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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: Learn to Grow Peppers

Calling all pepper fans! This is the seminar for you. Learn from our experts about the different varieties, and how to grow them. Join us!  Register in advance. Free for Rewards Members. $10 for non-members (membership is free!)

  • Sunday, April 30, Miller Ave., 10am (Dan Alexander)

Seminar: Plant a Butterfly Habitat

Create a beautiful garden space using plants that attract butterflies. Our talented staff will show you how to plant a habitat that butterflies (and larvae) love. Register in advance. Free for Rewards Members. $10 for non-members (membership is free!)

  • Wednesday, May 10, Sloat Blvd., noon (Suzanne Bontempo)
  • Saturday, May 13, Danville Camino, 10am (Doug)
  • Saturday, May 13, Pleasant Hill, 10am (Tim Nash)
  • Saturday, May 13, Concord, 10am (Dustin Strobel)
  • Saturday, May 13, Miller Ave, 10am (Jen Strobel)
  • Saturday, May 13, Danville Diablo, 10am (Alex Friedman)
  • Wednesday, May 17, Kentfield, noon (Suzanne Bontempo)

Seminar: Summer Rose Pruning With Buzz Bertolero The Dirt Gardener

Buzz is back to demonstrate what to do with roses now that we’re heading into summer.  Pruning them back now can promote a longer flowering season, and healthier plants through the fall and early winter.  Join us!  Register in advance. Free for Rewards Members. $10 for non-members (membership is free!)

  • Saturday, May 20, Martinez, 10am
  • Saturday, May 20, Danville Camino, 2pm
  • Saturday, May 27, Concord, 10am
  • Saturday, May 27, Pleasant Hill, 2pm

Seminar: Summer Monthly Vegetable Talk in Concord!

Join us monthly all summer for a guided vegetable growing discussion group. Our staff members will check in with you each month to see how your vegetable garden is doing, share successes, offer tips, and help troubleshoot vegetable growing challenges. Bring samples and questions. Come to as few or as many check-in seminars as you’d like. Hope to see you at the four Sundays in Concord! Register in advance. Free for Rewards Members. $10 for non-members (membership is free!)

  • Sunday, May 21, Concord, 10am
  • Sunday, June 11, Concord, 10am
  • Sunday, July 2, Concord, 10am
  • Sunday, August 27, Concord, 10am

Seminar: Herbal Magic – Growing Herbs 101

Herbs are beneficial to us and to our gardens. Learn how to incorporate them into your existing garden or landscape. Our experts will show you how to design with herbs, plant and care for them, and which herbs are best for attracting bees, birds, and butterflies. Register in advance. Free for Rewards Members. $10 for non-members (membership is free!)

  • Wednesday, May 24, Sloat Blvd., noon (Jen Strobel)
  • Saturday, May 27, Danville Diablo, 10am (Alex Friedman)
  • Sunday, May 28, Miller Ave, 10am (Dan Alexander)
  • Sunday, May 28, Concord, 10am (Dustin Strobel and Susie Nolta)
  • Sunday, May 28, Pleasant Hill, 10am (Brad Sheehan)
  • Wednesday, May 31, Kentfield, noon (Jen Strobel)

Seminar: New Plants & Garden Gadgets for 2017

Curious about upcoming gardening trends and new plants?  Join us for this fun and unique seminar for every level of gardener — stay up to date on the newest trends in plants and tools in the horticultural industry. Register in advance. Free for Rewards Members. $10 for non-members (membership is free!)

  • Saturday, June 3, Pleasant Hill, 10am

Walk-In Clinic: The Plant Doctor Is In!

Our Plant Doctor is here to help solve plant problems.  Bring in your plant specimens or pictures during a special two hour clinic with the Plant Doctor.  Join us for this drop-in event anytime between 10-12. 

  • Saturday, June 3, Danville Camino: 10-12 (staff)
  • Sunday, June 4, Sloat Blvd: 10-12 (Staff)
  • Sunday, June 4, Concord: 10-12 (Staff)

Seminar: Summer Watering With Buzz Bertolero The Dirt Gardener

Buzz is back with his ever-popular (and valuable) class on water and gardening. He’ll answer: What is the most efficient way to water your garden?  Does time of day matter?  What are garden tips for saving water?  Please join us for this informative discussion!  Register in advance. Free for Rewards Members. $10 for non-members (membership is free!)

  • Saturday, June 3, Danville Diablo, 10am
  • Saturday, June 10, Martinez, 10am       
  • Saturday, June 10, Pleasant Hill, 2pm    
  • Sunday, June 11, Sloat Blvd., 10am
  • Sunday, June 11, Kentfield, 2pm
  • Saturday, June 24, Concord, 10am
  • Saturday, June 24, Danville Camino, 2pm
  • Saturday, August 12, Danville Diablo, 10am                         
  • Saturday, August 12,  Pleasant Hill, 2pm
  • Sunday, August 13, Sloat Blvd., 10am
  • Sunday, August 13, Miller Ave., 2pm

Seminar: Growing Citrus & Subtropicals

Join us for a great beginner course on growing Citrus and Subtropical Fruit Trees in the Bay Area.  See you there!  Register in advance. Free for Rewards Members. $10 for non-members (membership is free!)

  •   Saturday, Jun 24, Pleasant Hill, 10am

Make & Take Workshop: Fairy Gardens for all ages

Calling all kids, big and small!  Fairy gardens conjure a sense of magic and whimsy. Learn just what fairies need in their garden, and then create a perfect home for them.  Join us as we walk you through the simple steps of making your very own.  Fee:  $50 for members, $60 for non-members (Membership is free)

  • Saturday, July 1, Pleasant Hill, 10am (Tim Nash)
  • Saturday, July 1, Concord, 10am (Dustin Strobel)
  • Sunday, July 2, Sloat Blvd., 10am (Cindy Bonilla)
  • Sunday, July 2, Miller Ave., 10am

Seminar: Pollinators 101

The birds, bees, butterflies, moths, and bats that pollinate Earth’s flowering plants eat nectar. You can help feed them by choosing plants that will support their nectar diet. Join us for this seminar and learn everything you need to know about creating a safe and inviting place for these essential creatures. Register in advance. Free for Rewards Members. $10 for non-members (membership is free!)

  • Saturday, July 8, Pleasant Hill, 10am (Tim Nash)
  • Saturday, July 8, Concord, 10am (Dustin Strobel)
  • Saturday, July 8, Danville Diablo, (Alex Friedman)
  • Sunday, July 16, Sloat Blvd., 10am (Suzanne Bontempo)
  • Sunday, July 16, Kentfield, 2pm (Suzanne Bontempo)

Make & Take Workshop: Companion Planting

In this workshop we’ll create beautiful edible containers that incorporate companion planting principles (purposefully putting plants next to one another to enhance growth, beauty or flavor). Learn which edible combinations work well together, and what flowers to add.  Fee: $50 members, $60 non-members (Membership is free)

  • Sunday, July 9, Miller Ave, 10am (Jen)
  • Sunday, July 9, Kentfield, 1pm (Jen)
  • Wednesday, July 12, Sloat Blvd., noon (Jen)
  • Saturday, July 15, Danville Diablo, 10am (Alex)

Seminar: Container Planting

Learn the tricks of the trade when it comes to planting in a container. We answer the following questions: Is there a difference planting in a plastic pot vs. terra cotta?  Do I need to put gravel at the bottom of the pot?  Do I need a saucer?  How long do container plants last?  Our experts will help you learn everything you need to know when container planting. Join us!  Register in advance. Free for Rewards Members. $10 for non-members (membership is free!)

  • Saturday, July 22, Pleasant Hill, 10am

Seminar: Succulents and Cacti 101

Whether growing in the ground or containers, we’ll show you how to grow cacti and succulents successfully. We’ll discuss propagation, growing in frost conditions, and how to plant them. Register in advance. Free for Rewards Members. $10 for non-members (membership is free!)

  • Saturday, August 5, Pleasant Hill, 10am

Seminar: Hummingbird Gardening

Learn all about attracting these beautiful creatures into your garden.  Join our expert staff as they discuss hummingbird garden design tips.  We’ll go over plants for both sun and shade, and talk about how to create a hummingbird habitat. Register in advance. Free for Rewards Members. $10 for non-members (membership is free!)

  • Saturday, August 19, Danville Diablo, 10am (Alex Friedman)
  • Saturday, August 19, Pleasant Hill, 10am (Tim Nash)
  • Saturday, August 19, Concord, 10am (Dustin Strobel)
  • Sunday, August 20, Miller Ave, 10am (Jen Strobel)
  • Sunday, August 20, Kentfield, 1pm (Jen Strobel)
  • Wednesday, August 23, Sloat Blvd, noon (Jen Strobel)

Planting Parties at Sloat Garden Center

Plan a party with us!  Choose from a variety of planting parties where participants create beautiful plant projects to take home (terrariums, wreaths, planters or centerpieces, etc). Planting parties are a delight for   birthdays, showers, or garden group meetings. Contact our Events Manager for details.

Jen Strobel,
Events Manager:
jenstrobel@sloatgardens.com
415-367-5200

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:
jenstrobel@sloatgardens.com
415-367-5200