Sat, Feb. 22

Gardening workshop added for Village of Oak Creek

Bill McDorman

Bill McDorman

Bill McDorman, President and Founder of Seeds Trust originally High Altitude Gardens, a 25 year-old heirloom garden seed company will present, Gardening from the Inside Out, Saturday, March 14 from noon until 4 pm at the Old Town Center for the Arts in Cottonwood. A second opportunity has been added on Friday, March 20th from 1 until 3 pm at Mago's Ranch, 200 Bobcat in the Village of Oak Creek.

In the midst of the largest economic downturn since the Great Depression, there is a new and building interest in growing gardens. Bill has been fielding an exceptional amount of calls from people who are just beginning and have no idea where and how to start.

Bill McDorman has been lecturing on vegetable gardens, wildflowers, herbs, native landscapes and grasses for over 25 years. Bill is credited with bringing over 60 varieties of Siberian tomatoes back to the states in 1989 following his trip behind the Iron Curtain.

Gardening from the Inside Out will offer a comprehensive overview of gardening including site selection, soil composition, building healthy soil, seed starting, companion planting, permaculture strategies, seed saving, and over-wintering greens.

This is a unique opportunity to spend an afternoon with one of the most experienced, engaging and passionate people in the field. Bill graduated with a degree in philosophy from the University of Montana and weaves historical and philosophical perspectives into his seminars. His stories are rich and colorful. He is a delightful presenter and inspires his attendees to connect deeply with the world in which they live.

Gardening from the Inside Out will benefit Project Self Reliance, a tax- exempt non-profit organization dedicated to promoting self-reliance with a focus on teens at risk. Project Self Reliance is developing transitional living and housing programs for youth in the Verde Valley.

A "Backyard Gardening Expo" will precede Gardening from the Inside Out, from 9:30 to 11 am at the Old Town Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 14th. Join Gardens for Humanity and Yavapai Master Gardeners for planting tips and the opportunity to purchase seeds, soil amendments and more. In the evening a special concert will capture the day's celebration musically with a performance by the soon to be famous World Garden Orchestra. The Saturday, March 14th schedule of events will kick off the Sedona-Verde Valley week-long Planting Festival. The Old Town Center for the Arts is dedicated to supporting community events and is located at 5th Street and Main in Old Town Cottonwood.

The cost for Gardening from the Inside Out is $35 for the March 14th workshop and $20 for the March 20th. Donations are tax deductible. Scholarships are available. Seeds and seed saving books will be available to purchase. Email to reserve your spot. Credit cards accepted or call 928-649-8180.

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