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. Doors open at 6:30pm.)
May 12, 2015 Container Crazy (and Plants for Small Gardens) - Dan Heims
May 27, 2015 An Illustrated Walk through the Wespelaar Arboretum in Belgium - Dr. Koel Camelbeke, Arboretum Wespelaar, Belgium

August 4, 2015 Annual Meeting and Trillium Lecture with Kathryn Gustafson (Pre-registration required)October 13, 2015 Creating a New Dream - On a 20-Acre Canvas - Tom Hobbs

CLASSES (Pre-registration required)
March 27, 2015 Adult Watercolor Class
March 28, 2015 The Wonderful World of Trilliums
April 2, 2015 Rhododendrons - Cultivars and Care
April 4, 2015 Outdoor Photography (OTHER DATES ALSO AVAILABLE)
April 4, 2015
Recycled Glass Mosaics for the Whole Family
April 16, 2015 The Temptations! 2015 New Plant Introductions
April 18, 2015 Create a Custom Garden Journal
April 18, 2015 Create a Desert Terrarium
April 19, 2015 The Nature of Haiku

April 30, 2015 Grow Herbs and Salads in Containers

May 13, 2015 Tomatoes and Heat-Loving Plants in Containers
May 30, 2015 Growing Lavender in the Northwest
June 6, 2015 Companion Planting for Vegetables
July 23, 2015 Unique Raised Garden Beds
August 20, 2015 Save Seeds from Your Garden!

August 7, 2015 Flower Arranging from the Garden
September 24, 2015 Must-have Plants for Fabulous Fall Color

October 8, 2015 Preparing Your Garden for Winter - and Spring!

Cancelation and Refund Policy

 
Friday, March 27, 10am - 1pm, "Adult Watercolor Class"


Introductory adult watercolor class taught by Kathy Johnson. Students will provide their own supplies. Supply list will be sent to students once your registration is received.

Limited to 10 participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$60 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$75 Non-members.
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Cancellation and Refund Policy

Saturday, March 28, 10 - 11:30am, "The Wonderful World of Trilliums"

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Susie Egan, landscape designer, master gardener, speaker, and owner of Cottage Lake Gardens, will give a PowerPoint lecture on the history, botany, and culture of trilliums while showing photographs of many of the most popular trilliums that are easily grown in the Pacific Northwest.

Pre-registration Required.
$25 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35 Non-members.
Register now
Cancellation and Refund Policy

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 10:00 - 11:30am, "Rhododendrons—Selected Species and Care"

Steve Hootman, director of the Rhododendron Species Garden, highlights the Rhododendron Species Garden, showcasing rare and unusual rhododendrons and how to care for them. After the presentation, Steve will lead a tour of the Rhododendron Glen.

Limited to 14 Participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$25 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35 Non-members.
Register now
Cancellation and Refund Policy

Steve Hootman

Outdoor Photography, offered on: April 4, May 2, June 20 and July 25, 2015 (these are all Saturdays) from 10am-1pm. All four classes will cover the same content so please register for the class that best fits with your schedule.


Do you have a new digital SLR (DSLR) camera and want to learn how to get beautiful images of flowers and gardens? Join professional photographer Lesli Cohan of Images Through The Door Photography in a fun and educational "hands-on" outdoor workshop geared toward helping you gain an understanding of your camera and how to shoot flowers and gardens. Must be at least 13 years old.

Limited to 10 participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$55 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$65 Non-members.
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Cancellation and Refund Policy

Saturday, April 4, 2015, 10:00am - Noon
"Recycled Glass Mosaics for the Whole Family"

Mosaic class with local mosic artist & educator Cheryl Smith of Cheryl Smith Mosaics. Be a steward of the Earth by keeping glass out of the landfill & creating personal art! You'll create 4 recycled glass mosaic window hangings using nature's inspiration: flowers, trees, butterflies, lady bugs, you name you can create it. Learn techniques for safely cutting stained and tumbled glass. Tips on design, tools and adhesives will make you a fan of mosaics. Recommended for families with kids 5 years old and up.

Pre-registration Required.
$40 per family for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$50 per family for Non-members.

Mosaic

A family of four can work on one set of 4 glass mosaics. It is considered one registration!

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Cancellation and Refund Policy

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 10:00am - Noon, "The Temptations! New Plant Introductions"
Cindy Combs, horticultural marketing and public relations professional, discusses what's hot in new trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals for 2015. Each attendee will receive a small new plant introduction.

Limited to 15 Participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$25 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35 Non-members.
Register now
Cancellation and Refund Policy

New Plants
Saturday, April 18, 2015, 10:00am - 11:30am "Create a Custom Garden Journal"

Chris Greene will teach you how to create a custom journal. You will create a batik print cover, learn binding techniques, embellish with beads, and more. You will come away with a one-of-a-kind journal. All supplies included.

Limited to 15 Participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$25 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35 Non-members.
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Cancellation and Refund Policy

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 1:00pm - 2:30pm "Create a Desert Terrarium"

Led by Claire Woodward, a docent and plant enthusiast from the Volunteer Park Conservatory. Come and design, plant, and decorate your own desert world. Choose your container and desert plants and then layer your gravel, special planting mixtures, and colored sand. You will leave with a fabulous terrarium. All supplies included. Appropriate for adults and families with children 6 and over. Limited to 20 participants.

Limited to 20 Participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$35 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$45 Non-members.
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Cancellation and Refund Policy

Sunday, April 19, 2015, 12-12:45pm and 1-4pm, "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.

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.
Register now
Cancellation and Refund Policy

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, "Growing Herbs and Salads in Containers"

Herb Garden

Container gardening is great for beginning gardeners, apartment dwellers or anyone looking to add extra space or variety to his or her garden. This class will introduce you to the many benefits of container gardening and cover everything you need to get started, from choosing containers and crops to ongoing maintenance.. Leave with
the knowledge you need to grow herbs and salads,
in containers almost year-round! Presented in conjunction with Seattle Tilth.

Limited to 24 Participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$25 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35 Non-members.
Register now
Cancellation and Refund Policy

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 7:00pm - LECTURE, "Container Crazy (and Plants for Small Gardens)"
Dan Heims

Speaker: Dan Heims, owner of Terra Nova Nursery in Oregon. His trips around the world have exposed him to an amazing array of wild containers planted with the most unusual plants that give new life to containers. Tips on how to design containers and small garden spaces, as well as helpful information on maintaining soil fertility and plant health, are presented.

$$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 13, 2015, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, "Tomatoes and Heat-Loving Plants in Containers"

Container gardening is great for beginning gardeners, apartment dwellers or anyone looking to add extra space or variety to his or her garden. This class will introduce you to the many benefits of container gardening and cover everything you need to get started, from choosing containers and crops to ongoing maintenance.Leave with the knowledge you need to grow small fruits and heat-loving crops like tomatoes and peppers in containers! Presented in conjunction with Seattle Tilth.

Limited to 24 Participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$25 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35 Non-members.
Register now
Cancellation and Refund Policy

Tomato
SPECIAL LECTURE: Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 7:00pm, "An Illustrated Walk through the Wespelaar Arboretum in Belgium"
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Dr. Koen Camelbeke, the exuberant director of the Arboretum Wespelaar in Belgium, will give us a photo tour of the estate.

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

Saturday, May 30, 2015, 10:00 - 11:30am, "Growing Lavender in the Northwest"

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Tom Frei, Master Gardener and owner of Woodinville Lavender brings you the complete story of lavender, from history and botany to plant selection and uses. Learn from the best!

Pre-registration Required.
$25 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35 Non-members.
Register now
Cancellation and Refund Policy

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 10:00am - Noon, "Companion Planting for Vegetables"

Learn how to choose plants that grow well together, rather than competing for resources. This class introduces you to many ways you can combine plants to maximize your harvest and make the most of your space. Learn about the different characteristics of annual and perennial food crops and how to plan accordingly. We will also explore how companion planting can help support pest management. Presented in conjunction with Seattle Tilth.

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

Companion Planting

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Cancellation and Refund Policy

Thursday, July 23, 2015, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, "Unique Raised Garden Beds"

Raised Beds

Learn how to design and construct raised garden beds that can help you improve your soil and extend your harvest. We’ll discuss food-safe building materials and construction,  soil building and intensive planting techniques. You will be  introduced to various beds, from basic wood frames to straw bales  and hugelkutur. Leave with the knowledge and skills you need  to start a new garden or improve and expand your existing space. Presented in conjunction with Seattle Tilth.

Limited to 27 Participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$25 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35 Non-members.
Register now
Cancellation and Refund Policy

Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 7:00pm - LECTURE
ANNUAL MEETING and Trillium Celebration with Kathryn Gustafson, world-renowned landscape architect of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol in Seattle and Gustafson Porter in London

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GustafsonLes Jardins de l’Imaginaire in Terrasson, France

GustafsonLes Jardins de l’Imaginaire in Terrasson, France

Kathryn’s projects include Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial in London, Cultuurpark Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam, the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park in Chicago, and Les Jardins de l’Imaginaire in Terrasson, France.
Kathryn Gustafson has often described her landscape designs as “The Contemporary Picturesque,” and this will be the topic of her lecture. Drawing on her training at Versailles and the rich history of Western garden and landscape design, Kathryn focuses on one’s movement through the landscape as a fundamental experience of the land. Her designs establish a keen sense of place in the landscape with a seemingly effortless and minimal aesthetic. Her landscapes reveal a richness of planting, seasonality, and materials. With the Contemporary Picturesque, Kathryn creates landscapes that are culturally accessible, ecologically sustainable, and emotionally engaging.

Pre-registration required.
Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members free.
Members, please email your name(s) and request.
Non-members $35.00.
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Friday, August 7, 2015, 10:00am - Noon, "Flower Arranging from the Garden"

Improve your flower arranging skills using your own home grown blooms and greens.  Linda McDonald’s class will offer 7 tips for combining stems plus demonstrate the points by making up example bouquets.  Practice what is presented by creating your own take-home bouquet.  Bring a vase, clippers, a bucket of flowers and a bucket of greens.  Cuttings from instructor Linda McDonald as well as from the NPA Border at the BBG will be available to add to your combinations.

Limited to 18 Participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$25 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35 Non-members.

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.

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.
Register now
Cancellation and Refund Policy

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

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Prepare your 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, 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

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.

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.
More Information

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