Fall Gardening Events

Fall Gardening Events

Yippee-there is still time to get to the garden events! Perhaps you should bring your umbrella to these wonderful events that are braving the fall weather—just in case.


9:00-3 PM. Fence-building Workshops with the Portland Japanese Garden. Reservations required and space is limited-please call (503) 542-0280. Lunch not included-participants are encouraged to bring a sack lunch. Conducted by Head Gardener Michael Kondo, with Virginia Harmon, Director of Grounds Maintenance, assisting, this two-day workshops provides background information on bamboo fence building as well as hands-on practice.

SATURDAY, September 27, 2008

2:30-4:00 PM. Meet at Molbaks with Ciscoe Morris, Willi Evans Galloway and Don Marshall as they hold a panel discussion on “What we Plant Today will Make a Huge Impact Tomorrow”. Topics will include: Why is Fall for Planting?, The Latest Fall Garden Trends, How to get Your Gardens Ready for Winter, How your Gardening Practices Impact the Environment, Wildlife and Your Neighbors and Favorite Fall Plants. Molbaks is at: 13625 NE 175th St., Woodinville, WA 98072. Email [email protected] or call 425-483-5000 for more info.

10:00 AM –Class on bulbs with Dennis’ Seven Dees (formerly Raintree), Seaside, OR at the Cannon Beach Junction. Call 503-738-6980 for more information.

SUNDAY, October 28, 2008

10:00 AM- Vivacious Viburnums with Dorothy Rodale at the Portland Nursery, 5050 SE Stark.


WEDNESDAY, October 1, 2008

11:00 AM-Noon. Free Demonstration at Molbaks of Front Entry Harvest Decorating by Heather and Michelle at the event stage. From our everlasting department, they will be featuring gourds, pumpkins, fall leaves, wheat sprigs, wreaths and swags along with garden accents and container plants. Molbaks is at: 13625 NE 175th St., Woodinville, WA 98072. Email [email protected] or call 425-483-5000 for more info.



7:00 PMPlant Amnesty: Information: 206-783-9813; “Weighty Matters Meeting — How To Protect Seattle’s Heritage Trees”: All interested people are invited to see what (if any) changes should be made to the Heritage Tree Program, and what recommendations should be made to the City of Seattle regarding tree preservation. Arboretum Greenhouse, near Visitor’s Center, 3501 N.E. 41st St., Seattle.


10:00 AM-1:00 PM- Lake Washington Technical College Horticulture Department shows perennials, and shrub starts grown by students of LWTC’s Environmental Horticulture Program including geraniums, hostas, rosemary, succulents and more, 11605 132nd Ave. N.E., Kirkland. 425-739-827


11:00 AM-Noon. Workshop at Molbaks– Fall Maple Leaf Door Swag. Fee $30.00. Dress up your front door for fall with an original! Make your own door swag using assorted maple leaves, wheat sprigs and colorful ribbon. Our own Heather Smith will take you through the steps to make this seasonal adornment. Sign up early. This will be a popular class!

3:00 PM-First Ever Northwest Perennial Alliance Fall Plant Sale – Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main Street, Bellevue. This sale is a special fundraiser, with all proceeds benefiting the renovation of the NPA Border. Most plants for the sale will be from the Border, so this is a chance for you to take home a bit of Border history.

10:00 AM-2:00 PM-Seattle Rhododendron Society: a sale of unique species and hybrids to provide funds for monthly meetings, lectures and gifts to regional Rhododendron gardens, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St. 206-363-1417. [email protected].

10:00 AM-4:00 PM. Celebrate Food and Farming at 21 Acres: 13701 N.E. 171st St., Woodinville. 425-788-9846. Celebrate Food and Farming: Activities for the whole family including guided tours and interaction with farmers and gardeners, demonstrations, interpretive areas, and food tastes fresh from the farm.

10:00 AM-ReLeaf Seatle at Swanson’s Nursery. Join us as we welcome City Arborist, Nolan Rundquist, to learn more about Tree Selection; Planting; and Care. Under the new Urban Forest Program, Seattle plans to greatly increase its forest canopy over the next 30 years. Home owners are an important part of this program. The city is offering free educational opportunities such as this 90 minute class to encourage residents to plant beautiful and appropriate trees, and to promote success in growing them. Find Swanson’s at 9701 15th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117.

OCTOBER 3 & 4, 2008

10:30 AM-King County Master Gardener Foundation Talk: Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, 15500 S.E. 16th St. Bellevue. Information: Mary Osborne, 425-485-5942. Winter Ornamentals.  King County Master Gardener training: Applications for the 2009 program must be postmarked by Oct. 3. Information: goto.seattlepi.com/r1682.


10:00 AM-3:00 PM- Washington Park Arboretum is featuring spring-blooming bulb selections, companion plants and garden accessories. Washington Park Arboretum’s Graham Visitors Center, 2300 Arboretum Drive E. 206-325-4510.

1:00 PM- Container Garden Inspirations at Swanson’s Nursery. Garden designer Wendy Welch creates stunning containers with plants that are beautiful year round. Be inspired by her slide presentation and examples of plants combinations that will thrive in your own containers. Find Swanson’s at 9701 15th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117.

OCTOBER 10-12 and 17-19, 2008

10:00-5:00 PM. 21st Annual Apple Tasting with Portland Nursery, 5050 SE Stark.  Over 40 varieties of apples and pears available for tasting and purchasing. Fridays are “Kid Days” with kid entertainment, samples and tasting until 5PM. Saturdays and Sundays, live music is planned. Storytelling and cooking demonstrations also scheduled. Loads of fun!


9:30 AM, 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM. KIDS Workshop at Molbaks on Flowering Bulb Planning. Ages 5-10 years with parents. Fee $5.00. Limited space. Kids will learn how to plant their bulbs in a garden pot and care for them until they bloom in the spring. Supplies provided. Register online or by phone at 425-398-5151. Leave your name, child’s name, session time requested and email address. We will confirm your registration via email.

10am – Batty about Chiroptera at Swanson’s Nursery. Just in time for Halloween Bat Specialist Barbara Ogaard introduces us to charming little creatures with a scary reputation. Barbara shares wonderful anecdotes and fascinating facts about these much-maligned mammals. Learn the benefits of integrating bats into your garden and the thrill of Gothic Gardening! Find Swanson’s at 9701 15th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117.

1pm – Container Design for Patios and Small Spaces at Swanson’s Nursery. Garden designers, and Curators of the Dunn Garden in Seattle, Glenn Withey and Charles Price are well known for remarkable plant combinations and their strong design aesthetic. A patio or balcony small garden space is increasingly a pleasing part of the urban landscape. Plants in containers can define this private space, focus attention, and create a welcome splash of color and texture. Learn essential points of design and plant selection from this well respected team, and leave with the confidence to create a stunning container garden in your own small space. Find Swanson’s at 9701 15th Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98117.

NOTE: Swanson’s has extensive list of classes for the Fall. See complete list.


1:00 PM and 2:00 PM-Join us in the Tea Garden of the Portland Japanese Garden for a demonstration of tea prepared by Kashintei Kai.  


1:00 PM- Lecture with Lucy Hardiman at Lakewold Gardens.12317 Gravelly Lake Drive SW, Lakewood, WA. Door prizes and refreshments. NPA members free/nonmembers $5. Click here for more information on Lucy Hardiman.

  • Nancy Bond
    Posted at 13:42h, 25 September Reply

    I’d love to be able to take in each and every one. So much to offer!

  • Flora
    Posted at 10:24h, 27 September Reply

    Me too, Nancy! Too bad we can’t clone ourselves and somehow retain the information each one is learning. 🙂 ~Flora

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