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.

 

CLASSES
Pre-registration required.
Many of our classes sell out so we strongly encourage you to register early. Please be advised that if you elect to come to a class without pre-registering, you may be turned away if the class is full. If you do attend a class as a walk-in, you must pay with exact cash or a check.

BBGS members receive special pricing on all classes and lectures. Want to enjoy our classes and lectures at reduced prices? Become a member now!

MEMBERS, PLEASE NOTE: You must register with a user name and password prior to resistering for a class or lecture to receive your member discount. You can register for a user name and password here.

To receive your member discount, please choose your class or lecture below and click "Sign Up Now." On the next screen, click "sign in" in the top right corner and sign in with your user name and password. Complete your information, and add the class or lecture to your cart. You will not see your member discount until you check out. Contact us with any questions.


February 17, 2018 Making Paper Icelandic Poppies THIS CLASS IS FULL
March 1, 2018 Grow Your Own Plant Starts
March 3, 2017 Hydrangea How To THIS CLASS IS FULL
March 3, 2017 Native Bees & Bee Hotels
March 15, 2018 Garden d'Lights Orientation
March 24, 2018 Top Ten: Spring Bulbs of Merit
March 29, 2018 Propagation: Cuttings, Layers and Grafting
April 7, 2018 Picture Perfect Plant Portraits
April 11, 2018 Tulips and Cherry Blossoms: Spring Blooms and Landscapes in Watercolor
April 11, 2018 Dahlias 101
April 17, 2018 Kids in the Garden: A Science Discovery Program for Preschoolers
May 3, 2018 Structural Pruning for Young Trees
May 12, 2018 Carnivorous Plants: What’s the Big Deal?!
May 31, 2018 Mindfulness in the Garden: Creating Calm Within
May 31, 2018 Sassy or Classy: Container Gardening to Suit Your Style
June 2, 2018 Top Ten: Stalwart Shrubs in Summer
June 16, 2018 Food Fermentation
June 20, 2018 Growing Fuchsias Successfully in the Northwest


Cancellation and Refund Policy

LECTURES
Advance tickets are available for all lectures. Skip the line and buy your tickets ahead of time! Lecture at 7:00pm, doors open at 6:15pm. MEMBERS: Please sign in with your user name and password before buying your lecture tickets to receive your member discount. See instructions above.

Friday, February 23, 2018 - Botanical Gardens and Environmental Education: An Exchange between the Pacific Northwest and Eastern Russia - Tony Allison (This is a FREE lecture)
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - Tapestry Garden: The Art of Weaving Plants and Place - Marietta O'Byrne
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - The World of Rock Gardening - Joseph Tychonievich

Many thanks to the Woodinville Garden Club for sponsoring our 2018 Lecture Series. Visit their website.

Information about becoming an instructor at the Bellevue Botanical Garden

 

 

 
 
 

February 17, 2018, 10am - 12pm, "Making Paper Icelandic Poppies," Kate Alarcon

Start spring early by making your own colorful blooms! This dainty Icelandic poppy will look cheery in a multicolored bunch or as a focal point in a bouquet. They are made from hand-colored fine crepe paper in shades of ombré pink, coral, and orange wrapped around a wire. You’ll receive supplies to make three poppies as well as a supply list so that you can make more on your own. You’ll also learn a couple of ways of coloring the petals so you can make your own custom-colored paper at home. This class is perfect for beginners with lots of individualized attention to help you create these beautiful flowers.

Limited to 10 participants
$55 BBGS members
$65 non-members
Pre-registration required

SORRY, THIS CLASS IS FULL. Email us to be placed on the wait list.

 

February 23, 2018, 7pm —FREE LECTURE: "Botanical Gardens and Environmental Education: An Exchange between the Pacific Northwest and Eastern Russia," Tony Allison

A remarkable initiative began in 2009, with the simple idea that the Russian Far East and the Pacific Northwest have much in common, and that botanic gardens in the two regions had much to teach each other. From that simple idea, a thriving foreign exchange program has developed between environmental educators in Seattle, Vladivostok, Sakhalin, and Irkutsk. Join us for this fascinating lecture, led by project initiator and Seattle native, Tony Allison, who will be joined by two of his colleagues from the Russian Far East. Tony will explore three Russian botanic gardens, their surrounding native floras, and their growing environmental education programs. Please join us for this rare opportunity to see inside this unique, people-to-people exchange and discover the gardens and flora of the Russian Far East.

FREE, but please register
Doors open at 6:15pm.

 

 

March 1, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30pm, "Grow Your Own Plant Starts,” Tilth Alliance

Get a head start on spring and summer by starting your organic vegetable garden indoors. Save money, grow varieties you can’t find in stores, and be more self-sufficient by growing your own plant starts. Take your year-round gardening endeavors a step further and have plants starts spring, summer or fall to plant into your garden.
 
In this class you will learn about:

  • Supplies needed for setting up your indoor growing space
  • Planting and caring for vegetable seeds and seedlings
  • Organic practices not requiring synthetic chemicals
  • How to harden off and transplant your plants

Pre-registration required.
Limited to 40 participants.
$25.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society members
$35.00 Non-members
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March 3, 2018, 10am - 12pm, "Hydrangea How-To,” Kit Haesloop

Learn how to get peak performance from the Hydrangeas you grow or want to grow in your garden from the ever-expanding varieties available. In this class you will learn the distinguishing traits between species, and how best to keep your Hydrangeas beautiful with the proper care. Kit will provide guidance on growing conditions, bloom color and pruning options for the different species. Finally, Kit will demonstrate proper pruning techniques on several species that grow in the NPA Perennial Border at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Bring your questions and be prepared to go outside to the Perennial Border in the second half of the class. 

Pre-registration required.
Limited to 25 participants.
$25.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society members
$25.00 for NPA members
$35.00 Non-members

SORRY, THIS CLASS IS FULL. Email us to be placed on the wait list.

 

 

 

March 3, 2018, 1:30 - 3:30pm, "Native Bees & Bee Hotels” with Crown Bees (Family Class)

Did you know that there are thousands of kinds of bees? Wild hole-nesting bees, like our friendly mason and leafcutter bees, are efficient pollinators. They are looking for nesting habitat, and bee hotels are fast becoming a backyard staple. In this family class, appropriate for adults and children, you will learn how hole-nesting bees live, what they need in your garden to thrive, and how to provide them with a 5-star bee hotel. Your class fee includes nesting hole materials and the Native Bee Guide (26-page reference booklet) for you to take home. Bring your own clean, recycled, lightweight material for building the protective bee hotel, such as a half-gallon milk carton, family size soup can, or large coffee can. It can be anything you like, as long as it is about 7 to 8 inches deep and is easy to install on a garden wall or fence.

Pre-registration required.
Limited to 20 adults. Each adult can bring a maximum of 2 children. One bee house and book per registration.

$15.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$25.00 Non-members.
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March 15, 2018, 10am-12pm, "Garden d'Lights Orientation," Taught by Garden d'Lights Volunteers

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at Garden d’Lights? How are those critters and light displays built? And what does it take to install and repair them? Well, here's your chance! Join the Garden d’Lights team at a FREE orientation where we will answer these questions, demonstrate our techniques, and more. You’ll view partially constructed lights, then join a small group that will work with a member of the Garden d’Lights build team who will show you how the features are built. Everyone will be able to bunch lights onto a rod and use a cable tie to anchor them in place. We will also show you how we repair lights—those of you with an electrical or woodworking background will be interested to see the tools and techniques. Unfortunately, you will not be able to leave with the results, but you are welcome to join the team as it starts to prepare for the 2018 Garden d’Lights season!

Limited to 75 individuals, aged 16 or older
(younger kids okay, if accompanied by adult).
FREE, but you must sign up online
to reserve your spot.

March 21, 2018, 7pm —LECTURE: "Tapestry Garden: The Art of Weaving Plants and Place," Marietta O'Byrne, Co-Owner of Northwest Nurseries

Marietta and her husband, Ernie, have one of the most popular wholesale nurseries in the Pacific Northwest, and they created the ‘Winter Jewels’ series of Hellebores among other plant introductions.  Timber Press will soon publish Marietta’s book, “Tapestry Garden, The Art of Weaving Plants and Place”, that will illustrate the wide variety of mouth-watering planting combinations Marietta has created. During her presentation, she will give us a pictorial tour of her exuberant garden.

Pre-registration recommended.
$5.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$15.00 Non-members.
Buy your tickets now. Doors open at 6:15pm.

 

 

 

March 24, 2018, 10am - 12pm, "Top Ten: Spring Bulbs of Merit,” George Lasch

The fleeting colors of spring bulbs are a classic that is often overlooked or under cared for. Join us for a quick slide show and then a stroll through the Garden to talk about the best bulbs and how to get the most from them. George will share his top 10 and likely throw in a few “Why bother?” ones too. Known for his humorous opinions on plants and gardening, George was the Border Supervisor of the Perennial Border garden at BBG for 8 years. Bring your questions and ideas.  

Pre-registration required.
Limited to 25 participants.
$25.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society members
$35.00 Non-members
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March 29, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30pm, "Propagation: Cuttings, Layers and Grafting,” Gordon Polson

Would you like to learn more about plant propagation? Gordon Polson will be back with us to teach this class. He will do an in-depth instruction on the following propagation techniques: taking cuttings, layering, and grafting. In the spring, plants will be eager to take root and there will be plenty of plant material available to demonstrate these techniques.

Pre-registration required.
Limited to 30 participants.
$25.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society members
$35.00 Non-members
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April 7, 2018, 10am - 11:30am & 12-4pm, "Picture Perfect Plant Portraits: Lecture and Workshop," David Perry

Plant portraits are a terrific way for aspiring garden photographers to begin honing their craft, because creating plant portraits is less complex than photographing an entire garden landscape. Join Seattle-area photographer David Perry as he offers a playful new framework from which to picture the plants we love, whether through close-ups, group photos, fine detail, candids, or environmental portraits. David will guide students as they search out and capture examples of each style within the beautiful setting of the Bellevue Botanical Garden, resplendent with springtime bloom.

Please bring whatever camera or device you prefer to take photos with.

You may attend the lecture only, but in order to attend the afternoon workshop, you must also attend the morning lecture.

Pre-registration required.
Lecture is limited to 100 participants.
Workshop is limited to 15 participants.

LECTURE ONLY: $10.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society members; $15 for Non-members.
SIGN UP FOR LECTURE ONLY

LECTURE & WORKSHOP: $65.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society members; $80 for Non-members.
SIGN UP FOR LECTURE & WORKSHOP

 

 

 

April 11, 2018, 10:30am - 12:30pm, "Tulips and Cherry Blossoms: Spring Blooms and Landscapes in Watercolor,” Molly Hashimoto

Learn how to sketch and paint some of the garden’s spring blooms, like tulips and cherry blossoms. We'll create watercolor sketches of individual flowers, as well as paint a flowering landscape. All supplies are provided, including artist-quality watercolor paper. Molly Hashimoto is the author of Colors of the West: An Artist's Guide to Nature's Palette, as well as an illustrator whose work has been published by Pomegranate Communications for over 25 years. As an instructor, she works to connect students to the natural world through hands-on art experiences.

Pre-registration required.
Limited to 25 participants.
$35.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society members
$45.00 Non-members
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April 11, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30pm, "Dahlias 101,” Roger Walker

This is the time of year to think about planting these beautiful free-flowering natives of Mexico that thrive in the Northwest. Dahlias range in size from 2-inch pompons to huge decoratives that grow to 14 inches – and more. We’ll talk about the various dahlia types, their cultural needs, and for the adventuresome gardener, we’ll discuss advanced dahlia culture including hybridization and growing dahlias from cuttings. The Puget Sound region is a hotbed of dahlia activity and is well-known for having ideal growing conditions as well as the top dahlia exhibitors and hybridizers in the US.

Pre-registration required.
Limited to 25 participants.
$25.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members
$25.00 for Puget Sound Dahlia Association Members
$35.00 Non-members
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Kids in the Garden: A Science Discovery Program for Preschoolers

  • Session One: April 17-May 8, 2018 (meets weekly for 4 consecutive Tuesdays), 10-11:30am.
  • Session Two: May 15-June 5, 2018 (meets weekly for 4 consecutive Tuesdays), 10-11:30am.

Is your 3-5 year-old child interested in things that grow, fly or crawl? Designed especially for preschoolers, our 4-week program will teach kids about the many parts of a garden, from birds to bugs and lots in between.

Pre-registration required.
Limited to 12 participants in each session.
BBGS Members: Each four week session is $75 per child. Each additional child is $50.
Non-Members: Each four week session is $100 per child. Each additional child is $75.
Discount if you register your child for both sessions.

Registration & more information

 

May 3, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30pm, "Structural Pruning for Young Trees,” Christina Pfeiffer

The old adage "nip it in the bud" couldn't be more true when it comes to establishing new trees in the landscape. Many of the challenges and structural failures that occur on older trees may be prevented with proper pruning while trees are young. In this class, Christina Pfeiffer will cover essential pruning for young trees, which is an investment in their future health, structure, and beauty.  

Pre-registration required.
Limited to 30 participants.
$25.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society members
$35.00 Non-members
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May 12, 2018, 10AM - 12PM, "Carnivorous Plants: What’s the Big Deal?!" Scott Vergara

Really!? What's not to love about a plant that eats fruit flies, yellow jackets, and more! Through a PowerPoint presentation and living flesh eating examples, Scott Vergara will examine the amazing adaptation of carnivory in plants, their appropriate care and feeding, how to create suitable “environments” for successful cultivation and enjoyment outdoors, and discuss which plants are suitable as year-round houseplants. We'll also touch on conservation issues. Scott has been collecting and cultivating carnivorous plants for the past 25 years and loves to share his enthusiasm for these truly bizarre plants.

Pre-registration required.
Limited to 30 participants.
$25.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society members
$35.00 Non-members
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May 16, 2018 7pm —LECTURE: "The World of Rock Gardening," Joseph Tychonievich

Joseph Tychonievich, a much in-demand Michigan-based horticulturalist in his 30’s, has already published two books: Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener, and Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style. He also writes for various gardening magazines and is a frequent guest on radio and in podcasts. Join us for his fascinating lecture, “The World of Rock Gardening.”

Pre-registration recommended.
$5.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$15.00 Non-members.
Buy your tickets now. Doors open at 6:15pm.

 

May 31, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm — "Mindfulness in the Garden: Creating Calm Within,"Deborah Wilk, LMFT and Jessica Volpentesta, LMHC

Immerse yourself in the colors, smells and sounds of one of the most vibrant seasons in the Garden, as you let the stress and demands of daily life melt away and experience the healing powers of nature. As you stroll slowly along the quiet trails of the Garden, Deborah and Jessica will help you experience the outdoors in a whole new way. Integrating elements of mindfulness meditation, brain science and Shinrin Yoku (Japanese Forest Bathing), you will learn a variety of skills for calming your mind and restoring your body and spirit. Instructors Deborah Wilk LMFT and Jessica Volpentesta LMHC are psychotherapists in private practice and co-founders of Mindful in the Wild.

Pre-registration required.
$25.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35.00 Non-members.
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May 31, 2018, 6:30-8:30pm — "Sassy or Classy: Container Gardening to Suit Your Style," Karen Chapman

Container gardening is ideal for those with little or no garden space, or those with limited time or ability to tend to a large garden. When it comes to color schemes for container gardens, the only limitation is your imagination! Join Karen Chapman, award winning designer, co-author of Gardening with Foliage First and Fine Foliage, and a speaker at this year's NW Flower and Garden Festival, and learn how to add the bold, sassy factor or create a chic, elegant look to your container gardens, in this fun and informative presentation and planting demonstration.

Pre-registration required.
$25.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35.00 Non-members.
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June 2, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm — "Top Ten: Stalwart Shrubs in Summer ," George Lasch

The workhorses of the garden - shrubs - are everywhere and used very effectively at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Join George Lasch to learn about the best shrubs for certain situations and uses. George will do a quick overview of pruning shrubs as we walk through the Garden on a fine spring day. As always, he will share his opinions on successful and not-so-great plants. George was the Supervisor of the Perennial Border at BBG for 8 years and is well-known for his humorous opinions on plants and gardening.

Pre-registration required.
$25.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35.00 Non-members.
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June 16, 2018 10:00am - 12:00pm — "Food Fermentation," Tilth Alliance

Join a Tilth Alliance instructor as we survey the spectrum of fermented foods including veggies, dairy, beverages and vinegars. You’ll see, smell and taste some of these foods and we’ll make kimchi together in class that you can take home to watch ferment.

Pre-registration required.
$35.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$45.00 Non-members.
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June 16, 2018, 10am - 12pm — "Growing Fuchsias Successfully in the Northwest," Tammy Brown

In the Pacific Northwest, fuchsia are both perennial and annual plants. They make great additions to mixed pots and baskets. Tammy Brown, from the Eastside Fuchsia Society, will discuss the range of fuchsia, as well as demonstrate the care of both hardy and non-hardy varieties. Participants will enjoy a short walk through the fuchsia display garden.

Pre-registration required.
$10.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$10.00 for Eastside Fuchsia Society Members.
$15.00 Non-members.
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Cancellation and Refund Policy
Although it seldom happens, classes may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, or for other reasons outside our control. A full refund will be made to you in the event the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society cancels a class.

Individual Cancellations
If you find you cannot attend the class or lecture you’ve registered for, please email us and let us know. 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. There is no refund for cancellations of member tickets for lectures, as the price paid is less than the $10 processing fee. In this case, we recommend giving your ticket to a friend (see below).

Class and lecture 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 or lecture in your place. Simply email us and give us the name of the person who will take your place.

We cannot refund registration fees for missed class sessions or lectures.

Are you interested in teaching a class at the Bellevue Botanical Garden? Apply to become an instructor!
Are you an expert in horticulture, basic gardening, art in the garden, edibles and organics, seasonal garden topics, or garden-related classes for families? We are seeking new instructors to teach classes at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. LEARN MORE.


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