Events & Workshops

Garden Art Show: September 13th – October 12th

Opening Reception & Pizza Brunch: September 13th, 9 am – noon
Pizza provided by our neighbor, Pagliacci Pizza

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SUPPORT LOCAL ARTISTS! It’s time for City People’s annual Garden Art Show. The outdoor nursery becomes the backdrop to garden art from 15 local artists working in glass, steel, ceramics, found objects, & mosaics. Find a creature, arbor, garden stake or birdbath that will add architecture and character to your garden. Art work will be for sale through October 13th.

Artists include: Ron Barnhart, Cheri Bricker-Burnett, Shannon Buckner, Brett Cleveland, Carol Rose Dean, Greg DeLaney, Jesse Kelly, Dehanna Jones, Shawn Johnson, Dana Lasswell, Julia Wolf Miller, Bev Postman, Maria Root, Alice Smith, Darcy Thompson,


vertical-workshopFree 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.

If you have an idea for a future workshop, or any workshop feedback, feel free to contact our workshop coordinator.


Schedule 2014

Registration is required. To sign up for a workshop, send us an e-mail or call the store (206) 324-0737. The following list will grow throughout the season. Keep checking back!

(Workshops in orange are in partnership with City Fruit).

Spirituality & Psyche of Gardening

Saturday, September 13th, 11 am – noon
This class will delve into what gardening in the 21st century can do for us regarding our well being and connection to the earth. Richard Greenberg will talk about the generative nature of gardening, connection as well as letting go, patience and slowing down, and what we can learn about ourselves as we dig into the dirt.


Growing Specialty Fruit: Kiwi, Quince & Figs

Sunday, September 14th, 11 am – noon
Many desirable fruits — including figs — do well in Western Washington. Learn which varieties are best, the basics of growing these fruits and how to harvest and use them. Instructor Tracey Bernal is a professional gardener and former pastry chef, and she comes from a family of gardeners and fruit lovers. A member of Seattle Tree Fruit Society and lifelong resident of the Puget Sound area, she knows that nothing compares to the flavor of fruit just picked from your own backyard. She grows, harvests, preserves, and consumes pears, apples, figs, Asian pears, berries, and many unusual fruits in an over-planted garden south of West Seattle.


Preparing Your Edible Garden for Winter

Saturday, September 20th, 10 am – 11 am
Prepare your edible garden for winter. Plant soil enhancing cover crop, and protect your over-wintering vegetables. This the final class in a series taught by, Bill Thorness, author of Cool Season Gardener and Edible Heirlooms.


Renovating the Older Garden

Saturday, September 27th, 11 am – noon
Ready to start over? Perhaps you inherited an established garden when you recently moved. Richard Greenberg will talk about plants to keep and maintain, and how to decide what to do away with and start fresh.


Houseplants & Orchids

Saturday, October 4th, 11 am – noon
For those of you who are done working outside in your garden, this is a great time to add more greenery to your inside environment. We usually offer this class in February, but think it’s worthy of twice a year! Richard Greenberg always draws a crowd for his discussions of picking out and caring for your indoor plants.


Cider & Apple Juice Basics

Sunday, October 12th, 11 am – noon
The delicate flavor of ciders pairs well with a variety of foods, especially Asian, and the abundance of apples and pears makes apple juice and cider natural beverages for the Pacific Northwest.  This class covers which apples to use, the basics of pressing juice, making apple juice, and moving on to cider.


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.


Winter Containers and Holiday Whimsy

Saturday, November 8th, 11 am – noon
You can still have colorful plants adorn your entryway this season. And if you want, you can add some holiday cheer to them. Join Richard Greenberg in his last workshop of the season. It’s a fun one!


Pruning Apples (and Pears) and Espalier Basics

Sunday, November 9th, 11 am – noon
Apple and pears produce fruit on older wood and encouraging spur development produces more fruit. Espalier trees are great for spur production. The class covers the basics of apple/pear tree pruning and discusses how to develop an espalier tree. This workshop is the last in a series of co-sponsored classes with City Fruit.