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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

DIY Wire Cloches

IN-PERSON In this hands-on workshop learn how to make wire cloches you see in the Perennial Border at Bellevue Botanical Garden to keep rabbits from eating the plants. They make great plant supports too! Once you learn the basic skills, you can make them any size and style that suits you, creating something worthy of a place in your garden. We will supply everything you need to make one medium-sized cloche and you will receive a materials list with information...

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DIY Wire Cloches

IN-PERSON In this hands-on workshop learn how to make wire cloches you see in the Perennial Border at Bellevue Botanical Garden to keep rabbits from eating the plants. They make great plant supports too! Once you learn the basic skills, you can make them any size and style that suits you, creating something worthy of a place in your garden. We will supply everything you need to make one medium-sized cloche and you will receive a materials list with information...

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Peonies, Lilacs and Iris, Oh My!

WEBINAR Taught by Patrick and Margaret Spence, owners of Cascadia Iris Gardens. Join us for an educational overview of three favorites at Cascadia Iris Gardens: lilacs, peonies and iris. Lilacs are fragrant and easy to grow, while peonies are long lived and gorgeous, and irises are diverse and glorious. Cascadia Iris Gardens features the genus Iris, but also has an extensive collection of peonies and lilacs. $10.50 BBGS Member/$15 Non-Member.

$10.50 – $15
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Fuchsia Care and Growing Hardy Fuchsias

Webinar Taught by Caroline Zebroski. This class will cover the creation, growing, and care of the hardy and non-hardy fuchsias at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. You will also learn about growing fuchsias from cuttings, pinching, pest control, preparing potted fuchsias for winter storage and waking up your fuchsias to become beautiful flowers that the hummingbirds enjoy as well as yourself. Caroline has been a member of the Eastside Fuchsia Society for over thirty years. The Eastside Fuchsia Society is one...

$10.50 – $15
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Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love

WEBINAR ONLY With over three decades of experience, eight books, and numerous high-profile lectures, Julie Moir Messervy is an innovative leader in landscape and garden design, theory, and practice. Julie’s most recent book, Landscaping Ideas That Work, is her most practical book yet. Her first book, Contemplative Gardens, was named “One of the ten best garden books of the year” by The New York Times. Another of her books, Home Outside: Creating the Landscape You Love, won the Garden Writers Association...

$10.50 – $15
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Garden Hospitality: Inviting Wildlife to your Yard

Webinar Taught by Penny Bolton in partnership with the Master Gardeners of King County. Did you know your yard could be a home for up to 50 species of birds, plus numerous other bugs and mammals? It’s a zoo out there once you pay attention. We will listen to bird songs and talk about how we can invite them into our yards safely. We will also cover common mammals and bugs. You'll learn how to build inviting landscapes that are...

$10.50 – $15
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Flowers and Fruit: Beginner Acrylic Painting

In Person Taught by Terry MacDonald. Come and create brilliant botanical artwork! This acrylic painting class is for the true beginner. Students will create two projects and learn the basics to get started painting with acrylics. Acrylics are a very versatile medium with bright colors, infinite techniques, and ease of use. Learn about the paints, brushes, surfaces, how to load a brush with paint, basic strokes and more. Students will create a small pear project and a larger botanical painting....

$87.50 – $125
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Daylily 101: The Perfect Carefree Summer Perennial

Webinar Taught by Daralee Newkirk. Daylilies, with their dramatically shaped flowers and sturdy constitution, return a generous outpouring of bloom year after year with minimal care. This dramatic workhorse works in so many different capacities—from borders, hedges, or containers—with many cultivars chosen for a long succession of flowers from late May through October. Learn what to expect from a good daylily; when and how to transplant and divide them; where to get plants that are field-grown and preferably locally sourced,...

$10.50 – $15
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