Our hands-on workshops teach the San Francisco Bay Area to garden sustainably.
Join our gardening experts each week to learn how to grow food, conserve water
with native and drought-tolerant plants, and build soil with compost.
Each weekend, we offer classes to the public on a wide range of garden topics. Our workshops teach people to garden sustainably and our incredible instructors are gardening experts with years of experience. We believe in hands-on education and design our workshops to be dynamic and educational.
Our classes will teach you to use less water, cultivate healthy soil, and create biodiversity in your backyard and on your balcony. Every workshops is appropriate for the beginner gardener unless otherwise noted.
LEARN TO GARDEN!
Below are the types of classes we offer in our urban teaching garden.
To get up to date class information, and to register, click on the button above.
DIG IN! 6-week Spring Course
Saturdays March 4 - April 8, 10am - 12noon
Do you want to get your hands dirty? Learn how to garden this Spring! This 6-part workshop series is designed after our renowned Get Up! training program and will teach you everything you need to know to grow food in your own backyard. Our classes are hands on, engaging and informative and will leave you with the necessary tools you need for success. Take the classes individually, or sign up here for all 6 and receive a 20% discount! Treat yourself to a delicious, organic and edible gardening crash course this Spring!
1st Saturday of every month, 10am - 12noon, FREE
We know that the key to a healthy garden and good soil is high quality compost. Not only does it close the environmental loop, and serve as a great teaching tool about all the invisible activity in a garden, but it is the core of what we do. We have been teaching San Francisco how to compost since we opened in 1990 and would love to show you the magic of black gold in one of our free Saturday workshops.
THE EDIBLE GARDEN
2nd Saturday of every month, 10am - 12noon
Growing food in your own backyard, whether it be a small herb patch or a full high yield garden, is incredibly satisfying and fun for all ages. Here in San Francisco, we can grow food year round in our mild climate. Join us each month as we talk about what to do in your backyard garden at that exact time of year to ensure success. We'll cover pests you might encounter, how to plan what to grow that will thrive, and answer all your food-growing questions! This class is good for beginner and more experienced gardeners alike.
SFPUC SPONSORED WORKSHOPS
Last two Saturdays each month
These classes cover a range of topics that focus on water conservation and pollution prevention, using our gardens to add to our local ecoystem and protect our natural resources. These discounted workshops are brought to you by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Workshop fees are used to maintain the garden and support educational programs led by the Garden for the Environment.
The SFPUC provides its customers with high quality, efficient and reliable water, power, and sewer services in a manner that is inclusive of environmental and community interests, and that sustains the resources entrusted to its care. Learn more about the SFPUC at www.sfwater.org.
GARDEN SKILL CLASSES
Various Saturdays every month
We are San Francisco's garden school, teaching a wide range of gardening courses year round for gardeners of all skill levels. We believe everyone can learn how to garden, and bring in expert guest instructors and educators to lead engaging and hands on gardening classes so that you can feel confident getting your hands in the dirt!
Fridays throughout the year
Are you interested in bringing a group out to teaching garden for a private and customized work day? Our staff will work with you to design a workshop and curriculum to best suit your needs and objectives in our beautiful outdoor demonstration garden. Visit our group workday page to learn more information and request a date.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What should I bring with me to a workshop?
Classes are held outside in our teaching garden. We recommend bringing a hat & sunscreen, comfortable closed toed shoes and lots of layers. You may want to bring a notebook to take notes on what you are learning. We also recommend bringing a filled water bottle (we do not have drinking water on site).
Is there street parking located nearby?
There is neighborhood street parking, though be advised it can be challenging on weekends. Many buses and trains stop nearby, making public transportation a great option! The 44 O'Shaughnessy, 6 Parnassus, N Judah and other lines are close to our garden.
Do you cancel workshops in the case of rain?
We try our best not to cancel classes, but if the weather report suggests it is very likely it will be pouring rain during the class time, we will cancel the class that morning. If you think your class might be cancelled, check our website where we will have up to date information. We do hold classes in drizzling weather, and recommend students dress appropriately. Most workshops will be rescheduled - information will be sent (and refunds provided) to students who sign up through Eventbrite.
Do I need to pre-register for workshops?
We do accept day-of registrations, just be sure to sign in with a garden staff member when you arrive. If a class is full but you are interested in attending, please arrive a few minutes early and we should be able to get you in.