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.

We would love your ideas!

If you have an idea for a future workshop, or a topic you might even want to teach, feel free to contact our workshop coordinator.

2016 Workshops

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

Growing Edibles in Containers and Raised Beds CANCELLED

Sunday, June 26th, 11 am – noon
Richard Greenberg talks about edible plants that can be grown in containers or small raised beds. You can have decent harvests with only small spaces if you choose the right varieties and learn some techniques.

Thugs in the Garden and How to Deal with Them

Saturday, July 9th, 11 am – noon
Plant thugs are the ones that take over where you didn’t mean them to, pushing out some of your weaker favorites. Richard Greenberg will talk about some of the worst offenders and how to deal with them!

Diagnosing Fruit Tree Problems

Sunday, July 10th, 11:00 am – noon
Bring in your blotchy leaves, your gnawed at fruit and learn what might be harming your fruit tree. City Fruit Master Tree Stewards will help you find out what’s ailing your tree and give you the heads up on what other issues may arise in the tree’s life cycle.

Ornamental Evergreen Grasses and Perennials

Saturday, July 16th, 11 am – noon
Jeff Daley, lead landscaper at SPU, will share his enthusiasm and knowledge about favorite grasses and perennials with you. Walk with him through the nursery as he goes over his favorite plants and their uses in the garden. Jeff is a tireless workshop leader and will help you make good choices about which plants to invest in.

Creating Privacy and Sanctuary

Sunday, July 17th, 11 am – noon
Create an outdoor space that can shut out the busy world when you need. Landscaper Richard Greenberg will show you how using landscape design elements and the right plant placement, you can make your own sanctuary.

Renovating an Overgrown Garden

Saturday, August 6th, 11 am – noon
Ready to start over? Perhaps you inherited an established garden when you recently moved. Or maybe you have several overgrown plants and need to refresh your space. Richard Greenberg will talk about choosing which plants to keep and maintain and which plants to do away with for a fresh start, and he’ll go over how to dive in to such an endeavor!

Flower Arrangements from Your Cutting Garden

Saturday, August 20th, 11 am – noon
Agnes P. Cwalina of hori hori flowers will help you fine tune your eye for arranging bouquets with the plants in your garden. Looking at texture and color of your non-blooming plants as well as the ones in bloom, Agnes will help you see that you have more bouquet-ready material than you realized!

Shade Gardening

Sunday, August 21st, 11 am – noon
A shady garden can be filled with a variety of wonderful plants that will bring you year-round visual pleasure. Whether you have a deep or dappled shade garden, Richard Greenberg will share with you his favorite plants for shady spaces.

Start An Urban Cutting Garden

Saturday, August 27th, 11 am – noon
If you missed this in spring, don’t fret. you can start a cutting garden in the fall. Agnes P. Cwalina, owner of hori hori flowers, will speak about plants you can grow now that work best for the cutting garden as well as plants that offer harvests for a unique table arrangement, all on a city lot!

Plants for Autumn Color (for pots and landscape)

Saturday, September 3rd, 11 am – noon
If you missed this in spring, don’t fret. you can start a cutting garden in the fall. Agnes P. Cwalina, owner of hori hori flowers, will speak about plants you can grow now that work best for the cutting garden as well as plants that offer harvests for a unique table arrangement, all on a city lot!

Planting Bulbs for Gardens and Containers

Sunday, September 18th, 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.

Putting the Garden to Bed

Saturday, October 25th, 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.