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.
March 16, 2016 Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Growing the World's Best Vegetables! - Alice Doyle
May 18, 2016 Common and Uncommon Plants from Near and Far - Sue Miliken and Kelly Dodson
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.

February 13, 2016 Orchids 101 THIS CLASS IS FULL
February 25, 2016 Grow Fruit in Small Spaces
February 27, 2016 Rain Garden Basics
March 3, 2016 Choosing Drought Tolerant Plants for Northwest Gardens

March 24, 2016 Build a Succulent Terrarium
March 26, 2016 Create a Miniature Fairy Garden
April 16, 2016 Organic Gardening 101
April 23, 2016 Fuchsia 101
May 5, 2016 Make Herbal Infusions
May 26, 2016 Dahlias 201
June 4, 2016 Weeds and Other Naughty Plants
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

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Saturday, February 13, 2016, 10:00am-Noon - "Orchids 101" THIS CLASS IS FULL

Taught by Mike Cory, secretary of the NW Orchid Society, docent and board member of Friends of Volunteer Park Conservatory. Do you love orchids but find them challenging to grow? If so, then this class is for you! Learn the characteristics of the different varieties of orchids and find out how to select a healthy orchid and 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. If you have an orchid at home, you are encouraged to bring it with you to get personalized advice on its care.

Limited to 24 Participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$25 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$35 Non-members.

THIS CLASS IS FULL
Cancellation and Refund Policy

Thursday, February 25, 2016, 6:00pm-8:00pm - "Grow Fruit in Small Spaces"

Taught by Seattle Tilth. Do you think you need an orchard or a big backyard to grow fruit? This class will show you how to utilize small spaces to grow tasty berries and fruits on bushes, vines and trees. Topics include special techniques for gardening in small spaces, using containers to grow fruits, selecting plants and varieties, and ongoing fruit tree care. Leave with the knowledge you need to incorporate delicious fruits into your landscape so you can enjoy sweet rewards with limited effort.

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

Register now
Cancellation and Refund Policy

Saturday, February 27, 10am - noon - "Rain Garden Basics"

Taught by Lisa Haglund. How would you like to garden, beautify your property and help protect local waterways at the same time? Learn how rain gardens capture, hold, and filter stormwater and wastewater runoff and if your site is suitable for a rain garden. Basics will include where to site a rain garden, needed components, suggested plants and care, and construction planning. Alternatives to rain gardens such as rain barrels and permeable paving will also be discussed. Class will include a visit to our rain garden on site at the Bellevue Botanical Garden for inspiration!

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

Register now
Cancellation and Refund Policy

Thursday, March 3, 2016, 10am-12pm - "Choosing Drought Tolerant Plants for Northwest Gardens"

Taught by Pat Roome. With predictions of more warm, dry summers in store for the Pacific Northwest, we need to know which plants can adapt to dry conditions. Learn plant selections from trees and shrubs to perennials and vines and what the gardener can do to prevent plant and lawn damage from drought. You will see a hands-on demonstration of parts needed for a simple soaker hose irrigation system as well as find out about proper fertilization, mulching, and watering techniques.

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

Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 7:00PM - LECTURE, "Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Growing the World's Best Vegetables!"

Alice Doyle is the co-founder of the innovative Oregon wholesale nursery, Log House Plants. Alice was the first grower in the United States to offer grafted vegetables to home gardeners. A fascinating look at the challenges and treasures of tomorrow’s table will change the way you think about growing veggies!

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

Thursday, March 24, 2016, 6:30-8pm - "Build a Succulent Terrarium"

Come and design, plant, and decorate your own miniature succulent terrarium garden. Choose your container and the succulent plants to include, learn how to layer your gravel, and use special planting mixtures and colored sand. Each participant will leave with a fabulous terrarium for their home. All supplies included! Led by Claire Woodward, a docent and plant enthusiast from the Volunteer Park Conservatory.

This is a great class for families! The registration cost is per terrarium made so a family can pay for one registration and make one terrarium together.

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

Saturday, March 26, 10-11:30am - "Create a Miniature Fairy Garden"

Design and create your own miniature fairy garden! You will create a miniature fairy garden using a tray, gravel, a lush soil mix, and a choice of up to three tropical plants. After planting, choose from special colored sands, rocks, and other decorative elements to complete your one-of-a-kind miniature fairy garden. This is a great class for families! All supplies are included in fee. Led by Claire Woodward, a docent and plant enthusiast from the Volunteer Park Conservatory.

This is a great class for families! The registration cost is per Fairy Garden made so a family can pay for one registration and make one Fairy Garden together.

Limited to 20 participants.
Pre-registration Required.
$35 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$45 Non-members.

Saturday, April 16, 2016, 10am-12pm - "Organic Gardening 101"

Taught by Seattle Tilth. Want to grow your own food but don’t know how to get started? Learn the fundamentals of organic vegetable gardening including: soil preparation, garden planning, planting and care. We will touch on composting, watering and managing pests and diseases. By learning organic techniques, you will be able to improve the quality of your food and be better prepared to manage garden resources more sustainably. This class will include an outdoor hands-on component; please dress for the weather and garden activities.

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

Saturday, April 23, 2016, 10-11:30am, "Fuchsia 101"

Taught by Frankie Dennison. In the Pacific Northwest, fuchsia are both perennial and annual plants. This class will discuss the range of fuchsia as well as their care and where and when to buy the hardy/perennial and non-hardy/annual varieties. We will focus on some of the fuchsia on display in the Bellevue Botanical Garden.

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

Thursday, May 5, 2016, 6-8pm - "Make Herbal Infusions"

Taught by Seattle Tilth. Turn garden herbs into culinary and medicinal infusions. Learn how to infuse garden herbs into vinegars, syrups and oils for both culinary and medicinal uses. We will cover herb identification and harvesting and discuss varieties of plants to grow for use in home remedies. Make your own infusions and share with friends and family. The additional cost of the class includes supplies and you will leave with an herbal infusion to take home! Register early as class size is limited to 18.

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

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 7:00PM - LECTURE, "Common and Uncommon Plants from Near and Far"

For all you plant floozies who need a shot of adrenaline, Sue Milliken and Kelly Dodson of Far Reaches Farm  are just what the doctor ordered. These world-traipsing plant-a-holics have gained a national following not only for their can’t-live-without-it plants but also for their awe-inspiring lectures filled with humor.

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

Sue and Kelly
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. 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 a number of non-regulated noxious weeds and talk about best practices and strategies for dealing with difficult 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.

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 a 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 recommended.

$25.00 for Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members.
$40.00 Non-members.
Advance reservations recommended. Register Now
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.

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.
Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Members free.

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 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