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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2019 Line Up

We will schedule classes as long as we have a site to hold them! Please e-mail us if you plan to attend one of our workshops. Dates below may change.

Houseplants: Choosing and Caring for Them

Saturday, January 26th, 11 am – noon
Green up your indoor spaces! Houseplants reduce toxins in the air and they can 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 special attention versus those that are very low maintenance. Find the plant or plants just right for you.

Houseplants: Re-Potting, Pruning, & Propagating

Saturday, February 2nd, 11 am – noon
Get deeper houseplant knowledge in this class with our former houseplant buyer Anneke Wilder. You’ll learn techniques and important tips on when and how to repot your plants. Learn also how to take cuttings and start new plants from pruned parts. Bring your houseplant concerns. If anyone can help, Anneke can.

Starting From Seed

Saturday, February 9th, 11 am – noon
The winter rains will be ending soon, right? You’ve read the seed catalogs cover to cover, your garden map is ready, and you’re patiently waiting to turn over the soil. Well it’s time! February is a great month to start seeds for the spring garden. Join Agnes P. Cwalina of Hori Hori Flowers to demystify seed starting. Learn which vegetables and flowers can be started now and which can wait a few more weeks for outdoor sowing. Seed starting equipment, methods, and timing will be covered.

Pruning Fruit Trees

Saturday February 16th, 11 am – noon
Barb Burrill, Tree Care Manager for City Fruit, will be here to talk about pruning fruit trees including basic pruning techniques, timing and training. While the class will focus on techniques to improve the productivity and welfare of fruit trees such as apples, pears, figs, and more, you will also learn some tips you can apply to many of the deciduous trees in our landscape.

Rose Care: Act Now for Summer Sensation

Saturday February 23rd, 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.

Four Season Container Display

Saturday, March 2nd, 11 am – noon
Learn how to use an evergreen anchor and interchangeable supporting plants such as perennials and colorful annuals in a container to create displays that feel fresh and seasonal year-round. Garden Coach and Designer Susan Papanikolas will display and discuss plant combinations and variations as she demonstrates planting up a large container.

Unusual Fruit: Unsung Heroes of the Edible Garden

Sunday, March 10th, 11 am – noon

This workshop is for homeowners with small urban gardens who want to explore plants that are beautiful and delicious and slightly off the beaten track. These “unsung heroes” are often just as tasty as their more famous cousins, sometimes more robust and disease resistant, and perhaps most importantly, offer something that often cannot be purchased at a grocery store or farmer’s market. John Coghlan of HomeGrown Organics will talk about edibles not to be overlooked including Hardy Kiwi, Goumi, Mahonia, Mulberry and more.