July and September Classes

Growing Ornamental Grasses
Saturday, July 7  
11 a.m. – noon
reservations required
class fee: $8
Ornamental  grasses come  in a wide range  of heights, colors,  and textures, making them perfect for any space in the garden or border. Ornamental grass buyer, Eric Andrews,  will discuss the practical reasons for using grasses in your landscape along with tips on choosing the right  variety for Summer planting. Eric will take students on a walking tour to see many variety of grasses and find the perfect plants for their gardens.


Garden Traveler
Saturday, September 8
11 a.m. – noon
reservations required
class fee: $8

Discover author Marty Wingate’s favorite English, Scottish and Irish gardens. Her class includes when to go, what to see, and how to get around, along with behind-the-scenes stories from the gardeners themselves. Marty is a Seattle-based writer and speaker on gardens and travel. She is the author of The Bellevue Botanical Garden: Celebrating 15 Years, Big Ideas for Northwest Small Gardens, and The Big Book of Northwest Perennials.


Digging, Dividing and Storing Dahlias
Saturday, September 15
11 a.m. – noon
reservations required
class fee: $8

Kathy and John Willson will demonstrate proper and reliable ways to dig, divide and overwinter dahlias to expand your collection from year to year. Dahlias are a well-established favorite among many Northwest gardeners. They are easy to grow, and come in many colors and interesting forms and sizes, which makes them a popular choice for Summer gardens. Along with beautiful flowers they develop multiple tubers (roots) that can be divided in the Fall to use in other locations around the garden or given to friends for their enjoyment next season. An informative class that will undoubtedly include the discussion of many wonderful named varieties.


Do It Yourself Fall Container Workshop
Saturday, September 29
10:30 a.m. – noon
reservations required
class fee: $85

Do your over-summered containers need a Fall makeover? In this workshop, everything you need to create a beautiful Fall container will be provided; including step-by-step instruction from container designer Laura Campbell. Using a Low Boy terra cotta pot and a mixture of pre-selected hardy plants that can later be planted in your garden, you will view a quick demonstration and learn trade secrets along the way about how to design a potted container for your porch or entryway. The workshop will be in the Potting Shed.  Class limit: 16.




To register for classes call us at 360-466-3821 or 1-800-585-8200

June Classes and Workshops



Casablanca Floral
Cut Flower Workshop
Saturday, June 2 10 a.m. – noon
pre-payment required  class fee: $75

static1.squarespace.comWe are thrilled to partner with owner and floral designer, Maura Whalen from Casablanca Floral in Seattle, in this two hour hands-on, fresh cut flower workshop. Learn the essential skills of basic floral design including techniques on how to choose, anchor, and place garden roses, peonies and other fresh cut flowers – all from small farms in Skagit Valley – into a unique vessel.

By the end of the workshop, you’ll leave with a stunning compote floral arrangement and invaluable new skills and the confidence to create a flower-filled life.



Apps & Snaps for iPhone
and iPad Gardeners
Saturday, June 23 11 a.m. – noon
reservations required   class fee: $8

rubber-bucketsEvery gardener who seeks to capture the elusive
moments of perfection in plants and gardens
inevitably turns to photography. John and
Kathy Willson use the classroom interactively to teach
how they use the newest digital gardening tools – the iPhone and
iPad – to capture and archive the stunning beauty and grandeur
of gardens around the world. Take home skills with five new apps
to immediately grow and harvest your garden photography skills.
Make sure your phones are charged!

Whimsical Water Features
& Garden Art
Saturday, June 30 11 a.m. – noon
reservations required   class fee: $8

29594757_1641915955856222_7466051001885790221_nWant to add a unique water feature to your backyard this summer?  Building fountains out of found objects such as tea kettles, watering cans and terra cotta pots makes a unique DIY fountain to enjoy throughout the summer.

Instructor, Fred Bell, demonstrates how to make your own fountain during class. Bring your notebooks and imagination!