Upcoming Events & Classes
Saturday, January 18th
from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Pruning Trees, Shrubs & Vines
Midwinter is the best time to prune many ornamental and edible trees and shrubs, and John will go over the basics you need to know: why to prune; when to prune; when not to prune; tool selection and care; and proper pruning techniques for various kinds of trees, shrubs, and vines. He’ll demonstrate both tools and techniques.
Saturday, January 25th
from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Citrus for the Pacific Northwest
If you have a sunny window, you too can harvest fresh citrus through the year! Citrus are great ornamentals as well, with shiny evergreen foliage and sweetly scented white flowers. And most will make wonderful patio plants in the summer. Hannah will go over what varieties to try, and everything you need to know to keep your plants happy and productive.
Saturday, February 1st
from 1 pm – 2:30 pm
Orchard Mason Bees
Ray Strelecki of Michael’s Mason Bees
The Northwest native bee Osmia lignaria, or Orchard Mason Bee, is adapted to seek pollen in wet and chilly weather that keeps many other pollinators shivering at home. This makes the mason bee ideal for pollinating your fruit and berries throughout our cool wet springs. Ray Strelecki will tell you how to attract and encourage these valuable native pollinators. He’ll cover bee houses, siting, favorite plants, and reducing predation and parasites.
Saturday, February 8th
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Everything’s Coming Up Roses!
Seattle Rose Society
Roses are the very emblem of romance and beauty, and they perform brilliantly here in the mild climate of the Northwest when you meet their basic needs. Join rosarians from the Seattle Rose Society for a full day of rose mania. An affiliate of the American Rose Society, the Seattle Rose Society has been promoting—and growing—roses here since 1913! Among other activities, the Rose Society helped plan the Woodland Park Zoo Rose Garden (now a nationally recognized site with over 300 varieties), and every June they hold a Rose Show in which local rosarians and amateurs can compete. The Rose Society will hold seminars on specific aspects of rose growing, and experts will be available to share their enthusiasm throughout the day. Come for one of the seminars, or come for the full day!
Check back as the event approaches for a detailed schedule for the day.
Sunday February 9th
from 1 pm – 2:30 pm
Learn how to put together a terrarium! The process starts with figuring out what type is right for your situation: an open one filled with succulents for a sunny location, or the traditional globe or semi-enclosed one, filled with ferns, foliage and other low-light plants. Hannah will go over how to determine which is best for you, how to put together the layers of gravel, soil, and charcoal for each, and how to choose and arrange your plants and decorative accents. Finally, she’ll discuss how to care for your terrarium once you’ve made it!
Saturday, February 15th
from 9:00am – 4:00 pm
A Plant Amnesty Benefit
Join Plant Amnesty and Sky Nursery for the ninth annual Prune-a-Thon: a full day of free pruning demonstrations, seminars, and fun.
“Ask an expert” pruning and plant care consultations throughout the day…
Free mini design consultations with local landscapers…
Thrill to the gallery of Shear(ing) Horrors!
Come to learn and stay to buy—a portion of Sky’s sales for the day will be donated to Plant Amnesty to support their educational programs.
Classes through the day on training young fruit trees, pruning berries, and more. Check back for the detailed seminar schedule.
Saturday, February 22nd
11 am to 12:30 pm
Composting is an efficient and surprisingly simple way to recycle everything from food scraps to fallen leaves into high-quality, nutrient-rich soil that plants love. Whether you want to start a small worm bin under your kitchen sink, get the most out of your compost tumbler, or a construct a three-bin yard waste system, this workshop will help you get started. Find out what composting styles might be right for you, and get decomposing!
Saturday, February 29th
9:00am – 4:00pm
Growing Healthy! A Day of Seminars on Growing Healthy Soil and Healthy Food!
Join us for a day of educational seminars on growing your own healthy food—and healthy soil: Ingela Wanerstrand on choosing and growing fruit trees, Hannah Madrone on growing vegetables, and Giselle from Kellogg on creating healthy soil to support them!
Check back for the detailed seminar schedule.