Seminars & Events
Special Events at Swansons
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.
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!
Beautify 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.
Creative 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.
Garden 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.
Bulbs Dunn Right with Glenn and Charles from The Dunn Gardens | Sunday, September 14 | 11am–noon
Bulbs are beautiful in flower beds or containers, and they make a stunning statement when grouped with other plants. Attend this seminar with Glenn Withey and Charles Price, Curators at Dunn Gardens, for an information-packed hour that will inspire your pre-spring planting project!
Fairy 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.
Perk 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.
Alliums 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.
Help! 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!
Your 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!
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.