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 City Fruit).

Gardening in Parking Strips

Saturday, June 6th, 10:00 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 – noon
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. Instructor Jacqueline Cramer, a permaculture landscape designer and gardener, 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.

Container Gardening

Saturday, June 27th, 10:00 am – noon
Dress up your entryway or deck with container plantings. Richard Greenberg will share his favorites combinations with you and help you think about all the elements for creating easy care, beautiful containers for sun or shade.

Identifying & Dealing with Invasive Plants

Sunday, June 28th, 11:00 am – noon
Learn about King County’s toughest invaders. Sasha Show from King County’s Noxious Weed Program will talk about the area’s problematic plants and how best to eradicate them. Spoiler alert: It won’t be easy!

Dividing Perennials

Saturday, July 11th, 11:00 am – noon
Create more plants from the ones you already have and in so doing, help your perennials grow and thrive. Richard Greenberg will go over which plants to divide in spring, which plants to divide in fall, and the best methods for success. Share your favorite plants with friends and family or another part of your garden.

Permaculture & Holistic Gardening

Sunday, July 12th, 11:00 am – noon
Permaculture is a type of design process that is meant to create and establish healthier, holistic spaces for people and the environment. In this workshop, come learn about the 12 principles of permaculture and the ways you can apply practical solutions in your home and garden. Instructor Natalie Place of City Fruit will also talk about the local resources available and the ways to get connected with the active permaculture community in the Seattle area.

Drip Irrigation

Saturday, July 18th, 10:00 am – 11 am
Water efficiently and effectively. Bret Kenney of City People’s Landscaping will show you how to create a drip irrigation system in your own yard. He will go over the parts you will need to get started and demonstrate how they go together.

Kitchen Gardening

Saturday, July 25th, 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!

Porch Plants

Sunday, July 26th, 10 am – 11 am
Whether you have a yard to play with or not, there’s always room in your life for more plants. Porches are the perfect place to add a pop of color with hardy house plants, showy annuals, or aggressive garden misfits. During this workshop, we’ll look at good choices for color and texture and plant a container to demonstrate how easy it can be.

Designing with Ornamental Grasses

Sunday, July 26th, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Grasses add texture and movement to the landscape, and many put on their best show in fall. Learn about the different ornamental grasses and how to use them in the landscape with Jeff Daley, Horticulturist and Head Gardener at Seattle Pacific University. Jeff will also talk about planting, care, and maintenance.

Summer Pruning of Fruit Trees

Sunday, August 9th, 11:00 am – noon
Summer is a great time to prune fruit trees — some think it’s the best time. Learn why to prune in late summer, the biology behind fruit tree pruning, pruning tools and basic cuts. Instructor Bill Wanless is co-owner of brooke/wanless gardens, a garden care and pruning service. He is an ISA certified arborist with over 20 years field experience. He specializes in pruning small trees, shrubs and vines, including fruit-bearing plants.