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, it is possible that for some events and circumstances, we may ask that dogs be removed. Dogs are not allowed in the Garden Cafe or in our seasonal hospitality areas. 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.

Rose Pruning

January 21, 10-11am

John Harmeling, Molbak's 

Get prepared for a long season of gorgeous roses! Molbak’s own rose expert, John Harmeling, will demonstrate the basics of good rose pruning to help your roses have their most bountiful year yet! 

New Year- New Snacks!

January 28, 10-11am

Sara Dickerman, author

How do you make delicious flavor work to help shape more healthful eating? For years Sara Dickerman has been discovering delicious, feel-good ideas with her popular collaboration with Bon Appetit, The Food Lover's Cleanse. Just in time for the Super Bowl, join Sara to learn some simple ways to steer snacking and entertaining in a healthful direction. She will demonstrate how to prepare several snacks from her cookbook, including Beet Tahini Dip, Herbed Yogurt Spread and Salted, Seedy Chocolate Bark. Come ready to sample!

Spouts Session: Goin' Batty!

January 28, 12-1pm

Barbara Odegaard, Bats Northwest

Bats affect our lives in more ways than you realize! Join us to learn the facts and myths about bats, presented by Barbara Ogaard, bat specialist. In this session just for kids, Barbara will tell us how to become “bat friends” and help protect these adorable flying mammals. 

EnhancingYour Home With Indoor Plants

January 28, 3-4pm

Gretchen Fowler, Molbak’s

We love our indoor plants and wanted to share the love with an  ENCORE of our INDOOR PLANT SALE!

Learn about the benefits of indoor plants and how they help create beautiful and healthy indoor environment with Molbak’s InspireDesign Team Lead, Gretchen Fowler. Gretchen will share her top plant picks, provide hints for how to find the best plants for your space and let you in on some of the best design trends to keep your indoor landscape as interesting as your outdoor one. Then get out there and SHOP- all indoor plants and containers ON SALE January 28-29 only!

Garden Reads Book Club: The Forgotten Garden

January 29, 4-5pm

At University Bookstore, Mill Creek Town Center, 15311 Main St, Mill Creek, WA

Molbak’s is pleased to partner with the University Bookstore to bring you a monthly gardener’s book club!  We read fiction, non-fiction and memoir garden related titles with a lively discussion facilitated by  Mill Creek University Bookstores’ Deb Hanes.  Please support our independent bookstore friends at University Bookstore by purchasing the titles onlineHEREor instore at their Mill Creek, Seattle, Bellevue or Bothell locations.

In Kate Morton's The Forgotten Garden, Cassandra is lost and grieving the death of her much-loved grandmother, Nell. But an unexpected and mysterious bequest from Nell turns Cassandra's life upside down and challenges everything she thought she knew about herself and her family.

This session meets at Mill Creek University Bookstore

Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls

February 4, 12-1pm

Paul Bannick, photographer

Paul Bannick’s stunning new book, Owl: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls integrates more than 200 new intimate and dramatic images, up-to-date science about owls and first-hand experience based upon tens of thousands of hours spent with owls on their territories in the wild. Join us for this multi-media look at his work with a book signing to follow. 

In Your Edible Garden

February 4, 10-11am

Lisa Taylor, author and urban gardening expert

Our monthly series with urban gardener Lisa Taylor Returns! February isn't too early to make this year the best your edible garden has seen. Lisa shares practical advice and simple tricks to growing healthy, organic fruits and veggies no matter the size of your garden or depth of your garden knowledge! Great for beginners or experts!  Topics this month include:

  • Garden design: where to put what
  • Site assessment and mapping
  • Time to dig beds, make paths and build compost bins
  • How to set up light table, assemble pots and trays
  • Buy organic, open pollinated, heirloom seeds from a regional grower (see list)
  • Think about chickens . . . next year

Happiness with Hellebores

February 4, 2-3pm

Cyndi Stuart, The Roost at Roddy Creek

What should be a staple in the Northwest shade garden, but is so often over looked, Hellebores are a fantastic addition for showy winter interest. While most everything else in your garden is sleeping, winter blooming hellebores are in their glory. However, given their bloom times and growth cycle, they are treated differently than your average perennial.  When do you fertilize, prune or mulch?  What varieties should I choose? Can I keep hellebores in containers? Join Cyndi to learn more about hellebore care and planning in your garden then hit up our HELLEBORE SALE!.