“The Transplanted Gardener” workshop help locals and new community members alike to design, select, grow, and maintain their landscapes.
Jim MacKenzie will present a compilation of the lessons he learned over more than 30 years of gardening in the low desert. It focuses on the information he wished he knew when he began as he struggled with the extreme Phoenix climate.
Julie Knapp will present basic landscape design techniques to create your dream ornamental and edible yard in the low desert. You will leave with ideas for your yard to make it pay you back through food production yet provide an elegant and functional yard that is adapted to our local climate.
-Understand Climate differences, temperature, humidity, precipitation, and soil.
-Apply the different growing season to selection of plants and times to plant.
-Know what plants are adapted to this climate.
-Define your goals and family needs for your yard.
-Plant vegetable gardens and food forests to make your yard work for you.
-Combine turf, ornamental trees & plants with food and medicinal plants.
Presenters Master Gardeners Jim MacKenzie and Julie Knapp
Jim has been a Master Gardener for nine years and has lived in Arizona since 1983. He says he has made every mistake a non-native gardener could make.
Julie is Master Gardener and Certified Agriscape Designer. She helps people combine ornamental landscaping with edible plants in an attractive manner. She has designed numerous backyards in the East Valley and the Native American Edible Garden for Cloud Song, a Native American community center at Scottsdale Community College. Julie is a writer, blogger, and has taught journalism classes for ASU and SCC for more than 30 years.