Events, Programs, & Tours
The Kruckeberg Botanic Garden hosts numerous events throughout the year for youth, families, and adults. Annual events include Spring & Fall Kids’ Garden Events, Shorelake Concerts in the Park, and Winter Solstice Stroll.
Our educational programming aims to connect visitors of all ages to nature through workshops & classes in horticulture, art, wellness, and more!
We offer a variety of tour & field trip options for individuals to large groups of all ages and interests. Please see our current tour availability below.
Check out what’s happening next at the Garden!
Classes & Workshops
Plein Air Acrylics in the Garden with Valencia Carroll | Wednesdays, July 13th – August 10th, 2022 | 5:00 pm
This class is all about visually exploring nature and painting from observation. By the end of this course, you will be able to head out into the field with the confidence that you need to complete a plein air painting. You will learn what kind of equipment to use in the field, what materials you will need for plein air painting, how to choose a subject and compose the scene, how to analyze the scene in 3-4 values, and how to use visual vocabulary to capture the beauty of the great outdoors.
Both beginner and more advanced painters will benefit from this class and will enjoy learning with others in the natural beauty of Kruckeberg Botanic Garden. Some drawing experience can be helpful but is not required.
This is a ShoreLake Arts Council workshop, please register through their website below
Concrete Leaf Casting with Carolyn Barden | Saturday, July 30th, 2022 | 10:30 am & 12:30 pm
Add a personal touch to your garden with a concrete leaf cast! In this workshop, you will create an eye-catching work of art for your garden or home. Crafter-extraordinaire, Carolyn Barden has been teaching this class at the Garden for many years. Can you spot all of her creations in the Garden? Carolyn will show you how to create, paint, and seal your cast, as well as demonstrate various ways to display the finished product.
Due to high demand, two sessions will be offered on July 30th. Please select your preferred session when you register.
Our classes fill up fast and pre-registration is required.
Members $25 | Non-members $35
Herbal Salves and Balms with Heidi Koonz at Shoreline Community College | Saturday, August 20th, 2022 | 10:00 am
Crafting with herbs is an age-old way of connecting to our past. Many commonly grown herbs carry powerful healing properties, that we can tap into if we know how to harness them. This class will highlight the easiest, yet some of the most rewarding, plants to employ for this purpose. Participants will leave with the tools to create their own herbal remedies and the knowledge of how to incorporate them into their daily lives. Open to anyone 14+, but will accept middle school students with a parent.
Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Members are eligible for a special rate! Contact the Garden to receive a promo code to save $9.00! Email: email@example.com to get your code!
Have an idea for a workshop or interested in leading one yourself? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org!
Visitors to the Garden and Nursery are welcome Friday through Sunday during open hours.
Private, staff-led tours are available by arrangement and provide an overview of the plant collection, the history and origins of the garden, along with discussions about the future. Tours are $10/person, with a $60 minimum. Private tours can be arranged for Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday during the week, as well as Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. All tours are booked in advance by contacting the garden at email@example.com.
Self-Guided Tours – See the Garden through the eyes of Walt Bubelis, Professor Emeritus of Horticulture, through his seasonal self-guided tours. Use your smartphone to scan the QR codes posted throughout the Garden to learn more about each featured plant.
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 contact us in advance of your tour if you have concerns about accessibility.
YOUTH FOREST FIELD TRIPS
For all things kid-related, visit our Kids Only page.