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.

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.

Starting From Seed

Saturday, February 16th, 2 pm – 3 pm
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.

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 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.

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.