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!


European pearImproving the Quantity & Quality of Your Fruit Harvest  | Saturday, May 16| 10–11:30am
In this informative class, horticulturist Ingela Wanerstrand will share tips and techniques for non-toxic pest management as well as the fundamentals of properly thinning your fruit tree for a better harvest.


Fine Foliage book coverFoliage First| Sunday, May 17 | 11am–noon
Are your containers and gardens looking a bit frumpy these days? Don’t miss this informative and inspiring seminar with author and garden design instructor, Karen Chapman. In just 3 easy steps she’ll show you how to transform those eyesores into something fabulous.


Juicy tomatoesGrowing Tomatoes & Peppers  | Saturday, May 23 | 10-11:30am
Discover the secrets of growing juicy, bountiful tomatoes and sweet, savory peppers in the Northwest with Master Gardener Tracy Turner of Westwind Gardens. Tracy will teach you everything you ever wanted to know about successfully growing these warm season vegetables and what they need to be happy & healthy. She will discuss essentials such as planting times, cultural requirements, fertilizing needs, watering systems and much more.


wildlife habitat signDeveloping Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat  | Sunday, May 24 | 11am-noon
Whether you have an apartment balcony or a 20-acre farm, you can create a garden that attracts beautiful wildlife and helps restore habitat in commercial and residential areas! In this seminar, Kaitlin Parker, Education Coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation, will share ways to incorporate wildlife-friendly attributes into your yard, including use of native plants and sustainable practices such as composting and natural pest solutions.


raised bed with veggiesSmall-Space Edible Gardening  | Saturday, May 30 | 10:30-11:30am
Believe your little backyard or deck is just too small to have tomatoes and peppers? Or even berries?  You’ll be surprised by the diversity and amount of food you can grow and harvest in very little space.  Join Earth-Friendly Farmer, garden speaker and cookbook author, Cyndi Stuart for time-tested techniques in growing vegetables, fruits and berries in small spaces.  She will help you select the right location, containers and soils and then talk about the best plants for your purpose.


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.