Events & Workshops

Learn about our expert-led seminars & hands-on workshops scheduled for the coming months.
Most of the events are FREE, do not require registration and are held in the Events Area.

Please note: While we are a dog-friendly store, it is possible that for some events and circumstances, we may ask that dogs be removed. Dogs are not allowed in the Garden Cafe or in our seasonal hospitality areas. Working service dogs are an exception and are always welcome. Please refer to our Pet Policy for more information. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


February 25

Regretfully, we have had to postpone our Sprouts Session: Cooking Is for the Birds! Stay tuned....

Garden Reads

February 26, 4-5pm

Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obession and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California by Frances Dinkelspiel

Molbak’s is pleased to partner with the University Bookstore to bring you a monthly gardener’s book club!  We read fiction, non-fiction and memoir garden

related titles with a lively discussion facilitated by  Mill Creek University Bookstores’ Deb Hanes.  Please  support our independent bookstore friends at University Bookstore by purchasing the titles online HERE  or instore at their Mill Creek, Seattle or Bothell locations.

 The history of the California wine trade, dating back to the 19th Century, is a story of vineyards with dark and bloody pasts, tales of rich men, strangling monopolies, the brutal enslavement of vineyard workers and murder. In Tangled Vines, Frances Dinkelspiel looks beneath the casually elegant veneer of California's wine regions to find the obsession, greed and violence lying in wait. 

In Your Edible Garden with Lisa Taylor

March 4, 10-11am

Lisa Taylor

Our monthly series with urban gardener Lisa Taylor returns! February isn't too early to make this year the best your edible garden has seen. Lisa shares practical advice and simple tricks to growing healthy, organic fruits and veggies no matter the size of your garden or depth of your garden knowledge! Great for beginners or experts!   

Mason Bees

March 4, 12-1pm

Dave Hunter, Crown Bees

Learn about one of our amazing native spring pollinators from one of the nation’s experts on mason bees. Find out how the bees nest in your garden, why they are gentle, what makes them amazing pollinators and take home exact steps for your success. Dave Hunter, founder of Woodinville’s own Crown Bees will be here to answer your questions and sign his new book, Mason Bee Revolution.

Classic Hikes in Washington

March 4, 2-3pm

Craig Romano, author

What better way to get acquainted with our beautiful natural heritage than by taking a classic hike? Learn about the very best hikes in the state—short and long—day and overnight. From the misty wild Olympic Coast to the sun-kissed Blue Mountains, explore trails covering every facet of Washington’s incredible geographical diversity. Talk with book signing to follow.  

Northwest Driftwood Artists Display and Demonstration

March 18, 10-3pm

The Northwest Driftwood Artists will be presenting a display of driftwood sculptures in Molbak's Center Court. Come admire This unique art form which takes a piece of “found” wood and enhances what nature has developed, revealing the beautiful form and natural grains of each piece. 

Foliage and Focal Points – Ideas for Gardens and Budgets of all Sizes

March 18, 10-11am

Karen Chapman, Christina Salwitz

Join award-winning authors, designers and self-confessed plantaholics Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz, and learn how to create eye-catching focal points and vignettes, an essential component of good garden design. Discover tricks for placement, what to use and how to frame them with fabulous foliage for a truly memorable scene. Book signing and talk

Foliage First Semi-Private Consult

March 18, 12-1pm

Karen Chapman, Christina Salwitz

Cost $15. Space is limited. By reservation only. 

Selecting a fabulous specimen plant is the easy part. Knowing what to pair with it so that each element complements the other while allowing the star to remain the focus takes experience. That’s where Karen Chapman and Christina Salwitz can help. As professional designers and horticulturists with a keen eye for detail they are offering a unique opportunity for a small group workshop where you can learn key skills and get specific ideas to help you in your garden.

In this semi-private consult, each participant will have the opportunity to work with Christina or Karen on ONE key focal point question from their own landscape! Please bring a PRINTED photo of a small area (less than 10ft) or particular landscape feature/established plant you'd like to work with and they will help you choose 2-3 plants to turn up the level of GORGEOUS! 

Successful Seed Starting

March 18, 12-1pm

Bill Thorness

Do you have beloved veggie varieties that are hard to find as plants in the nursery? Well, you can grow them from seed! Bill Thorness, author of Cool Season Gardener and Edible Heirlooms, will share tips on successfully starting vegetables from seed: sowing, fertilizing, watering, potting up, hardening off and troubleshooting any problems. Talk and book signing. 

What the Cluck?

March 18, 2-3pm

Jessi Bloom

Want chickens but too scared they'll destroy your hard work in the garden? Learn how to create a garden that integrates chickens and utilizes their many strengths. Talk and book signing. 

Soul Soil!

March 25, 10-11am

Randy Ritchie

Let’s create and grow beautiful and thriving organic soils and composts at home for your garden, beds and plots. The key to a healthy organic garden is healthy soil. This class explores making compost and mixing soils at home, as well as building the soil in your garden. The biology; the microbes and the larger micro-organisms are the key to sustaining our planet, our soil and our gardens.

Sprouts Session: Woodland Park Zoo

March 25, 12-1pm

Our monthly session just for kids is lead by our friends at Woodland Park Zoo!