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 CityFruit).

Indoor Gardening & Houseplants

Saturday, January 31st, 11:00 am – noon
Landscaper Richard Greenberg will talk about great houseplants and orchids and how to choose and care for them. He will also talk about indoor seasonal color and how to make tender plants like cyclamen and kalanchoe last and last.

Fragrance & Color and Garden Tour

Saturday, February 7th, 11:00 am – noon and beyond
Meet at the store to talk about favorite winter plants with Richard Greenberg. Some are known for their fragrance, some for their color and form. Learn how to fit them into your landscape. Then, for those interested, Richard will lead a tour through the Washington Park Arboretum’s Witt Winter Garden to see many of these plants in action.

Planning Your Edible Garden & Fruit Trees

Sunday, February 8th, 11:00 am – noon
Colin McCrate, owner of Seattle Urban Farm Company, and co-author of Food Grown Right in Your Backyard: A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Crops at Home will discuss the basics of setting up an edible garden, innovative design ideas, and how to use sustainable farming practices in your yard.

Pruning Fruit Trees

Sunday, February 15th, 11:00 am – noon
Prune your fruit trees for better fruit. Winter fruit tree pruning can improve overall health and appearance and can increase fruit production.This class discusses pruning tools, basic cuts, which branches to remove, and how to stimulate fruit production.City Fruit’s Master Fruit Tree Steward will be on hand to answer your specific questions after the workshop.

Jump Start Your Garden

Saturday, February 21st, 11:00 am – noon
Richard Greenberg will inspire you to get your garden going with advice on soil preparation and garden planning.

Backyard Chickens & Urban Farming

Saturday, March 7th, 11:00 am – noon
Rosalinde Czaja, a graduate of Evergreen State College in Sustainable Agriculture, gardener, and chicken enthusiast, returns to cover the basic information you need to get started keeping happy, healthy chickens. Rosalinde will walk you through purchasing, chick care, coop specifications as well as how to integrate chickens into your garden landscape. She’ll also be available to answer your questions about other domestic fowl.

Pollinators: Mason Bees, Honeybees and Others

Sunday, March 8th, 11:00 am – noon
While the honey bee is the poster child for the “save the pollinators” movement, native pollinators, which comprise 99.96% of the pollinator species on the planet, are as threatened, and arguably more important to the future of food. At this class, the importance and history of pollinators, how native bees are different from the industry-standard honey bee, and how to identify local native bees. We will also cover some basics of attracting native bees—including what to plant and how to create nesting habitats. Instructor Bob Redmond founded Urban Bee Company in 2009. A journeyman-level certified beekeeper, he has held leadership positions with the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association and the Beacon Food Forest.

Creating Sanctuary and Privacy in Small Urban Gardens

Richard Greenberg will talk about both plants and structural elements to help you transform your garden into a peaceful, intimate space that maximizes privacy in this busy, crowded world.

Planting Fruit Trees

Saturday, March 14th 12 pm – 2 AND Sunday, March 22nd, 11:00 am – 2 pm
Getting your fruit tree off to a healthy start means buying a healthy tree and planting it correctly. Root health is critical for tree health and this class demonstrates the key considerations for planting a new tree. City Fruit’s Master Fruit Tree Stewards will demonstrate correct planting at noon on both days, and then be on hand in the outdoor nursery to help you select the best tree. A portion of the proceeds from fruit tree and bare root plant sales will go to City Fruit.

Start Edibles Early for Longer Harvests

Sunday, March 15th, 11 am – noon
Our mild, late winter allows us to sprout the edible garden early. Getting growing now will mean longer harvests and more use of our garden throughout the year. Learn what can be started now and how to plan ahead to make the most of your garden with Bill Thorness, author of Cool Season Gardener.

Soil Building and Amending for Edibles

Saturday, March 21st, 11 am – noon
Building healthy soil is the first step to a productive edible garden. In this workshop, Bill Thorness, author of Cool Season Gardener, will discuss the components of good garden soil and how to enrich it with homemade compost, vermicompost from a worm bin, or commercial amendments and fertilizers. He will also discuss how season extension techniques can help you warm and dry the soil for a better start.

Planting Fruit Trees

Saturday, March 22nd, 11:00 am – 2 pm
See March 14th. City Fruit’s Master Fruit Tree Stewards will demonstrate correct planting at noon and will otherwise be on hand in the outdoor nursery to help you select the best tree. A portion of the proceeds from fruit tree and bare root plant sales will go to City Fruit.

Grow Up: Vertical Gardening with Arbors, Trellises, and Walls

Saturday, March 28th, 11:00 am – noon
In this class, Richard Greenberg will talk about making use of vertical space in your yard, using vines and other plants, and taking advantage of arbors, trellises, walls, and other structures in your garden.

Simply Lovely: Great Plants for Northwest Gardens

Saturday, April 4th, 11:00 am – noon
Adding plants to your landscape is an investment. Learning how to choose plants that will thrive with year-round beauty and without requiring a lot of time and resources will help you create a sustainable garden. This class, with Environmental Educator Emily Bishton will provide you with understanding on how to analyze your site, then make wise plant choices based on ornamental value, low water use, pest and disease resistance, winter hardiness, easy maintenance, wildlife friendly, safe for children and pets, and that thrive in a variety of soils.

Succession Gardening: Ornamentals

Saturday, April 11th, 11:00 am – noon
Want flowers blooming throughout the growing season and into late fall? Richard Greenberg can help you! He’ll go over plant choices for various light conditions, height, and color, and how and where to plant them for year-round beauty.

Growing Great Tomatoes

Saturday, April 18th, 11:00 am – noon
Gardeners go to great lengths to grow tomatoes in the maritime Northwest climate, sometimes with disappointing results. Garden author Bill Thorness will show you how to boost your success with the proper sol and fertilizers, season extension, wise watering, pruning, trellising, and combatting common pests and diseases.

Succession Gardening: Edibles

Saturday, April 25th, 11:00 am – noon
Want to harvest vegetables and herbs throughout the growing season and into late fall? Richard Greenberg can help you! He’ll go over how to make your vegetable garden produce edibles in succession so that you’ll have something to pick throughout summer and fall.

Pruning Japanese Maples

Sunday, April 26th, 11:00 am – noon
Don’t be afraid! Japanese maples are great candidates for summer pruning and always come out looking great. After learning common mistakes to avoid, Plant Amnesty’s Cass Turnbull will go over how to prune, where and when to prune, to turn a ragged mop into the star of your garden. Live demonstration included.