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 Line Up

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

Growing Dazzling Dahlias

Saturday, April 1st, 11 am – noon
Dahlias are one of the showiest summer flowers with blooms that can be as large and open as dinner plates or as tight and intricate honeycomb. Plant tubers through the month of April into May for an explosive garden display. Dahlia enthusiast Jose Gonzales will guide you through planting, fertilizing, and caring for these strikingly diverse showy flowers.

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 Great Tomatoes

Saturday, April 15th, 11 am – noon
Jose Gonzales has been buying the tomatoes for City People’s Garden Store for 20 years. Now he’ll go over care for your tomato plants and varieties that do well in our region.

Earth Day Eco-Gardening

Saturday, April 22nd, 11 am – noon
For Earth Day we have a special workshop on gardening with the Planet Earth in mind. Richard Greenberg will go over best practices for organic and non-chemical garden techniques as well as ways to reduce water consumption.

Growing Fruit & Vegetables in Containers

Sunday, April 30th, 11 am – noon
If you want to grow your own food, but have limited space, there are both fruits and vegetables that do well in containers on your balcony, patio, houseboat, or boat! Jacqueline Cramer, a permaculture designer who has worked the land for over twenty years as a farmer, educator, & landscaper, will talk about which edibles do well, how to prepare the soil, and how to grow them organically and productively.

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 10th, 11 am – noon
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.