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 a number of field trips each year for preschool through second grade. 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.
Classes & Workshops
Saturday, November 21st, 2020| 9:00am & 11:00am | Houseplants 101 with Andrew Imholt CANCELLED
This workshop will lay the foundation for successfully growing houseplants. We will cover the fundamentals of working with indoor environments, selecting specimens, plant profiles, supplies, care routines, and how to identify and manage health concerns. Houseplants 101 is designed as an informative start from square one for complete beginners. It also will serve as a good refresher course for those with some experience with indoor gardening. We will provide a course outline for note taking, a corresponding slide show, and the opportunity to bring home your very own starter Tradescantia species houseplant.
About Andrew: Andrew Imholt is a Pacific Northwest local and houseplant enthusiast. With over five years of experience, his houseplant collection has grown in size and diversity. He is self-taught and enjoys the continual learning process associated with indoor gardening.
Saturday, December 5th, 2020 | 9:00am & 11:00am | Holiday Wreath Workshop CANCELLED
Back by popular demand! Join Carolyn Barden and Laurie Ann Dudley for this fun and festive wreath making workshop. Use natural materials from the Garden and decorative items to create a unique wreath for indoor or outdoor display.
Members $25 | Nonmembers $35
**All workshops and events subject to change to comply with state and local COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Upcoming Events in the Community
November 5th, 2020 | &:00pm | Plants Have Microbiomes Too: Plant-Microbe Communication in Cottonwood Trees by Carrie Harwood – Carrie will describe a large project that is being carried out by the Department of Energy on Plant-Microbe Interfaces. Its goal is to characterize interactions between Populus and its microbial community with the idea that such information will set the stage to better understand ecosystem responses to climate change, the cycling of carbon on earth and the management of a renewable energy source. This talk will present a broad overview of how we do the research and of major things that we have learned. It will not be a detailed technical talk. Brought to you by the Central Puget Sound chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society. Free but registration is required.
November 10th & 16th, 2020 |7:00pm – 9:00pm | Expanding our Interests in Native Plants through Photography with Donovan Tracy – Native plant enthusiast and wildflower photographer Donovan Tracy will examine how photography expands our appreciation and knowledge of native plants. The emphasis throughout will be on how we as native plant enthusiasts, botanizers and amateur photographers can better view and photograph plants in their native habitats. This two part program will be presented on 2 consecutive Tuesdays. Brought to you by the Washington Native Plant Society. Free but registration is required.
November 17th, 2020 | 7:00pm |The World of Carnivorous Plants by Fred Weinmann – Plants are amazing! This program will explore the multiple nutritional strategies of plants. Carnivory among plant species has evolved in multiple plant groups and includes numerous methods of prey capture. Both the variety of carnivorous species and their multiple shapes, sizes and capture methods will be discussed. Fred Weinmann is a wetland ecologist retired from EPA and from teaching botany and wetland classes at the University of Washington. Brought to you by the Olympic Peninsula chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society. Free but registration is required.
Visitors to the Garden and Nursery are welcome Friday through Sunday during open hours.
Private, docent-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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.