CLASSES & EVENTS
Save the dates for the following 2019 Informational Seminars! All seminars below are free; come early for best seating. See bottom of page for more details on individual events.
Saturday, January 19, 2019 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Low Light Indoor Plants
Saturday, January 26, 2019 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Soil Health for Plant Health
Saturday, January 26, 2019 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Vegetable Seed Starting
Sunday, January 27, 2019 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Orchids 101
Saturday, February 2, 2019 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Vegetable Gardening 201
Saturday, February 2, 2019 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Orchard Mason Bees
Saturday, February 9, 2019 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Fruit Tree Selection and Care
Saturday, February 16, 2019 10:00 am – 3:00 pm SEATTLE ROSE SOCIETY
A full day of rose seminars & experts
Saturday, March 2, 2019 9:00 am – 4:00 pm PRUNE-A-THON
A full day of Plant Amnesty pruning seminars & experts
Sunday, March 3, 2019 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Vegetable Gardening 101
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Low Light Indoor Plants and Plant Care Krysta Carlisle
How low can you go? Winters in Seattle tend to be dark, and yet all plants need (some) light to live. Indoor gardening expert Krysta Carlisle will tell you how to reconcile these two facts. She will show you some plants that can not only survive, but thrive, in your toughest low-light situations. She will also discuss how to adjust your other houseplants’ care to adapt to winter’s low light levels: how to modify your normal watering and fertilizing regimes, whether to invest in grow lights, and how to spot signs of botanical S.A.D. before it causes serious problems!
Soil Health for Plant Health Hannah Madrone
No matter what you’re growing, a healthy garden starts with healthy soil. We’ll explore the amazing ecosystem beneath your feet, demonstrate two super-simple soil tests, and discuss above-ground signs of soil health. We’ll also cover the different needs of different plants, and how to amend your soil to create the right conditions for whatever you want to grow. Whether you want to revitalize your landscaping or grow your own food, this seminar will help you garden from the ground up.
Vegetable Seed Starting Hannah Madrone
If you have a sunny windowsill or a table and a lamp, you can grow your own starts. Starting your own seeds indoors is a great way to save money, increase your options, and have your plants ready exactly when you need them. Besides, it’s fun! We’ll demystify the seed-starting process, cover everything you need to start your transplants, and introduce you to the right equipment for your goals.
Sunday, January 27th 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Orchids 101 Krysta Carlisle
Location, location, location—the first step in having a healthy, gorgeous orchid is to pick the correct variety for your location. Indoor gardening expert Krysta Carlisle will show you the easiest-care orchids for different environments and go over the basics of keeping them happy and blooming. Plus, if you have an unhappy orchid, you can bring it in for Krysta to troubleshoot at the end!
Vegetable Gardening 201 Hannah Madrone
So you’ve been gardening for a season or more, and you have a handle on the basics. Are you ready to take the next step? We’ll delve into plant nutrition, year-round soil care, crop rotation, succession planting, holistic pest management, and more. Let us help you take your garden to the next level. (Vegetable Gardening 101, for beginners, will be offered on Sunday 3/3.)
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.
Fruit Tree Selection and Planting
Ingela Wanerstrand of Green Darner Garden Design
Hungry for summer? You can grow an orchard in your own your own back yard! Apples, cherries, plums, pears, even exotics such as figs, all thrive in the Seattle area with proper care. Noted local garden designer, teacher, and Ballard home orchardist Ingela Wanerstrand will go over the basics of establishing your own Garden of Eatin’! Learn best varieties for western Washington home growers, where to site them for maximum production and enjoyment, and how to plant and feed your trees. Ingela will also be returning to teach you how to prune and train your fruit trees as part of the Prune-a-Thon on Saturday, March 2nd.
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 four seminars on specific aspects of rose growing, and experts will be available to share their enthusiasm throughout the day. Come for one or more of the seminars, or come for the full day!
10 am – Rose Pruning- Roses require yearly pruning to perform their best. Fortunately, learning the basics for different varieties (hybrid teas, shrubs, climbers, tree roses) is not difficult.
11 am – Rose Selection- Over a century’s experience goes into these top picks for the Northwest!
Noon – Break
1 pm – Planting, Mulching, Feeding, and Fertilizing Your Roses- Roses reward proper care with lavish bloom! Learn how to get the most out of your plants.
2 pm – Disease Control- Proper siting, pruning, and care of your roses can prevent many common problems. But if you have had problems with blackspot or mildew or other issues, let the region’s experts tell you the gentlest ways to address them.
PRUNE-A-THON A PLANT AMNESTY BENEFIT
Join Plant Amnesty and Sky Nursery for the eighth annual Prune-a-Thon: a full day of free pruning demonstrations, seminars, and fun.
Four free pruning classes on various topics, including fruit trees and Japanese maples…
“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. Check our website or store as the event approaches for a detailed schedule.
Vegetable Gardening 101 Hannah Madrone
Are you thinking about starting your first vegetable garden? Do you want to pick up some new tips? Either way, we’ll help you get ready for the planting season. Come learn the basics of vegetable gardening in both beds and containers. We’ll guide you through selecting and preparing a site, deciding what to grow, timing, planting, maintenance, and harvesting. No matter where you’re starting from, we can help you grow your own food.