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).

Start An Urban Cutting Garden

Sunday, August 28th, 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
By now, summer perennials can look quite spent. It’s time to think fall color and how to get it through leaves, blooms, and bark. Richard Greenberg will get you set up for fall no matter what your space.

Last-Minute Fall Edibles

Saturday, September 10th, 11 am – noon
Do you want to know what edibles you can still plant for fall and winter? Looking for ideas about how to fill the space after you pull out the final summer crops? Cool Season Gardener author Bill Thorness will offer ideas on what to plant this fall, from starts, seeds and sets, and when you’ll get a harvest. He’ll also talk about methods to keep the vegetable garden soil healthy through winter.

Specialty Fruit

Sunday, September 11th, 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. Find out favorite varieties and the conditions and care needed for best harvests.

Sustainable Lawn and Garden Care for Fall

Saturday, September 17th, 11 am – noon
September is the ideal month to reseed and refresh your lawn. Cynthia LaBlue from Urban Garden Natives and City People’s Garden Store will go over how to make your lawn and garden beautiful and sustainable through the seasons. She will talk about how to build healthy soil, control weeds and use beneficial insects for a more sustainable lawn and garden, as well as how to address problem areas using sustainable practices.

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.

Design Concepts for the Small Urban Garden

Sunday, October 1st, 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.

Cider Making 101 and Cider Press Event

Sunday, October 9th, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Come learn the basics of cider making with home cider maker and enthusiast Paul Brookshire! This class covers which apples to use, the basics of pressing juice, making apple juice and cider. After class, 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.

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.