf, cherry, salad and slicing—plus 20 varieties of peppers not found at local stores. Squash, melons, banana trees, moringa seeds and seedlings, and a variety of flowering plants and succulents from members’ gardens will also be available. Free. (480) 540-1683

Feb. 20
Highlands Center for Natural History, Prescott, 9 a.m.-noon. This discussion led by ASU School of Life Sciences instructor Matthew Chew will examine the concepts of alien and invasive species and habitats, including the history, development and dynamics of the Prescott area ecosystem; the destructive and creative roles humans have played (and continue to play) in local ecological matters; and what changes we ought to expect in the future. $21/members; $24/nonmembers (

Feb. 24
Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, 2-4 p.m. Create an attractive outdoor space that does not require too much maintenance. Learn what plants will add beauty without a lot of fuss. Pruning techniques and other helpful tips to decrease the amount of time working in the garden and increase the time enjoying it will be also be reviewed. $30/members; $38 nonmembers (
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