Bellevue Botanical Garden
 

 

Grow Your Garden, Grow Your Mind!

 


The Bellevue Botanical Garden Society is pleased to offer the following educational opportunities. Location is in The Aaron Education Center at Bellevue Botanical Garden unless otherwise noted.

LECTURES Unless otherwise noted there is no pre-registration for lectures. Pay at the door. Lecture at 7:00pm, doors open at 6:30pm.
October 13, 2015 Creating a New Dream - On a 20-Acre Canvas - Tom Hobbs
January 20, 2016 Bodacious Borders: The Art of Making Plant Combinations - Lucy Hardiman
March 16, 2016 Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Growing the World's Best Vegetables! - Alice Doyle
Mary 18, 2016Common and Uncommon Plants from Near and Far - Sue Miliken and Kelly Dodson
July 26, 2016 ***SPECIAL LECTURE*** Fergus Garrett of Great Dixter
August 9, 2016 Annual Meeting and Trillium Lecture 'You Planted What???!!!' - Meghan Fuller
October 19, 2016 The Emergent City: Transforming the Urban Experience with Dynamic Landscapes - Patrick Cullina

CLASSES (Pre-registration required)
August 20, 2015 Save Seeds from Your Garden!
August 7, 2015 Flower Arranging from the Garden
September 19, 2015 Year-Around Bulbs
September 19, 2015 The Nature of Haiku
September 24, 2015 Must-have Plants for Fabulous Fall Color

October 8, 2015 Preparing Your Vegetable Garden for Winter - and Spring!
October 14, 2015 Forcing Bulbs for the Holidays and Winter

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, "Save Seeds from Your Garden!"

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.

Limited to 27 Participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$25 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35 Non-members.

Saturday, September 19, 2015, 10:00am - Noon, "Year-Around Bulbs"

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!

Limited to 25 Participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$25 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35 Non-members.

Saturday, September 19, 2015, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, "The Nature of Haiku"

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.

Limited to 20 Participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$25 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35 Non-members.

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 10:00am - Noon, "Must-Have Plants for Fabulous Fall Color"

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.

Limited to 20 Participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$25 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35 Non-members.

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, "Preparing Your Vegetable Garden for Winter - and Spring!"

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Cancellation and Refund Policy

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.

Limited to 27 Participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$25 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35 Non-members.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 7:00pm - LECTURE, "Creating a New Dream—on a 20-Acre Canvas"
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Tom Hobbs is the owner of the renowned Southlands Nursery in Vancouver, Canada, and author of Shocking Beauty and The Jewelbox Garden, He’s a larger than life human whirlwind, exuding both authority and laugh-out-loud humor on subjects from color to design. While he has the reputation of being the “bad boy” of horticulture as Vancouver’s most famous gardening personality, he has a remarkable depth of plant knowledge.

$5.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$15.00 Non-members.
No pre-registration. Pay at the door.
Doors open at 6:30pm

Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 6:30pm - 8:00pm -"Forcing Bulbs for the Holidays and Winter"

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!

Limited to 20 Participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$25 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35 Non-members.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 7:00PM — LECTURE, "Bodacious Borders: The Art of Making Plant Combinations"

Lucy Hardiman—A nationally recognized garden designer, writer, teacher, and speaker as well as the owner and principal of the award-winning Perennial Partners, a collaborative garden design group in Portland, Oregon. 

$5.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$15.00 Non-members.
No pre-registration. Pay at the door.
Doors open at 6:30pm

Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 7:00PM - LECTURE, "Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Growing the World's Best Vegetables!"

Alice Doyle, co-founder of the innovative Oregon wholesale nursery, Log House Plants. Alice was the first grower in the United States to offer grafted vegetables to home gardeners.  A fascinating look at the challenges and treasures of tomorrow’s table will change the way you think about growing veggies!

$5.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$15.00 Non-members.
No pre-registration. Pay at the door.
Doors open at 6:30pm

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 7:00PM - LECTURE, "Common and Uncommon Plants from Near and Far"

Sue Milliken and Kelly Dodson of Far Reaches Farm.  For all you plant floozies who need a shot of adrenaline rush, Sue and Kelly are just what the doctor ordered.  These world-traipsing plant-a-holics have gained a national following not only for their can’t-live-without-it plants but also for their awe-inspiring lectures filled with humor.

$5.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$15.00 Non-members.
No pre-registration. Pay at the door.
Doors open at 6:30pm

Sue and Kelly
July 26, 2016--***SPECIAL LECTURE***--Fergus Garrett of Great Dixter
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Garden groupies alert: the head gardener at one of England's most famous and beloved gardens, Christopher Lloyd's Great Dixter, 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. Pre-registration Required. Doors open at 6:30pm

$25.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$40.00 Non-members.
Pre-registration Required. Register Now
Cancellation and Refund Policy

August 9, 2016—Annual Meeting and Trillium Lecture, 6:00 - SOCIAL HOUR, 7:00pm - LECTURE—"You Planted What???!!!"
Meghan Fuller

Meghan Fuller, groundskeeper and designer at Seattle Children’s Hospital, will talk about common sense problems in the garden resulting from misunderstood plants, pruning confusion, dysfunctional designs, wrong plant wrong place, and maintenance nightmares.  She’ll review hilarious photos of real life examples along with pictures of better alternatives and discuss ways to evaluate your own garden.  Meghan is a hugely popular speaker at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show among others.

Pre-registration required.
Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members free.

October 19, 2016—"The Emergent City: Transforming the Urban Experience with Dynamic Landscapes"
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Patrick Cullina, an award winning horticulturist, landscape designer, lecturer, and photographer who maintains a New York-based design and consulting practice will speak about cities across the nation seeking to revitalize themselves through interventions that will make them greener, more vibrant, and more livable.  He served as Vice-President of Horticulture and Park Operations for New York City’s High Line Botanical Garden among many others. 

$25.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$40.00 Non-members.
Pre-registration Required. Register Now
Doors open at 6:30pm

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Classes may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. A full refund will be made in the event the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society cancels a class.

Individual Cancellations
If you find you cannot attend the class you’ve registered for, please inform us by email at bbgsoffice@bellevuebotanical.org. A refund of the registration fee – less a $10 processing fee – will be issued for cancellations made at least three (3) business days prior to the event. No refunds will be made for cancellations made fewer than three (3) business days before the event.

Class registrations cannot be transferred to another date or program. However, you can transfer your registration to a friend who is able to attend the class in your place. Simply send us an email at bbgsoffice@bellevuebotanical.org and give us the name of the person who will take your place.

We cannot refund registration fees for missed class sessions.

mic Landscapes - Patrick Cullina

The Northwest Perennial Alliance offers classes for gardeners and many of those are held at the Garden. Volunteering to help in the NPA border at the Garden is also an excellent learning opportunity.
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The Living Lab Program serves the local community and supports the mission of the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society, and the Interpretive Plan of the Bellevue Botanical Garden by providing quality science and botany-related educational opportunities for youth. More Information

Waterwise Garden Learning
Visit the City of Bellevue's website for the Garden's Waterwise Garden to find out more about the classes offered through their program. More Information

 
 
     

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The Bellevue Botanical Garden is a successful partnership between the City of Bellevue Parks and Community Services and the nonprofit Bellevue Botanical Garden Society.

The Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98005
(425) 452-2750