Seminars & Events

Seminars offered at Swansons are free, unless otherwise noted. Some may require sign-up in advance so we can prepare materials. Please be aware that seminars are often full, so we recommend arriving 10 minutes early to be assured of a seat. Due to limited space, we ask that you do not bring your pet to seminars. Come enjoy Swanson’s seminars and improve your gardening know-how!

Special Events

Fall Festival!Fall Festival Weekend | Saturday & Sunday, October 25–26 | 10am–2pm

Come celebrate Autumn with kid-friendly activities at Swansons Nursery all weekend! Enjoy Tractor Rides • Veggie Car Races • Pumpkin Putt-Putt Miniature Golf • Art Projects • Straw Maze Madness • Traditional Ballard Kiwanis Club hotdog sale • Desserts from Cupcake Royale and Sweet Wheels Ice Cream. Tickets will be on sale for races, games, and art projects to raise money for Child Haven. Learn more…

Orchid OncidiumNorthwest Orchid Society Fall Show & Sale | Saturday & Sunday, November 8–9 | 9am–5pm

Admission is free for the annual orchid show and sale at Swanson’s Nursery. The show, judged by the American Orchid Society, will feature a variety of flowers and displays from NWOS members and other societies in the region. Several vendors will offer many beautiful orchids for sale, as well as supplies for repotting, mounting, and displaying your plants. Learn more…


Camellia Sasanqua YuletideConifers and Shrubs for Winter Interest | Saturday, November 1 | 10–11am

Autumn is the perfect time to think about adding color, texture, and fragrance to your winter landscape. There are a myriad of conifer and shrub choices! Kathy, one of Swansons’ expert horticulturists, describes some of these and inspires you to spice up your own garden.

Pinecone BirdfeederPincone Birdfeeder Workshop | Saturday, November 15 | 10–11am

Learn how to make a birdfeeder using pinecones, peanut butter and birdseed! Swansons’ knowledgeable staff will assist as you construct a simple, refillable feeder for your feathered friends. This free workshop will start at 10am, and materials and instruction will be available for participants until 11am. Feel free to drop in!

Fairy GardenHoliday Fairy Garden Workshop | Sunday, November 16 | 11am–noon

Karen Eddy and Theresa Venice will show kids of all ages how to make their very own Holiday Fairy Garden. Workshop fee of $25 includes a terracotta bowl, soil, and plants for either an indoor or outdoor garden. Bring your own fairy furniture and accessories, or you can purchase at Swansons Gift Shop. Call Swansons at 206-782-2543 to register or just show up.

Ongoing Events

Ikebana by MegumiMegumi is in Japan so classes won’t be offered on Oct. 28 & Nov. 4. Regular class schedule resumes on Nov. 11.

Ikebana Class | Tuesdays | 10am–noon
Master Ikebana artist, Megumi Schacher, teaches an ongoing class on Tuesday mornings. Sogetsu Ikebana uses local materials in an accessible style that is appropriate for any setting. Megumi provides all the plant material you will need to create a beautiful arrangement for your home. Participants must call Megumi at 425-744-9751 one week before their first class to reserve a place and ensure materials will be available for them. Class fee: $30 per each 2-hour session. Welcome to both beginners and experienced Ikebana practitioners.