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).

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.

Permaculture & Holistic Gardening

Sunday, April 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.

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 soil 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.

Iris Garden Tour – OFFSITE

Saturday, May 2nd, 11:00 am
Meet iris aficionado and landscaper Richard Greenberg at the store and then set off for gardens around Capitol Hill and the U District that will show off these lovely perennials.

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!