Events, Programs, & Tours

The Kruckeberg Botanic Garden hosts numerous events throughout the year for youth, families, and adults.

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!

Visit us Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays March thru October 10 am - 5 pm, November thru February 10 am - 3pm, admission is always free!

20312 15th Ave NW, Shoreline, WA 98177


Classes & Workshops

Forest Bathing Meet-up with Ly Duong | Sundays, March 5th – April 23rd, 2023 | 1:00 pm

Ly Duong will guide participants on a 1.5 hour long practice in Forest Bathing, inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku. On these informal walks through the Garden you will:

  • Experience the restorative and healing power of slowing down and spending time in the natural world.

  • Learn practices to reconnect to the natural world to help cultivate peace and calm.

  • Wander among spectacular trees and notice the magic and mystery all around you.

Learn more about Forest Bathing and sign up for Ly’s walks by clicking here. Drop-ins welcome, but interested participants are encouraged to join the mailing list to stay informed about upcoming classes, changes, or cancellations.

This class is free, although pay-what-you-will donations to Ly are welcome.

Mindfulness in the Garden with Jessica Hancock | First Saturdays, April – June, 2023 | 9:00 am

Taught by Jessica Hancock, ND. While we slowly stroll through the garden, we will engage with our senses to open and deepen our connection to the wonder and healing power of nature. This class will utilize elements of mindfulness meditation and shinrin-yoku (Japanese Forest Bathing) to help ground and calm the mind, body, and spirit. Jessica Hancock, ND, is a naturopathic physician ( and co-teacher at Mindful in the Wild ( She utilizes mindful healing approaches in her private practice in Shoreline. This class will take place outdoors, please dress accordingly.

  • April 1st, 2023
  • May 6th, 2023
  • June 3rd, 2023

Our classes fill up fast, registration is required.

This class will be held outdoors. 

Members: $25

Nonmembers: $35

Register Here

Square Foot Gardening with Diane O’Neill | Saturday, April 8th, 2023 | 10:30 am

Learn the principles of Square Foot Gardening and plan your vegetable, flower, or herb garden with Diane O’Neill. Square Foot Gardening is an efficient and fun way to get the most out of your space! This method saves gardeners time, effort, tools, space, and water. 

Diane O’Neill is a Certified Square Foot Gardening Instructor and was the first instructor in the nation to receive this designation when the training went online. She is active in the organization and presented a session on soil blocking to other Certified Instructors. She managed the preparation of 2,000 soil blocks for Seattle Giving Gardens last fall. Diane actively participates in several Facebook forums on Winter Sowing and No-Transplant Winter Sowing and prepared over 200 jugs of winter-sown veggies, flowers, and herbs in 2022. She’s worked at both Swanson’s Nursery and Molbak’s, is a former Master Gardener, and has been a speaker at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show.

Our classes fill up fast, registration is required.

Members: $35

Nonmembers: $45

Register Here

Native Pollinators: Garden and Habitat Restoration | Saturday, April 8th, 2023 | 1:00 pm

Explore the world of native bees. Learn about the landscape practices they depend on and their preferred native plants. This program will show the steps needed to convert lawn into habitat while adding vibrant color and visual interest to your garden.

Master Gardener and Community Habitat Steward, Julie O’Donald, will share photos featuring native bees and the flowers that attract them. She will describe how to create a garden where pollinators thrive and will explain ways to incorporate flowering shrubs and wildflowers into the landscape. Landscape features that promote healthy pollinator populations and provide nest sites will also be discussed.

Julie’s personal certified wildlife habitat garden contains over 200 species of native plants and has been successfully attracting birds, butterflies, pollinators, and beneficial insects for more than 25 years. It has been featured in Pacific Horticulture, The Butterfly Gardener, Bird Watching Magazine and Sunset publications. In 2012 and 2013, the rare Western bumble bee was found in Julie’s pollinator garden.

Active in community educational outreach, Julie volunteers for the Washington Native Plant Society, the Washington Butterfly Association, Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, the National Wildlife Federation and the Adopt-A-Stream Foundation. 

Our classes fill up fast, registration is required.

Members: $25

Nonmembers: $35

Register Here

Our classes are held both indoors and outdoors. The lower garden and our indoor classroom space are not wheelchair accessible at this time, we apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions about accessibility of our programs, please email, we will try our best to accommodate your requests.

Have an idea for a workshop or interested in leading one yourself? Contact!


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


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.


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.


For all things kid-related, visit our Kids Only page.