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Events & Workshops

Free Workshops

City People’s Garden Store offers free workshops for the community throughout the year. Topics range from edible gardening to pruning to designing holiday containers. Workshops are held in the Garden Store.

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2018 Line Up

(We are always adding to our class schedule. Check back often or sign up for our newsletter in the green box to the left. Please e-mail us if you plan to attend one of our workshops so we can inform you of any schedule changes.)

Summer Beauties – Favorite Plants for the Garden

Saturday, July 21st, 11:00 am – noon
By mid summer, gardens can start to look a little tired. Join plant enthusiast, garden coach, and designer Susan Papanikolas as she highlights her favorite pick-me-up perennials, shrubs and trees for the summer that would make any garden or container display wake up and draw oohs and ahhhs.

Summer Urban Foraging

Sunday, July 22nd, 11:00 am – noon
There are lots of edibles to collect this summer if you know where and how. Join experienced forager and author of The Creatve Forager Jeremy Puma for this class on Urban Foraging. He will discuss the principles of foraging safely and ethically, show a few abundant wild edibles and discuss how to prepare them, and teach you how you can expand your foraging skills beyond the scope of this introduction. The plants covered will include nettles, fireweed, local wild berries, and more. Please note, edible mushrooms are NOT included in this overview.

Seed Saving in a Home Garden

Saturday, July 28th, 11:00 am – noon
Interested in preserving your favorite tastes and scents from the garden? Agnes P. Cwalina of Hori Hori Flowers will discuss which seeds are worth saving, plus timing, methods of harvesting, cleaning, and storage. Bring your extra seed and envelopes for swapping with other attendees.

Shade Gardening

Saturday, August 11th, 11:00 am – noon
Learn about beautiful and reliable plants for deep to dappled shade, from ground cover under an evergreen to blooming hydrangeas in mixed light conditions. Richard Greenberg has been a landscaper for many, many years in Seattle and knows what plants work best for both showy, subtle and or, low-maintenance shady spots.

Starting an Urban Cutting Garden in Fall

Saturday, August 18th, 11:00 am – noon
Agnes Cwalina of Hori Hori Flowers teaches this popular class in both spring and fall. Turn your city lot into a cutting garden and have colorful flower adn foliage displays much of the year.

Principles for Good Backyard Garden Design

Saturday, September 15th, 11:00 am – noon
John Coghlan from HomeGrown Organics will share tips from his design process for landscaping and gardening. An optimal design has the potential to create low-maintenance, beautiful spaces that reflect a landowner’s unique personality and needs. Good design is not just for the pros! John draws from his training in permaculture and ecological landscaping. You’ll learn the key elements in this process and take home some helpful handouts.

Favorite Evergreen Perennials

Sunday, September 22nd, 11 am – noon
Evergreen perennials play an important role in enlivening the fall and winter garden in Seattle. They pair well with evergreen trees and shrubs, adding a softer element with colors and textures that brighten up our shorter days. Fall is a great time to add some evergreen perennials into your garden or to freshen up your summer containers to help bring them to life. Garden Coach, plant enthusiast, and designer Susan Papanikolas will show you some of her favorites and the roles they can play in garden design, and she will have some growing tips to help your winter garden thrive.