Events & Workshops


Free Workshops

We offer free gardening workshops at the store throughout the year on a variety of topics ranging from edible gardening to pruning to designing with holiday containers.

To learn about upcoming workshops, bookmark this page or sign up for our monthly e-newsletter in the bright green box to the left.

Registration is strongly encouraged! Having numbers ahead of time helps us create the right space for the workshop and prepare enough handouts. If you have an idea for a future workshop, or any workshop feedback, feel free to contact our workshop coordinator.

To sign up for a workshop, send us an e-mail or call the store (206) 324-0737.

2015 Workshops


(Workshops in orange are in partnership with City Fruit).

Wild-Friendly and Child-Friendly Gardens

Saturday, August 29th, 11:00 am – noon
Emily Bishton is a designer, environmental educator, and the Director of the Magnuson Community Center Nature Program. In this workshop she will talk about her two specialties: gardens that create habitat for local wildlife and ones that nurture a child’s curiosity and inspires their imagination. She will go over specific plants and design techniques to achieve both.

Planting Bulbs for Gardens and Containers

Saturday, September 12th, 11 am – noon
Richard Greenberg will talk about selecting the right bulbs for the right place for a long season of color. He will go over the best amendments and fertilizer for a successful spring display.

Specialty Fruit

Sunday, September 13th, 11:00 am – noon
City Fruit co sponsors this workshop on growing fruits such as fig, kiwi, and quince, which can all do well here in the Pacific Northwest. Instructor Tracey Bernal is a member of Seattle Tree Fruit Society and knows that nothing compares to the flavor of fruit just picked from your own backyard. She grows, harvests, preserves, and consumes pears, apples, figs, Asian pears, berries, and many unusual fruits in an over-planted garden south of West Seattle.

Rain Gardens and Natural Lawn Care

Saturday, September 19th, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Learn why Rain Gardens are important and how to save money, work less, and enjoy your garden more, naturally. Lisa Haglund, from WSU Extension Master Gardener Rain Garden Program will talk about rain gardens: what they are, why we need them, and how to get one using Seattle’s rain garden and cistern rebate program, RainWise. Cynthia LaBlue from Urban Garden Natives and City People’s Garden Store will talk about how to work with nature for easier garden care.

Identifying & Dealing with Invasive Plants

Sunday, September 20th, 11:00 am – noon
Learn about King County’s toughest invaders. Sasha Shaw from King County’s Noxious Weed Program will talk about the area’s problematic plants and how best to eradicate them. Spoiler alert: It won’t be easy!

Planting for Fall Fragrance

Sunday, September 20th, 1:00 pm – 2
What the heck is fragrant in fall? Most gardeners think of fall as a shoulder season dominated by plants that strike visual appeal as deciduous leaves change color and carpet the ground. While true, we must not neglect our noses! Come join Patrick Mulligan to explore a few garden gems that will add an olfactory dimension to your home landscape.

Fall Planting and Soil Renovation

Saturday, September 26th, 11 am – noon
Fall is the best time for planting in the Northwest. Winter rains will water your plants, and they will have time to root out, even as they stop growing from the top. It’s also a great time to infuse your soil with amendments that will feed your plants all winter. Richard Greenberg will go over techniques and condsiderations for fall plantings.

Easy to Grow Northwest Natives

Saturday, October 10th, 11 am – noon
Natives are adapted to our climate – wet winters and dry summers. Many bloom and grow in our shady Northwest gardens. They are tough and attract native wildlife. Richard Greenberg will discuss great native plants, their attributes, and uses in specific areas of the garden.