SEMINARS & EVENTS
are free and last about 1 hour,
unless otherwise noted. Please be aware that seminars are often full, so we recommend you arrive
10 minutes early to be assured of a seat.
Tuesdays • 10am–noon There will be no Ikebana Class on May 14 or 21
• Contact Megumi directly to sign up for classes and learn of any schedule changes.
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: $28 per session.
Sunday, May 26 • 11am–noon
Containers for Bright Summer Color
Add color to your patio with a stunning container filled with flowers and foliage. Swansons designer Stephanie Morel shares ideas and tips about several plant combinations you can use to enliven a container. Wow your friends and family—as well as yourself—and learn to plant up the perfect pot.
Saturday, June 1 • 10–11:30am
Fruit Tree Pest Management
Encouraging beneficial insects and practicing smart tree hygiene are simple measures to help prevent and manage common fruit tree pests and diseases without toxic chemicals. Instructor Ingela Wanerstrand is owner of Green Darner Garden Design, specializing in edible garden design. She has many years of experience teaching urban pest management.
Sunday, June 2 • 11am–noon
Growing Vegetables in Containers
Swansons’ own Molly Cronin shares her knowledge of growing warm weather vegetables in a container garden. She'll explain the basics of planting and growing these summertime favorites, and also offer guidance about selecting appropriate soil and containers for your edible garden.
Saturday, June 8 • 10–11:30am
Pruning Weeping Japanese Maples
These extraordinary trees are beautiful, but their foliage can become heavy and dense without proper pruning. Professional landscape architect, Dan Gilchrist, is a specialist in pruning Japanese maples. During this seminar he demonstrates pruning methods that allow maples’ natural growth patterns to reveal their graceful forms.
Sunday, June 9 • 11am–noon
A Container for All Seasons
Containers are a great way to showcase an entry, light up a shady spot in your garden, highlight a specimen plant, and provide color and interest for decks and patios. Join Swansons’ Kathy Boullin for inspiration and learn new ways to create your own perfect multi-season container.
Saturday, June 15 • 10–11:00am
Design Primer for Edible Gardening Success
Home vegetable gardens don’t need to be overly complex to be beautiful. In this seminar Colin McCrate and Brad Halm, co-authors of Food Grown Right, In Your Backyard, share their unique approach to urban edible garden design. They will show examples of small, medium, and large urban edible gardens and discuss the decisions made while designing and constructing each garden. Some important topics covered: determining best sun exposure, locating beneficial micro-climates, sizing the garden, choosing a garden shape for aesthetics, ease of care, and access, and selecting appropriate materials. At the end of the seminar, attendees will be well equipped to plan and execute their own vegetable garden!
Sunday, June 16 • 11am–noon
Vegetable Q & A
Got veggie pests? Don’t know what to do with your excess tomatoes? Having problems with broccoli not producing? Join Rolf Hokansson, our resident expert on edible gardening, for answers to your most burning questions about how to grow a successful vegetable garden.
Saturday, June 22 • 10–11:00am
Herbs make a tasty edible addition to any garden. Edible specialist Rolf Hokansson shares his knowledge about how to grow a wide variety of herbs in your garden or container. In addition, he includes suggestions about how to cook with your homegrown herbs.
Sunday, June 23 • 11am–noon
Alex LaVilla, Swansons’ perennial plant buyer, will present a basic overview of the broad category of plants known as perennials, i.e. flowering plants that return from their roots each year. He will discuss selection, care, and maintenance of these versatile plants and also suggest some basic design ideas for new and existing gardens.
Saturday, June 29 • 10–11:30am
Summer Fruit Tree Pruning
Ingela Wanerstrand, owner of Green Darner Garden Design, offers an in-depth discussion about the ins and outs of fruit tree pruning. With a background in edible garden design, Ingela provides guidance about the best times and techniques for pruning fruit trees for optimum yields.
Sunday, June 30 • 11am–noon
Swansons’ own Gabriel Maki will lead you on an exciting exploration of the world of unusual edibles. At the end of this seminar, you’ll have a broader understanding of the possibilities for growing and harvesting edibles that you didn't even know were possible.