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.

Hellebores: Jewels of the Winter Garden

January 31, 11am-12pm

Christina Salwitz, The Personal Garden Coach and Co-author Fine Foliage

Discover exciting new hellebores with show-stopping colors guaranteed to brighten your winter garden.  Christina will share her favorites that not only add color, but whose bold, evergreen foliage provide year-round interest. Book signing to follow.

Warming Winter Soups

January 31, 1-2pm

Jess Thomson, Co-author Passionate Nutrition: A Guide to Using Food as Medicine from a Nutritionist Who Healed Herself from the Inside Out and A Boat, a Whale and a Walrus and Author Dishing Up Washington and Pike Place Market Recipes

Nothing is as satisfying, or as comforting on a cold winter’s day as a bowl of soup. Join local food writer and recipe developer, Jess Thomson as she shares soup recipes guaranteed to please and warm the soul. Recipes included. Book signing to follow.

Orchids for Beginners

February 7, 11am-12pm

Anna Busse, Molbak’s Assistant Buyer

Anna will share her favorites and explain how easy it is to care for these captivating beauties. Learn when to water and fertilize, how to encourage re-blooming and re-potting.

Valentine's Day Cake Pop Workshop for Kids & Parents

February 7, 1-2:30pm and 3-4:30pm

Sarah Brittingham, Owner Sar.n.dipity Sweets

Make Valentine’s Day just a bit sweeter with cake pops! Learn the secrets to making these tasty bites and create 10 of your own unique treats for sharing with teachers, friends and sweethearts. The perfect activity for ages 5+ Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Class size limited.

Fee: $30 for child + adult. Includes all supplies. Register here for the 3-4:30pm workshop. We're sorry, but the 1pm workshop is full.

Quick Portraits by Tamara

February 14, 9am-5:30pm

Tamara Belland, Artist and Illustrator

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with an original portrait of your loved one! Sittings take only 30 minutes and you’ll go home with the perfect keepsake – an original piece of art.

If you’d like two people featured in a single painting, please register for two, consecutive time slots. Sorry, no pets.
Fee: $20 per person.  Schedule your appointment here.

How to Prune Your Fruit Trees

February 21, 11am-12pm

Don Marshall, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, CPH, Certified Arborist

Learn how to properly prune your fruit trees to maximize harvest. Don will cover the basic types of cuts, which tools to use, and when to prune a variety of fruit trees. Special emphasis will be on apple, pear, plum and cherry trees.

Why Bare Root?

February 21, 1-2pm

Brad Swank, Molbak’s Plant Specialist

Come learn the advantages of planting bare root trees and shrubs. Brad will cover what to look for when selecting your new plants, how to plant and stake them, and how to get them off to a good start.

You’ve Arrived! Landscaping Your Front Entry

February 28, 11am-12pm

Linelle Russ, Morning Dew Gardens

Discover the landscape principles involved in designing a front entry garden that is inviting and welcoming to guests.  More than just providing curb appeal, this garden lets visitors know they’ve arrived.

Winter Garden Photography

February 28, 1-2pm

David Perry, Photographer, A Photographer's Garden

Capture the season’s beauty. David will inspire you with his stunning images and share his secrets to achieving professional-looking results. Bring your camera for equipment tips (point-and-clicks and phones welcome).  Have a little extra time?  Spend the next hour with David exploring the store and trying out what you’ve learned.