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!
Growing Roses | Saturday, March 7 | 10–11am
Swansons’ Kathy Boullin enthusiastically shares how to keep your rose bushes healthy so they produce blooms over a long season. Discover the best varieties and types of roses for every situation, from a container to a pergola. Learn when to fertilize, how to check for and treat pests or disease, plus when and how to prune. Fill your home with the fragrance of your own luscious roses!
Brighten Up Your Containers for Spring | Sunday, March 8 | 11am–12:30pm
Add color to your deck, porch, or patio with a bright spring container. Charlo Wang, one of Swansons’ talented designers, will show you which plants to combine for an easy, eye-catching arrangement that will bring freshness, style, and excitement to your garden.
Beekeeping 201: Beginning Your Apiary | Saturday, March 14 | 10–noon
For people intent on raising bees, this seminar shows how to start your hive with confidence. Corky Luster, apiarist and founder of the Ballard Bee Company, uses a a demo hive and mock-bee package as he demonstrates how to install bee packages and perform basic bee inspections. Afterwards he takes time to answer questions. Contact Ballard Bee Company to register: 206-459-4131.
If you’re new to beekeeping and want to have your own hive, we recommend you take both Beekeeping 101 and 201. There is a $40/person charge for each seminar, or bring a friend for a discounted $75/2 people. Each class finishes with a drawing for beekeeping equipment. Class size is limited to 30 people; payment in full holds your spot. (Beekeeping classes are popular and fill up fast! Cancellations can be made up to 2 weeks before each class).
Your Veggie Garden: Potatoes, Peas, and Protection | Saturday, March 14 | 1:30–3pm
Join Swansons’ veteran gardener, Rolf Hokansson, as he shares garden tips for the month of March. Rolf explains how to use row covers that prevent frost damage so you can plant potatoes and peas now. He’ll introduce fertilizers, discuss getting an early start on pest control, and suggest what to plant in March’s cool soil temperatures.
Edible Garden Design with the Seattle Urban Farm Company | Sunday, March 15 | 11:30–12:30pm
Brad Halm, co-owner of the Seattle Urban Farm company and author of Food Grown Right, In Your Backyard, will share his unique approach to urban edible garden design. He’ll show a series of small, medium, and large home food gardens and talk about the decisions made during the design and construction process of each garden.
African Violet Show & Sale at Swansons | Saturday, March 21 | 10am–4pm
Swansons will host this annual plant sale and show co-sponsored by Seattle African Violet Society and Puget Sound Gesneriad Society. Plant Sale: 10am–4pm; Judging (closed to public): 9am–noon
Pruning and Training Your Young Fruit Tree | Saturday, March 21 | 10–11:30am
In this informative class, horticulturist Ingela Wanerstrand will share tips and techniques to help get your new fruit tree off to a strong start. She will explain how to train your new tree in a healthy direction for a long and fruitful life.
Starting, Planting, and Staking Dahlias | Sunday, March 22 | 1–2pm
Join John and Kathy Willson, proprietors of Swede Hill Farm on Whidbey Island, and learn reliable ways you can grow stunning dahlias year after year. They will teach you how to choose, jumpstart, divide, and plant out dahlia tubers for seasonal plant vigor and potency. Learn from the dahlias experts!
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.