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Fall Online Gardening Classes

We are partnering with the King County Library Service and the Garden Hotline to offer online gardening classes this fall.

Family classes:

  • September 26 – Bug Houses and Wildlife Gardening 
    Learn about the beneficial insects in the garden and how to make a special habitat for them. We will build bug houses and meet some helpful ground dwelling creatures, sing songs, and have fun. Taught by garden educator, Lisa Taylor.
  • October 6 – Cooking from the Garden
    It isn’t an edible garden unless you eat it. We will make some fantastic yard food in this class. We will explore the edible plants that grow in our fall garden and how we can eat them in different easy-to-make dishes, sing songs, and have fun. Taught by garden educator, Lisa Taylor.
  • November 10 – Wonderful Worms
    Join in a fun exploration of an underground powerhouse. Discover how the mighty red worm turns our food scraps into rich soil. Learn what worms eat and how they live. You’ll make your own mini-worm bin with live worms to keep at home, sing songs and have fun. Taught by garden educator, Lisa Taylor.

Workshop for adult gardeners:

  • October 1 – Choosing the Right Plants
    This workshop will teach you how to get to know the conditions in your yard, create a garden plan, choose the right plants, and give them a good start with proper planting and mulching techniques. Taught by Garden Hotline staff.


What’s the Problem?

Our yards can enhance the beauty of our homes, be a source of pride and be a great place for relaxing. But when we take care of our lawns and gardens, we often use water inefficiently, produce a lot of yard waste and overuse chemicals that are bad for the environment and our families’ health.

What Can We Do? Twinberry

By making some simple changes in how we care for our yards, we can have great looking landscapes that are easier to care for and healthier for families, pets, wildlife and our environment.

Natural yard care is the practice of working with nature in the maintenance of our yards and gardens. It requires less water, less chemicals and less time than conventional yard care.

Start with these 5 steps:

1. Build healthy soil with compost and mulch
2. Plant right for your site
3. Practice smart watering
4. Think twice before using pesticides
5. Practice natural lawn care

Learn more at naturalyardcare.orglinks to external site

Other Things You Can Do

Planning a landscaping project? Kirkland property owners may be eligible for up to $3,500 in rebates! Learn more about our Yard Smart Rain Rewards program. 

More Information

Natural Yard Careexternal link icon- Tips, resources and materials for taking care of your yard and garden naturally. All workshop resources can be found here.

Grasscycling (PDF) – Information on mulch-mowing for a healthy yard.

The Garden Hotlineexternal link icon- Individualized solutions to garden problems that are practical, safe, effective, and natural. Ask Garden Hotline staff questions about your Northwest garden.

Northwest Native Plant Guidelinks to external site– A guide to creating your own native plant landscape. Includes a native plant guide, landscaping plans and how-to articles.

Noxious Weeds in King Countyexternal link icon- Weed identification guide and resources for noxious weed control.

Managing Rainwater Around Your Home (PDF - 1.2MB) -  An introduction to slowing the flow of rainwater around your home.

Rain Garden Handbook for Western Washington Homeowners (PDF - 19MB) - Guide for helping residents plan, design and build rain gardens.

12,000 Rain Gardenslinks to external site- A campaign to install 12,000 rain gardens in the Puget Sound region.

We are partnering with the King County Library Service and the Garden Hotline to offer online gardening classes this fall.

Family classes:

September 26 – Wildlife Gardening and Bug Houses

Learn about the beneficial insects in the garden and how to make a special habitat for them. We will build bug houses and meet some helpful ground dwelling creatures, sing songs, and have fun. Taught by garden educator, Lisa Taylor.

October 6 – Cooking from the Garden

It isn’t an edible garden unless you eat it. We will make some fantastic yard food in this class. We will explore the edible plants that grow in our fall garden and how we can eat them in different easy-to-make dishes, sing songs, and have fun. Taught by garden educator, Lisa Taylor.

November 10 – Wonderful Worms

Join in a fun exploration of an underground powerhouse. Discover how the mighty red worm turns our food scraps into rich soil. Learn what worms eat and how they live. You’ll make your own mini-worm bin with live worms to keep at home, sing songs and have fun. Taught by garden educator, Lisa Taylor.

Workshop for adult gardeners:

October 1 – Choosing the Right Plants

This workshop will teach you how to get to know the conditions in your yard, create a garden plan, choose the right plants, and give them a good start with proper planting and mulching techniques. Taught by Garden Hotline staff.

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