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.)

Indoor Gardening: Houseplants

Sunday, January 21st, 11 am – noon
Bring some greenery into your indoor spaces. Adding houseplants to your environment can help clean the air and soothe the soul. In this class, Richard Greenberg will talk about considerations when picking out your leafy roommate and how to take care of them, including light and water requirements. Learn which plants require some care versus those that can require very little care. Find the plant or plants just right for you.

Delicious RainGarden Plants

Saturday, January 27th, 11 am – noon
Learn From Edible Rain Garden Pioneer Jake Harris about how to incorporate delicious and Beautiful plants into Green Stormwater infrastructure at your home or community space. Our Plant Pallet focuses on how to fulfill our clients’ needs with Edible, Native and Wildlife Habitat plants. We will talk through our favorites in those categories and provide space for questions about how best to work Rain Gardens into your plan. This is a great class for Homeowners, Contractors and Designers who are looking to expand their pallette. Jake Harris founded Stone Soup Gardens and has been installing Rain Gardens and Cisterns with Seattle’s Rainwise Programs since the program began in 2010. He is excited to share this class with the City People’s Community.

Title: Early Pollinators: Mason Bees

Saturday, February 3rd, 11 am – noon
Learn how important these gentle, highly efficient bees are to our ecosystem and how you can help protect our native pollinators by having them in your own back yard. Olivia Shangrow is a biologist for Rent Mason Bees, a Washington based company that rents bees and bee houses to backyard gardeners and orchardists. You’ll learn about the bees and have the opportunity to rent pollination kits which allow you to have them without having to hassle of cleaning and taking care of them the rest of the year.

Prepping for your Vegetable & Fruit Garden

Saturday February 10th, 11 am – noon
The early bird get the worm! Join Krista Staudacher of the Seattle Urban Farm School to learn what you can do today to ready your garden. We will cover preparing the soil, choosing seeds or starts and using a gardening journal as a tool. Krista will share some of her favorite varieties of plants for the PNW to grow along with some of her favorite soil amendments.

Starting From Seed

Saturday, February 17th, 11 am – noon
You can now set the seed catalogs down, take a break from dreaming of spring flowers, and get started growing your own. Late winter is the perfect time to start sowing seeds. Learn which vegetable and flowers may be started now indoors and which can wait a couple weeks for outdoor sowing. Agnes P. Cwalina, owner of Hori Hori Flowers, will cover seed starting tools and methods, including using your windowsills, heat mats, and soil blocking.

Winter Pruning

Sunday, February 18th, 11 am – noon
February is the time to prune back many of your woody shrubs and trees. Richard Greenberg loves to teach pruning and the basics that you can do to make your landscape plants healthy and beautiful.

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 Bonsais and other Container Plants

Sunday February 25th, 11 am – noon
Our own Ann Hobson will talk about and demonstrate root pruning of container plants as a means of keeping them healthy. This applies to bonsais as well as House Plants, Japanese Maples, hardy Fuchsias, scented Geraniums and many more plants typically grown in pots.