Upcoming Events & Classes

All events and seminars are free and open to the public without pre-registration unless noted.

apples on a branch

Due to the Winter Storm, this event has been rescheduled for Sunday, 2/17, 1 pm .

Sunday, February 17th 1 pm – 2:30 pm

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.


deep orange-red roses

Saturday, February 16th 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Everything’s Coming Up Roses!

Seattle Rose Society Seminars

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!

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.


pruning an apple tree
Saturday, March 2nd 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


Presented at Sky Nursery by Plant Amnesty


Plan-a-Thon! Free 15-minute Garden Design Consultations
Plant Amnesty-approved landscape designers will be on hand to provide free 15-minute design-solution consultations for your garden area. You bring- photos, estimated square footage, soil type (sand, clay, or in-between), light, and direction of exposure (e.g. full sun, south-facing, or shade, north-facing).

Ask an Arborist
An ISA certified arborist will answer questions about the health of your trees. Bring photos if you have a specific tree you’re wondering about.

Tool Care (& Sharpening!) Time
The NE Seattle Tool Library will teach you to clean and care for your tools and talk about the tools, training and resources they offer. The Tool Library volunteers will also sharpen up to 2 of your hand pruning tools (no saws). (Donation accepted.)

“For the Kids”
Plant Amnesty will have a scavenger hunt, coloring pages, and a “guess the number” game—guess the number of cones in the jar to win a prize!

Schedule of Demonstrations

9:30 – 10:30 My Rhody’s Too Big – Shawna van Nimwegen
11:00 – 12:00 Forgiving Plants to Prune: Lilac, Camellia, Azalea—Mary Machala

12:30 – 1:30 Training Young Fruit Trees – Ingela Wanerstrand

2:00 – 3:00 Pruning Japanese Maples – Pete Putnicki

Horticultural organizations will be on hand to answer your questions:

  • Master Gardeners
  • Plant Amnesty
  • Seattle Tilth Garden Hotline
  • Seattle Tree Fruit Society
  • NE Seattle Tool Library
  • Seattle City Fruit

Click for a pdf event schedule. For more information, email info@plantamnesty.org.

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.


vegetable beds
Sunday, March 3rd 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

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.