Seminars & Events

Special Events at Swansons

Autumn Project Preview Event

Join us as we kick off Autumn Project Month with an exclusive preview event for e-Garden Club members on Thursday, August 28. Guests will have the first opportunity to explore and shop Swansons’ 2014 Autumn collection of perennials, trees, and shrubs at a 30% discount before Project Month officially starts on August 29th. Bonus: bring in your #heyswansons project board to receive an additional 10% off. Get ideas and how-to advice on the season’s most popular landscaping projects from Swansons’ experts and local landscape architects. One lucky guest will win $1000 in Swansons’ plants and products! Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and each guest will enjoy two complimentary Hilliard’s beers (non-alcoholic options also available). Learn more.

Ladies Night Out Announcement

We’re excited to announce our 2nd Annual Ladies Night Out Event at Swansons Nursery on September 6th! Enjoy live music, wine tasting, plus appetizer and dessert bites while shopping and socializing. We will be showcaisng our beautiful gift department with a first look at Fall/Winter and Holiday gifts. This event is a benefit to support Teen Feed, an organization that provides services and meals for local homeless youth. All proceeds from ticket sales and wine sales will go to Teen Feed. Buy your tickets now through Nearby Registry or in person from any cashier at Swansons Nursery for only $10 (price includes entry & 1 glass of wine). Enjoy a very memorable evening supporting a very worthy cause. This event is being sponsored in partnership with Teen Feed, Nearby Registry, QFC, and Curator PR.

Seminars at Swansons

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!

August 2014

Botanical drawingsBotanical Drawing | Saturday, August 23 | 10–11:30am

Illustrator and instructor Nicole Stremlow Monahan demonstrates a fast and fun method of ink drawing and watercolor wash that’s perfect for capturing your garden or flowers on canvas. The 90-minute workshop fee of $45 includes all supplies and instruction. Suitable for all skill levels—from novice to experienced artists. Registration is required at

September 2014

rockeryBeautify Your Rockery | Saturday, September 6 | 10–11:00am

Why cultivate a rock garden? They’re low-maintenance. They’re in season all year round. They add variety to the landscape. Need another reason? Andrew Prindle, knowledgable Swansons’ horticulturalist, will offer his expertise, enthusiasm, and creativity in this informative seminar.

Bamboo frame with trained vinesCreative Screening | Sunday, September 7 | 11am–noon

Alex LaVilla, Swansons’ perennial manager, will present creative ways to approach privacy and screening in the garden. He will describe some common solutions as well as some unusual twists on screening your garden space.

Shovel in dirtGarden Renovation: Where Do I Begin? | Saturday, September 13 | 10–11:30am

Greg Butler, designer, educator, and consultant, has helped bewildered gardeners reclaim their unruly landscapes for over two decades. New homeowners attempting to turn someone else’s garden into their own and current homeowners with gardens in need of structure and editing will find this 90-minute seminar particularly helpful.

Fairy GardenFairy Garden Workshop | Sunday, September 14 | 1–3pm

Kids of all ages, get your miniature garden gloves ready! Karen Eddy and Theresa Venice will show how to make your very own 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.

parking strip upgradePerk Up Your Parking Strip | Saturday, September 20 | 10–11:00am

Transform the dead strip of grass in front of your house into a visual and environmental asset! Diane Simpson, landscape designer and Swansons’ own, will present creative options ranging from the simple and elegant to the adventurous and dynamic.

AlliumsAlliums for Your Garden | Sunday, September 21 | 11am–noon

Now is the ideal time to select the most interesting varieties of Alliums to add to your garden. Alex LaVilla, Swansons’ perennial manager, will share his favorite varieties and discuss cultural information and plant combinations for these fascinating plants.

raking leavesHelp! What Should I be Doing in My Garden This Fall? | Saturday, September 27 | 10–11:00am

Rolf and Kathy, Swansons’ dynamic duo for perennials, trees, and shrubs, will provide the info you need to prepare your garden for winter. Not sure when to divide your hostas? Should you prune your roses? What to do with the hydrangeas? These and many other questions will be answered!

rain gardenYour Rain Garden: How to Install & Maintain | Sunday, September 28 | 11am–noon

Join experts from both the 12,000 Rain Gardens and King County Rain Garden Projects for this informative seminar on how to install and maintain your own environmentally friendly rain garden. You can help reduce water pollution and prevent flooding by participating in this exciting community campaign!

Ongoing Events

Ikebana by Megumi

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.