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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.

Online classes

In response to Gov. Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order we are offering some gardening classes online.

Sustainable garden design

Presenter: Emily Bishton, Landscape designer and environmental educator

Do you have a wish list of activities you would like to be able to do in your garden such as growing food, dining, attracting wildlife, improving the view, screening utility poles and traffic, or increasing your outdoor storage space? Consider using low-maintenance sustainable design methods. Emily Bishton will provide step-by-step approaches to analyze existing garden conditions such as sun, soil, water, and human elements, and turn your project into a beautiful low-maintenance landscape that meets your needs!

Thursday, July 16
5:00 – 6:30 pm
To register and receive a link to join the class, call 425-255-9600 or email
Hosted by: King County Water District 90
Location: Online via Zoom meeting

About Zoom

Attending a class using Zoom is easy and free. On the day of the class, check your email (and your spam filter too, just in case) for an email containing a link to join the class.

Using a desktop computer, laptop, or tablet click the “Join Zoom Meeting” link just before the class start time. We will open the class 15 minutes early to allow for any last minute technical adjustments.

You will be able to see and hear the presenter and a slide show. Attendees will be able to ask questions through the chat feature but will not be able to share audio or video.

In-person classes

Water smart gardening

Presenter: Jessi Bloom, best-selling author and owner/lead designer of N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes

Smart watering can mean using nature to water your garden! Gardening in the Pacific Northwest presents many water related challenges – from too much stormwater and drainage problems to several months of drought. Join Jessi Bloom to learn the basics of rain gardens, rain collection, drainage solutions, and great plants for every garden.

Thursday, October 8
6:30 – 8:00 pm
To register, call (206) 362-8100 or email
Location: North City Water District, 1519 NE 177th St., Shoreline, WA 98155

Four seasons of color: the year-round garden

Presenter: Marianne Binetti, author and NW horticultural expert

Learn design and planting tips to make your landscape attractive all year long. You will learn secrets for less maintenance and more color using garden art and structures with ideas from show gardens from around the world.

Thursday, September 3
5:00 – 6:30 pm
To register, call (425) 255-9600 or email
Location: King County Water District 90, 15606 SE 128th St., Renton, WA 98059