Events & Workshops


Free 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.

Registration is strongly encouraged! Having numbers ahead of time helps us create the right space for the workshop and prepare enough handouts. If you have an idea for a future workshop, or any workshop feedback, feel free to contact our workshop coordinator.

To sign up for a workshop, send us an e-mail or call the store (206) 324-0737.

2015 Workshops


(Workshops in orange are in partnership with CityFruit).

Garden Design with Conifers and Broad-leafed Evergreens

Sunday, March 1st, 11:00 am – noon
Seattle gardening guru Jeff Daley will talk about key elements of good garden design using Conifers and Broad-leaved evergreens for structure in the landscape. Jeff has been the Head Gardener and Arborist at Seattle Pacific University for the past 26 years. He brings a superabundance of knowledge, passion for growing plants, and love of nature to inspire and encourage any gardener.

Backyard Chickens & Urban Farming

Saturday, March 7th, 11:00 am – noon
Rosalinde Czaja, a graduate of Evergreen State College in Sustainable Agriculture, gardener, and chicken enthusiast, returns to cover the basic information you need to get started keeping happy, healthy chickens. Rosalinde will walk you through purchasing, chick care, coop specifications as well as how to integrate chickens into your garden landscape. She’ll also be available to answer your questions about other domestic fowl.

Pollinators: Mason Bees, Honeybees and Others

Sunday, March 8th, 11:00 am – noon
While the honey bee is the poster child for the “save the pollinators” movement, native pollinators, which comprise 99.96% of the pollinator species on the planet, are as threatened, and arguably more important to the future of food. In this class, learn the importance and history of pollinators, how native bees are different from the industry-standard honey bee, and how to identify local native bees. We will also cover some basics of attracting native bees—including what to plant and how to create nesting habitats. Instructor Bob Redmond founded Urban Bee Company in 2009. A journeyman-level certified beekeeper, he has held leadership positions with the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association and the Beacon Food Forest.

Creating Sanctuary and Privacy in Small Urban Gardens

Saturday, March 14th 11 am – noon

Richard Greenberg will talk about both plants and structural elements to help you transform your garden into a peaceful, intimate space that maximizes privacy in this busy, crowded world. He will talk about various techniques and specific plants for screening.

Planting Fruit Trees

Saturday, March 14th 12 pm – 2 AND Sunday, March 22nd, 11:00 am – 2 pm
Getting your fruit tree off to a healthy start means buying a healthy tree and planting it correctly. Root health is critical for tree health and this class demonstrates the key considerations for planting a new tree. City Fruit’s Master Fruit Tree Stewards will demonstrate correct planting at noon on both days, and then be on hand in the outdoor nursery to help you select the best tree. A portion of the proceeds from fruit tree and bare root plant sales will go to City Fruit.

Start Edibles Early for Longer Harvests

Sunday, March 15th, 11 am – noon
Our mild, late winter allows us to sprout the edible garden early. Getting growing now will mean longer harvests and more use of our garden throughout the year. Learn what can be started now and how to plan ahead to make the most of your garden with Bill Thorness, author of Cool Season Gardener.

Soil Building and Amending for Edibles

Saturday, March 21st, 11 am – noon
Building healthy soil is the first step to a productive edible garden. In this workshop, Bill Thorness, author of Cool Season Gardener, will discuss the components of good garden soil and how to enrich it with homemade compost, vermicompost from a worm bin, or commercial amendments and fertilizers. He will also discuss how season extension techniques can help you warm and dry the soil for a better start.

Planting Fruit Trees

Saturday, March 22nd, 11:00 am – 2 pm
See March 14th. City Fruit’s Master Fruit Tree Stewards will demonstrate correct planting at noon and will otherwise be on hand in the outdoor nursery to help you select the best tree. A portion of the proceeds from fruit tree and bare root plant sales will go to City Fruit.

Grow Up: Vertical Gardening with Arbors, Trellises, and Walls

Saturday, March 28th, 11:00 am – noon
In this class, Richard Greenberg will talk about making use of vertical space in your yard, using vines and other plants, and taking advantage of arbors, trellises, walls, and other structures in your garden.

Simply Lovely: Great Plants for Northwest Gardens

Saturday, April 4th, 11:00 am – noon
Adding plants to your landscape is an investment. Learning how to choose plants that will thrive with year-round beauty and without requiring a lot of time and resources will help you create a sustainable garden. This class, with Environmental Educator Emily Bishton will provide you with understanding on how to analyze your site, then make wise plant choices based on ornamental value, low water use, pest and disease resistance, winter hardiness, easy maintenance, wildlife friendly, safe for children and pets, and that thrive in a variety of soils.

Succession Gardening: Ornamentals

Saturday, April 11th, 11:00 am – noon
Want flowers blooming throughout the growing season and into late fall? Richard Greenberg can help you! He’ll go over plant choices for various light conditions, height, and color, and how and where to plant them for year-round beauty.

Growing Great Tomatoes

Saturday, April 18th, 11:00 am – noon
Gardeners go to great lengths to grow tomatoes in the maritime Northwest climate, sometimes with disappointing results. Garden author Bill Thorness will show you how to boost your success with the proper sol and fertilizers, season extension, wise watering, pruning, trellising, and combatting common pests and diseases.

Succession Gardening: Edibles

Saturday, April 25th, 11:00 am – noon
Want to harvest vegetables and herbs throughout the growing season and into late fall? Richard Greenberg can help you! He’ll go over how to make your vegetable garden produce edibles in succession so that you’ll have something to pick throughout summer and fall.

Pruning Japanese Maples

Sunday, April 26th, 11:00 am – noon
Don’t be afraid! Japanese maples are great candidates for summer pruning and always come out looking great. After learning common mistakes to avoid, Plant Amnesty’s Cass Turnbull will go over how to prune, where and when to prune, to turn a ragged mop into the star of your garden. Live demonstration included.

Organic Pest Management – OFF SITE

Saturday, May 10th, 11:00 am – 2 pm
Learn how to prevent and manage common fruit tree pests and diseases — including codling moth, apple maggot fly, scab and fungal diseases — without toxic chemicals. Simple preventive measures such as practicing good tree hygiene and encouraging beneficial insects are encouraged. The workshop will be taught by City Fruit’s Master Fruit Tree Stewards and then be on hand to help you diagnosis and treat your fruit tree pest problems!

Gardening in Parking Strips

Saturday, June 6th, 11:00 am – noon
Transform your land by the street into a garden. Richard Greenberg will talk about conditions in these dry, narrow spaces, and what will grow well there. He will talk about the possibility of growing edibles there and what are the considerations for growing healthy edibles.

Think Next Spring: Starting Long Season Vegetables

Sunday, June 7th, 11:00 am – noon
Late spring is the perfect time to think about what your garden can feed you in winter … and next spring. With some planning, you can harvest from your garden through the holidays and have a bounty of early-spring vegetables before most gardeners have broken ground. Learn what to plant now and through the summer, and how to fit those crops into the summer garden with Bill Thorness, author of Cool Season Gardener.

Growing Fruit in Containers

Sunday, June 14th, 11:00 am – 2 pm
You don’t have to have a whole yard to grow fruit. There are varieties of apples, figs, others that can do will in a pot on a deck. City Fruit’s Master Fruit Tree Stewards will talk about what to look for when picking out a container fruit tree, successful varieties in this climate, and how to plant and care for them.

Wild-Friendly and Child-Friendly Gardens

Saturday, June 20th, 11:00 am – noon
Emily Bishton is a designer, environmental educator, and the Director of the Magnuson Community Center Nature Program. In this workshop she will talk about her two specialties: gardens that create habitat for local wildlife and ones that nurture a child’s curiosity and inspires their imagination. She will go over specific plants and design techniques to achieve both.

Kitchen Gardening

Saturday, June 27th, 11:00 am – noon
From the dirt to the saute pan, learn to create a garden that inspires and enhances your cooking. Learn favorite recipes that come right from the garden and will include herbs, greens, and even flowers. Richard Greenberg will share his favorites with you and help you have success as a gardener and chef!