Events & Workshops

Free Workshops

City People’s Garden Store offers free workshops for the community throughout the year. Topics range from edible gardening to pruning to designing holiday containers. Workshops are held in the Garden Store.

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2018 Line Up

(We are always adding to our class schedule. Check back often or sign up for our newsletter in the green box to the left. Please e-mail us if you plan to attend one of our workshops so we can inform you of any schedule changes.)

Planting for the Small Garden

Saturday, March 10th, 11 am – noon
Make the most out of your small gardening space with dwarf and compact plants, careful planning and vertical growing techniques. Richard Greenberg teaches this popular class for the postage stamp lot, the balcony, the p-patch plot, and other areas where space is limited. You will learn you can do a lot with a little space!

Happy Hour Garden

Saturday, March 17th, 10:00 – 11:00 am
The Happy Hour Garden is a guide to the good life, made simply. Join the owners of Seattle Farm School to learn how to take your entertaining to the next level with ingredients you can grow in your own backyard. This class is about gardening, mixology, and cooking, all wrapped up in one. Come learn how simple it can be to grow food, including potting your very own seasonal herb to take home. We’ll also teach you our favorite bar hacks, mix-up a seasonal mocktail for you to try, and share some recipe ideas for tasty treats you can make with ingredients you grow at home.

The Four Season Container Display

Sunday, March 18th, 11 am – noon
Learn how to use an evergreen anchor and change up the supporting plants in a container to create displays that feel fresh and seasonal year-round. Garden Coach and Designer Susan Papanikolas of How Does Your Garden Grow will teach you tips and techniques for successful container gardening, and talk about plant combinations, all while she demonstrates the potting up process.

Starting an Urban Cutting Garden

Saturday, March 24th, 11 am – noon
Join Agnes Cwalina of Hori Hori Flowers as she describes how to grow a fragrant and colorful garden on your urban lot. Learn how to grow enough flowers to bring indoors all season long. Agnes will speak about plants that work best for the cutting garden as well as plants that offer harvests for a unique table arrangement, all on a city lot!

Wild Edibles in the Kitchen

Sunday, March 25th, 11 am – noon
Urban Foraging is fun, but what can you do with what you harvest? Join experienced forager and writer Jeremy Puma as we discuss a number of local wild edible plants and how to creatively employ them in the home kitchen. Go beyond salads and find out how to regularly–and easily–incorporate wild foods into your diet. Please note, edible mushrooms are NOT included in this overview.

Seattle Vegetable Gardening All Year Round

Saturday, March 31st, 11 am – noon
Learn how to have a vegetable garden you can harvest all year. Richard Greenberg will talk about vegetable plants for different seasons and how to tend and care for them whether you have a big space or small. You’ll find out how to have a succession of edibles all year long.

Dazzling Dahlias

Saturday, April 7th, 11 am – noon
Dahlias are one of the showiest summer flowers with blooms that can be as large and open as dinner plates or as tight and intricate as honeycomb. Plant your tubers through the month of April into May for an explosive garden display. Dahlia enthusiast and Garden Store co-owner Jose Gonzales will guide you through planting, fertilizing, and caring for these strikingly diverse and showy flowers.

Raising Backyard Chickens

Saturday, April 14th, 11 am – noon
Interested in having an urban chicken flock? Rosalinde Czaja, urban farm educator and chicken enthusiast will go over all you need to get started and also to keep your birds healthy and productive. She’ll discuss building coops, readying your yard, and caring for your birds. If you already have a flock, but are having issues, this class is also for you and is a great place to get all your questions answered. Rosalinde can talk about ducks too!