JCC class features gardening with an Israeli flair

Jacqueline Soule
Jacqueline Soule

Jacqueline Soule, Ph.D., will teach classes on gardening on Wednesday, March 5 and Tuesday, March 11, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. The first class is “Create Your Own Biblical Tanakh Garden.” Tucson and Israel share a similar climate, says Soule, so why not highlight low-water plants that look good in the winter, especially for homeowners who are seasonal visitors.

At the first March session, she says, “I’ll show a travelogue of slides of plants that are found in Israel,” which will also do well here.

Soule’s second class on March 11 will be “Herbs of Ha’Eretz (Israel).” She will discuss 20 of the more common herbs that grow in both places, offer gardening tips and instructions on how to harvest and preserve these fragrant culinary additions, including growing herbs in patio pots.

Soule grew up in Tucson, Jerusalem and Beer Sheva, Israel. She has written eight books on gardening; her most recent book is “Success with Succulents in Arizona.” Her forthcoming title, “Southwest Fruit and Vegetable Gardening: Plant, Grow and Harvest the Best Edibles — Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico” will be out in July. Her articles on gardening have appeared in The Explorer newspaper, Angie’s List magazine and other publications.

Each class is $8 for JCC members; $10 for nonmembers. For more information, contact Harriet Meador at 299-3000, ext. 147, or hmeador@tucsonjcc.org.