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!


’Tis the season to celebrate, and we invite you to join us for Swansons’ Reindeer Festival! The nursery is transformed into a magical holiday destination with holiday animals to visit, live music on weekends, and family-friendly activities. Learn more…

Honeycrisp Apple Fruit Tree Health Care | Saturday, January 3 | 2–3:30pm

In this informative class, horticulturist Ingela Wanerstrand will share with you the important things that need to be done now to protect your trees from winter damage, discourage insects & diseases, and improve the health and fruitfulness of your trees.

Orchid OncidiumUnleash Your Orchid-mania! | Saturday, January 10 | 10–11am

Do you want to gain the confidence and knowledge needed to grow orchids? Swansons’ own orchid aficionado, James Sigala, will share his expertise with these surprisingly easy to grow plants. It’s common for beginning orchid growers to have questions, and James will provide answers. Yes, you can learn how to nurture these exotic and graceful plants!

TerrariumTerrarium Workshop | Sunday, January 11 | 11am–noon

Join designer Charlo Wang and create your very own glass-enclosed garden. A selection of containers and plants will be available for purchase, or bring your own container from home. Class is limited to 12 adults. The $20 fee covers instruction and the foundational elements of soil, sand, charcoal, gravel, and moss. Call (206)782-2543 now to register for this popular class!

Cool-weather veggiesPlan and Prep for Your Edible Garden | Saturday, January 17 | 10–11am

It may be a bit too early now to put plants in the ground, but it’s not too early to assess and plan. You can even set up a seed-starting station and get growing indoors! Most importantly, it’s time to plan for succession and companion planting to make the most of your space. Bill Thorness, author of Cool Season Gardener and Edible Heirlooms, will guide your planning and offer tried and true techniques for starting your edible year off right.

Botanical drawingsBotanical Drawing | Sunday, January 25 | 11am–12:30pm

Join illustrator and instructor, Nicole Stremlow Monahan, for a botanical drawing class at Swansons Nursery! She’ll demonstrate a fast and fun method of ink drawing and watercolor wash perfect for capturing your garden or flowers on canvas. The 90-minute workshop is $45 and includes instruction and all supplies. Suitable for all skill levels. Registration is required at

PruningPruning 101 | Saturday, January 31 | 10–11am

Join talented and entertaining Kathy Boullin as she shares her vast knowledge of pruning in this introductory seminar. She covers the basics to help create a firm all-you-need-to-know foundation for confident pruning.

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.