Gardening with Ciscoe - Upcoming Events

Gardening with Ciscoe ( ) Upcoming Events

Garden Events (Sales, Tours, Speakers, etc)

Listed here are upcoming garden events and sales. Some are one-time events and are listed in order of date. Others are ongoing events or go on for a period of time.

I include mainly events that people and organizations ask me to mention along with some of my personal favorites. Note some events are free, many tours charge admission. If I do not mention a fee, please don't assume that it is free. Visit the websites to determine if there is a fee.

One-Time Events

  • Chase Garden Fall Plant Sale: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept 30, Oct 1, Oct 2. Plants on offer include uncommon perennials, native wildflowers, fall blooming cyclamen and shrubs for winter interest. 16015 264th Street E., Orting.

  • Central Puget Sound Chapter Washington Native Plant Society Fall Plant Sale: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (9 a.m. for members), Saturday, Oct 1. Large supply of hardy, native plants. Sale held at Bellevue Botanical Garden: 12001 Main St, Bellevue.

  • City Fruit Orchard & Harvest Tour: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct 2. Take a self-guided tour of Seattle's beautiful and historic orchards. Each orchard will have fun, family-friendly activities and demonstrations such as cider pressing, tasting of rare apple varieties, and guided tours led by an orchard steward or volunteer. $12, $10 member or $25 family.

  • Plant Amnesty Tree Hugger Bingo: 6 p.m. (first game at 7 p.m.), Thursday, October 6. Join Cass Turnbull & me for an entertaining evening with fabulous horticultural prizes! Cost is $35 ($175 for a table of six) for chili, salad, dessert, and bingo cards. Must be 18+ to participate. Shilshole Bay Beach Club, 6413 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle.

  • The 9th Northwest Permaculture Convergenc: Friday, October 7 through Sunday, Oct 9. Educational workshops, hands-on projects with great speakers including Paul Stamets. Adult week-end is $120 with many discounts (sutdents, childre, etc) available. Held at Fort Flagler on the Olympic Peninsula.

  • Hardy Plant Society of Washington Annual Fall Bulb Sale: 10 a.m. -2 p.m., Sunday, October 9. Find a wide selection of Tulips, Narcissus, Alliums; plus unusual bulbs (full list on website). Center for Urban Horticulture: 3501 NE 41st St., Seattle.

  • Northwest Horticultural Society Presents "Dig This: Stylish Gardening for Savvy Gardeners": 7:15 p.m., Wednesday, October 12 (reception at 6:45 p.m.). Plantsman Kelly Norris will take the audience on a journey through a world of hot, functional and head-turning plants and ideas. $5 members/$10 non-members. Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St.

  • Celebrate Arbor Day: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, October 15. Join mayor Ed Murray to celebrate Seattle's Arbor Day. Activities include volunteer tree planting, tree walk tours, apple cider pressing 'Ask an Arborist' booth and more. Free. Virgil Flaim Park: 2700 NE 123rd St, Seattle.

  • Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden Fall Foliage Festival & Plant Sale: 10:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m. Saturday, October 15 through Saturday, October 22. Free admission to the Garden during the week-long fall celebration. Excellent prices on outstanding species rhododendrons, ferns, plus rare & choice companion plants. Enjoy how-to demonstrations, tours, speakers & plant sale. 2525 S. 336th Street, Federal Way.

  • Northwest Perennial Alliance presents "Butterflies of Cascadia: Life Histories and Conservation" with Dr. David G. James: 1 p.m. Sunday, October 16 (doors open at noon for book signing and plant sales). NPA members free, non-members $15 at the door. Bellevue Botanical Garden Education Center: 12001 Main Street in Bellevue.

  • 'Healthy Soil = Healthy Plants Part 1', first of 10 part Growing Groceries Education Series: 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 19. Learn about proper soil & fertility management and soil testing. $20 per person per class or all ten for $175. WSU Snohomish Extension's Cougar Auditorium: 600 128th Street SE (McCollum Park), Everett.

  • Dunn Gardens Fall Foliage Festival: 1:00 p.m. -4 p.m. Sunday, Oct 23. View the gardens,music, silent auction, pumpkin bowling, apple press and wine, unique vendors, refreshments. Loacted in North Seattle. By donation, rsvp at

Ongoing Events

  • Washington Park Arboretum Weekend Walk Tour Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Casual guided tour focusing on plants that are particularly interesting for the time of year. Free (meet at the Graham Visitors Center at the Washington Park Arboretum). 2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle.

  • Bellevue Botanical Garden Group Tours: 2 p.m., each Saturday and Sunday, April through October. Walk the garden with a volunteer docent. Free but donations are strongly encouraged. Starts from the Visitor Center: 12001 Main Street, Bellevue.

  • Heronswood Garden Upcoming 2016 Weed, Walk, & Talk events: This event is scheduled on the second Wednesday and the fourth Saturday of each month under the direction of co-founder, Dan Hinkley. See website for exact dates. The day includes hands on fun in the Garden and either a presentation related to horticulture or a walk through the Garden with discussions on what is observed. These volunteer work days run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and there is no charge.

  • Oodles of classes at Seattle Tilth From the basics to chickens to soil and beyond, check out all their adult classes. And ... don't forget about classes for kids and families.