Free Local Workshops

Our free natural yard care workshops teach you how easy and rewarding gardening can be. Join us and receive great advice about natural yard design from some of the region's most notable experts.

Workshops 
Water-smart Gardening
Presenter: Jessi Bloom, best-selling author and owner/lead designer of N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes Smart watering can mean using nature to water your garden! Gardening in the PNW presents many water related challenges – from too much stormwater to drainage problems to several months of drought. Join Jessi Bloom to learn the basics of rain gardens, rain collection, drainage solutions, and great plants for every garden. To register: visit the City of Renton classes page and search by name or ID 19966 Questions? Email jchan@rentonwa.gov or call (425) 430-7379
Where:
Renton Community Center, Room B
1715 Maple Valley Hwy
When:
Wednesday, May 8, 2024, 06:00 PM

Attracting Bees and Butterflies To Your Garden
Presenter: Ladd Smith, co-owner of In Harmony Sustainable Landscapes Come learn the small footsteps you can take to bring more wildlife to your yard. Butterflies, bees and birds bring movement, color and pollination qualities to our gardens. Along with learning how easy it is to make a big difference in your garden, you will be given plant lists that attract these special creatures. Also, attracting specific bird types and their needs will be discussed. To register: visit the City of Renton classes page and search by name or ID 20035 Questions? Email jchan@rentonwa.gov or call (425) 430-7379
Where:
join via Zoom
join via Zoom
When:
Wednesday, May 15, 2024, 06:00 PM

Favorite Northwest Natives
Presenter: Greg Rabourn, educator and radio personality Native plants adapted to our soil and climate solve many landscape woes—less watering, less need for pesticides and fertilizers, and less chance of introduction and spread of invasive species. They also attract valuable native wildlife. You’ll come away with design tips and species recommendations to make your own Northwest Native haven. Discover just how beautiful, sustainable, and low-maintenance gardening can be with native plants! To register: email kirstena@kcwd90.com or call (425) 255-9600 Location: by Zoom and by watch party at King County Water District 90
Where:
King County Water District 90
15606 SE 128th St.
When:
Thursday, May 16, 2024, 06:00 PM

Designing for the NW Garden
Presenter: Greg Rabourn, educator and radio personality Plan it before you plant it. Whether you are starting with a bare yard or trying to give your existing landscape a northwest vibe, this class has some tips for you. The class focuses on sustainable landscapes that are people and wildlife friendly. To Register: Email customerservice@northcitywater.org or call (206) 362-8100
Where:
North City Water District
1519 NE 177th St.
When:
Wednesday, September 18, 2024, 06:30 PM