University of Washington Botanic Gardens
Contact: 206.543.8616 or email

Washington Park Arboretum Foundation
Contact: (206) 206-325-4510

Ongoing Plant Sales at the Arboretum’s Pat Calvert Greenhouse
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 am–noon   All year round

The Pat Calvert Greenhouse sells young trees (including conifers), shrubs, perennials, and bonsai starts grown from seeds or cuttings taken primarily from the Arboretum collection plants. Volunteers are present on Tuesday and Thursday mornings to help with plant selection; however, visitors are welcome to browse the greenhouse selection any day of the week and purchase plants at the Arboretum Shop, open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., except in winter (call 206-325-4510 for seasonal hours). (Location: Just south of the big greenhouse adjacent the Graham Visitors Center parking lot.)

Donating to the nursery: The best time for gardeners to drop off plants at the nursery is during public hours listed above. That’s because the gate to the nursery on Arboretum Drive is open, and the volunteers are on hand to help unload, and the plants can be potted up promptly. (Driving past the main gate on Arboretum Drive during the nursery’s public hours is permissible for unloading purposes.)

Gardeners can bring plants to the Donations Nursery on other days as well. You may use one of the nursery’s wheelbarrows to transport plants from the parking lot to the nursery site. Please leave the plants in or near the potting area along with a note specifying the name(s) of the plants, the color of the flowers, and other pertinent information. Do not leave plants in the parking lot, at the Pat Calvert Greenhouse, or outside the nursery gate.

We don’t encourage gardeners to bring large plants (trees or shrubs over 5 feet tall), because they are difficult to lift. Thanks for your donation!

Savvy Gardener Class Series
Sponsored by the Saving Water Partnership

Subscribe to the Savvy Gardener e-Newsletter to learn about new classes. This free newsletter comes out every spring, summer and fall. All classes are free and will be held at the nurseries listed below. Pre-registration is not required, but arrive early to ensure a seat for these popular classes. Learn more about class descriptions at the Saving Water Partnership.

Seattle Japanese Garden
Contact: (206) 684-4725

University of Washington Botanic Gardens
Contact: (206) 543-8616 or email
Visit their event calendar for current class listings.

Seattle Parks and Recreation - Carkeek Park
Environmental Learning Center Closure: (206) 684-0877

Though the Environmental Learning Center at Carkeek Park is available for rentals, we regret that because of budget reductions, it is no longer open for visitors or regular scheduled classes. For school programming opportunities or building rentals, please phone (206) 684-0877.

Green Seattle Partnership

Green Seattle Partnership
The Green Seattle Partnership is a unique public/private partnership between the City of Seattle and the Cascade Land Conservancy. The Partnership was formed in 2004 by a memorandum of agreement between the City of Seattle and the Cascade Land Conservancy. Seattle Parks and Recreation, Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment, and Seattle Public Utilities are the three key City departments serving in the Green Seattle Partnership.

In 2010 Swansons partnered with the Green Seattle Partnership to to expand our successful "Trees for Salmon" program to other area Seattle parks and to assist in the effort to restore 2500 acres of forested parkland by 2025.

The Seattle Chinese Garden
Phone: 206-934-5219

The Seattle Chinese Garden inspires global understanding by immersing visitors in the richness and beauty of Chinese culture. Our mission is to create a traditional Sichuan-style Chinese garden, the only one of its kind outside China, as a means of celebrating Seattle's rich Chinese heritage and supporting Seattle's future business and cultural relationship with China. Learn more about events at the Seattle Chinese Garden.

The Seattle Chinese Garden offers free, guided tours every Saturday at 1:00 pm which start at the Discovery Center in the Chan Education Center at South Seattle Community College. The tour explores Knowing the Spring Courtyard (Zhi Chun Yuan) and Pine and Plum Pavilion (Song Mei Ting). Our garden is adjacent to the South Seattle Community College Arboretum.
These public tours last approximately 45 minutes and no reservations are necessary. Groups can arrange a private tour if scheduled two weeks in advance. Contact the Garden for additional information.

PARKING: Look for Chinese Garden signs directing you to the Discovery Center in the Chan Education Center. Park in the North parking lot on the Campus and then meet our docent at the Chan Education Center. View directions to the Garden.

For membership, special event and more guided tour information, call (206) 934-5219 or visit or email:

Edmonds Community College
Phone: 425-640-1739

Phone:(206) 633-0451

Founded in 1978, Seattle Tilth is a nationally recognized non-profit educational organization dedicated to cultivating a sustainable community, one garden at a time. Seattle Tilth inspires and teaches how to garden organically, conserve natural resources, and support local food systems in order to cultivate a healthy urban environment and community.

Seattle Tilth invites the public to participate in ther community events and help build a more sustainable (and interesting) region.

Learn more about classes and workshops offered at Seattle Tilth.

For the locations and most up-to-date hours for each neighborhood market, refer to Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance.

Dunn Gardens
Phone: 206-362-0933

The E.B. Dunn Woodland Gardens is an historic treasure located in North Seattle. Designed by the renowned Olmstead Brothers in 1916 for the Arthur Dunn family, it subsequently became the private home and garden of Edward Dunn, a prolific garden writer who was a respected authority on Pacific Northwest native plants.

Public tours of this renowned garden are scheduled from April 1 through July, and from September 1 through October. The gardens are closed in August. Tours are held on the following days:
• Thursdays at 1 p.m.
• Fridays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
• Saturdays at 10 a.m.

There is a 12-person limit per tour. Admission is $10 per person, $7 for senior citizens and students, payable by check or cash at the door (Groups of 6 or more must pay for the tour in advance). Children under 12 and pets are not admitted. Parking is very limited and carpooling is recommended. Vehicles larger than a passenger van cannot be accommodated.

Northwest Horticultural Society
Contact: 206-780-8172 or email
Contact their website for dates of classes and plant sales.

The Seattle Tree Fruit Society

STFS brings together amateur growers—beginners to experts—from the Greater Seattle area who share an interest in growing fruit: trees, berries, kiwis, grapes, and more. They offer information on adapted varieties, up-to-the-minute growing techniques, and share their own experiences growing fruit. They are also a chapter of the Western Cascade Fruit Society. Learn more about classes and events at the Seattle Tree Fruit Society

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