Events & Workshops

Free Workshops

City People’s Garden Store will begin offering workshops when we re-open in February. Topics will range from edible gardening to pruning fruit trees to designing with holiday containers. Workshops are held in the indoor nursery of the Garden Store.

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2017 Workshops

(Please e-mail us if you plan to attend one of our workshops. Workshops in orange are in partnership with City Fruit).

Seed Starting

Saturday, February 25th, 11 am – noon
You can now set the seed catalogs down, take a break from dreaming of spring flowers, and get started growing your own. Late winter is the perfect time to start sowing seeds. Learn which vegetable and flowers may be started now indoors and which can wait a couple weeks for outdoor sowing. Agnes P. Cwalina, owner of Hori Hori Flowers, will cover seed starting tools and methods, including using your windowsills, heat mats, and soil blocking.

Jump Start Your Garden!

Sunday, February 26th, 11 am – noon
Richard Greenberg will help you Wake Up your Garden and get spring going! In this workshop, learn to get a head start on gardening with a little weeding here, a little pruning there, some soil preparation and more.

Start Early Edibles for a Longer Harvest

Sunday, March 5th, 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, whether to choose seeds or starts, how to use season extension for better success, and how to plan ahead to make the most of your garden from Cool Season Gardener and author Bill Thorness.

Raising Kids in Permaculture

Sunday, March 12th, 11 am – noon
Learn how to foster young learning and curiosity in a home permaculture garden with Jeremy Puma. Foraging edible foods, planting seeds and learning about the outdoor world are a few ways that the Puma family has strengthened their bond to nature and each other. Jeremy will focus on how to incorporate garden tasks into the family routine and teach skills for life in the process. Permaculture design holistically helps benefit the environment and the people living in it by working with natural patterns.

Landscaping with Winning, Low Maintenance Plants

Saturday, March 18th, 11 am – noon
Richard Greenberg can help beginning gardeners and even seasoned ones fill their garden landscape with plants that take little to no maintenance and perform well even if you don’t have a green thumb! Whether you have a back yard or balcony, sun or shade, there are hardy, tough plants out there that ask very little but give much back.

Start an Urban Cutting Garden

Saturday, March 25th, 11 am – noon
Have you always wanted a fragrant and colorful garden on your urban lot? Interested in growing enough flowers to bring indoors all season long? Agnes P. Cwalina, owner of Hori Hori flowers, will speak about plants that work best for the cutting garden as well as plants that offer harvests for a unique table arrangement, all on a city lot!

Great Gardening Techniques 101

Saturday, April 8th, 11 am – noon
Do you have your first garden and don’t know where to start? Are you a regular gardener but feel you always have done things the hard way? Richard Greenberg wants to help with this class on Gardening Techniques. He will go over hands-on basics – best tools, best practices, ways to move through the garden, easy improvements to the soil, and how to think about working in, and maintaining, the garden year-round.

Planting for Pollinators

Sunday, April 9th, 11 am – noon
We need to help our pollinators stick around so they can help our fruit trees, flowers, and edibles survive. Pollinators include bees, butterflies, flies, beetles, bats, and birds! City Fruit co sponsors this workshop to teach how to attract pollinators to your garden and help all your plants bloom. Taught by Paige Embry in collaboration with City Fruit.

Growing Fruit & Vegetables in Containers

Sunday, June 30th, 11 am – noon
Limited in space, but want to grow your own food? Try container edible gardening. Jackie Cramer, permaculture designer who has worked the land for over twenty years as farmer, educator, & landscaper will go over the best plants and techniques to have a productive container edible garden.

Starting Long-Season Veggies

Saturday, June 3rd, 11 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 from Cool Season Gardener and author Bill Thorness.


Drip Irrigation

Saturday, June 4th 11 am
Bret Kenney of the People’s Gardening Collective (formerly City People’s Landscaping) will shed light on the water and time saving techniques of drip irrigation. He will go over parts and design and explain how to install a system in your own back yard or balcony.