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 Beginning with our October 2016 lecture, we will offer advance tickets sales for all lectures. Skip the line and buy your tickets ahead of time! Lecture at 7:00pm, doors open at 6:30pm.

January 18, 2017 The Education of a Garden Traveler - Marty Wingate
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 How to Prune and Renovate the Overgrown Garden - Cass Turnbull
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Magic and Miracle: The Subtle and Profound Beauty of Plants - Dan Hinkley

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.

December 3, 2016 Holiday Wreath Making 10AM CLASS IS FULL
January 21, 2017 Great Garden Trees
February 11 & 18, 2017 Early Bloomers: Watercolor Flowers, Winter Foliage and Landscapes
March 4, 2017 Permaculture for the Backyard Gardener
March 25, 2017 An Introduction to the Art and Horticulture of Bonsai
March 30, 2017 Garden Habitat for Bumble Bees and Other Native Pollinators
April 1, 2017 Orchids
April 8, 2017 Create a Miniature Fairy Garden
April 8, 2017 Create a Succulent Terrarium
April 12, 2017 Clematis: Queen of Climbers
April 27, 2017 Introduction to Organic Gardening
May 10, 2017 Make a Crepe Paper Peony
June 3, 2017 Intro to Fermentation
June 9, 2016 Paint a Bouquet in a Glass
July 15, 2017 A Walk in the Garden with Our Garden Manager
August 12, 2017 Learn to Make Herbal Salves
October 11, 2017 Put Your Vegetable Garden to Bed

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Information about becoming an instructor at the Bellevue Botanical Garden

 

December 3, 2016, Two Classes: 10am - 12pm & 1 - 3pm, "Holiday Wreath Making" 10AM CLASS IS FULL. ONE SPOT AVAILABLE IN 1pm CLASS

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Join Jodi Burkland from Molbak's, who will show you how to make a beautiful holiday wreath! Attendees will decorate & take home a lovely wreath made of natural greens from Molbak's. Decorations, ribbon, directions and ideas provided. Jodi will also speak about how to update your porch & planters for the holidays to create a festive spirit! You will choose your preferred wreath color during registration.

Limited to 25 participants in each class.
Pre-registration Required.
$60.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$70.00 Non-members.
10am class is full.
1 spot available in 1pm class.
REGISTER NOW.

January 18, 2017, 7pm—LECTURE: "The Education of a Garden Traveler"

Sit back and enjoy Marty Wingate as she shares her travelogue through gardens of England, Ireland, and Scotland. Virtually visit gardens both public and private, and both grand and intimate that are full of not only ideas on plants and design, but also stories of people and places.

$5.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$15.00 Non-members.
Pre-registration recommended. Buy your tickets now. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Pre-registration recommended. Buy your tickets now. Doors open at 6:30pm

January 25, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm "Great Garden Trees"

Taught by Christina Pfeiffer. Trees have been called the backbone of the garden. These long-lived plants set the stage for the landscape and provide multiple aesthetic and environmental benefits. How we choose and plant them affects future success and longevity. This class will help all gardeners to choose the best specimens and species for seasonal beauty and adaptability to the Northwest climate. Essential care practices and how to avoid the most common mistakes made in gardening with trees will also be covered.

Limited to 40 participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$25.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35.00 Non-members.
Register now

TWO CLASSES: February 11 & February 18, 2017, 10am-12:30pm —"Early Bloomers: Watercolor Flowers, Winter Foliage and Landscapes"

Learn how to sketch and paint some of the garden's earliest bloomers, like crocuses and snowdrops, as well as shrubs and conifers, witch hazels, camellias and more. All supplies are provided, including artist quality watercolor paper. Sign up for one or both sessions. In both sessions we will begin with studies of some of our subject plants and then paint larger landscapes which incorporate large and small elements.

February 11 class will focus on painting witch hazels and primroses
February 18 class will focus on painting camellias and hellebores

Limited to 15 participants per class.
Pre-registration Required.
Each class is $35.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$45.00 Non-members.

March 4, 2017, 10am - 12pm "Permaculture for the Backyard Gardener"

Taught by Seattle Tilth. Explore ways to integrate natural patterns and ecology into your backyard garden. The goal of permaculture, short for “permanent agriculture” or “permanent culture,” is to minimize inputs and maximize relationships between plants, animals, environment and people. Go beyond organic gardening by learning the basics of permaculture to discover more holistic and sustainable techniques for your backyard garden! Learn the basics of "systems thinking" to create efficient and abundant gardens that integrate human needs with the natural ecosystem.

Limited to 30 participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$25.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35.00 Non-members.
Register now

March 15, 2017, 7pm—LECTURE: "How to Prune and Renovate the Overgrown Garden"

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Pre-registration recommended. Buy your tickets now. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Cass Turnbull will cover basic pruning of ornamental trees and shrubs along with creative solutions to the overgrown or over-planted garden. Before and after photos and diagrams will be used to illustrate pruning for size reduction and pruning for definition (thinning).

$5.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$15.00 Non-members.
Pre-registration recommended. Buy your tickets now. Doors open at 6:30pm

March 25, 2017, 10am-12pm  "An Introduction to the Art and Horticulture of Bonsai"

Join local bonsai artists from the Puget Sound Bonsai Association to learn why people are still so captivated by this art form using "trees in pots." The lecture and demo will highlight the various forms of bonsai, types of plants best suited for bonsai, and a bonsai's horticultural requirements.This class will specifically focus on outdoor bonsai.

Limited to 35 participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$20.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$30.00 Non-members.
Register now

March 30, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm—"Garden Habitat for Bumble Bees and Other Native Pollinators"

Explore the world of native pollinators, with an emphasis on our native bumble bees. Learn about these beneficial insects and how you can promote their survival with garden features and preferred flowers. Find out the benefits of attracting winged beauty, including butterflies and birds, to make your garden come to life. This is a Bellevue Parks Master Naturalist Species of the Year program!

$25.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35.00 Non-members.
Pre-registration required. Register now.

April 1, 2017, 10am-12:00pm —"Orchids"

Learn about the characteristics and varieties of orchids from around the world. When buying, learn how to select a healthy orchid and how to care for it once you get it home. Get "hands on" and dissect an orchid blossom to better understand how it is pollinated and what may pollinate it. In addition, orchids are in our holiday foods. Learn about vanilla and its origin. Taught by Mike Cory, secretary of the NW Orchid Society, docent, and board member of Friends of Volunteer Park Conservatory.

Limited to 24 participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$25.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35.00 Non-members.
Register now

April 8, 2017, 10am-12:30pm —"Create a Miniature Fairy Garden"

Design and create your own Miniature Fairy Garden. Perfect for families! You will create a miniature fairy garden using a tray, adding gravel, a lush soil mix, and a choice of up to three tropical plants. After planting, students are able to choose from special colored sands, rocks, and other decorative elements to complete their one-of-a-kind miniature fairy garden.The typical student will take anywhere from ½ hour to 1-½ hours to complete their fairy garden. All supplies are included.

Limited to 20 participants. A couple or family can pay for one registration and make one fairy garden together.
Pre-registration Required.
$35.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$45.00 Non-members.
Register now

April 8, 2017, 12-1pm "Create a Succulent Terrarium"

Design and Create your own Succulent Terrarium! Students choose the terrarium shape they prefer, add gravel, a desert soil mix, and a choice of up to three succulent plants. After planting, students are able to choose from special colored sands, rocks, and other decorative elements to complete their one-of-a-kind terrarium. The typical student will take anywhere from ½ hour to 1 hour to complete their terrarium.  All supplies are included.

Limited to 20 participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$35.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$45.00 Non-members.
Register now

April 12, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm "Clematis: Queen of Climbers"

Taught by Laura Watson. Learn the basics of clematis care from planting to pruning, and view a PowerPoint presentation with photos of many of the different kinds of clematis. The instructor will bring in some clematis vines for a hands-on pruning demonstration. Learn how and where to best grow this beautiful climber and where to obtain unusual hybrids.

Limited to 25 participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$25.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35.00 Non-members.
Register now

April 27, 2017, 10am-12:00pm —"Introduction to Organic Gardening"

Taught by Seattle Tilth. Interested in growing your own food but don’t know where to start? Let a Seattle Tilth gardener show you how with a little sun, soil and water you can turn your backyard into your most local source of fresh, organic vegetables and fruits.  We will discuss siting your garden, building healthy soil, basics of garden planning and pest management tips. The presentation will include a slideshow plus planting demonstration. There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and you’ll leave with lots of resources to support your gardening success.

Limited to 30 participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$25.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35.00 Non-members.
Register now

May 10, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm "Make a Crepe Paper Peony"

Come celebrate peony season, and learn to make this surprisingly simple paper peony with local flower-maker, Kate Alarcon! This pretty bloom is made of layers of European crepe paper in two different weights; it’s perfect for beginners, and also a great one to have in your flower-making repertoire, since it works up so quickly and adds so much drama and texture to an arrangement. You’ll learn how to build a flower around a wire, how to cut and shape petals, and, time permitting, how to add a little foliage to decorate your stem. We’ll make one flower together during the workshop, and you’ll take home supplies for two more so you can practice at home. All materials and tools provided. This class is limited to ten people, so register soon to reserve your spot!

Limited to 10 participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$55.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$65.00 Non-members.
Register now

May 17, 2017, 7pm—LECTURE: "Magic and Miracle: The Subtle and Profound Beauty of Plants"

A maple tree may be entirely a male one year, entirely female the next, and represent both sexes the following year! Dan Hinkley will introduce you to some of the natural world’s strange and wonderful characters on a visual tour of some of his favorite plants while discussing some of their unique characteristics, including ornamental attributes, morphological features, pollination strategies, or seed dispersal mechanics. Learn about the mystery surrounding many of the plants you are already growing in your garden, or discover a few you will want to include in the near future.

$5.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$15.00 Non-members.
Pre-registration recommended. Buy your tickets now. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Pre-registration recommended. Buy your tickets now. Doors open at 6:30pm

June 3, 2017, 10am - 12pm "Intro to Fermentation"

Taught by Seattle Tilth. Create delicious, healthy pro-biotic foods and preserve the season’s bounty with fermentation! What’s the big deal about fermentation? Come learn about how fermented foods can help you absorb more nutrients, support your immune system, and add excitement and homemade flair to your everyday meals. You’ll learn the basics of food microbiology and meet a few of the critters that can transform your raw produce into pro-biotic superfoods. We will survey the spectrum of fermented foods including veggies, dairy, beverages and vinegars. You’ll have an opportunity to see, smell and taste some of these foods and we’ll make sauerkraut together in class that you can take home to watch ferment. Cost of class includes supplies; you will take a small sample home with you.

Limited to 18 participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$35.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$45.00 Non-members.
Register now

June 9, 2017, 10am-1:00pm —"Paint a Bouquet in a Glass"

Have you ever wanted to try watercolor painting? This class is geared to all levels - including beginners to experienced painters! You will leave with an a finished piece of art! The work of our instructor, Kathy Johnson, has been shown in galleries locally and throughout the country. Her goal is to pare down imagery to convey the mood of the scene.

Limited to 12 participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$50.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$60.00 Non-members.
Register now

July 15, 2017, 10am - 12pm "A Walk in the Garden with Our Garden Manager"

A very special walk in the Garden with Nancy Kartes, Manager of the Bellevue Botanical Garden, as we celebrate the Garden's 25th anniversary! Nancy will talk about the original property that was gifted to the Garden, how we planned and designed the additions to the Garden, and why we emphasize the plants and areas we showcase. An inside look at garden planning in the Northwest!

Limited to 30 participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$25.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35.00 Non-members.
Register now

August 12, 2017, 10am-12:00pm —"Learn to Make Herbal Salves"

Taught by Seattle Tilth. Discover how to use herbs from your garden to make healing skin salves. Salves made from fresh herbs are the perfect foundation for a natural first aid kit. Or take a simple salve recipe and adjust it to create soothing lotions, therapeutic massage bars, lip balms...the possibilities are endless! They make wonderful gifts. In this class we will learn how to identify, harvest and process herbs for salves, discuss beneficial and healing properties of different herbs, see, smell and feel different oils and waxes you can use for infusions, salves and ointments, and make a simple recipe you can replicate at home. Leave with a small sample to try out!

Limited to 18 participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$30.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$40.00 Non-members.
Register now

October 11, 2017, 6:30pm - 8:30pm "Put Your Vegetable Garden to Bed"

Taught by Seattle Tilth. Prepare your veggie 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! 

Limited to 25 participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$25.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35.00 Non-members.
Register now

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 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.
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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