When you dig into our FREE talks, you’ll be inspired to turn your home dreams into reality. Our expert Speakers will show you how to create gracious indoor living spaces and luscious, sustainable gardens perfect for your family.

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Thursday, January 23


  • 1:00 PM - Better Clutter: The Power of Being Organized - Beth Wilson, professional home organizer 
    Closet chaos? Sparking joy? The “Better Clutter” talk discusses how the clutter in your home affects you, where and how to start organizing your space, the different types of clutter in your home, and strategies for dealing with each type.
  • 2:00 PM - Gardening in Western Washington for Four Seasons of Color - Marianne Binetti, author and owner of the Compleat Home Gardener
    Learn the design tips and growing tricks that will give your landscape year-round color. What you can do to add winter and early spring color right now, creating pocket gardens of fall and summer color and the best plants for multiple seasons of color. This seminar includes a handout of the best carefree shrubs and perennials for four seasons of color. If you live in our climate all year round, you deserve a landscape that looks great all year round. No more gray winter doldrums after this class!
  • 3:00 PM - Water-Wise Gardens - Sue Goetz, CPH, Garden designer and author
    Every garden needs water! It really all comes down to how to use it wisely. From healthy soil, drought tolerant plants, rain gardens, water collection, less dependence on lawns to the lure of gravel gardens. Find out the top things you can do in the garden today to use water wisely. Get inspiration and design ideas to help you create beautiful water-wise gardens.
  • 4:00 PM - “Does going zero waste mean I actually produce zero trash?” and Other Zero Waste Myths - Krystina Jarvis, owner and founder of A Drop in the Ocean Shop
    The phrase “zero waste” can be intimidating, but in the midst of a global recycling crisis and changing municipal guidelines, it is imperative that we rethink, refuse, and reduce to live lighter on our big blue planet. In this workshop, Krystina Jarvis, owner and founder of Tacoma’s first zero waste shop, A Drop in the Ocean, will introduce the concepts of living a zero waste life, and debunk the biggest misconceptions surrounding it. (And, no, zero waste does not actually mean producing zero trash.)

 

Friday, January 24


  • 1:00 PM - Ciscoe's Favorite Plants for Northwest Gardens - Ciscoe Morris, author, radio and TV host
    Ciscoe will talk about plants that are so attractive and exciting, no garden should be without them.
  • 2:00 PM - Happy Houseplants, Healthy Home - Marianne Binetti
    Living plants clean your indoor air but some do a better job than others. Learn about the easiest to grow indoor plants (some for dark corners) plus how to keep the more difficult to grow sedums alive, how to get your orchids and African Violets to rebloom, how to design with houseplants, how to multiply your houseplants and how to stop killing your indoor plants. Ready to adopt? Some audience members will go home with a free houseplant!
  • 3:00 PM - High to Low - Get Rid of High Maintenance Garden Practices! - Sue Goetz
    Design tips to renovate your garden to low maintenance beauty. Take-away ideas from healthy soil to choosing the right plants. Get ready for the gardening season with an easy, natural care garden!

Saturday, January 25


  • 12:00 PM - Garden Design for Bees, Butterflies and Other Good Things! - Sue Goetz
    Get tips on how to design a garden that is bee-friendly and attract other pollinators. Techniques to add pollinator plantings to existing borders and gardens. Get a list of the best plants to grow and all you need to know to grow a healthy, sustainable, colorful garden.
  • 1:00 PM - Gardening in Western Washington for Four Seasons of Color - Marianne Binetti
    Learn the design tips and growing tricks that will give your landscape year-round color. What you can do to add winter and early spring color right now, creating pocket gardens of fall and summer color and the best plants for multiple seasons of color. This seminar includes a handout of the best carefree shrubs and perennials for four seasons of color. If you live in our climate all year round, you deserve a landscape that looks great all year round. No more gray winter doldrums after this class!
  • 2:00 PM - Stump or Be Stumped - Ciscoe Morris
    Answers to all your garden questions. A few lucky attendees will have a chance to win a prize if he or she can answer Ciscoe's "garden stumper" question.
  • 3:00 PM - Better Clutter: The Power of Being Organized - Beth Wilson
    Closet chaos? Sparking joy? The “Better Clutter” talk discusses how the clutter in your home affects you, where and how to start organizing your space, the different types of clutter in your home, and strategies for dealing with each type.
  • 4:00 PM - When “One Small Action” Becomes Many: How to Incorporate Sustainable Living Into Daily Life - Krystina Jarvis
    What exactly does living lightly on our planet look like? It’s a bunch of small daily actions, and small daily choices. But over time, those small choices can feel like a rolling snowball, getting bigger and bigger, faster and faster, and more and more difficult to manage. Beat the burnout in this workshop with Krystina Jarvis, owner and founder of A Drop in the Ocean, Tacoma’s first zero waste shop. No matter where you are in your sustainability journey, walk away with practical skills to master your personal journey, avoid overwhelm, and conquer the snowball once and for all.

Sunday, January 26


  • 12:00 PM - Container Gardens for Any Size and Space - Sue Goetz
    Who says you can’t have a garden on a balcony, patio or other small space? Edibles, fruits (yes, even apple trees), herbs, perennials, and more! Inspiration from blooms to foliage, find out the best plants and how to stylize them in container gardens to grow a garden (almost) anywhere.
  • 1:00 PM - Hummingbird Madness - Ciscoe Morris
    Ciscoe will talk about how to attract hummingbirds to your garden and keep them hanging out year-round.
  • 2:00 PM - Happy Houseplants, Healthy Home - Marianne Binetti
    Living plants clean your indoor air but some do a better job than others. Learn about the easiest to grow indoor plants (some for dark corners) plus how to keep the more difficult to grow sedums alive, how to get your orchids and African Violets to rebloom, how to design with houseplants, how to multiply your houseplants and how to stop killing your indoor plants. Ready to adopt? Some audience members will go home with a free houseplant!
  • 3:00 PM - Harnessing the Power of Creativity to DIY Your Reno - Liz Morrow, Interior Designer and Styler
    Most of us love binging home renovation TV shows, watching the magic of transformation unfold in a quick 30 minutes, then find ourselves disheartened as we walk through our home filled with half-finished or yet-to-be-started projects which will take what feels like eons longer than those TV renos. Having spent many a year living in unfinished remodels, Liz knows how that TV magic expectation can bum you out. While TV renos have the luxury of seemingly unlimited budgets and an army of contractors, most of us aren't so lucky. Liz will share with you her tips to re-wire your mindset and get creative, shift your expectations, and bring your remodel to the finish line.