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.
Solstice Stroll | December 13th, 14th, and 15th & December 20th, 21st, and 22nd | 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us in bringing light to some of the darkest nights of the year. For two weekends in December, see the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden aglow with light. This is an evening event, rain or shine. Our parking lot will be closed for this event. We have reserved the parking lot at the Richmond Beach Congregational Church and will provide a free shuttle service to and from the garden. The garden will be closed on these dates during our regular operating hours due to this evening event.
Admission: FREE (suggested donation of $10 encouraged)
Accessibility: We have had several calls about wheelchair accessibility. Due to the current topography of the garden, we are not able to accommodate wheelchairs at this time. We are working on this and want to express our sincere apologies for any inconvenience and/or disappointment. This is a top priority for the foundation.
Parking: Richmond Beach Congregational Church (free shuttle about every 15 mins)
Solstice Stroll generously sponsored by Central Market Shoreline
Annual Meeting | January 24th | 7:00 pm – Member Meeting, 7:30 pm – Guest Speaker
All are welcome to our annual meeting off-site at Shoreline City Hall (17500 Midvale Avenue North, Shoreline, WA 98133). To start the meeting, KBGF members will approve new board members and officers, followed by our engaging guest speaker, Lynda V. Mapes, author of “Witness Tree: Seasons of Change with a Century-Old Oak” at 7:30. Not a member yet or your membership has lapsed? You can become a member of the garden or renew your membership at this event. Membership is not required to attend. The evening will include time to connect with other community members and plant enthusiasts.
Admission: FREE to members, $5 for non-members
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 Class | February 9th, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Learn how to identify deciduous trees and shrubs in winter with this helpful class. Instructor Walt Bubelis will teach you how to use bark, twig arrangement and buds to identify common northwest natives when the leaves are off. Great class for amateur botanists, citizen scientists and gardeners who want to take their skills to the next level. Members $25 | Non-members $35. Registration opens January 2019.
Garden Tool Maintenance Workshop | March 2nd, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Spring is around the corner, and we know some of you are more than ready to resume tending your gardens for the new season. Come join us and learn how to properly care for your tools so that garden work is more efficient and pleasant – 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 opens January 2019.
Leprechaun Trap Workshop | March 10th, 10:30 am – 11:30 am and 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 and pre-registration is required for this class. Two sessions are available. Members $25 | Non-members $35. Registration opens January 2019.
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.