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!
Pinecone Birdfeeder Workshop for Kids | Saturday, October 4 | 10–11am
Learn how to make a birdfeeder using pinecones, peanut butter, and birdseed! Swansons’ knowledgeable staff will assist each participant construct a simple, refillable feeder for their 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!
Swansons Nursery Hosts The Incredible Feast | Sunday, October 5 | 6–9pm
Hobnob with two dozen of Seattle’s top chefs, plus two dozen amazing local farmers, and enjoy a cornucopia of local and seasonal flavors. Each chef creates a signature dish for the event, with raw ingredients supplied by local farmers and fishers. All proceeds support the Good Farmer Fund and the Neighborhood Farmers Markets. Sorry, but tickets to this very popular event are now sold out.
Harvesting and Preserving Your Vegetables | Saturday, October 11 | 10–11am
Congrats! Your summer vegetable garden harvest was more productive than you had imagined possible; now what to do with the end-of-season abundance? Garden Guru Rolf Hokansson recommends ways to harvest and preserve veggies that he learned from many years of successful gardening.
Harvesting Your Mason Bees | Sunday, October 12 | 11am–noon
Missy Anderson from King County Master Gardeners demonstrates how easy it is to harvest mason bee cocoons and explains what you need to look for. Bring your nested bees (in pull-apart blocks or paper tubes) and any tools you need to open containers. If you do not yet have bees of your own, come watch so you’ll learn how to become a bee farmer!
Pumpkin Pansy Planting for Kids | Saturday, October 18 | 10am–noon
Combine sugar pumpkins + pansies + dirt + young kids for a simple but charming fall arrangement. A workshop fee of $10/kid includes all plants, supplies, and instruction. It’s never too young to get little hands in the dirt and make something creative! Join us and share a very special adventure with a young person you love.
Veggie Appetizers for Holiday Entertaining | Sunday, October 19 | 11am–noon
The holiday season is the perfect time to reconnect with friends and share a sumptuous meal. Join us and discover how to easily transform seasonal ingredients into a menu of delicious appetizers. Gardener & cook Amy Pennington will demonstrate simple, bite-sized favorites using seasonal vegetables. Plus, you’ll get to taste! Learn more…
Halloween Fairy Garden Workshop | Sunday, October 19 | 2–3pm
Karen Eddy and Theresa Venice show kids of all ages how to make their very own Halloween 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 them at Swansons Gift Shop. Pre-register by calling Swansons at 206-782-2543, or just show up.
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.
The Autumn Project Preview Event on August 28 was tons of fun! Although the Autumn Project Contest held that evening is now closed, you can still take a closer look at the contest rules.