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.

Fruit Tree Pruning

February 18, 10-11am

Greg Giuliani, Seattle Fruit Tree Society 

Pruning increases fruit production and the overall health of your trees and NOW is the time to do it! Greg Giuliani from the Seattle Fruit Tree Society takes the fear out of pruning with this demonstration and question and answer session tailored around your concerns.  

 

Picture Perfect Plant Portraits

February 18, 12-1pm

David Perry, photographer

It doesn't matter what kind of camera you have--you can learn to make stunning plant portraits with just a handful of easy to understand principles. Join David for a lively and inspiring exploration of his own adventures as a plant portraitist, from making better close-ups, to capturing the dreamy moods and environments that will elicit the ooohs and as of others. Learn how seeing better pictures in your mind's eye will improve the photos you actually capture, and how to avoid many common pitfalls.

SPROUTS Session: Cooking is for the Birds!

February 25, 12-1pm

If you were a bird, how would Gobbler Goulash or a Bird Banana Split sound for dinner? Or how about Tweet Tweet Trail Mix or Woodpecker Waffles for breakfast? In this hands on Sprouts session for kids we will be making treats for our neighborhood birds so come prepared to get messy! 

Class cost of $15 PER FAMILY (max 2 kids)  includes the projects and Cooking for the Birds by Adele Porter.

Registration begins FEBRUARY 11

 

*NUT & CORN ALLERGY ALERT*

Garden Reads

February 26, 4-5pm

Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obession and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California by Frances Dinkelspiel

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 online HERE  or instore at their Mill Creek, Seattle or Bothell locations.

 The history of the California wine trade, dating back to the 19th Century, is a story of vineyards with dark and bloody pasts, tales of rich men, strangling monopolies, the brutal enslavement of vineyard workers and murder. In Tangled Vines, Frances Dinkelspiel looks beneath the casually elegant veneer of California's wine regions to find the obsession, greed and violence lying in wait. 

In Your Edible Garden with Lisa Taylor

March 4, 10-11am

Lisa Taylor

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!   

Mason Bees

March 4, 12-1pm

Dave Hunter, Crown Bees

Learn about one of our amazing native spring pollinators from one of the nation’s experts on mason bees. Find out how the bees nest in your garden, why they are gentle, what makes them amazing pollinators and take home exact steps for your success. Dave Hunter, founder of Woodinville’s own Crown Bees will be here to answer your questions and sign his new book, Mason Bee Revolution.

Classic Hikes in Washington

March 4, 2-3pm

Craig Romano, author

What better way to get acquainted with our beautiful natural heritage than by taking a classic hike? 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. Talk with book signing to follow.