Cultivating Sustainable Landscapes

2024 Canelo Workshop

Sustainable Landscapes

Gardening with Nature


  • Friday, September 20, 2024
  • Sunday, September 22, 2024
  • 04:30 PM
  • 05:00 PM


  • Canelo Project , ARIZONA


  • $ 300 inc. lunches

Cultivating Sustainable Landscapes

This two-and-a-half-day workshop is an opportunity to dive into the principles and practice of gardening with, and not against, nature. Through guided hands-on practice, you will learn about increasing biodiversity in our cultivated landscapes, creating resilient landscapes that connect our yards to the wider ecosystems we are all a part of, and how to utilize simple active and passive water harvesting techniques. 

You will learn about reading the landscape through an introductory discussion and a tour of the grounds around Canelo. You will use hand tools to install passive water harvesting features such as basins and swales and use rockwork to add structural stability and aesthetic beauty to the landscape. You will learn how to select appropriate native plants to provide resources for wildlife while cultivating year-round visual interest. Finally, you will learn about propagating native plants, including trees, shrubs, and cacti, by starting seeds in the hand-built Canelo greenhouse.

This is a workshop for beginner and experienced gardeners alike. Home gardeners or landscape professionals will gain knowledge and skills that can be applied to gardens anywhere in the world.

By the end of this course, participants will have constructed and planted a garden with water-harvesting features, irrigation, and native plants, and will have started various seeds. Participants will be able to take some seeds home to cultivate in their own landscape as well. 

  • Dates: This course begins with a short class on Friday afternoon at 4:30pm and ends Sunday 5pm, with a dinner that evening and breakfast following morning provided. 
  • Meals: Lunch on Saturday and Sunday are provided. Home-cooked vegetarian lunches will be provided both days and are included in workshop price. Participants are responsible for preparing their own Breakfast and Dinners. We have a small outdoor kitchen, but participants are encouraged to bring their own camping/cooking supplies.
  • AccommodationsCamping and bunkroom beds are available and included in the worshop. We have a few private rooms available for an extra cost. Our guesthouse also has a fully-equipped kitchen.
  • Deposit – Full payment of this workshop is required to register ($300)

Workshop Syllabus


Jack Dash is a horticulturist and writer based in Tucson, Arizona where he is the Gardens Manager at Tohono Chul Botanical Garden. Jack has extensive horticulture and botany experience and is the author of numerous articles on gardening with native plants as well as The Southwest Native Plant Primer which will be published through Timber Press in 2025.