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.)
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)
July 23, 2015 Unique Raised Garden Beds
August 20, 2015 Save Seeds from Your Garden!
August 7, 2015 Flower Arranging from the Garden
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!

NEW! Kids in the Garden, A Science Discovery Program for Preschoolers. THIS CLASS IS FULL. EMAIL US TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

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

Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 6:00 - SOCIAL HOUR, 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

GustafsonCultuurpark Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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.

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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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, 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.
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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