There is something satisfying about digging in the dirt and making nature grow, whether from a container on the back porch or a patch in the back yard. If you are overwhelmed by the large garden centers with scads of flowers, trees and seeds, and want a little more personal attention and education, you might want to try one of these smaller garden centers, and take a class this weekend:

West Seattle Nursery and Garden Center
5275 California Ave SW
Seattle, Washington 98136

In West Seattle since 1983, the West Seattle Nursery and Garden Center prides itself on environmentally friendly gardening and pest control, as well as helping you find new plants and care for the ones you have. Their gift shop is filled with fun and unique garden gifts. They carry a wide variety of houseplants and outdoor plants, and have a large variety of statues and pottery. A center that likes to give back to its community, the West Seattle Nursery is a contributor to Southwest Youth and Family Services and the West Seattle Helpline. This Sunday, April 17, from 2-3p, you are invited to design your own Terrarium with plant expert Ingrid Nokes. $30 for the class will provide you with all the materials, and you can take home the terrarium you make. Call to register for the class: 206.935.9276.

Magnolia Garden Center
3213 W Smith St
Seattle, WA 98199

Dubbed Seattle’s coolest little garden center, Magnolia Garden Center has been nestled between Queen Anne and Ballard for over 40 years. With indoor and outdoor plants, trees, mulch herbs and vegetables, this shop contains everything you’d need from a container garden to a landscape overhaul. With knowledgeable staff and a plethora of planters and pottery, you will be sure to find the plants that are right for you. Come this weekend, Saturday, April 16, at 10a, you can have your questions answered about summer plantings, vegetable gardens, soils and seeds. It’s a free event in the center’s greenhouse.

Ravenna Gardens
2600 N.E. University Village
Seattle, WA 98105

At two locations, including Kirkland Park Place, Ravenna Gardens has been around since 1997 giving special attention to the Northwest gardener. Not only do they carry a wide variety of plants, organic herbs and flowers, but also garden ornaments, outdoor furniture, and linens. This Sunday, April 17, 2p at the University Village location, gardening expert Barbara Libner is teaching a free class on planting in containers. Call 206.729.7388 to register.

City People’s Gardening Store
2939 E. Madison St.
Seattle, WA 98112

Locally owned and operated since 1988, City People’s is in the heart of the Madison Valley, just south of downtown. Boasting a diverse array of plants, trees and shrubs, the center strives to make gardening as natural and organic as possible. Giving back to the community is important to the garden store, and they offer lots of weekend workshops, like growing heirloom vegetables and urban farming. This Saturday, April 16 at 11a, City People’s Alison Greene offers a free talk on color and texture in your container plantings, as well as perennials in your garden. Call to register, as space is limited. 206.324.0737.

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