October is a great time to plant bulbs, winterize your garden, harvest root vegetables and learn how to prepare for springtime. Here are some area garden centers where you can learn more about helping your garden this fall and winter.

Swanson’s Nursery
9701 15th Avenue Northwest
Seattle, WA 98117

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Swanson’s Nursery hosts “Putting Your Garden to Bed” on Sunday, October 23 from 11:00am – 12:00pm. Come and hear perennial expert, Ann Hobson, share practical tips on how to best prepare your garden for winter dormancy and a healthy start next spring. Includes helpful demonstrations of how to cut back and divide your perennials. After the lecture, stay for the nursery’s annual Fall Festival, October 22 and 23, 10:00am to 2:00pm. Check out the straw maze, scarecrows and festive accents for your home decor. Tractor hay rides, face painting, and more. Fun and education to celebrate the fall season.

13625 NE 175th St.
Woodinville, WA 98072

MEET & GREET: Landscape Designers at Molbak’s during October! October is a great month to assess your garden and focus on an area that needs special attention. Whether you have a new garden, an overgrown established garden, or a specific area that needs updating and renovating, a landscape designer can be tremendously helpful. Meet and greet representatives from a few local, hand-selected landscape design companies in a friendly, no-pressure environment. Connect with experts, hear about their specialties and learn what they can do for you. No appointment necessary, just stop in and walk away encouraged, informed and inspired.

Seattle Tilth
Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N. Room 140,
Seattle, WA 98103
206.633.0451 ext. 115

Come and learn how to plant, grow, harvest and cook delicious root vegetables on Saturday, October 22 from 10:00am – 12:30pm. Learn garden cultivation techniques for your favorite winter root veggies, from seed to harvest. Inside the kitchen, you will get a chance to try new recipes utilizing the harvest and then sit down to enjoy the fruits of your labor. This class will take place both indoors and outdoors with hands-on components. Please dress for the weather and messy garden and kitchen activities. COST: $45 or $35 for Seattle Tilth members. Advance registration and payment are required.

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Seattle Tilth
Community Harvest Garden
White Center Cultural Community Center
9421 18th Ave. SW
Seattle, WA 98106

Learn all the tips and tricks to “Put Your Garden to Bed” for the season. Saturday, October 29 from 10:00am – 12:00pm. $36 or $25 Seattle Tilth members. Advanced registration and payment are required.

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden
2525 S 336th Street
Federal Way, WA 98003

It’s the annual Fall Foliage Festival this October 15 – 22. Enjoy fall color tours, speakers, classes and SUPER prices on plants and garden shop merchandise. Stop out and enjoy a hot cup of cider while you enjoy the 22 acre display garden, featuring Species Rhododendrons from the wilds of Asia, Europe and North America.

Seattle Fruit Tree Society
Cedar Valley Grange
20526 52nd West
Lynnwood, WA 98036

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It’s the Seattle Tree Fruit Society Fall Fruit Show by Growers on Sunday, October 23 from 10:00am – 3:00pm. You can talk with members, learn about their produce, products, and fruit related energies on display tables. The Best of the PNW (20 apple varieties) with information on their history, pollination, disease & pest resistance. Pear trees, too. Fruit & Preserve Tasting, Lectures, Tool Sharpening, Grower Displays, Tasting, Apple Sales, Fun Kids Activities. Free admission!