Seminars & Events

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

HoneybeeIs Beekeeping for You? | Saturday, August 9 | 10–11am

Do you want to own and maintain your own beehive, but don’t know where to start? Do you already have bees, but need a little help knowing what to do next? Corky Luster, apiarist and founder of the Ballard Bee Company, presents this free seminar introducing the basics, including apiary sighting and Seattle municipal codes for backyard beekeepers. Sign up for this free seminar by contacting Ballard Bee Company 206-459-4131.

Beehives in winterBeekeeping 301: Winterizing Your Hive | Saturday, August 9 | 2–4pm

Corky Luster discusses late summer and fall hive management and explains what you need to do to prepare your hives for winter. Topics include queen evaluation, colony manipulation, feeding, honey-harvesting, and equipment storage. Class size is limited, and beekeeping seminars quickly fill up. Fee of $35 holds your spot. Sign up by contacting Ballard Bee Company 206-459-4131.

Marmalade Heuchera and Pheasant Tail GrassSimple Plant Combinations 101 | Sunday, August 10 | 11am–noon

Alex LaVilla, Swansons’ perennial buyer, will present simple design principles and visual examples of successful plant combinations that illustrate ways to put together beautiful plant combinations in your own garden. The presentation will emphasize exceptional foliage plants, grasses, and flowering perennials.

Pruning shearsPruning Q & A | Saturday, August 16 | 10–11am

Confused about when and how to prune the trees and shrubs in your garden? Bring your questions to this session with Swansons’ experts, Kathy and Dan. They will address everything from the general to the specific to help you keep your plants in tip top shape.

White Russian KaleEdibles for Fall & Winter | Sunday, August 17 | 11am–noon

As summer vegetables ripen, keep the garden going and plant for fall and winter harvest. Transplant brassicas and leafy greens, and sow seeds of lettuce, arugula, and other greens. Gardening author Bill Thorness (Cool Season Gardener ) explains what to plant and how to get your fall garden growing robustly. He also talks about "overwintering" vegetables to dine on next spring, including peas and sprouting broccoli. As the summer heat wanes, a new edible garden can sprout, and this seminar is your place to start.

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

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.