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This class offers an introduction to the art of Bonsai (Penjing) gardening. You will learn from a master how to create and maintain your first bonsai. Class covers the care required, soil, fertilization, appropriate trimming, and the use of wires to control the shapes of the branches and trunks. (Bonsai plant and dish available for optional purchase for a $30 materials fee.)

Start date: 06/03/17

End date: 06/03/17

1 session

Weekly - Sat 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (6/3/2017-6/3/2017)

Instructor : Wai Tai Cho 

Room :  On campus

Class Fee: $49.00

Materials Fee: $30.00

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Learn a systematic approach to diagnosing plant problems, and discover where to go for sound solutions. Become familiar with common insect, disease, and environmental maladies of landscape plants. Gain hands-on practice diagnosing problems and finding remedies. Bring samples of your own sick plants to the second session for diagnosis.

Start date: 05/11/17

End date: 05/18/17

2 sessions.

Weekly - Thu 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (5/11/2017-5/18/2017)

Instructor : Van Bobbitt 

Room :  LHO 2

Class Fee: $65.00

Materials Fee: $0.00



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Dwarf conifers are ideal plants for West Seattle's smaller yards and gardens. They're low maintenance and resistant to most insects and diseases; many have year-round color, and there is an extraordinary range of sizes and shapes available. This class covers the information on types of dwarf conifers (genus/species), as well as the basics of site and soil.

Start date: 05/13/17

End date: 05/13/17

1 session

Weekly - Sat 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (5/13/2017-5/13/2017)

Instructor : Bill Hibler 

Room :  LHO 2

Class Fee: $29.00

Materials Fee: $0.00



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Enjoy a complimentary tour of South’s Arboretum & Botanical Garden and learn how to turn your own garden into a botanical gem! Natives, ornamentals and many noteworthy specimens for the urban garden will be featured. A professional horticulturist will guide you through the gardens of the Arboretum, providing a “right plant, right place” perspective to guide your landscape designs.

Start date: 06/03/17

End date: 06/03/17

1 session

Weekly - Sat 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM (6/3/2017-6/3/2017)

Instructor :  staff Staff 

Room :  Arboretum entrance

Class Fee: $0.00

Materials Fee: $0.00



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Do you long to grow your own tree fruits on your city lot but worry you don't have enough space in your garden? Does growing fruit trees sound too complicated? It's not, but you do need to know some basics. With the help of our expert, you'll learn about appropriate species, selection and maintenance practices, potential pests/diseases, and correct pruning practices.

Start date: 05/20/17

End date: 05/20/17

1 session

Weekly - Sat 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (5/20/2017-5/20/2017)

Instructor : Bob Baines 

Room :  LHO 2

Class Fee: $29.00

Materials Fee: $0.00



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Create ceramic garden art for your garden this Spring! In this two-day workshop choose from a variety of fun and easy projects: Wind chimes, small garden totems, ceramic flowers, planters, vegetable makers and more. All skill levels welcome.

Start date: 05/05/17

End date: 05/12/17

2 sessions.

Weekly - Fri 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (5/5/2017-5/12/2017)

Instructor : Bethany Woll 

Room :  RAH 111

Class Fee: $49.00

Materials Fee: $15.00

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Encouraging birds and insects to visit and live in your garden helps to look after local wildlife, keeps valuable green spaces thriving, and can help control garden pests by encouraging natural predators. This class will focus on how to encourage them to visit and/or stay through the use of shrubs, trees, boxes and feeders for perching, foraging and nesting.

Start date: 05/06/17

End date: 05/06/17

1 session

Weekly - Sat 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (5/6/2017-5/6/2017)

Instructor : Terre Shattuck 

Room :  LHO 2

Class Fee: $29.00

Materials Fee: $0.00



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All plant groups have the same elemental needs of water, light, and air, but the quantity and intensity of each of these elements varies greatly by location. This class covers the specifics of West Seattle's soil composition, weather, small-size lots, and related issues (drainage, pH) including the "right plant, right place" perspective, soil amendments to boost fertility, companion planting, and avoidance of plants overused in West Seattle. Call 206.934.5339 to register two or more people at the Friends Rate of $22.50 each.

Start date: 04/29/17

End date: 04/29/17

1 session

Weekly - Sat 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (4/29/2017-4/29/2017)

Instructor : Mark Pollock 

Room :  LHO

Class Fee: $25.00

Materials Fee: $0.00



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Learn the skills and steps necessary to complete a natural stone path or patio. The casual, free-form approach to design allows you to relax and be creative rather than worrying about precise cutting and fitting. But a natural stone patio does require a firm base and adequate drainage, important considerations which will be thoroughly covered in this interactive class. Your instructor will present photos from recent projects as well as stone samples and tools. Leave class with a clear understanding of what it takes to design and install a natural stone path or patio. Call 206.934.5339 to register two or more people at the Friends Rate of $22.50 each.  

Start date: 05/06/17

End date: 05/06/17

1 session

Weekly - Sat 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM (5/6/2017-5/6/2017)

Instructor : Chuck Randall 

Room :  On campus

Class Fee: $25.00

Materials Fee: $0.00



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Learning to identify trees can change the way you relate to nature. Instead of just seeing trees, begin to see a diversity of species and know their names. In this class, learn to use a simple botanical key to identify native trees and appreciate their environmental adaptations and landscape uses.

Start date: 04/29/17

End date: 04/29/17

1 session

Weekly - Sat 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM (4/29/2017-4/29/2017)

Instructor : Van Bobbitt 

Room :  LHO 2

Class Fee: $49.00

Materials Fee: $0.00



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Why come home to a barren lawn and drab plantings when you could be greeted by your own beautiful oasis? Learn the secrets professionals use to create landscapes that are functional, ecologically beneficial and aesthetically pleasing. Employing slides, lecture and handout materials, you'll learn both design theory and practical tips for transforming your yard into a lovely, welcoming space. Call 206.934.5339 to register two or more people at the Friends Rate of $55.50 each.

Start date: 04/26/17

End date: 05/03/17

2 sessions.

Weekly - Wed 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM (4/26/2017-5/3/2017)

Instructor : Blair Constantine 

Room :  LHO 2

Class Fee: $59.00

Materials Fee: $0.00

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Learn how to build lasting color in your summer garden using a variety of different types of plants.  Plant selections for optimal display, drought tolerance, and easy maintenance will be emphasized. 

Start date: 06/10/17

End date: 06/10/17

1 session

Weekly - Sat 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (6/10/2017-6/10/2017)

Instructor : Christina Pfeiffer 

Room :  LHO 2

Class Fee: $35.00

Materials Fee: $0.00



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