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Free Home and Garden Workshops

The EnviroHouse offers free workshops on a variety of sustainable home and garden topics onsite at the EnviroHouse.  Enjoy recordings of past workshops in the list below and see How-To videos and other local garden resources at the bottom of this page.

The EnviroHouse is open for walk-in visitors, Thursday - Sunday, 11 AM - 5 PM. We're located at the Tacoma Recovery & Transfer Center (by the Recycle Center), 3510 So. Mullen St., 98409. Follow the sidebar link for driving directions.


Questions: To learn about the EnviroHouse facility, programs, or group tours, please email ehouse@cityoftacoma.org or call (253) 573-2426.   


If workshops are full, please sign up on the wait list to be notified of cancelations. A repeat workshop may be offered if 10+ sign up. If your plans change, please cancel to allow wait-listed folks to attend. Please check back often, as workshops are frequently updated.

2024 Workshops - Click title to register.


Healthy House Plants, Choices and Care
Saturday, June 22, 10 AM

Basics of Botanical Illustration
Saturday, June 29, 10 AM

Basics of Botanical Illustration
Saturday, June 29, 12 PM

Pollinator Gardens for a Native Habitat
Saturday, July 13, 10 AM

Weeds, Pests, and Non-toxic Solutions
Saturday, July 13, 12 PM

Garden Design with Drought Tolerant Plants
Saturday, July 20, 10 AM

Printmaking with Plants and Paint
Saturday, July 27, 10 AM

Pickling Cucumbers and Other Veggies -Canceled; instructor injury
Saturday, August 3, 10 AM

2022 Past Workshop Webinar Recordings
(See below for 2020-2021 webinars and How-To videos)
Water Heating Systems, Comparisons and Costs, October 22, 2022

Prep Garden for Winter, Plan for Spring, October 15, 2022

Fall and Winter Gardens, Keep on Growing, September 17, 2022

Pickling Cucumbers and Vegetables, August 13, 2022

Trees are Good! How to Get Grit City Trees, August 10, 2022  

Preserve Fresh Food by Dehydrating, August 2, 2022

Preserving Food with Low Sugar and Salt, July 19, 2022

Weeds, Pests & Non-toxic Solutions, June 18, 2022

Be Cool! Home Cooling Solutions with Heat Pump Systems, June 4, 2022

Pollinator Gardens for Beauty and Beneficials, May 21, 2022

How to Make a Rain Barrel, May 14, 2022 
Rain Gardens: Plan, Prep, Plant, Maintain, May 7, 2022

Herbs to Grow, Use and Preserve, April 30, 2022

Worm Bin Composting, April 23, 2002

Native Plants to Enhance Your Habitat, April 9, 2022 

Spring Gardens, Prep, Plant, Grow, March 26, 2022 

Yard Waste Composting, March 19, 2022

Chickens and Ducks: Build a Secure Coop and Run, March 12, 2022

City Chickens and Ducks: Getting Started, March 12, 2022

Heat Pumps Systems: Heat-A/C, Water Heaters, March 5, 2022

Fruit Tree Selection and Care, February 26, 2022

Mason Bees: SO Easy and SO Productive! February 12, 2022

Pruning Landscape Trees, February 5, 2022

Pruning Fruit Trees, January 29, 2022



2021 Workshop Recordings


Mason Bees–SO Easy and SO Productive! November 6, 2021

Pruning Fruit Trees, October 30, 2021

Pruning Landscape Trees, October 23, 2021

Heat Pumps Systems: Heating, Cooling, Water Heaters, October 9, 2021

Electric Vehicles: Ever Better! What’s New, September 29, 2021

Rain Gardens: Plan, Prep, Plant, Maintain, September 25, 2021 

Winter Food Gardens: Prep, Plants, Cover Crops, September 18, 2021

Pickling Cucumbers and Vegetables, July 24, 2021

Electric Vehicles: Ever Better! What’s New, July 21, 2021

Worm Bin Composting, July 13, 2021

Be Cool! Heat Pump Cooling & Heating, June 26, 2021

Weeds, Pests & Non-toxic Solutions, June 19, 2021

Herbs to Grow, Use and Preserve, May 22, 2021

Native Plants to Enhance Your Habitat, May 15, 2021

Soil Health, Climate Change and You, May 12, 2021

Preserve Fresh Food by Freezing, May 8, 2021

Tacoma Tool Library: Your DIY Best Friend, May 1, 2021  

Gear up for Bike Month with 2nd Cycle, April 30, 2021

Create a Bird & Pollinator Friendly Garden, April 28, 2021 

Sustainable Fashion: A Conversation, April 21, 2021

How to be a Conscious Consumer, April 15, 2021 

Electric Vehicles: Ever Better! What’s New, April 13, 2021

Spring Gardens: Plan, Plant, Maintain, April 3, 2021 

Heat Pump Systems: Heating/Cooling & Water Heaters, March 27, 2021

Yard Waste Composting, March 20, 2021

Chickens: Build a Secure Coop and Run, March 13, 2021

Raising Chickens and Ducks, March 13, 2021

Recycle Right: Know What Goes Where and Why, March 6, 2021

Pruning Landscape Trees, February 27, 2021  

Fruit Tree Selection & Care, February 6, 2021

Mason Bees - SO Easy SO Productive, February 6, 2021

Pruning & Care of Fruit Trees, January 30, 2021


Check Out the EnviroHouse How-To Videos on YouTube 

The EnviroHouse How To videos give step-by-step instructions on sustainable projects you can do at home. Search the playlist for EnviroHouse at https://youtube.com/cityoftacoma/


Other Garden Resources

Pierce County Edible Gardens Virtual Workshop Series

WSU Ext. Pierce County Master Gardeners
Center for Food Preservation Arts


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Tacoma Recovery & Transfer Center
(formerly Tacoma Landfill)
3510 S. Mullen St.
Tacoma, WA 98409


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