Events + Tours 2017-10-18T12:45:51+00:00

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.

Visit us Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays 10 am - 5 pm, admission is always free!

20312 15th Ave NW, Shoreline, WA 98177
206-546-1281
kbgf@kruckeberg.org

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EVENTS

4o% OFF 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 40% 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!

CLASS: FALL TREES AND SHRUBS FOR FALL COLOR – OCTOBER 20th @ 2 pm

Horticulturist, Van Bobbitt will lead a lecture and walk on trees and shrubs that deliver great fall color for the landscape. The lecture portion will be in the house, but come prepared to walk outdoors rain or shine. Register for this class here.

SPOOKY NIGHT! OCTOBER 27 -28 FROM 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm

In the spirit of our traditional Solstice Stroll, the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden will embrace its spookiest qualities. Join us for a family-friendly stroll through the upper garden and around the house while we do our best to amuse you with the fun of Halloween. This is a free event to the community.

RAKE AND BAKE! NOVEMBER 12th FROM 12 pm to 3 pm

It’s a community raking event combined with baked goods to keep us powered up! Join us for this annual community event where we all pitch in and give the garden a good clean up for fall.

CLASS: FERN PROPAGATION NOVEMBER 18th FROM 10:30 am – 12:30 pm THIS CLASS IS FULL

Join Heidi for a hands-on class on propagating ferns. Class size is limited to 15, so pre-register to save your place. Register for this class here.

CLASS: WREATH MAKING WORKSHOP DECEMBER 3rd from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join us for a festive time in the house with our resident wreath making gurus. This is a perfect class to take with a friend.  There are two workshops on the same day, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Class size is limited, so don’t delay. Register for this class here.

CLASS: WREATH MAKING WORKSHOP DECEMBER 3rd from 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Join us for a festive time in the house with our resident wreath making gurus. This is a perfect class to take with a friend.  There are two workshops on the same day, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Class size is limited, so don’t delay. Register for this class here.

TOURS

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.

PUBLIC TOURS

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 TOURS

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 TOURS

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.

AVAILABLE THEMES

FOREST LAYERS

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

GARDEN SENSES

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

FALL LEAVES

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

FLOWER POWER

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