Events & Workshops

Free Workshops

City People’s Garden Store offers free gardening workshops throughout the year, all held in our indoor nursery unless otherwise noted.

Workshop topics range from edible gardening to pruning fruit trees to designing with holiday containers.

To learn about upcoming workshops, check our list below (come often! We add workshops throughout the year). Click on the title or scroll down to see more detailed descriptions. Or sign up for our monthly e-newsletter in the bright green box to the left for monthly updates.

Please register!

If you plan to attend a workshop, let us know. Call the store or e-mail our workshop coordinator with the workshop you plan to attend.

2016 Workshops

(Please e-mail us if you plan to attend one of our workshops. Workshops in orange are in partnership with City Fruit).

Design Concepts for the Small Urban Garden

Sunday, October 2nd, 11 am – noon
Is your garden just a corner on a balcony? A section of your porch? Or do you have a matchbox plot of land? There’s still a lot of gardening you could do using special growing techniques and picking out plants that work well in small spaces. Richard Greenberg teaches this popular class which covers year-round gardening and growing with limited square footage.

Botanical Wreaths from Your Autumn Garden

Saturday, October 8th, 11 am – noon
Interested in adorning your front door for the holidays? Look no further than the seedpods and turning leaves in your autumn garden! Join Agnes P. Cwalina of Hori Hori Flowers as she demonstrates the mechanics of using botanical material for an indoor or outdoor wreath.

Cider Press Event

Sunday, October 9th, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Come help City Fruit press apples and get first hand experience using a cider press. Bring your own growlers and fill up with fresh pressed juice for a $5 donation, or purchase one from City Fruit for $10! You are welcome to bring your own apples as well (although we cannot guarantee your apples will be used to fill your exact growler). Kids are welcome!

Putting the Garden to Bed

Saturday, October 22nd, 11 am – noon
Get your plants ready for winter. Deadheading, pruning, mulching, dividing, and weeding are all fall jobs that will help your garden bounce back next spring. Richard Greenberg teaches this every year to a grateful crowd.

Pruning Rhododendrons

Saturday, October 29th 11 am – noon
The Northwest’s ‘signature plant’ is the rhododendron. It is also one of the
hardest to prune. Find out what can, and can’t be done to fix an unsatisfactory rhododendron situation. We cover deadwooding, maintenance pruning, transplanting, arborizing, radical renovation, and ‘nicking the buds’. Led by Plant Amnesty’s Cass Turnbull, our local pruning celebrity.

Winter Container Gardening for Color

Saturday, November 5th, 11 am – noon
Join us for Richard Greenberg’s final workshop at City People’s Garden Store. He will talk about what makes a successful, cheery winter arrangement and make suggestions about combinations to try.

Espalier Apple and Pear Trees

Sunday, November 13th, 11 am – noon
Learn how to correctly prune and take care of your espaliered fruit trees. Caring for the espaliered fruit tree is critical to health and fruit production. City Fruit co sponsors this popular class.