Public Events with the Garden Hotline


Warm Season Edible Gardening

Saturday, June 3, 2023 – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Zoom

Marlene’s Market online bi-monthly class series

It’s time for heat loving crops to be planted! Learn how to care for plants that desire a little more specialized care and also what to be looking ahead to replant as your spring crops are harvested. Learn how to choose which plants to save to produce seed. Growing without chemicals and saving water along the way. 

Join with Marlene’s Market


Pollinators and Growing Herbs at the South King Tool Library

Saturday, June 3, 2023 – 1:00 – 2:00 pm

1700 S 340th St, Federal Way, WA 98003

Join us for an in person walk and talk looking for beneficial insects, including pollinators, and up close inspection of herbs and the role they play in attracting beneficials to the garden. Learn about the South King Tool Library while you are there. 



Dia de La Familia

Saturday, June 10, 2023 10:30 am – 2:00 pm

South Park Community Center – 8319 8th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98108

Join us for an educational and activity filled day in South Park aimed at providing resources for the Latino community. Free seeds, gardening advice and a chance to hang out with us! 

Dia de la Familia


Pollinators and Beneficial Insects in the Garden

Tuesday, June 13, 2023 – 6:00 – 7:00 pm

King County Library – Kent

212 2nd. Ave. N Kent, WA 98032

Let your garden visitors do some gardening for you! Most insects have some beneficial effect on your garden, helping to manage plant eating pests or pollinating flowering plants. Learn how to attract them to your garden. 

Register at Kent Library


Pollinator Gardening at the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands

Friday, June 23, 2023 – 10:00 am to noon

Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands

5513 S. Cloverdale Street

Seattle, WA 98118

Get your hands and imaginations busy learning how to plant for pollinators and beneficial insects in an established garden in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood. Summer annuals will be added to the diverse, native, weed, and ornamental garden on the hill. 

Sign up to volunteer on the Tilth Alliance site.


Freeway Park in Bloom

Saturday, June 24, 2023 – 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

700 Seneca Street. Seattle, WA 98101

Join the Garden Hotline for a live information table at this inner city festive event at Freeway Park. Learn about urban trees on a hosted tree walk, peruse the seed basket for a free packet of seeds and ask all the questions you desire of our Garden Hotline educator. 

No registration needed 

Freeway Park Association 


Worm Composting

Wednesday, July 12, 2023 – 6:00 to 7:00 pm

King County Library – Kent

212 2nd. Ave. N   Kent, WA 98032

Put worms to work in your garden! Make great compost and reduce waste with food scraps and these little helpers. Make a mini kitchen counter or under the sink bin to practice your new skills. 

Register at Kent Library


Pollinators and Beneficials in the Garden 

Wednesday, July 19, 2023  4:00 – 6:00 pm

King County Library – Woodmont

26809 Pacific Highway S   Des Moines, WA 98198

Create a garden that fosters habitat for allies in the insect and bird world that help keep your garden pest free. Adding flowering plants to the vegetable garden, and native plants to the shrub beds will draw birds and beneficial insects, including pollinators, into the garden. Learn how to choose plants that will do the best job. 

Register at Woodmont Library – link coming soon


Putting the Garden to Bed

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 – 4:00 to 6:00 pm

King County Library – Woodmont

26809 Pacific Highway S   Des Moines, WA 98198

Adding mulch in the fall and growing cover crops on unplanted garden beds for the winter will help protect soil in your garden over the winter. Leaving soil bare makes it vulnerable to nutrient loss and breaks down the healthy structure of the soil. Plant health starts with soil health and fall is the time to set your garden up for success. 

Register at Woodmont Library – link coming soon


Summer Tasks in the Edible and Ornamental Garden

Saturday, August 5, 2023 – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Marlene’s Market online bi-monthly class series

Learn how to harvest the best produce, how to keep a summer garden hydrated in the dry weather, and what last plantings you should be fitting in for fall or overwintering. Learn the next steps in seed saving and how to harvest your seed to save for next year.

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Duwamish River Festival

Saturday, August 5, 2023  12:00 – 5:00 pm

Duwamish River People’s Park and Shoreline Habitat

Join us to talk about our one and only Green Duwamish River and the best ways to protect her while gardening in your yard. Chat with us about chemical free ways to manage weeds, insects and diseases and keep your lawn healthy though maybe golden instead of green during the summer. Live educators will be there to talk with at a very festive and beautiful site at the river’s edge. 

No registration needed.

Duwamish River Festival


Othello Park International Festival

Sunday, August 13, 2023  12:00 to 6:00 pm

4351 S Othello St., Seattle, WA 98118

Join us for this fun, multi-cultural festival of music, arts, and information in the SE Seattle Othello neighborhood. One block stop from the light rail train. Come talk gardening with our team! 

No registration needed.

Othello Park International Festival


Microgreens for the Space Limited Gardener

Tuesday, August 15, 2023 – 6:00 to 7:00 pm

King County Library – Kent

212 2nd. Ave. N   Kent, WA 98032

No patch of ground to grow in? Don’t let that stop you. Growing microgreens is easy, economical, resource conserving, and produces nutritious and tasty sprouts for your soup, sandwich or salad. This is a skill you can apply all year long  – come learn about how to reuse containers, choose bags of soil, and what seeds work best. All you need is a windowsill or a space near a window. 

Register at Kent Library – link coming soon


CHOMP  – A Celebration of Local Food and Sustainable Living

Saturday, August 19, 2023 – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Marymoor Park  – 6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE, Redmond, WA 98052

Celebrate fresh, local, and sustainable with us out in Redmond! You will find a Garden Hotline educator in the Tilth Alliance booth all morning and early afternoon. Bring us your plant identification, insect questions or leaf samples to help you with. We will be offering a paper pot making activity with a late summer seed choice to plant. 

CHOMP at Marymoor Park


Fall Soil Care in Your Edible and Ornamental Garden

Saturday, October 7, 2023 – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Marlene’s Market online bi-monthly class series.

Protecting soil in the fall for the coming winter rains is a crucial step to keeping your garden healthy. Learn how to chooses types of mulch for different areas of the garden, what seed to plant for cover crops and where to use them, and other methods to protect soil.

Join with Marlene’s Market


Fall Garden Preparation

Saturday, October 14, 2023 – 9:30 – 10:30 am – online on Zoom

A class in the Series 2, 2023 Master Gardener’s in King County Bellevue Demonstration Garden Series

Get a jump on spring by preparing your garden properly in the fall. Learn how to protect your soil over winter with different mulches and cover crops. Good fall plantings will also be discussed, to encourage and support wildlife in your garden in the winter.

Master Gardeners in King County – Bellevue Demonstration Garden Series


Gardener and Cascade Water Alliance Classes are online now for registration! 

Free natural gardening classes


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