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.
GRAND OPENING! NATIVE PLANT DISPLAY GARDEN – JUNE 24th, 2017 FROM 3 pm – 5 pm
Join us in celebrating this newest addition to the garden. We’ll have a casual summer afternoon event to explore and learn about the different aspects of the display garden from the Alpine heights to the coastal lowlands. Enjoy the sound of water as it winds through the new stream bed, inviting birds and wildlife to our refuge in the heart of Richmond Beach. Help us congratulate the hard working staff and our incredibly hard-working and dedicated volunteers who made this happen. We look forward to seeing you there.
CLASS: LEAF SAND CASTING – JULY 8th at 10:30 am AND JULY 20th at 7 pm
Make a concrete bird bath shaped like a giant leaf. Create most of the project during the workshop, and take home instructions to complete your birdbath once it cures. This listing is for two separate classes. Register for this class here.
GARDEN PARTY! ANNUAL FUNDRAISER – JULY 27th, 2017 FROM 6 pm – 9 pm
It’s our annual Garden Party Fundraiser at the Edmonds Yacht Club down on the Edmonds waterfront. Join in the fun with silent and live auctions, raffles, excellent eats from Pacific Northwest Catering and plenty of wine and beer. Come join the fun! Tickets are available for purchase here.
NORTHWEST ARTIST IN ACTION – JULY 29th and 30th FROM 10 am – 4 pm
FALL TREE AND SHRUB SALE – OCTOBER 13-15 AND 20-22, 2017 *TWO WEEKENDS!*
Celebrate Autumn with our Fall Tree and Shrub Sale. All trees and shrubs will be discounted 25% off. Add trees and shrubs to your garden landscape when they will have the most success with the onset of fall rains. Their root systems and your garden will be well-established by spring!
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
We offer a variety of seasonally appropriate field trips for preschool and kindergarten groups. Field trips last 60 minutes and include an introduction, a garden exploration and a related craft project.
The Kruckeberg Botanic Garden has a naturalistic design, which feels more like taking a walk through the woods than what many expect of a botanic garden. It is a wonderful place to teach children about the different vegetation layers of a forest. Participants will explore the Garden and will make their own miniature forest out of twigs, leaves and other natural materials found on the ground. Seasonal Availability: Year Round
The Kruckeberg Botanic Garden is a feast for the senses! It is a perfect place for young children to learn how to use those senses to explore the natural world. Our sensory walk will take participants through the garden and then everyone will make their own custom scented sachet out of aromatic plants from the garden. Seasonal Availability: Year Round
With an extensive collection of Maples and other fall foliage plants, the Kruckeberg Garden is alive with color in the fall. Why do some leaves change color in the fall? Learn why leaves are green and why some change color and fall off in the fall. Participants will explore the Garden looking for changing leaves and will make their own colorful leaves to bring home. Seasonal Availability: Autumn
SIGNS OF SPRING
The days might still be gray and rainy, but the signs of spring are all around us, if we know how to look for them. Come to the Kruckeberg Garden to watch the natural world start to wake up from a long winter. Participants will look for early signs of spring, make a newspaper pot and plant a seed to bring home. Seasonal Availability: Spring
The Kruckeberg Garden sports an amazing array of different types, sizes and colors of flowers. Learn about the parts of a flower and the purpose of flowers as you explore the garden on a flower treasure hunt. Participants will then make a colorful flower of their own to bring home. Seasonal Availability: Spring & Summer