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.


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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 6, 2017 Growing Tomatoes in the Pacific Northwest
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 for Herbs, Vegetables and Fruits
May 4, 2017 Selecting and Growing Berries in the Pacific Northwest
May 10, 2017 Make a Crepe Paper Peony
June 3, 2017 Intro to Fermentation
June 9, 2017 Paint a Garden Bouquet
July 15, 2017 A Walk in the Garden with Our Garden Manager
July 22, 2017 Organic Pest Management for the Vegetable Garden
August 12, 2017 Learn to Make Herbal Salves
October 11, 2017 Put Your Vegetable Garden to Bed

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 6:30pm.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Beautifying Your Garden with Blue Poppies, Giant Lilies, Rhododendrons and More! - Steve Hootman
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Magic and Miracle: The Subtle and Profound Beauty of Plants - Dan Hinkley
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 ANNUAL MEETING Including Gorgeous Roses in Your Garden - Nita-Jo Rountree
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 Literature into Art: Books That Changed the Way We Garden- Colston Burrell

Many thanks to the Woodinville Garden Club for sponsoring our 2017 Lecture Series. Visit their website.

 

Information about becoming an instructor at the Bellevue Botanical Garden

 

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

 

Taught by Tilth Alliance (formerly 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 "Beautifying Your Garden with Blue Poppies, Giant Lilies, Rhododendrons and More!"
 

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Steve will discuss and illustrate methods, ideas, examples, and specific instructions for the home gardener and the collector. Included will be many beautiful images of these special plants in their native habitats in China and the Himalayas.

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

 

 

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! Photo at left courtesy of Kathy Keatley Garvey.

$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 6, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm—"Growing Tomatoes in the Pacific Northwest"

This class covers all aspects of growing tomatoes in our challenging short season climate – starting from seed, selecting and preparing garden space or containers, good varieties to grow, planting and aftercare, common problems and solutions, and harvesting tips. The information is comprehensive and is appropriate for any level of gardener who is interested in growing tomatoes. Marcia Dillon, the instructor, volunteers at the Bellevue Demonstration Garden where she manages the tomato beds and grows all of the tomato starts for the BDG spring plant sale.

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

April 8, 2017, 10-11:30am —"Create a Miniature Fairy Garden"
 

Taught by Claire Woodward. 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. You can arrive anytime between 10 and 11am to start your project, as long as you are done by 11:30am. 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"

 

Taught by Claire Woodward. 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, 6:30-8:30pm —"Introduction to Organic Gardening for Herbs, Vegetables and Fruits"
 

Taught by Tilth Alliance (formerly 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 4, 2017, 6:30-8:30pm —"Selecting and Growing Berries in the Pacific Northwest"

This class is designed to familiarize the urban and suburban gardener with common, and some less common, berries that can be grown in the Pacific Northwest. We will cover fruit descriptions, soil, planting and training requirements as well as disease susceptibility. The presentation is appropriate for beginner to mid-range technical, and will follow a printed outline. Questions will be encouraged and answered throughout the presentation. Larry Davis has been an avid back yard vegetable gardener and orchardist for most of his life; he joined the Seattle Fruit Society in the late 1980’s and was a King County Master Gardener for twenty years.

Limited to 25 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"

Taught by Kate Alercon. 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! Kate Alercon is a Seattle based paper artist whose highly detailed and unusual works have been featured in a number of publications including Seattle Met Bride and Groom magazine.

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 6:15pm.

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

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

Taught by Tilth Alliance (formerly 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 Garden Bouquet"
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Have you ever wanted to try watercolor painting? This class is geared to all levels - from beginners to experienced painters. You will leave with 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

July 22, 2017, 10am - 12pm "Organic Pest Management for the Vegetable Garden"

Taught by Tilth Alliance (formerly Seattle Tilth). Now that your garden is growing, all you have to do is sit back and watch, right? But wait, who’s eating holes in your broccoli and what about all of those weeds? Learn how to use plants to attract beneficial bugs that can pollinate your crops and eat damaging insects, as well as how to deal with the pesky pests who eat your veggies. Leave with a basic understanding of organic pest management practices to deal with pest, weed, and disease control in the vegetable garden.

Limited to 25 participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$25.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35.00 Non-members
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August 1, 2017, ANNUAL MEETING: 6-7pm SOCIAL HOUR, 7pm PROGRAM & LECTURE: "Including Gorgeous Roses in Your Garden"

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In her newly published book, Growing Roses in the Pacific Northwest, Nita-Jo Rountree shows that growing the right roses in the right places can greatly enhance your own garden. By using simple principles of garden design, she will illustrate how to successfully use various types of roses in mixed beds as well as in formal designs. Mouth-watering photographic examples are a delight for the senses and are filled with ideas for beautiful companion plants for disease-free roses. The lecture will be followed by a book signing.

Annual Meeting is open to BBGS members only. RSVP by email. Membership status will be verified.

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

Taught by Tilth Alliance (formerly 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 Tilth Alliance (formerly 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

October 18, 2017, 7pm —LECTURE: "Literature into Art: Books That Changed the Way We Garden”

In today’s fast paced information age, it is hard to imagine a time when gardeners relied on books rather than YouTube videos for inspiration and practical advice. In this lecture, Colston Burrell examines the shifting roles that gardens have played in our culture, from Victorian bedding schemes to outdoor living rooms, and highlights some seminal books that changed the way we envision, design, plant and maintain outdoor spaces.

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

 

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