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).

Container Gardening

Saturday, June 27th, 11:00 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 Postponed to September 20th

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!

Xeriscaping: Landscaping for a Dryer Climate

Saturday, July 11th, 11:00 am – noon
Learn how to transform your garden into one that minimizes or reduces the need for irrigation from Landscaper Richard Greenberg. Beyond choosing drought tolerant plants, there are practical adjustments and enhancements you can make to help adapt your landscape to changing climate conditions.

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.

Drought Tolerant Plants

Saturday, July 25th, 11:00 am – noon
This will be a great year to learn about the many great plants that require little or no extra water than what the Seattle clouds provide. Richard Greenberg will talk about the hardiest and best plants including those that can thrive in dry shady conditions.

Porch Plants

Sunday, July 26th, 11 am – noon
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, instructor Patrick Mulligan will discuss plant 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.

Late Summer, Early Fall Color

Saturday, August 8th, 11 am – noon
By August, perennial gardens can look a little spent, but this does not have to be the case! With a mix of annuals, perennials, and shrubs, you can have bright color all summer and throughout fall. Richard Greenberg will tell you how it’s done, whether your garden is sunny or shady.

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.

Small Space Gardening

Saturday, August 22nd, 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.

Edible Gardening for Fall

Sunday, August 23rd, 11 am – noon
Seattle Urban Farm Company co-founder Colin McCrate is back to talk about the edible garden in fall. Colin started our workshop season back in February for getting started in spring, and this time will go over harvesting techniques, end of season plantings, and preparation for fall cleanup.

Wild-Friendly and Child-Friendly Gardens CANCELLED

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.

Planting Bulbs for Gardens and Containers

Saturday, September 12th, 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.

Specialty Fruit

Sunday, September 13th, 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. Instructor Tracey Bernal is a member of Seattle Tree Fruit Society and 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.

Fall Planting and Soil Renovation

Saturday, September 26th, 11 am – noon
Fall is the best time for planting in the Northwest. Winter rains will water your plants, and they will have time to root out, even as they stop growing from the top. It’s also a great time to infuse your soil with amendments that will feed your plants all winter. Richard Greenberg will go over techniques and condsiderations for fall plantings.

Easy to Grow Northwest Natives

Saturday, October 10th, 11 am – noon
Natives are adapted to our climate – wet winters and dry summers. Many bloom and grow in our shady Northwest gardens. They are tough and attract native wildlife. Richard Greenberg will discuss great native plants, their attributes, and uses in specific areas of the garden.