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The Saving Water Partnership sponsors free gardening classes in the spring and fall to help you create and maintain beautiful, healthy landscapes that use water wisely.

The Saving Water Partnership sponsors free gardening classes in the spring and fall to help you create and maintain beautiful, healthy landscapes that use water wisely.

Virtual and in-person classes  

Our gardening classes have moved online since we are currently unable to  meet in person due to COVID-19. It’s our hope that we will be able to meet in person again soon.  

Below, we have provided information on the physical location for some of the classes. However, those classes will be moved online if in-person meetings are not allowed at the time of the class. When that happens, those registered for the class will receive information on how to join the class virtually.   

Know your garden: winning the war on water use with great plants and techniques

Presenter: Marianne Binetti, Author and NW Horticultural Expert

Get inspired to plant not just shrubs and perennials that will survive in our climate, but plants that make a knockout statement when grown together. These plants will also smother weeds and solve other landscape problems. Learn how to create stunning plant marriages; how to use short plants to support taller specimens to avoid stakes or ties; and how to use trees and large shrubs already in your landscape as focal points to create gardens with seasonal interest that will knock your socks off.

Thursday September 2nd, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
To register: call (206) 362-8100 or email theresah@northcitywater.org
Location: class will be online – information to join via Zoom will be emailed before the class.

Perma-what? Designing your own permaculture paradise

Presenter: Jessi Bloom, Best-Selling Author and Owner/Lead Designer of N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes

Landscapes and gardens offer a wealth of benefits if designed and managed well. Learn how to look at your garden as an ecosystem and explore the possibilities to make your space more sustainable. How to build healthy soils, good design, as well as proper maintenance strategies will be covered and you will see examples of beautiful gardens for inspiration.

Wednesday, September 8th, 5:00 – 6:30 pm
To register: call 425-255-9600 or email daniellet@kcwd90.com
Location: King County Water District 90, 15606 SE 128th St., Renton

If in-person meetings are not allowed at the time of this class it will be moved online and information to join via Zoom will be emailed before the class.

Native Plants: Combining beauty with water conservation

Presenter: Peggy Campbell, Horticulturist

Enjoy beauty sustainably with Northwest natives. Naturally suited to our wet winter and dry summer climate, discover these low-maintenance, water-saving wonders. Peggy Campbell shares sun-loving and shad-preferring favorites, how to match them to your garden spots, and tips for successful, fuss-free gardening.

Tuesday, September 14th,  6:30 – 8:00 pm 
To Register: call (425) 430-7287 or email limhoff@rentonwa.gov
Location: class will be online – information to join via Zoom will be emailed before the class.

Fall and winter chores to make your spring gardening easier

Presenter: Ladd Smith, Co-Owner of In Harmony Sustainable Landscapes

Learn how you can become a more successful gardener and do it with less work. Your garden will be more beautiful and you will enjoy putting in less effort and getting more enjoyment when you learn how to work with Mother Nature. Healthy soils, good watering, and natural yard care techniques will be some of the topics discussed.

Tuesday, September 14th,  6:30 – 8:00 pm 
To Register: call (425) 521-3747 or email conservation@nud.net
Location: class will be online-information to join via Microsoft Teams will be emailed before the class.