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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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Please Register!

If you plan to attend a class, please send us an e-mail with your name and how many people attending so that we can set up the space for the right amount of people. This really helps us plan. Thank you!

2020 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.

Waking Up the Garden

Saturday, March 14th, 11 am – noon
For those who are getting inspired by the longer days and are ready to start gardening but are not sure where to start, this class is for you! City Peeps Co-owner Jose Gonzales will give you the run down on tasks to get done and assessments to make so you and your garden stay happy. Jose will talk about prepping the soil, identifying and controlling weeds, assessing post winter plant health, and planning for future plant acquisitions! Come with your questions!

Tried and True Pacific Northwest Plants

Saturday, March 21st, 11 am – noon
Weather dependent as this class will now be held outside. Check back!
Come hear veteran gardener, plant enthusiast, and garden coach Susan Papanikolas talk about the special plants that do very well in most gardens in our region. She will show off her favorites and talk about why and how they work so well. From shrubs that need very little attention to perennials that, year after year, do not disappoint. Susan will also give you ideas for mixing and matching these plants based on sun exposure and space.

Ciscoe Morris Q&A and Book Signing – POSTPONED

March 28th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Potential new date: May 30th
Local Garden Celebrity Ciscoe Morris will be at the Garden Store to take on some of your tough gardening questions and to sign his latest book, Oh, La La! Homegrown Stories, Helpful Tips, and Garden Wisdom which we will have for sale. Ciscoe can be heard weekly on 97.3 KIRO FM radio doling out garden advice, and he also appears on KING5’s New Day. We are so excited to have him at the store with his warm energy and vast knowledge.

Pruning Fruit Trees and Shrubs

Sunday, March 29th, 11 am – noon
Weather dependent. Class to be held outside
In this class you will learn about cuts to make and cuts to avoid – or when branch training is better than cutting at all – to produce more fruit from your fruiting trees and shrubs. Barb Burrill is a fruit pruning expert who spent 6 years with City Fruit managing public orchards, then moved to supporting home tree fruit growers with tree health assessments, pruning, and organic pest control. She has taught with City Fruit, Tilth Alliance, Plant Amnesty, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and many Seattle garden centers.

Delightful Dahlias

Saturday, April 4th, 11 am – noon
Grow Dreamy, Dazzling 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.

Raising Urban Chickens and Ducks

Sunday, April 5th, 11 am – noon
Chicken Enthusiast Rosalinde Czaja will talk about raising back yard chickens, including types of chickens, where to find them, what to consider before getting them, and basic set up. She will also touch on coop designs, fighting off predators, and adding other domestic fowl (like ducks!) to the mix.

Mushroom Farming and Foraging

Saturday, April 11th, 11 am – noon
Jake Harris, Mushroom Ambassador and Owner of Stone Soup Gardens will be talking about how to grow a variety of mushrooms in your own home garden and how to properly identify some delicious edibles when you are out in the woods. We look forward to sharing the joys of finding and eating fruiting fungus. This 1 hour survey course will be tailored to the needs of attendees and can cover mushroom ID, how to start mushrooms at home, and how to find safe edible mushrooms in the pacific NW. .

Great Container Design

Saturday, April 18th, 11 am – noon
Learn how to put together a great container with a mix of evergreens and interchangeable supporting plants to create displays that last through the season, but can also be easily refreshed or retooled if your mood changes! Garden Coach, Plant Enthusiast, and Designer Susan Papanikolas will discuss plant combinations and variation as she demonstrates planting up a pot.

The Organic Edible Garden in Summer

June TBA, 11 am – noon
Vegetable Garden Check in! Need some tips for growing more fruits and vegetables? In this class John Coghlan of HomeGrown Organics will provide helpful tips and guidance for growing and maintaining an edible garden over the summer and into fall.