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Save Seeds from Your Garden! Save Seeds from Your Garden! 
Thursday, August 20, 2015 6:30-8:30pm. Saving seeds is an ancient tradition that can help you save money, be more self-sufficient, and join the global movement to preserve biodiversity. We will discuss the many benefits of seed saving, the science of pollination, and the full process of seed saving including how to choose the best parent plants and the best way to store seeds. Start saving seeds this summer to get ready for next year’s garden and have more than enough to share with friends and family. Presented in conjunction with Seattle Tilth.
$25.00 - $35.00
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Year-Around Bulbs Year-Around Bulbs 
Saturday, September 19, 2015, 10:00am - Noon. Plant now for a beautiful and easy spring and summer garden. Many people begin their gardening experiences with bulbs because it is so easy and rewarding!! Plan ahead and plant now for summer and fall bloomers like lilies, iris, allium, autumn crocus and hardy cyclamen as well as spring blooming beauties including tulips, daffodils and fritillaria. You will learn which bulbs are animal resistant and like our Northwest weather; information about bulb growth and any fertilization needed will also be provided. Joan Helbacka has been a King County Master Gardener since 1997 and was the Program Coordinator for the King County Master Gardener Program for three years. She lives on an acre in the middle of the woods and “shares” her garden with a variety of wildlife. Attendees will receive a free bulb to get their garden started!
$25.00 - $35.00
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The Nature of Haiku Sept 19 The Nature of Haiku Sept 19 
Led by Michael Dylan Welch, poet laureate of Redmond, Washington, director of National Haiku Writing Month, and longtime vice president of the Haiku Society of America. An exploration of haiku poetry in English for adults and families, with an emphasis on the seasonal and nature-focused aspects of this poetry, covering haiku history and such Japanese techniques as kigo (season words), kireji (using a two-part juxtapositional structure), and shasei (sketching from nature using objective sensory imagery). Includes writing exercises, garden walking, and a sharing/feedback session. Appropriate for adults and families with children 9 and older. Join us first for a free haiku reading from 12-12:45pm, followed by the class from 1-4pm.
$25.00 - $35.00
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Must-Have Plants for Fabulous Fall Color Must-Have Plants for Fabulous Fall Color 
Thursday, September 24, 2015, 10:00am - Noon. John Christianson, owner of the award winning Christianson's Nursery in Mt. Vernon, will bring plants with fall interest from his nursery to show with planting and design tips. Plants can be purchased.
$25.00 - $35.00
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Preparing Your Vegetable Garden for Winter - and Spring! Preparing Your Vegetable Garden for Winter - and Spring! 
Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6:30-8:30pm. Prepare your vegetable garden for next year by improving your soil over the winter. Grab those last few days of sunshine and put your garden to bed! Soil building is an important component of organic gardening and the fall and winter are perfect times to add organic matter that will feed your plants throughout the year. We will discuss key components of the final harvest, how to test your soil, what cover crops to plant and different techniques for mulching. Leave with the knowledge and skills you need to protect your soil so it is ready to go next spring! Presented in conjunction with Seattle Tilth.
$25.00 - $35.00
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Forcing Bulbs for the Holidays and Winter Forcing Bulbs for the Holidays and Winter 
Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 6:30pm - 8:00pm. Many bulbs do well in containers. Amaryllis and Paperwhites bloom easily are are often seen around the holidays, but other bulbs including hyacinths and smaller daffodils can be fooled into flowering early in order to brighten gloomy winter days with the essence of spring. The process is fun, easy and rewarding and forced bulbs make wonderful gifts for friends and family. Joan Helbacka has been a King County Master Gardener since 1997 and was the Program Coordinator for the King County Master Gardener Program for three years. She lives on an acre in the middle of the woods and “shares” her garden with a variety of wildlife. Attendees will receive a free bulb to start their indoor garden started!
$25.00 - $35.00
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Fergus Garrett of Great Dixter Fergus Garrett of Great Dixter 
Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Garden groupies alert: the head gardener at one of England’s most famous and beloved gardens, Christopher Lloyd’s Great Dixter (www.greatdixter.co.uk), is coming to speak at the Bellevue Botanical Garden! Great Dixter is now a historic house and garden as well as a center for horticultural education, a place of pilgrimage for garden lovers across the globe. Fergus gives electrically brilliant talks about the how, when, and where of this iconic garden.
$25.00 - $40.00
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