What a wonderful turnout for our Annual Native Plant Workshop! Over 175 participants were able to take advantage of a beautiful day and learning ways to use and preserve our native landscape.

KSB presented the sixth annual Norman B. Herkenham Award to Jason Lavelle. This award is given to people, businesses, or organizations that further the education and implementation of native plant landscaping. Jason manages the nursery at AZ Botanical Gardens promoting xeriscape landscaping and providing a source for native and adaptive plants for the area. Jason has lectured on these topics in association with KSB and the Yavapai County Master Gardeners with special authority on cacti and succulents. He enjoys helping people with landscape design and plant selection.




Comments on the evaluation forms included “best workshop ever”, and “sessions were excellent”.  A big thank you goes out to Co-Chairs Nancy Spinelli and Debra Fleeger and committee members Paula Cote, Gail Heyer, Rosie Johnson, Jane McGraw, Georgia Munsell, Michelle & Gerry Snyder, Barbara Saul and Rich Spinelli who put in over 900 volunteer hours and making this year’s event such a success.



npw2012committee Not Present are Paula Cote and Barbara Saul


The first of two keynote speakers was world renowned presenter Brad Lancaster of Tucson speaking on Planting the Rain: Principles, Practices, and Tips for Water-Harvesting Earthworks and Raingardens. Brad also sold and autographed several of his books as well as long sleeved T-shirts. He was able to stay through lunch and did an impromptu demonstration in the courtyard.




Grand Canyon horticulturist Jan Busco closed the workshop with her keynote address “Getting the Best from Your Native Plants”. Her handout provided hands-on and practical information, and Jan also sold copies of her latest book entitled “Native Plants for High-Elevation Western Gardens” by Janice Busco and Nancy Morin. Should you wish to obtain a copy of this great reference book, it is available at Jay’s Bird Barn.




This year the event offered a total of eight workshops; participants chose two from these presenters:

1. Larry Anderson: Container Gardening: Thinking Outside the Pot

2. Merle & Michelle Herrick: Basic Backyard Composting

3. Mary Lata: Firewise/Fire Ecology

4. Clare Licher: Arizona Native Plant Essential Oils

5. Dr. Carl Olson: Know Your Friends: Insects of the Home & Garden

6. Diane Scantlebury: Hydroponics 101

7. Jeff Schalau: Identification & Management of Invasive & Noxious Weeds in the Sedona and Verde Valley Area

8. Gene Twaronite: Highlands Cacti: Native Southwestern Cacti & Other Succulents for Elevations 4000 Feet and Above

 (Click on the name above to see a picture and short biography.)



Silent Auction: Sixty-five items donated by the community:   brunches, gift certificates, dinner for two, wine tasting, garden tools, decorative pots, a fountain, a bird bath, a desert design runner, fitness classes, jeep tours, gazing balls, design consultations, handmade jewelry, evening sky tours, dental exams, massages and facials, native plants, bird feeder, composter, rain barrel and upcoming event tickets. In other words, there was something for everyone!

Jay’s Bird Barn and Verde River Growers were again in attendance offering an extensive assortment of items for sale. PhiBee Aromatics had a display table with a selection of essential oils. Also available were various free handouts. Sedona Recycles had their stations set up to promote good recycling practices. In the interest of conservation, attendees were asked to bring their own coffee mugs or water bottles. In addition to the drinking fountains at the school, Kinetico Water Systems supplied us with three water crocks. Everyone attending received a large insulated plastic drinking glass from Wildflower Bread Company, washed and ready to use for the day.

Advance tickets were $20 for KSB members, $30 for the general public; an additional $10 at the door. Included in the admission were breakfast savories donated by Wildflower Bread Company, coffee and tea, two keynote speakers, choice of two workshops from the eight offered, lunch donated by Weber’s IGA and the Silent Auction.


Keep Sedona Beautiful, Inc., acting through the stewardship of its members and volunteers, is committed to protect and sustain the unique scenic beauty and natural environment of the Greater Sedona Area.