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.)

Rose Care: Act Now for Summer Sensation

Saturday, February 24th, 11 am – noon
If you give your roses some care this time of year, you will be greatly rewarded with lots of blooms throughout the summer. Jose Gonzales, co-owner of City People’s Garden Store, gets pretty jazzed about roses and how a little care can go a long, long way. Learn about both pruning, feeding, and caring for both new and established roses.

Repotting and Root Pruning of Container Plants and Bonsais

Sunday, February 25th, 11 am – noon
Plant expert, Ann Hobson, will talk about and demonstrate root pruning of container plants as a means of keeping them healthy. This applies to Houseplants, Japanese Maples, hardy Fuchsias, scented Geraniums and Bonsais as well as many more plants typically grown in pots. Ann is arguably our most knowledgeable staff member and a wealth of information. You’ll learn a lot!

How to Get Started in your First Garden

Saturday, March 3rd, 11 am – noon
Getting started in your first garden can be a little daunting, but it doesn’t need to be. A little information about which ones are the weeds, what tools you need, and what tasks to tackle each season can go a long way to helping you get going in your garden. Garden coach and designer Susan Papanikolas will get you started with some basic skills, ideas for making your garden your own and resources for you to explore further.

Intro to Wild Edible ID and Local Foraging

Sunday, March 4th, 11 am – noon
Have you ever wanted to try foraging for wild foods but worried about what’s safe to eat? Join experienced forager and writer Jeremy Puma for this Basic Introduction to Urban Foraging. We will discuss the principles of Plant ID, foraging safely and ethically, discuss a few prominent local wild edibles, and discover how you can expand your foraging skills beyond the scope of this introduction. Please note, edible mushrooms are NOT included in this overview.

Planting for the Small Garden

Saturday, March 10th, 11 am – noon
Make the most out of your small gardening space with dwarf and compact plants, careful planning and vertical growing techniques. Richard Greenberg teaches this popular class for the postage stamp lot, the balcony, the p-patch plot, and other areas where space is limited. You will learn you can do a lot with a little space!

Happy Hour Garden

Saturday, March 17th, 10:00 – 11:00 am
The Happy Hour Garden is a guide to the good life, made simply. Join the owners of Seattle Farm School to learn how to take your entertaining to the next level with ingredients you can grow in your own backyard. This class is about gardening, mixology, and cooking, all wrapped up in one. Come learn how simple it can be to grow food, including potting your very own seasonal herb to take home. We’ll also teach you our favorite bar hacks, mix-up a seasonal mocktail for you to try, and share some recipe ideas for tasty treats you can make with ingredients you grow at home.

The Four Season Container Display

Sunday, March 18th, 11 am – noon
Learn how to use an evergreen anchor and change up the supporting plants in a container to create displays that feel fresh and seasonal year-round. Garden Coach and Designer Susan Papanikolas of How Does Your Garden Grow will teach you tips and techniques for successful container gardening, and talk about plant combinations, all while she demonstrates the potting up process.

Wild Edibles in the Kitchen

Sunday, March 25th, 11 am – noon
Urban Foraging is fun, but what can you do with what you harvest? Join experienced forager and writer Jeremy Puma as we discuss a number of local wild edible plants and how to creatively employ them in the home kitchen. Go beyond salads and find out how to regularly–and easily–incorporate wild foods into your diet. Please note, edible mushrooms are NOT included in this overview.