Upcoming Workshops & Seminars

Each season we select from our skilled team members and local gardening professionals to teach webinars in our popular gardening education series. Our weekly Webinars are free to attend. Customized virtual classes are an additional charge. Join us live!

Fall is for Planting

Calling all gardeners – now is the perfect time for planting!  We are happy to have Suzanne Bontempo and Charlotte Canner from ‘Our Water Our World (OWOW)’ join us again to share their expertise. They’ll go over basics like how to prepare your garden for planting, what soil to use, fertilizer, general planting tips, and troubleshooting. This is a helpful class for entry-level gardeners, as well as those that want a refresher on fall planting techniques.

Saturday, September 18th, 10am

Hydrangea Care & Pruning

Elizabeth Ruiz is back with great advice on how to care for Hydrangeas!  She’ll discuss how to grow these beautiful plants and care for them, as well as pruning. Did you know that pruning is critical for most Hydrangeas to ensure an abundant blooming season?  Join us and learn more!

Saturday, September 25th, 10am

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Orchid Basics

Join us as we welcome Paul Bourbin from the SF Orchid Society – he’ll share valuable information about Orchids and their care. This webinar is a fantastic opportunity for all Orchid lovers to learn about Orchid re-potting, fertilizing, re-blooming, troubleshooting, and general Orchid care.

Saturday, October 2nd, 10am

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Beyond Lawns

We are thrilled to welcome back Bonnie Morse from Bonnie Bee & Co. to discuss lawn/turf alternatives. She’ll talk about drought-tolerant lawn substitutes and how to create habitat gardens to replace lawns. Join this webinar and learn to reduce lawn space with drought-tolerant and pollinator-friendly plants.

Saturday, October 9th, 10am

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Soil Health Basics

We welcome back Charlotte Canner and Suzanne Bontempo from Our Water Our World (OWOW) for a useful soil health webinar. They’ll share ways to create and maintain healthy soil. They’ll cover:

  • soil health and its importance
  • compost
  • mulch
  • cover cropping
  • sheet mulching to remove lawn and/or regenerate your soil
  • Other regenerative practices like no-till, planting perennials, and reducing pesticides.

This webinar is excellent for all gardeners!

Saturday, October 16th, 10am

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Make a Succulent Pumpkin

Create a festive succulent pumpkin that’s perfect for a table centerpiece, front patio, or mantel decoration. Our container design expert Jen Strobel will demonstrate the steps (and tricks!) to creating a succulent pumpkin arrangement that can last through November.

Wednesday, October 20th, 5pm

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Become an Indoor Plant Parent

Are you looking to add a plant or two to your family?  Learn from our Indoor Plant expert Taylor Pochron – he’ll cover plant parenting basics like choosing the best plant for your location, how to re-pot, care for indoor plants, and basic troubleshooting tips. Join Taylor and get your new plant babies off to a great start!

Saturday, October 23rd, 10am

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Indoor Plant Design

Join our Indoor Plant Design expert Elisa Vensel as she shares techniques for designing indoor spaces with houseplants. Elisa will demonstrate basic tips and approaches that can work for any space.

Wednesday, October 27th, 5pm

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Gardening for the Birds

Birds bring delight to our spaces as they animate the garden with their songs and antics. They’re also beneficial because they prey on pest insects. Our staff birding expert Dan Alexander will discuss plants that will provide a bird-friendly habitat. Join us for this informative Webinar!

Saturday, November 6th, 10am

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Getting to Know Native Plants

We’re happy to welcome back Joan Pont of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) for a webinar about native plants. Joan will review how to be sure a plant is native and why native plants are so special. This is an excellent class for any gardener who’d like to enhance their native plant knowledge.

Saturday, November 13th, 10am

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Secret Season Edible Gardening with Pam Peirce

We are so excited to welcome back Pam Peirce. Learn from the author of ‘Golden Gate Gardening’ (the literal go-to edible gardening book for the Bay), as she teaches us about this under-appreciated season. January through March is one of the best vegetable-growing seasons in the Bay Area, and the one least utilized. In this class you’ll learn how to select varieties for this time of year, 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. We’re so glad Pam can impart her vast knowledge with us virtually!

Saturday, November 20th, 10am

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Tillandsias 101

Our indoor plant expert Taylor Pochron returns to talk about Tillandsia!  Learn about these fascinating ‘air plants’ and how to care for and display them. Taylor will share information and care basics, as well as how to incorporate them into your home. Please join us for this fun webinar!

Saturday, December 4th, 10am

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All about Terrariums & Living Ornaments

We welcome Sloat terrarium expert Jeff Rothrock for a fun webinar that’s sure to brighten the holidays. Jeff will show you how to create these beautiful living decorations with planting and layering tips. Terrariums are a great gift for yourself or a friend!

Saturday, December 11th, 10am

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Webinar Speakers Available

We can teach any gardening subject to your online group. Popular webinar topics include:

  • Indoor plant gardening
  • Edible gardening
  • Basic gardening 101 (tips on soil, fertilizer, watering)
  • Creating a pollinator garden

Contact Jen Strobel, Events Manager



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