Upcoming Workshops & Seminars

Each season we select local gardening experts and designers, as well as our knowledgeable senior staff, to teach seminars & workshops in our popular gardening education series. Unless otherwise noted, seminars are free for Rewards Members (Workshop fees are additional), and $10 for non-members (membership is free!). All participants receive a 10% off coupon for redemption at any of our locations. Please call ahead to the seminar location to reserve a seat. Attendance is limited.


Seminar: Secret Gardening Season (Pam Peirce):

We are so excited to welcome back Pam Peirce to our stores! Learn from the Bay Area vegetable gardener extraordinaire herself. January through March is one of the best vegetable growing seasons in the Bay Area, and the one least utilized. Crops growing at this time of year use any rainfall they can get in order to produce some of the most tender, crisp, and delectable harvests. In this class you’ll learn how to get the most from this under-appreciated season. Pam will explain how to select varieties for fall, when and how to plant them, and what crops are best for winter-into-spring container gardens. Even in drought years, you will rarely need to water “secret season” crops and will still reap delicious rewards! Free for Rewards Members. $10 for non-members (membership is free!)

  • Saturday, Oct 14, Kentfield, 10am
  • Saturday, Nov 4, Sloat Blvd. SF, 10am

Seminar: How to Choose Healthy Landscape Alternatives (with Yard Smart Marin)

What does it mean to be ‘Yard Smart Marin’?  We welcome Suzanne Bontempo of the ‘Think Before You Spray’ campaign to learn to avoid toxic products and choose landscape alternatives as a healthy choice for your family, pets, wildlife, and waterways. Free for Rewards Members. $10 for non-members (membership is free!)

  • Saturday, Oct 21, Novato, 10am
  • Saturday, Oct 21, Kentfield, 2pm
  • Sunday, Oct 22, Miller Ave., Mill Valley, 10am

Seminar: Winterizing Your Garden With Buzz Bertolero

This seminar answers the question: How should I prepare my Bay Area garden for winter?  We’ll cover ant controls, saving flower and vegetable seeds, frost protection, dormant spraying, fertilizing, controlling next year’s unwanted vegetation now, and planting seasonal color. Please join us for this important seminar. Free for Rewards Members. $10 for non-members (membership is free!)

  • Saturday, Oct 28, Novato, 10am
  • Saturday, Oct 28, Kentfield, 2pm
  • Saturday, Nov 4, Concord, 10am
  • Saturday, Nov 4, Pleasant Hill, 2pm
  • Saturday, Nov 11, Martinez, 10am
  • Saturday, Nov 11, Danville Camino, 2pm

Seminar: Native Plant Care and Pruning (Elizabeth Ruiz):

We welcome back gardening expert Elizabeth Ruiz for this informative and popular seminar. Learn how, when and how much to prune in order to maintain a healthy native plant. Free for Rewards Members. $10 for non-members (membership is free!)

  • Saturday, Oct 28, Concord, 10am
  • Saturday, Oct 28, Danville, Camino 2pm
  • Sunday, Oct 29, Sloat Blvd., 10am
  • Sunday, Oct 29, Miller Ave, Mill Valley, 2pm
  • Saturday, Nov 4, Novato, 10am
  • Saturday, Nov 4, Kentfield, 2pm
  • Saturday, Nov 11, Pleasant Hill, 10am
  • Saturday, Nov 11, Martinez, 2pm

Recycle Smart

We are pleased to welcome Recycle Smart back again for a FREE “Home Composting for Busy People” Workshop. An overview of home composting basics, including hot/cold composting, Vermicomposting, mulching and grasscycling, with time for Q&A and troubleshooting.  We hope to see you there!

  • Saturday, Nov. 4th Danville Camino Ramon, 10am

Make and Take Workshop: 3rd Annual Succulent Wreath / Swag Making

Join us for the 3rd year of our annual holiday tradition!  Make and take home a beautiful succulent wreath or swag of your own creation as you learn to weave in succulents. Perfect for the holidays!  Bring a friend, have some fun, and leave the mess behind.  Fee: $90 for rewards members, $100 for non-members.

  • Saturday, Dec 2, Danville, Diablo, noon (Alex Friedman)
  • Saturday, Dec 2, Concord, 10am (Dustin Strobel)
  • Sunday, Dec 3, Miller Ave, Mill Valley,. 10am (Jen Strobel)
  • Sunday, Dec 3, Kentfield, 2pm (Jen Strobel)
  • Wednesday, Dec 6, Sloat Blvd., noon (Jen Strobel)

Planting Parties at Sloat Garden Center

Make an appointment for a planting party! Choose from a variety of individualized planting parties where participants create beautiful plant projects to take home (terrariums, wreaths, planters or centerpieces). Planting parties are a delight for birthdays, showers, or garden group meetings. Currently available at our Sloat Blvd., Mill Valley (Miller Ave.), Kentfield, Danville (Diablo Rd.), Pleasant Hill, and Concord locations. Classes last approx. one hour and are led by our excellent designers. Contact our Events Manager for details.

Jen Strobel, Events Manager

Garden Speakers Available

We have knowledgeable speakers available for garden clubs, as well as community organizations. Contact our Events Manager for details.

Jen Strobel,
Events Manager: