Seminars & Workshops

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!


HummingbirdDeveloping a Hummingbird & Butterfly Garden | Sunday, March 29 | 11am–12:30pm
Cyndi Stuart, a former field biologist and perennial plant buyer, offers insights on selecting plants to attract hummers and butterflies, as well as other important factors that motivate wildlife to visit your yard. Whether you are looking to add a few irresistible perennials to an existing flower bed or planning a garden from the bottom up, join us to see what it takes to create a hospitable garden.


basilYour Veggie Garden: Transplanting, Companion Planting, and Herbs | Saturday, April 11 | 10–11:30am
Join Rolf Hokansson for this month’s gardening topics: adding culinary herbs to your garden, transplanting techniques, handling small seedlings, companion planting, plus what to plant now and how to plant it.


TomatoesGrowing Tomatoes | Sunday, April 12 | 11:00am–12:30pm
There’s nothing like homegrown tomatoes! Discover the secrets of growing juicy, bountiful tomatoes in the Northwest with Master Gardener Tracy Turner of Westwind Gardens. Tracy will teach you the essentials, such as planting times, cultural requirements, fertilizing needs, and watering systems: everything you need to know to grow happy & healthy tomatoes.


Spring TulipsCelebrate Spring! 2015 Design Project Weekend | Saturday & Sunday, April 18–19 | 9am–6pm
Get ready to dive into your spring landscaping projects at this design-focused weekend event! Visit special Design Stations where you can get expert advice and inspiration from some of our favorite local landscape designers. Enjoy delicious snacks from Seasons Cafe and local food trucks as you browse our beautiful selection of spring plants and merchandise.

Join us for the following inspiring and informative seminars on Saturday and Sunday:


European pearCompanion Planting for Fruit Trees | Saturday, April 18 | 10–11:30am
Horticulturist Ingela Wanerstrand shares her vast knowledge of companion planting in this informative class. She offers ideas for plant design that will help enhance tree health and beauty, while maximizing garden space and creating habitat for beneficial insects.


Perennial combinationEffective Plant Combinations for Your Garden | Sunday, April 19 | 11:00am–noon
Alex LaVilla, Swansons’ Perennial Buyer, presents visual examples of successful plant pairings that illustrate ways you can put together beautiful plant combinations in your own garden. This presentation will emphasize exceptional foliage plants, grasses, and flowering perennials.


Containers by Withey/PriceContainer Design with Withey & Price | Sunday, April 19 | 1–2pm
Known for their innovative and artistic garden designs, Charles Price and Glenn Withey are skilled colorists who specialize in the creative use of different plant materials and a wide range of planting styles. In addition to operating their own landscape and design firm, they are also curators at Dunn garden. Learn a few container design secrets from these experts.


garden with rock pathwaysNatural Yard Care 101 | Saturday, April 25 | 10am-11:30am
Design the “work” out of your garden and make your community a safer, healthier place to live! Join Greg Butler, long-time speaker with King County’s Natural Yard Care program as he shares over two decades of experience as consultant, designer, and educator. Learn how to build better soil and choose plants wisely for a low-maintenance, water-wise, and pesticide free garden!


Ongoing Events

Ikebana by MegumiIkebana 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.