City of Tacoma offers free home and garden workshops

craig.sailor@thenewstribune.comFebruary 5, 2014 

Is the rain getting you down? Store it in barrels.

Are bushes about to swallow your house? Prune them into topiary.

Is it too sunny for you? Harness solar energy.

Those are just some of the free home and garden workshops the city of Tacoma is offering at its EnviroHouse beginning this month.

“The workshops are about ways people can help themselves. They can come learn to have a more sustainable lifestyle,” said coordinator Janda Volkmer. The classes, and EnviroHouse itself, are good ways to discover home and garden resources, she said.

The workshops, which are planned for every weekend through October, are overwhelmed with eager participants, so advance registration is necessary. Volkmer said popular sessions will be repeated. Favorites include raising chickens, pruning and composting. IF YOU GO

Enviro House workshops

Where: City of Tacoma EnviroHouse, 3510 S. Mullen St., Tacoma (Tacoma Landfill)

Registration: Required but open only to Tacoma and Pierce County residents.

Cost: Free

Information:, 253-573-2426, EHouse@


Saturday at 10:30 a.m.  •  Spring Gardens: Berries, Rootstock and Early Spring Plants. Learn planning steps and reliable garden resources for early spring gardens.

Feb. 15 at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.  •  Prune Like the Pros – Landscape Trees and Shrubs. Prevent costly errors, defects, high maintenance and unsightly urban trees.

Feb. 22 at 10:30 a.m.  •  Backyard Chickens: Getting Started. Learn how to get started with your own city chickens.

MORE INFO: As more sessions are scheduled through the season, they will be posted at

Craig Sailor: 253-597-8541

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