Events & Workshops
City People’s Garden Store offers free gardening workshops throughout the year, all held in our indoor nursery unless otherwise noted.
Workshop topics range from edible gardening to pruning fruit trees to designing with holiday containers.
To learn about upcoming workshops, check our list below (come often! We add workshops throughout the year). Click on the title or scroll down to see more detailed descriptions. Or sign up for our monthly e-newsletter in the bright green box to the left for monthly updates.
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If you have an idea for a future workshop, or a topic you might even want to teach, feel free to contact our workshop coordinator.
- Organic Pest Prevention OFF-SITE, May 8th
- Drip Irrigation, June 4th
- Long Season Veggies, June 5th
- Succulent Arrangements, June 11th
- Growing Fruit in Containers, June 12th
- Urban Composting, June 12th
- Vertical Gardening, June 18th
- Container Design with Annuals & Perennials, June 25th
- Growing Edibles in Containers and Raised Beds, June 26th
- Thugs in the Garden and How to Deal with Them, July 9th
- Diagnosing Fruit Tree Problems, July 10th
- Ornamental Grasses & Perennials, July 16th
- Creating Privacy and Sanctuary in the Garden, July 24th
- Renovating an Overgrown Garden, August 6th
- Fruit Tree Pruning OFF-SITE, August 14th
- Flower Arrangements from Your Garden, August 20th
- Starting an Urban Cutting Garden in Autumn, August 27th
- Plants for Autumn Color inthe Northwest, September 3rd
- Unusual Fruits (Figs, Kiwi, Persimmon) September 11th
- Planting Spring Bulbs in Containers & Ground, September 18th
- Cider Making 101 and Cider Event, October 9th
- Design Concepts for a Small Urban Garden, October 8th
- Winter Container Design, November 5th
- Espalier Fruit Tree Care, November 13th
Sunday, May 8th, 10:00 am – noon
Join City Fruit for an off-site class on organic pest prevention methods for fruit trees. You’ll have the chance to try some apple tree pest prevention yourself in one of City Fruit’s orchards. In addition to making a healthy harvest possible, organic pest prevention prevents common pests from spreading to nearby trees, keeps nutritious food from going to waste, helps to preserve the biological diversity of fruit trees in Seattle, and promotes safe pedestrian conditions. Resources about Seattle’s most common fruit tree pests will also be made available to participants. The workshop will take place south of the Garden Store in the Mount Baker neighborhood. Exact location info will be given to the first 25 registrants.
Saturday, June 4th 11 am
City People’s Landscaper Bret Kenney 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.
Sunday, June 5th 11 am
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.
Saturday, June 11th 11 am
Succulents have intricate patterns and varying colors and textures that lend themselves to design. In this class with designer Anna Moore, you will learn to use both hardy and non-hardy succulents to create a container garden and a wreath. Also, learn tips for coordinating succulents with other plants in a container planting.
Sunday, June 12th, 11:00 am – noon
Growing Fruit in a small space requires some forethought and planning. This workshop, co sponsored by City Fruit, will go over what kind of fruit do well in containers and for how long, and how to get the best fruit production from them.
Sunday, June 12th 1 pm – 2 pm
This class will teach you how to harness the magical power of your kitchen scraps to create “black gold” for your garden. Urban farmer Rosalind Czaja will cover how to choose and set up a productive compost or worm bin system, taking into account the scale and challenges of the urban environment.
Saturday, June 18th 11 am – noon
Richard Greenberg will help you grow up! In this class learn 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.
Saturday, June 25th 11 am – noon
Jeff Daley, head landscaper at SPU, will show you how to create dazzling container arrangement using both perennials and show stopping annuals. Jeff will go over winning plant combinations for both full sun and shade areas.
Sunday, June 26th 11 am – noon
Richard Greenberg talks about edible plants that can be grown in containers or small raised beds.
Saturday, July 9th 11 am – noon
Plant thugs are the ones that take over where you didn’t mean them too or that push other plants out. Richard Greenberg will talk about some of the worst offenders and how to deal with them!
Sunday, July 10th, 11:00 am – noon
Bring in your blotchy leaves, your gnawed at fruit and learn what might be harming your fruit tree. City Fruit Master Tree Stewards will help you find out what’s ailing your tree and give you the heads up on what other issues may arise in the tree’s life cycle.
Saturday, July 16th, 11 am – noon
Jeff Daley, lead landscaper at SPU, will share his enthusiasm and knowledge about favorite grasses and perennials with you. Walk with him through the nursery as he goes over his favorite plants and their uses in the garden. Jeff is a tireless workshop leader and will help you make good choices about which plants to invest in.
Sunday, September 18th, 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.