Events + Tours
Being a four-acre botanical garden, we have numerous events and tours throughout the year. We offer a variety of options for individuals to large groups. We host several preschool and kindergarten field trips each year. Review the options below to find an opportunity that’s best for you. Many of our guided tours are provided by our long-time volunteers. Contact us directly to coordinate your needs ahead of time.
We are working on updating and preserving the historic Kruckeberg home. Our goal is to offer classes, meeting space, and events.
You can register for classes and events here.
Leprechaun Hunt | March 8th, 9th, & 10th & March 15th, 16th, & 17th | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Spring is coming and leprechauns are popping up in the Garden. Will you be lucky enough to spot one? Join us for this free, family-friendly scavenger hunt to find out. Over the years, we’ve learned that there are four things that attract leprechauns: Shamrocks, Mischief, Rainbows, and Gold. Find all four to win a prize, and possibly catch a glimpse of a leprechaun!
Winter Twig ID | February 16th, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm & 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Learn how to identify deciduous trees and shrubs in winter with this helpful class. The instructor, Walt Bubelis, has been teaching horticulture for decades and was a former student of Dr. Kruckeberg. Walt will teach you how to use bark, twig arrangement and buds to identify common northwest natives in their dormant state. Great class for amateur botanists, citizen scientists, and gardeners who want to take their skills to the next level. 2 sessions are available. Members $25 | Non-members $35. Registration is required.
Garden Tool Maintenance Workshop | March 2nd, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Spring will be here before we know it! Come join us and learn how to properly care for your tools so that garden work is more efficient and pleasant in the new season – not to mention, you can extend the life of your tools! Bring some of your favorite tools or tools that need some love to get back into working shape. Members $25 | Non-members $35. Registration is required.
Leprechaun Trap Workshop | March 10th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am & 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
They’re secretive little tricksters and legend says you’ll get a pot-o-gold if you can catch one. We’ve been trying to catch them in the garden for years and have perfected our Leprechaun traps with time. Join us for a fun family workshop and make your own trap. The trap is a small planter designed with materials from the garden and other whimsical items to lure in leprechauns. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This activity is geared toward ages 4-8 but all are welcome. Cost is per trap built. Two sessions are available. Members $25 | Non-members $35. Registration is required
DIY Hypertufa Container Workshop | April 27th, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Propagation by Cuttings Workshop | June 15th, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Birdbath Sand Casting Workshop | July 11th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm & July 13th, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Visitors to the Garden and Nursery are welcome Friday through Sunday during open hours. You can enhance your visit with either a self-guided or docent-led tour.
Enhance your visit with a tour. Trained volunteer docents share the Garden’s history and plant collection. We offer tours on many Saturdays from May-October. General tours go into depth about the history of the Garden, the Kruckeberg legacy, and the plant collection and feature what is in bloom and of interest at that time. REGISTER FOR A TOUR
Advance registration is requested for all tours. Two hour tours are $10 per person.
Private, docent-led tours are available by arrangement and provide an overview of the plant collection or focus on a theme of your choice. Tours are $10/person, with a $60 minimum.
Self-Guided Tour brochure – Download our walking tour brochure to help you spot garden highlights, or pick one up at the garden kiosk.
Bird Tour brochure – The Kruckeberg Garden is home to over 40 bird species. Download our self-guided bird tour and checklist, or pick one up at the Garden kiosk.
BEFORE YOUR TOUR
All visitors must remain on the paths to avoid soil compaction and damage to plants. The upper garden is flat, but not paved. The path to the lower garden is relatively steep (beyond ADA standard slope) but in some cases can be manageable by wheelchairs. We recommend that you visit in advance of your tour if you have concerns about accessibility. There are limited restroom facilities at the Garden and no wheelchair accessible restrooms. Please plan accordingly.
PRESCHOOL / KINDERGARTEN FIELD TRIPS
For all things kid-related, visit our Kids Only page.