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!


Camellia Sasanqua YuletideConifers and Shrubs for Winter Interest | Saturday, November 1 | 10–11am

Autumn is the perfect time to think about adding color, texture, and fragrance to your winter landscape. There are a myriad of conifer and shrub choices! Kathy, one of Swansons’ expert horticulturists, describes some of these options and inspires you to spice up your own garden.


Container with fall & winter colorContainers for Winter Interest | Sunday, November 9 | 11am–noon

Join designer Wendy Welch for an inspiring and entertaining discussion about plants that can brighten up your containers for winter. Wendy will share her ideas and tips for successful plant combinations.


Pinecone BirdfeederDIY Pinecone Birdfeeder Workshop | Saturday, November 15 | 10–11am

Learn how to make a birdfeeder using pinecones, peanut butter and birdseed! Swansons’ knowledgeable staff will assist as you construct a simple, refillable feeder for your feathered friends. This free workshop will start at 10am, and materials and instruction will be available for participants until 11am. Feel free to drop in!


Mini Holiday TreeMiniature Holiday Tree Decorating Workshop | Sunday, November 16 | 11am–noon

Karen Eddy and Theresa Venice will show kids of all ages how to decorate their very own miniature holiday tree. Workshop fee of $30 includes an adorable tiny tree and holiday decorations. Call Swansons at 206-782-2543 to pre-register or just show up.


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.