Welcome to Gardens for Humanity

Gardens for Humanity’s mission is to develop and share our relationships with Humanity and Nature through gardening, art, and education.

Founded in 1996, Gardens for Humanity has worked for ecological education to help give our children and all members of our community the values, tools and experiences needed to seek and regain balance with the natural world. Our many Programs and Projects throughout the years have helped to enrich our Verde Valley area from personal wellness to schools and communities.  Read more about what we do.

Click on images below to learn more about the projects pictured.

  • SCHOOL GARDENS PROGRAM | West Sedona School SCHOOL GARDENS PROGRAM | West Sedona School
  • EDUCATION PROGRAM | Idea Gardens Tour - Growing and Using Herbs EDUCATION PROGRAM | Idea Gardens Tour - Growing and Using Herbs
  • ART + ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAM | Celebrating the Art in Earth ART + ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAM | Celebrating the Art in Earth
  • COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAM | Beekeeping Workshop COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAM | Beekeeping Workshop
  • ART + ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAM | Celebrating the Art in Earth: The Life of a Tree ART + ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAM | Celebrating the Art in Earth: The Life of a Tree
  • HOME GARDENS + WELLNESS PROGRAM: Greening Harmony HOME GARDENS + WELLNESS PROGRAM: Greening Harmony
  • COMMUNITY GARDENS PROGRAM | Sedona Winds Wheelchair-Accessible Garden COMMUNITY GARDENS PROGRAM | Sedona Winds Wheelchair-Accessible Garden
  • SCHOOL GARDENS PROGRAM | Red Rock High School Garden SCHOOL GARDENS PROGRAM | Red Rock High School Garden
  • COMMUNITY GARDENS PROGRAM | Peace Garden at Sedona Creative Life Center COMMUNITY GARDENS PROGRAM | Peace Garden at Sedona Creative Life Center
  • COMMUNITY GARDENS PROGRAM | St. John Vianney Community Garden COMMUNITY GARDENS PROGRAM | St. John Vianney Community Garden
     

The Gifts of Mulch

Nature’s mulch is the accumulation of dead plant matter left undisturbed through the seasons. We can contribute to this by adding leaves, compost, manures, wood chips, even shredded cardboard. Our role as gardener can be to imitate and work with the natural life cycles of plants. There are six gifts of mulch that contribute to healthy gardens. Read whole article >>

The gardener’s calendar

A gardener’s sense of time is governed by the seasons, and by the life cycles of plants and other garden residents. There is a rhythm to life that a gardener experiences that is a contrast to the strict lock step of days, weeks, and months. Read whole article >>

Seed Library News

Beaver Creek – Saturday, July 2 – 8:00 am: This month, Saturday, July 2, there will be a tour at the Archaeology Garden at 8:00 am. This is instead of the regularly scheduled seed library in Rimrock.  The Archaeology Garden is located off Homestead Parkway.  There is a parking lot for the paths and the garden.   More information >>

Cottonwood – Saturday, July 23, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm: The Verde Valley Seed Library is every fourth Saturday at the Cottonwood Library. There are lots of great veggie, flower & herb seeds available – FREE. More information >>

To download a Vegetable Planting Guide for the calendar year: Click Here>>
Start a garden and grow your own food, slideshow and resources >>

Verde Valley Food Policy

Gardens for Humanity works with other community partners in the food, agriculture, and nutrition sectors as part of the Verde Valley Food Policy Council. We developed a comprehensive food policy and an action plan that promote strategies to create a sustainable, healthy, nutritious, and accessible local food system for all our residents and visitors to our region. Find out more >>