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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We love your ideas!

Let us know if you are interested in a particular topic or have an instructor to recommend. E-mail our workshop coordinator with your suggestions.

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.

  • Prepping the Garden for Vegetables

    Saturday, March 16th, 11 am – noon
    Have a healthy and hearty edible garden with a little preparation and planning. Landscaper Richard Greenberg will go over how to prepare your soil, what fertilizers you may need and what plants you can start with this early in the season. He will also talk about season extenders that will have you harvesting crops later and longer.

    How to Get Started in Your First Garden

    Saturday, March 23rd, 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 has all the handouts and know-how to get you started with some basic skills, ideas for making your garden your own, and resources for you to explore further.

    Early Flowering Perennials, Annuals and Shrubs

    Saturday, March 30th, 11 am – noon
    Come learn about favorite early and long blooming perennials and annuals for late spring in to summer including foxglove, lupine, coreopsis, calendula. Landscaper Richard Greenberg will help you make a vibrant spring garden that will bloom into summer.

    Mason Bees: How to Attract and Care for Them

    Sunday, March 31st, 11 am – noon
    Pollinating bees are declining rapidly, and help is needed to reverse this trend. Jim Ullrich of Knox Cellars will be by to talk about the native, early pollinator, the mason bee. He will go over the plants that will attract these gentle bees as well as how to install and care for your own mason bee nesting homes. Jim is passionate about the orchard mason bee and has been working to bring them to backyards for 27 years.

    Organic Pest Control for Fruit Trees

    Saturday, April 6th, 11 am – noon
    Are your springtime dreams about worm-free fruit? Learn about organic, no-spray, no-kill barriers that keep hungry insects away from your fruit. Barb Burrill, City Fruit Tree Manager, will describe the pros and cons of fruit tree netting, paper baggies, and nylon “footies.” The right kind of netting can also keep out birds and rodents.

    Growing Fabulous Dahlias

    Saturday, April 13th, 11 am – noon
    Grow Dreamy Dahlias, some of the showiest summer flowers around! City People’s Garden Store co-owner Jose Gonzales will give you the low-down on how to pick, plant, and grow these bright, big blooms.

    Dealing with Bugs and Diseases in the Backyard Garden

    Saturday, April 20th, 11 am – noon
    Garden pests come in many forms: from the crawling kinds to spores carried on the wind or molds that travel through the soil. Landscaper Richard Greenberg will give you a run down of the pests out there and how to prevent them or, if they have already arrived, how to get rid of them!