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.
Summer Solstice Soundscapes with Gary Stroutsos | June 21st | 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Gary Stroutsos performs world flute music drawn from many traditional cultures. Evoking a spirit of place and the voices of the land, his work includes internationally acclaimed recordings at sacred sites, using the unique acoustics and history of each great space as the starting point for a deep musical exploration. This results in a shared moment in a timeless place, where the flute melodies – ancestral and modern – play off on one another and songs come alive, buoying and breathing through the generations. Learn more about him and his work at www.garystroutsos.com
“I cannot imagine trying to come to terms with the history of this complicated country I have chosen to make my life’s work without Gary’s exquisite mastery and understanding of its many varied musical traditions. We don’t leave home without him.” – Ken Burns, Florentine Films
The Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Foundation is proud to partner with Gary Stroutsos. Join us for a casual reception of food, wine, and light refreshment with Gary in the upper garden and then walk down together to the lower garden for a performance of Native American songs and story telling. This is a ticketed event to support the foundation and the garden.
When: June 21st at 6:00 pm
Where: 20312 15th Ave NW, Shoreline, WA 98177
Tickets: $45.00 each (purchase here)
Propagation by Cuttings Workshop | June 15th, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Experience the joy of creating your own plants! During this class you will learn the basics of propagation by cuttings from Heidi Koonz, one of our horticulturists. Each participant will take home a propagation tray full of cuttings, along with guidelines for making more throughout the year. Members $25 | Non-members $35. Registration is required.
Birdbath Sand Casting Workshop | July 11th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm & July 13th, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Make a beautiful birdbath to enhance your garden. The birds will love it too! You will design your unique art piece with the use of large leaves. Create most of the project during the workshop, and take home instructions to complete your birdbath once it cures. This class is held outdoors. Two sessions available. Members $25 | Non-members $35. Registration is required.
Botanical Salves & Balms Workshop | August 10th, 10:30 am -12:30 pm
Join us to develop your skills in botanical self-care. Learn how and what plants to harvest for different purposes, how to preserve them, and how to turn them into healing salves and balms. You can also add in some therapeutic essential oils! Leave with samples and instructions to make more at home. Members $25 | Non-members $35. Registration is required.
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 – 2nd GRADE FIELD TRIPS
For all things kid-related, visit our Kids Only page.