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.
Molbak's Share Your Harvest
Sundays, 9am-6pm July 17- September 18
Every July - September, Molbak’s partners with Hopelink to share fresh-picked fruit, veggies and herbs with those in need.
Ready. Set. Share!
1. Pick produce from your garden.
2. Bag it up - no prewashing necessary.
3. Bring it to Molbak’s any Sunday from 7/17 to 9/18, 9am-6pm.
4. Hopelink will distribute your homegrown goodies to area food banks.
Since 2009 we’ve shared nearly 9,500lbs of fresh produce with those in need. Join in!
Fall is for Composting
September 10, 10-11am
Randy Ritchie, Malibu Compost
Compost is the key element to creating healthy soil in organic gardening. The fun and informative class will focus on types of compost, composting methods, uses of compost, including compost teas, enhancing compost with dry amendments and how much, or how little compost is needed to create beautiful and healthy organic soil in the garden.
September In The Edible Garden with Lisa Taylor
September 10, 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:
Sow over-wintering crops under a cloche
Bug thugs of fall – cabbage worms and cutworms
Clear beds and make compost
Get some tomatoes to ripen
Topdress with compost to keep fall weeds from sprouting
Preserve the season’s bounty by freezing, canning, dehydrating and fermenting vegetables and fruit
Preserving the Seasonâ€™s Bounty: An Introduction to Canning, Freezing and Dehydrating
September 17, 10-11am
Lisa Taylor, author of Your Farm in the City
Eat from your garden all year long by preserving your harvest. Join garden educator Lisa Taylor, author of “Your Farm in the City: An Urban-dweller’s Guide to Growing Food and Raising Animals” and the “Maritime Northwest Garden Guide” in a lively session about how to preserve food from the garden. Learn which crops freeze or dehydrate best and which should be canned. Get tips and tricks about how to get the most from your garden’s bounty.
September 17, 12-1pm
Lucy Flamiatos, Bright Dawn Nutritional Therapy
Fermented foods have been a part of every culture’s diet for thousands of years and provide us with necessary vitamins and bacteria. Come and learn how to make “Not Your German Grandma’s Sauerkraut” and kombucha, as well as what tools you will need to start fermenting in your own kitchen.
NW Glass Pumpkin Patch
September 17, 9am-3pm
Wander through a dazzling array of more than 2,000 one-of-a-kind, hand-blown glass pumpkins crafted by local artisans in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. They’re perfect for autumn yet beautiful enough to display year-round. Prices start as low as $35 for an original piece of art and a portion of each sale benefits children's programs here and abroad. Admission is free.
SPROUTS SESSION â€“ Butterflies
September 25, 12-1pm
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.