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.)

Favorite Evergreen Perennials

Saturday, September 8th, 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.

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.

Designing Summer into Autumn Botanical Arrangements

Saturday, September 22nd, 11 am – noon
As a gardener you probably have a luscious garden of foliages, textures, and colors. How often do you cut from the garden and create an arrangement to bring inside? Nervous to do it? Don’t be! Join Agnes P. Cwalina of Hori Hori Flowers as she nudges you to clip beautiful dahlias and summer turning into autumn foliages from the garden. She’ll demonstrate step by step how to create a vased arrangement with ingredients from your own backyard.

Planting Now for a Brilliant Spring Bulb Display

Saturday, September 29th, 11 am – noon
Get your Daffodil, Tulip, Crocus, Snowdrop and many more spring bulbs in the ground or in a container for a cascade of blooms in spring. Learn how to make a statement with a succession of blooms that will cheer up your garden for months in spring.

Botanical Wreaths from your Autumn Garden

Saturday, October 6th, 11 am – noon
Interested in adorning your front door for the change in season? Look no further than the seedpods and turning leaves in your autumn garden! Join Agnes P. Cwalina of Hori Hori Flowers as she demonstrates the mechanics of using botanical material for an indoor or outdoor wreath.

Putting Your Garden to Bed

Saturday, October 20th, 11 am – noon
Richard Greenberg teaches this helpful class on how best to tend to your garden before winter. What to cut back and how, what to leave alone, how to mulch, what to weed, and how to care for your tools. With one last effort in Autumn, you’ll save time opening up your garden next year.