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 our new education center unless otherwise noted.

LECTURES Unless otherwise noted there is no pre-registration for lectures. Pay at the door. Doors open at 6:30pm.)
March 10, 2015 Design Tips for an Environmentally Friendly Oh La La Garden - Ciscoe Morris
May 12, 2015 Container Crazy (and Plants for Small Gardens) - Dan Heims
May 27, 2015 An Illustrated Walk through the Wespelaar Arboretum in Belgium - Dr. Koel Camelbeke, Arboretum Wespelaar, Belgium

October 13, 2015 Tom Hobbs

August 4, 2015 Annual Meeting and Trillium Lecture with Kathryn Gustafson (Pre-registration required)

CLASSES (Pre-registration required)
January 24, 2015 Photography Basics Part 2 FULL
January 24 & 31, 2015 Two Class Series: Capturing Nature through Watercolor FULL
January 24, 31, and February 7, 2015 Three Class Series for Children: I Painted That!

January 27, 2015 Creative Garden Writing Workshop with Steve Lorton FULL
February 7, 2015 Mason Bees
February 28, 2015 Bringing the Living Space into the Garden
March 5, 2015 Plan Your Spring/Summer Vegetable Garden
March 28, 2015 The Wonderful World of Trilliums

April 2, 2015 Rhododendrons - Cultivars and Care
April 4, 2015 Recycled Glass Mosaics for the Whole Family
April 16, 2015 New Plant Introductions for 2015
April 30, 2015 Grow Herbs and Salads in Containers

May 13, 2015 Tomatoes and Heat-Loving Plants in Containers
May 30, 2015 Growing Lavender in the Northwest
June 6, 2015 Companion Planting and Pest Management
July 23, 2015 Raised Beds
August 20, 2015 Save Seeds from Your Garden!

August 7, 2015 Flower Arraging from the Garden
September 24, 2015 Must-have Plants for Fabulous Fall Color

October 8, 2015 Fall Garden Planning

Cancelation and Refund Policy

Saturday, January 17, 2015, 9:00am - 2:00pm
"Photography Basics Part 1"


Professional photographer, Lesli Cohan of Images Through the Door Photography, teaches Where to Start, Going Digital, and Creative Exploration.

Limited to 10 Participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$45 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$55 Non-members.
This class is fully booked.
Cancellation and Refund Policy

Saturday, January 24, 2015, 9:00am - 2:00pm
"Photography Basics Part 2"
Lesli Cohan continues the course by teaching composition in photography, shutter speeds, aperature rules, and more for the intermediate level or higher shooter. Entrants must have a clear working knowledge of their digital camera operation and be strong in working in manual settings.  

Limited to 10 Participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$45 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$55 Non-members.
This class is fully booked.
Cancellation and Refund Policy

Saturday, January 24 & 31, 2015, 9:00am - 11:00am
"Capturing Nature Through Watercolor"

An introductory 2 class series for adults, taught by professional watercolorist, Kathy Johnson, owner of Studio by the Sound.  Learn to mix color and create a painting.  With more than 35 years of experience, Kathy started her career as a textile designer and has since exhibited and sold her work throughout the country. All supplies included.

Limited to 10 Participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$50 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$70 Non-members.
This class is fully booked.
Cancellation and Refund Policy

Three Saturdays: January 24, January 31, and February 7, 2015, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
"I Painted That!"

Three part class series for children ages 7-10 years old. An introductory watercolor class taught by Ann Konertz and Mary Hoy. Both Ann and Mary are retired Educators of the Seattle School District with over 30+  years experience each working with children and the arts. Children will experience creating paintings thru watercolor. All supplies included.

Limited to 12 Participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$60 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$75 Non-members.
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Cancellation and Refund Policy

Tuesday, January 27 , 2015, 9:30am - 12:30pm
"Creative Garden Writing Workshop"

Steve Lorton, former Northwest Bureau Chief and Garden Editor for Sunset magazine will teach you how to write descriptive articles about gardens during this special 3-hour workshop.

Sunset
Steve Lorton, former Northwest Bureau Chief at Sunset Magazine is a 33-year publishing veteran and has penned numerous articles about travel, food, gardening, and lifestyle for that publication. Attendees will spend some time in one of the Bellevue Botanical Garden gardens, after which they will write about what they observed, with Steve's guidance. Steve has written extensively about gardens in America, Japan, Korea, Finland, England, Spain, France, and Brazil.

Class is limited to 12 participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$25 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35 Non-members.
This class is fully booked.
Cancellation and Refund Policy

Saturday, February. 7, 2015, 10:00am - Noon
"Mason Bees"

Mason Bee

Class with Dave Hunter, Crown Bees, Woodinville. Learn about the gentle nature of these amazing pollinators. Creating safe havens for bees also protects our environment, food supply, water, and even our pocketbooks!

Pre-registration Required.
$25 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35 Non-members.
Register now
Cancellation and Refund Policy

Saturday, February 28, 2015, 10:00am - Noon
"Bringing the Living Space into the Garden"


Karen Stefonick, award winning landscape designer, designs functional, quality landscapes as small as a town house garden to 5 acre country estates. Learn how to enhance your indoor living space by bringing the inside out and the outside in.

Pre-registration Required.
$25 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35 Non-members.

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
"Plan Your Spring Vegetable Garden Now"

How can you make the most of the space you have? Learn how to choose the best location for your garden and which crops to plant. This class will also address important considerations such as crop rotation, succession planting and the different requirements of cool and warm weather crops. Students will have an opportunity to practice building their own garden plan and come away with tools to continue seasonal crop planning.

Limited to 27 Participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$25 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35 Non-members.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 7:00pm - LECTURE
"Design Tips for an Environmentally Friendly Oh La La Garden"
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Ciscoe Morris, writer and radio and TV personality, talks about ways to make your garden more attractive, fun, and interesting to work in, attract birds and wildlife, and easier to maintain without resorting to chemical pesticides.


$5.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$15.00 Non-members.
No pre-registration. Pay at the door.
Doors open at 6:30pm
Saturday, March 28, 10am - Noon
"The Wonderful World of Trilliums"

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Susie Egan, landscape designer, master gardener, speaker, and owner of Cottage Lake Gardens, will give a PowerPoint lecture on the history, botany, and culture of trilliums while showing photographs of many of the most popular trilliums that are easily grown in the Pacific Northwest.

Pre-registration Required.
$25 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35 Non-members.
Register now
Cancellation and Refund Policy

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 10:00am - Noon
"Rhododendrons—Cultivars and Care"

Steve Hootman, director of the Rhododendron Species Garden, highlights the Rhododendron Species Garden, showcasing rare and unusual rhododendrons and how to care for them. After the presentation, Steve will lead a tour of the Rhododendron Glen.

Limited to 14 Participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$25 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35 Non-members.
Register now
Cancellation and Refund Policy

Steve Hootman
Saturday, April 4, 2015, 10:00am - Noon
"Recycled Glass Mosaics for the Whole Family"

Mosaic class with local mosic artist & educator Cheryl Smith of Cheryl Smith Mosaics. Be a steward of the Earth by keeping glass out of the landfill & creating personal art! You'll create 4 recycled glass mosaic window hangings using nature's inspiration: flowers, trees, butterflies, lady bugs, you name you can create it. Learn techniques for safely cutting stained and tumbled glass. Tips on design, tools and adhesives will make you a fan of mosaics. Recommended for families with kids 5 years old and up.

Pre-registration Required.
$40 per family for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$50 per family for Non-members.

Mosaic

A family of four can work on one set of 4 glass mosaics. It is considered one registration!

Register now
Cancellation and Refund Policy

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 10:00am - Noon
"New Plant Introductions for 2015"

Cindy Combs, horticultural marketing and public relations professional, discusses what's hot in new trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals for 2015. Each attendee will receive a small new plant introduction.

Limited to 15 Participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$25 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35 Non-members.
Register now
Cancellation and Refund Policy

New Plants
Thursday, April 30, 2015, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
"Growing Herbs and Salads in Containers"

Herb Garden

Container gardening is great for beginning gardeners, apartment dwellers or anyone looking to add extra space or variety to his or her garden. This class will introduce you to the many benefits of container gardening and cover everything you need to get started, from choosing containers and crops to ongoing maintenance. Leave with the knowledge you need to grow herbs, salads, small fruits and heat-loving crops like tomatoes and peppers in containers!

Limited to 27 Participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$25 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35 Non-members.
Register now
Cancellation and Refund Policy

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 7:00pm - LECTURE
"Container Crazy (and Plants for Small Gardens)"
Dan Heims

Speaker: Dan Heims, owner of Terra Nova Nursery in Oregon. His trips around the world have exposed him to an amazing array of wild containers planted with the most unusual plants that give new life to containers. Tips on how to design containers and small garden spaces, as well as helpful information on maintaining soil fertility and plant health, are presented.

$$5.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$15.00 Non-members.
No pre-registration. Pay at the door.
Doors open at 6:30pm

Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
"Tomatoes and Heat-Loving Plants in Containers"

Container gardening is great for beginning gardeners, apartment dwellers or anyone looking to add extra space or variety to his or her garden. This class will introduce you to the many benefits of container gardening and cover everything you need to get started, from choosing containers and crops to ongoing maintenance. Leave with the knowledge you need to grow herbs, salads, small fruits and heat-loving crops like tomatoes and peppers in containers!

Limited to 27 Participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$25 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35 Non-members.
Register now
Cancellation and Refund Policy

Tomato
SPECIAL LECTURE: Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 7:00pm
"An Illustrated Walk through the Wespelaar Arboretum in Belgium"
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Dr. Koen Camelbeke, the exuberant director of the Arboretum Wespelaar in Belgium, will give us a photo tour of the estate.

$5.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$15.00 Non-members.
No pre-registration. Pay at the door.
Doors open at 6:30pm

Saturday, May 30, 2015, 10:00am - Noon
"Growing Lavender in the Northwest"

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Tom Frei, Master Gardener and owner of Woodinville Lavender brings you the complete story of lavender, from history and botany to plant selection and uses. Learn from the best!

Pre-registration Required.
$25 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35 Non-members.
Register now
Cancellation and Refund Policy

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 10:00am - Noon
"Companion Planting and Pest Management"

Learn how to choose plants that grow well together, rather than competing for resources. This class introduces you to many ways you can combine plants to maximize your harvest and make the most of your space. Learn about the different characteristics of annual and perennial food crops and how to plan accordingly. We will also explore the permaculture concept of “plant guilds” and discuss how to use nature as a model for your garden.

Limited to 27 Participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$25 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35 Non-members.

Companion Planting

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Cancellation and Refund Policy

Thursday, July 23, 2015, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
"Raised Beds"

Raised 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, 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.

Limited to 27 Participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$25 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35 Non-members.
Register now
Cancellation and Refund Policy

Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 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

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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"

Attendees will bring greenery and flower cuttings from their garden and Linda McDonald will show how to make beautiful flower arrangements including those and flowers that will be supplied. Everyone brings a vase, and they will take home their new arrangement.

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.

Limited to 27 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.
Register now
Cancellation and Refund Policy

Fall
Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
"Fall Garden Planning"

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Prepare your 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 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.
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