Yep, 2014 is coming on strong. Might we suggest that taking a class on growing food or other earthy practices is easier than losing weight -- and more fun, too. It might even help you get in shape. Here are several great classes to sign up for now with a friend or on your own. Happy New Year!
Casual gardeners, organic enthusiasts, and quite a few Mother's Day weekend duos made their way to the Arcadia Edible Garden Tour over the weekend. From 9 to 1 on Saturday visitors explored the outdoor works of 9 green neighborhood homes including Sweet Life Garden and the Farmyard. Overall, the ... More >>
April showers bring May flowers -- and you know who really loves flowers? Your mom. Lucky for her, you can one-up the traditional bouquet come Mother's Day weekend with tickets to the Arcadia Edible Garden Tour happening May 11. Join fellow horticulture enthusiasts from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. as you to ... More >>
Raised in Dallas, Amy Stewart never had an interest in gardening, insisting (understandably) "It was too hot!" That changed long ago. Upon settling in Santa Cruz, California, Stewart found a climate and culture that sprouted the gardener -- and writer -- within her. From the Ground Up, her first b ... More >>
Part flash mob, part guerrilla gardening, part hula-hoop jam -- that's what swept through Pomegranate Café on Saturday, April 6. In the middle of a busy weekend lunch service, a group of volunteers organized by gardenfly, a SEED SPOT venture that brings together gardeners, spontaneously installed a ... More >>
Gertrude's is the new restaurant (opened in January) at the Desert Botanical Garden and in addition to offering an expansive array of carefully chosen local ingredients, killer ambiance and a distinctive wine and spirits list, the restaurant also keeps it's own garden to complete the farm-to-table e ... More >>
If you're like us, you have about 300 too many grapefruits right about now and your friends are pretty sick of you pawning them off on them. Maybe you've got the opposite problem: no grapefruits easily accessible to you, without some late night grand theft citrus. Luckily, there's now a local websit ... More >>
We had an extended cold snap here in Phoenix and after that we got pummeled with rain. Chances are, your yard looks like a 5-day-old salad bar. Gary Brown from Sun Belt Landscaping has been a landscape designer in Arizona for 35 years and agreed to let us in on some helpful hints on how to deal with ... More >>
State lawmakers have been trying to regulate salvia divinorum, a hallucination-inducing plant, since 2009, and it still hasn't been regulated.Now, legislators are trying once again to regulate salvia, this time banning its sale to anyone under the age of 21.See also:-2009: Salvia Targeted by Arizona ... More >>
It is a new year, and for many that means resolutions. Recommended resolution for this year: Grow your own food. Yes, it can be done. You don't have to be a bicycle-riding, Prius-driving, urban goat owner to grow your own food. You too can grow food and Instagram great-looking garden booty. Never g ... More >>
What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on your list. Today, Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the home gardener. Raised bed garden kit, $159 and irrigation, $39 at minifa ... More >>
It's that time of year -- vegetables are being harvested in local gardens and it serves as an inspiration to many. Thinking about the joy of growing dinner in your own garden? Think it's too late? Have a fear of failure? Don't worry, your November veggie garden guide is here. See also: - Growhouse ... More >>
Today we're introducing a new feature on Chow Bella, Now Growing, in which Kate Crowley talks to local gardeners about what's in the ground at the moment. Have a topic you'd like to see covered? Leave word in the comments section. See Also: - Phoenix Gets Its First Seed Library - Urban Farming 101 ... More >>
Kenny Barrett's no stranger to dirt and a few plants. The local creative and one of the founders of the Roosevelt Growhouse and the GROWop in downtown Phoenix spends most of his time tending to the boutique/urban garden's produce and managing Valley of the Sunflowers, the two-acre lot-revitalizat ... More >>
Ola WibergFor those of you missing the garden sections of the recently deceased ReadyMade magazine, take heart, there's a new publication on the horizon and according to Trend Central, it's "poised to become the indie authority on the natural world." Ooo, gardening goodness! Wilder Quarter ... More >>
When Chef Chrysa Robertson decided to launch lunch at her restaurant Rancho Pinot, her restaurateur friends thought she had lost her mind. Not so, says Robertson. Her inspiration: The economy. Her vision: Keep it simple, do it well, and it just might work.
Catherine Crowley The Herb LadyCatherine Crowley's DNA includes a green thumb. Her grandparents were farmers in the Garden State before she was born; her parents always had a vegetable garden. Both Mom and Dad were scratch cooks and she fondly reminisces about the "soul" of her grandmothe ... More >>
Courtesy of Doreen PollackLast night, a few dozen hopeful urban gardeners turned out for the Phoenix Permaculture Guild's lecture on turning your front lawn into a garden of edibles. Instructor Doreen Pollack outlined the process she took in transforming the front yard of her historic ... More >>
"From little things big things grow." -- Paul Kelly & The Messengers In no time, everything in this town will be toast. But for the moment, it's time to garden. Everything's green -- from our own Shannon Armour's first attempt at gardening to some experts' efforts to really make t ... More >>
In the mood for a garden party? Try the Anniversary Tea this morning in downtown Phoenix. The cause: To celebrate the 80th annivesary of the Washington Garden Club. Sounds like a bloomin' good time.
Jonathan McNamaraThe Koi Pond at the Japanese Friendship Garden If you've been to the Ro Ho En Japanese Friendship Garden lately you may have noticed how green it is. No, we're not talking about the vegetation. We're referring to the water in the koi pond. Japanese gardens, even those in Japan, ar ... More >>
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