Events & Workshops

Learn about our expert-led seminars & hands-on workshops scheduled for the coming months.
Most of the events are FREE, do not require registration and are held in the Events Area.

Please note: While we are a dog-friendly store, dogs are not allowed in the Events Area or the Garden Cafe. Working service dogs are an exception and are always welcome. Please refer to our Pet Policy for more information. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Chili Pepper Fiesta!

September 24, 11:00am – 3:00pm

Molbak’s celebrates the end of summer with a little heat of our own!

Chili Pepper Roasting with Westwinds Gardens: multiple varieties of fresh organic chili peppers roasted on the spot for you to buy

Sample beers from local brewery Triplehorn, sponsored by Russell's cafe

Tamales from Patty Pan Cooperative• La Riviera Maya food truck

Local artisan cheese from Fall City’s River Valley Cheese

Food Samples• Chili pepper sampling and growing information 

Music by Los Flacos from 12:00 – 3:00pm

 

SPROUTS SESSION – Butterflies

September 25, 12-1pm

David, Droppers

Bring the kids on down for a Sprouts Session on butterflies!  Young gardeners and naturalists will learn more about the life cycle of butterflies, as well as get the opportunity to examine butterfly specimens up close.  We will also talk a bit about butterfly gardening, so that kids can watch the entire life cycle for themselves, as well as reveal local spots where you can go to see wild butterflies.

Garden Reads Book Club: Wild Trees by Richard Preston

September 25, 4-5pm

Molbak’s is pleased to partner with the University Bookstore to bring you a monthly gardener’s book club!  Garden related titles will be chosen from the categories of fiction, non-fiction and memoir and a lively discussion will be facilitated by Deb,  from University Bookstore, Millcreek. Please support our independent bookstore friends at UBooks by purchasing the title online or in one of their stores in Mill Creek, Bothell, Bellevue or Seattle. 

Our September title is: The Wild Trees by Richard Preston

In The Wild Trees, Richard Preston unfolds the spellbinding story of a tiny group of daring botanists and amateur naturalists that found a lost world above California, a world that is dangerous, hauntingly beautiful, and unexplored.  

Super Soils and Courageous Composting

October 1, 10-11am

Cyndi Stuart, The Roost at Roddy Creek

Think soils and composting are boring?  No longer!  Don’t know the difference between dirt and soil?  Never composted before and think you will mess it up?  Well, you might but there are no extra points for perfection, so why worry?  Join Cyndi Stuart for a lively talk about improving the soil you have and getting that compost pile back in working order.  Healthy soils and compost are the key to all successful gardening and the two things we tend to ignore.  Learn how to boost your soil and put all those leaves, grass clippings and kitchen scraps to good use. Put life back into your soil. It’s not as hard as you might think. 

October In The Edible Garden with Lisa Taylor

October 1, 12-1pm

Lisa Taylor, author of Your Farm in the City 

A monthly series with urban gardener, Lisa Taylor about making this year the best your edible garden has seen! Topics this month include:

  • Compost!
  • Sow over-wintering crops under a cloche
  • Transplant hardy greens
  • Plant spring flower bulbs
  • Plant garlic and shallot bulbs
  • Build soil with cover crops
  • Plant trees, shrubs and vines
  • Put away your tools

Fall Container Design Idea fest!

October 8, 10-11am

Christina Salwitz , The Personal Garden Coach 

Fall in the Pacific Northwest is a glorious time to garden and create containers that will look great all winter. Like COLOR? We can do that! Like Foliage? We will show you incredible foliage too. How about adding edibles to your container design plans too? In this entertaining and informative slideshow, Christina Salwitz, “THE Personal Garden Coach” and container designer shows you all kinds of tips and techniques to create fall and winter containers that will enhance your landscape as well as give you fun spaces to experiment with plants you might not have considered. 

100 Classic Hikes in Washington

October 8, 12-1pm

Craig Romano , author, 100 Classic Hikes in Washington

Come explore the 100 Classic Hikes of Washington with award winning author Craig Romano. Learn about the very best hikes in the state—short and long—day and overnight. From the misty wild Olympic Coast to the sun-kissed Blue Mountains, explore trails covering every facet of Washington’s incredible geographical diversity. What better way to get acquainted with our beautiful natural heritage than by taking a classic hike?

2nd Annual Family Harvest Festival

October 15, 10am - 3pm

Join us for a fun afternoon family celebration of all the wonderful things fall has to offer!

Make a day of it and spend time in the The Nest activity area, make birdfeeders with Eastside Audubon, shop the University Bookstore Book Fair and take pictures at our photo stops! Be sure to stop by the PCC Natural Markets Kids Taste Mobile and Smith Brothers Farms to try some healthy samples or head straight for the delicious food and snacks served up by  Patty Pan Cooperative, Mini The Donut and Sturgis Sweets!

 

Schedule of Events:

9am                Molbak’s opens

10am              Harvest Festival opens

10am-12pm    Touch a Truck (parking lot)

10am-12pm    Woodland Park Zoo Animal Ambassadors (events annex)

11am-12pm    Music by Recess Monkey (mainstage)

12pm-3pm      Harvest Science with Pacific Science Center interactive displays (events room)

1pm-2pm        Music by Elephant Umbrella (mainstage)

3pm                End of party!

6pm                Molbak’s closes

SPROUTS SESSION – Meat Eating Plants

October 29, 12-1pm

What is spookier than a plant that eats meat!  Join us for this Halloween session just for kids ages 6 and up. A brief talk about carnivorous plants will be followed with planting  your own bug-hungry plant to take home!  NOTE: For this sprouts session registration IS required and space is limited. Free. 

Girl's Night Out

November 17, 7-9:30pm

Tickets go on sale September 28, $20 in advance

The store is all yours for this private event benefitting Northwest Children's Fun…Savor a glass of wine while you browse our gorgeous displays, enjoy samples from our vendors and enter to win fabulous prizes!  And, sSave 10% on everything in the store* This festive event has become a can’t-miss holiday tradition for many, so tickets sell out fast. Tickets go on sale HERE September 28!

*restrictions apply

Girl's Night Out

December 1, 7-9:30pm

Tickets go on sale September 28, $20 in advance

The store is all yours for this private event benefitting Cancer Pathways (formerly Gilda's Club) …Savor a glass of wine while you browse our gorgeous displays, enjoy samples from our vendors and enter to win fabulous prizes!  And, sSave 10% on everything in the store* This festive event has become a can’t-miss holiday tradition for many, so tickets sell out fast. Tickets go on sale HERE September 28!

*restrictions apply