Free Events!

We are delighted to announce our 2022 schedule of events, and to announce that we’re adding some great new features to make them better than ever!

  • Each of our monthly, 2nd Saturday events will begin with a FREE 1-hr garden class, plant clinic, or nature walk, followed by 3-hrs. of garden stewardship activities;

  • Attendees must pre-register for the garden class, the stewardship activities, or both, by visiting our new SignUp Genius page;


SATURDAY APRIL 9TH 

  • Free, family-friendly garden class from 10am-11am: THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL. Learn all about the benefits of creating a worm bin to compost at home from a Tilth Alliance Master Composter! Attendees will get to “meet” the worms and roly-polys in the Children’s Garden worm bin, and help re-bed it with fresh leaves and straw too!
  • Garden stewardship activities from 11am-2pm: ASSIST in planting, pruning, mulching, weeding, and other garden stewardship!

SATURDAY MAY 14TH

  • Free, family-friendly garden class from 10am-11am: LEARN how to choose and grow native plants from WNPS native plant steward Alice Cummings! Attendees will have a tour of the Children’s Garden native plants, learn their low-maintenance and wildlife-friendly benefits, and how to plant them too!
  • Garden stewardship activities from 11am-2pm: ASSIST in planting, pruning, mulching, weeding, and other garden stewardship!


SATURDAY JUNE 11TH

  • Master Gardener Plant Clinic from 9am-10am: BRING your home garden questions or plant problems to the Children’s Garden for free consultation and/or answers from a team of WSU/King County Master Gardeners! ALSO, LEARN easy ways to use the free WSU/MG online resources and apps, and to access the “ask-a-MG” email clinic for garden answers any time!
  • Garden stewardship activities from 10am-1pm: ASSIST in planting, pruning, mulching, weeding, and other garden stewardship! (please note earlier start times for our summer events)


SATURDAY JULY 9TH

  • Free, family-friendly garden class from 9am-10am: THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL. Learn how to add pollinator-attracting plants to your home garden from CG Committee member and teacher Emily Bishton! Attendees will take a tour of the Children’s Garden many pollinator plants, learn which ones will work best in your garden conditions, the “bee-safe rules” and more!
  • Garden stewardship activities from 10am-1pm: ASSIST in planting, pruning, mulching, weeding, and other garden stewardship! (please note earlier start times for our summer events)

Saturday August 13th:

  • Free, family-friendly nature walk in the Magnuson Wetlands from 9am-10am: LEARN all about the family of beavers that live in the wetlands from our special guest, a staff member of Beavers Northwest! See their lodge and dams, and the ways their residency has created habitat for birds, tree frogs, and other wonderful wildlife.
  • Garden stewardship activities from 10am-1pm: ASSIST in planting, pruning, mulching, weeding, and other garden stewardship! (please note earlier start times for our summer events)

Saturday Sept. 10th: Free, family-friendly garden class from 10am-11am (topic to be determined), stewardship activities from 11am-2pm

Saturday Oct. 8th: Free, family-friendly garden class from 10am-11am (topic to be determined), stewardship activities from 11am-2pm


In addition, we’ll be hosting a dedication celebration for the new “All Are Welcome” murals and the new crushed rock pathways this year (date yet-to-be-determined).  We’ll also be adding multiple stewardship events during the summer months, so stay tuned for our listing of all these dates as soon as they are set!


COVID-SAFE PROTOCOLS:

  • At all our classes and stewardship events, we follow guidance from the CDC, WA State and the WSU/Master Gardener Program.
    • We ask that all adult attendees be vaccinated, and we require that all attendees over age 2 bring a mask to wear whenever they are within 6ft of another attendee outside their family group.
    • There is a maximum of 15 attendees for each class and stewardship event, which allows social distancing in the garden.
    • If/when guidance changes to us, we will make adjustments as needed. Thanks for your understanding!
  • At our stewardship events, we also supply all sanitizing supplies and tools, but ask that volunteers bring their own garden gloves if they have them. If not, we will supply a freshly-laundered pair to use while you are in the Children’s Garden.

For more information or any questions about our events, please contact the Children’s Garden Committee Volunteer Coordinator Lois Hanson at childrensgardenvolunteering@gmail.com.


Q: What happens at our stewardship events?

A: Our events are fun for novice gardeners as well as experienced ones, and parents are always welcome to bring their children!

  • Typical activities include simple tasks such as planting, fertilizing, and/or pruning plants, weeding and mulching beds and paths, and watering during the summer months;
  • We provide bottled water and single-serving granola bars or other refreshments for all stewardship volunteers;
  • King Co. Master Gardeners and/or other experienced gardeners are always on hand at each event to guide volunteers, and answer your home gardening questions too!

For more information or any questions about our events, please contact the Children’s Garden Committee Volunteer Coordinator Lois Hanson at childrensgardenvolunteering@gmail.com. Thanks!

We may also be able to schedule a free custom stewardship event for your scout, campfire, community, family or corporate group during the summer months, with minimum of 2 weeks advance notice. For more information, contact Lois at childrensgardenvolunteering@gmail.com


Here are some fun photos below from past stewardship events, classes, and nature walks:

Kids and adults exploring the worm bin at one of our 2019 Family Garden Days
Kids and adults having fun doing simple garden tasks like re-bedding the worm bin at one of our 2019 stewardship events
Getting to know the aquatic invertebrates in pond water samples on one of our 2019 Nature Walks in the Magnuson Wetlands.