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Adult Education Programs

The Bellevue Botanical Garden Society’s vibrant Adult Education Programs cater to gardening and horticulture enthusiasts at all levels.

Through a diverse range of classes and workshops, participants can delve into the world of plants, gardening, landscapes, and sustainable gardening practices. We also offer an engaging lecture series, bringing esteemed speakers from around the globe to the Garden. These speakers not only share their expertise, but also entertain and inspire with their passion for horticulture. Most lectures are offered in a hybrid format, meaning you can attend either in person or virtually. Additionally, the Society extends its reach through virtual avenues, offering webinars that provide accessible and convenient learning opportunities.

Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting your green journey, our Adult Education Programs foster a community of learning and appreciation for the botanical world.

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Upcoming Classes, Lectures & Webinars

Mixed Media Painting: Summer Cottage Blooms and Garden Friends

In Person This is your chance to get artistic in the beautiful setting of the Bellevue Botanical Garden with artist Rohini Mathur. You will create a colorful mixed media floral garden painting using acrylics and paper collage and adding sweet pollinators such as bees and butterflies in the composition. You will learn to simplify shapes, use color theory, mark making techniques, layering, and perspective as you learn to explore various art mediums together to create paintings that look fresh and...

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CANCELED: Educator Workshop: Hands-on Nature Activities for Early Learners

In-person Are you looking for ways to engage early learners (ages 3-6 years) with nature? This workshop will introduce you to two valuable guides: Trees & Me: Activities for Exploring Nature with Young Children and Growing Up WILD. These activity guides use best practices in early childhood education to help young children to explore their natural world. The guides contain 38 nature-based themes and over 100 activities complete with background information, outdoor activities, ideas for healthy snacks, math, art, songs, literature,...

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Flower Hour: Garden Favorites with Director Joe Abken

In Person Join us in the Garden after work for a relaxed and informative hour at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Society Director Joe Abken will highlight summer blooms and favorite places in the garden. Joe will reflect on the present and future of the Bellevue Botanical Garden and his experience as the first BBGS Executive Director. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.  

$10.50 – $15
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Flower Hour: The Fuchsia Garden

In Person Join us in the Garden after work for a relaxed and informative hour at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Carolyn Zebroski will show you some of summer’s most dazzling floral displays cultivated by the Eastside Fuchsia Society since 1992. The breadth of fuchsia selections that can be grown in the Northwest is astounding. In any given year, there are about 100 different kinds of fuchsias on display, and most of them are winter-hardy in the Pacific Northwest. Comfortable walking shoes...

$10.50 – $15
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Flower Hour: The Dahlia Display

In Person Join us in the Garden after work for a relaxed and informative hour at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Roger Walker, with the Puget Sound Dahlia Association, will walk you through the annual Dahlia Display at the Garden which has been planted and maintained by the PSDA since 1993. Sun-loving dahlias provide a kaleidoscope of color from high summer through fall. The Puget Sound Dahlia Association is dedicated to growing, hybridizing, exhibiting, and conducting research on dahlias in the Northwest region...

$10.50 – $15
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Our Gardens: Alive!

5th Annual BBGS/Heronswood Symposium Join the discussion on ways we can help a planet in need. Our lineup of stellar speakers will feature: Patrick C. Tobin, Professor of Disturbance Ecology in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington, will speak on “Insect Pollinators in Western Washington.” Patrick’s primary research interests include the ecology of biological invasions, the spatial and temporal dynamics of insect populations, and the role of climate change on insect population dynamics. Shannon Nichol,...

$105 – $125
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