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. Lecture at 7:00pm, doors open at 6:30pm.
July 26, 2016 ***SPECIAL LECTURE*** Fergus Garrett of Great Dixter
August 9, 2016 Annual Meeting and Trillium Lecture 'You Planted What???!!!' - Meghan Fuller
October 19, 2016 The Emergent City: Transforming the Urban Experience with Dynamic Landscapes - Patrick Cullina

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.


May 26, 2016 Dahlias 201
June 4, 2016 Weeds and Other Naughty Plants
July 10, 2016 Experience the Art of Sumi Painting
July 21, 2016 Treating Common Garden Pest Problems
July 23, 2016 Iris: A Flower for All Seasons
July 30, 2016 Choosing the Right Composting System for You
August 4, 2016 Start Your Fall and Winter Vegetable Garden
August 6, 2016, How to Attract Backyard Birds
August 11, 2016, Summer Perennial Borders: Plants that Keep on Giving
August 13, 2016, Flower Arranging From the Garden
August 22, 2016, Flower and Garden Smartphone Photography
September 15, 2016 All About Grasses
September 22, 2016 Pruning Basics

September 29, 2016 Ferns for Tough Places and Beautiful Spaces
October 8, 2016, Fall Tasks in the Mixed Border

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Information about becoming an instructor at the Bellevue Botanical Garden

 

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 6:30-8pm - "Dahlias 201"

Taught by Art Chmura. What to do with those dahlias planted in spring? Find out how these decorative and versatile beauties can be saved and used again next year. Along with digging and storing, learn more advanced techniques about dahlia watering, topping, disbudding, cutting, and planting. This informative class will include a hands-on demonstration and sample tubers!

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

Saturday, June 4, 2016, 10-11:30am, "Weeds and Other Naughty Plants"

Taught by Joan Helbacka, King County Master Gardener, and Karen Peterson, of King County Noxious Weeds. Joan discusses methods to help home gardeners minimize weeds and other undesirable plants since we all have planted things we wish we hadn’t. She will show photos of common weeds and and talk about best practices and strategies for dealing with difficult weeds. Karen will cover noxious and invasive weeds. Participants will receive a handout with a list of common garden plants that can be problems and resources for handling these plants.

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

Sunday, July 10, 2016, 1-3pm - "Experience the Art of Sumi Painting"

Taught by Yvonne Palka. Learn some of the basics of Sumi (Asian brush painting) as we paint common animals that might live in your garden (birds, rabbits, mice, dragonflies, snails) plus a few flowers to keep them company. Using brush and ink on paper, you will learn to capture the spirit and essence of these animals in a few simple strokes. We will also visit a garden in China and paint panda bears, monkeys and, perhaps even dragons, hiding in the bamboo! All supplies included. Suitable for families with children ages 8 and above.

Limited to 15 participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$25.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35.00 Non-members.

Thursday, July 21, 2016, 6:30-8:30pm - "Treating Common Garden Pest Problems"

Taught by Alan Haywood. Learn about some of the most common pest problems that PNW gardens face. Before you can properly treat a pest problem on your plant, shrub or tree you have to be able to identify it. Some are easier to deal with than others. Some require potentially toxic materials, but many others do not. Knowing which plants have tough pest problems can help you make wiser decisions about what to plant in your yard and how to care for it.

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

Saturday, July 23, 2016, 10-11:30am - "Iris: A Flower for All Seasons"

Taught by Patrick Spence. An introduction to irises including information about the diversity of this plant genus and how it can provide interest in the garden or landscape for much of the year. An area of focus will be Iris ensata, which is included in the Rain Garden at the Bellevue Botanical Garden.

Limited to 25 participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$15.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$25.00 Non-members.

July 26, 2016 , 7:00 p.m.--***SPECIAL LECTURE***--Fergus Garrett of Great Dixter
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Garden groupies alert: the head gardener at one of England's most famous and beloved gardens, Christopher Lloyd's Great Dixter, is coming to speak at the Bellevue Botanical Garden! Great Dixter is now an historic house and garden as well as a center for horticultural education, a place of pilgrimage for garden lovers across the globe. Fergus gives electrically brilliant talks about the how, when, and where of this iconic garden. Advance reservations required.

Thank You, Wells Medina Nursery, for sponsoring this lecture.

$25.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$40.00 Non-members.
Advance reservations required.
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Cancellation and Refund Policy

Saturday, July 30, 2016, 10am-12pm, "Choosing the Right Composting System for You"

Taught by Seattle Tilth. Have you wanted to start composting your food or yard waste at home but didn’t know where to start? Then this is the class for you! You will learn the differences between food and yard waste composting and the do's and don'ts of each method. We will show you some of the many compost bins available locally and help you decide which is best for your family. Special attention will be paid to worm bins, food digesters, such as the Green Cone, compost tumblers, multiple-bin and single-bin compost systems.

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

Thursday, August 4, 2016, 6:30-8:30pm, "Start Your Fall and Winter Vegetable Garden"

Taught by Seattle Tilth. Keep the harvest going by planning ahead for your fall and winter garden. Mid-summer is the perfect time to start planning for your fall and winter garden so you can keep eating fresh vegetables all year. Learn how to choose appropriate seeds and starts, fit new plants into your existing garden, and use special season extension techniques. We’ll discuss overwintering veggies and hardy greens that can be harvested throughout the fall and winter. A little planning and effort now will pay off deliciously during the dark days of winter!

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

Saturday, August 6, 2016, 10:00am-12:00pm, "How to Attract Backyard Birds"

Taught by Penny Bolton, a Master Birder with Seattle Audubon and a King Co./WSU Master Gardener, will tell you how to invite birds and bugs to your garden. Set the table, step back, and prepare to receive these lively and entertaining visitors.

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

August 9, 2016—Annual Meeting and Trillium Lecture, 6:00 - SOCIAL HOUR, 7:00pm - LECTURE—"You Planted What???!!!"
Meghan Fuller

Meghan Fuller, groundskeeper and designer at Seattle Children’s Hospital, will talk about common sense problems in the garden resulting from misunderstood plants, pruning confusion, dysfunctional designs, wrong plant wrong place, and maintenance nightmares.  She’ll review hilarious photos of real life examples along with pictures of better alternatives and discuss ways to evaluate your own garden.  Meghan is a hugely popular speaker at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show among others.

Pre-registration required. REGISTER NOW. BBGS Members FREE. Non-members $35 (includes 1-year individual membership).

Thursday, August 11, 2016, 6:30-8:30pm, "Summer Perennial Borders: Plants that Keep on Giving "

Taught by George Lasch. Come to the Garden on a warm summer evening and learn about hardy, herbaceous plants and best practices, while enjoying a focused stroll in the Perennial Border. The evening will start indoors with some guiding visuals and discussions about Northwest summer perennials. We will then head out into the Garden to walk and talk about what is happening in the border and which plants play a leading role in making the Perennial Border vibrant and wonderful at this time of the summer. Bring your questions for George Lasch as he shares his experience and humor in his ninth summer supervising the Perennial Border at the Bellevue Botanical Garden.

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

Saturday, August 13, 2016, 10:00am-12:00pm, "Flower Arranging from the Garden"

Back by popular demand! Instructor Linda McDonald will provide arranging tips for combining stems into beautiful arrangements to take home. Returning participants can perfect their skills and add to the discussion of not only what has worked for them but also any challenges they have had in their arrangements. Additional settings will be available to add to your own materials.  Participants are asked to bring a favorite vase, some flowers and greens, and clippers or scissors.

Limited to 18 participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$25.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35.00 Non-members.

Monday, August 22, 2016, 6:00-8:30pm, "Smartphone Photography"
Meghan Fuller

Learn how to make better flower and garden photos using nothing more than your smartphone or tablet. In this fun, hands-on class, award-winning California-based photographer, Charles Needle, will show you how to craft high-quality creative, expressive images using your iPhone, Android phone, or tablet. Charles will cover some of the technical aspects of smartphone photography, including equipment, accessories, how to shoot flower close-ups, workflow, and printing considerations. In addition, he will show you how to use several key shooting and editing apps in a “live” demonstration. You’ll also be given the opportunity to apply some of these techniques in the field at the Garden with Charles by your side.

Limited to 20 participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$50.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$65.00 Non-members.

Register now
Cancellation and Refund Policy

Thursday, September 15, 2016, 6:30-8:30pm, "All About Grasses"

Taught by Daniel Mount. The grasses, including sedges, rushes and true grasses, are one of the most carefree and long season groups of herbaceous ornamental plants. Dwarf to gigantic, shade tolerant to sun loving, evergreen or deciduous, the grasses are the stalwarts of the contemporary garden. In this class, you will learn how to lend color and texture to your garden, how to use grasses in combination with other plants along with maintenance basics. You will come away with a renewed perspective and love for the versatile grasses.

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

Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6:30-8:30pm, "Pruning Basics"
Meghan Fuller

Taught by Alan Haywood. Pruning is all about decisions: How, what, when, and why to prune. Learn a basic systematic approach to pruning your landscape plants. What you need to know before you start, how to make proper cuts, when the best time to prune is, why proper cuts and timing matters. We will also discuss how to avoid the most common mistakes and how to make your plant a better specimen, instead of making more work for yourself.

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

Register now
Cancellation and Refund Policy

Thursday, September 29, 2016, 6:30-8:30pm, "Ferns for Tough Places and Beautiful Spaces"
Meghan Fuller

Ferns are the queens of the shade garden and rightly so. With such diversity and versatility, there is a fern for almost any situation. Join Richie Steffen, curator of the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden and author of The Plant Lover’s Guide to Ferns (co-authored with Sue Olsen), to learn how best to use these beautiful plants. Richie will share fern growing tips and techniques, and will show some of the best selections for our region, as well as those suitable for our most difficult gardening situations.

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

Register now
Cancellation and Refund Policy

Saturday, October 8, 2016, 10:00am-12:00pm, "Fall Tasks in the Mixed Border"

Taught by George Lasch. Learn which perennials and grasses to cut back and which to leave in a hands-on demonstration from our expert, George Lasch, the NPA Border Supervisor.  George will walk you through the NPA border and show you the specifics of fall garden jobs including cutting back, pruning, clean-up and mulching.

Limited to 14 participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$25.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35.00 Non-members.

October 19, 2016—"The Emergent City: Transforming the Urban Experience with Dynamic Landscapes"
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Patrick Cullina, an award winning horticulturist, landscape designer, lecturer, and photographer who maintains a New York-based design and consulting practice, will speak about cities across the nation seeking to revitalize themselves through interventions that will make them greener, more vibrant, and more livable. He served as Vice-President of Horticulture and Park Operations for New York City’s High Line Botanical Garden among many others. 

$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 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.

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 email us and give us the name of the person who will take your place.

We cannot refund registration fees for missed class sessions.

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