Get to Know the Bellevue Botanical Garden

Alison Johnson will introduce you to the Garden through its history, the variety of gardens that are part of the larger Garden, how it changes through the seasons, and the opportunities for visitors and volunteers. Alison is a long-time member of the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society where she serves on the education committee, the current co-president of the Northwest Perennial Alliance which maintains the border at the garden, and a Master Gardener. $5 member/$15 non-member

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$5 – $15

Let’s Paint Hydrangeas! Acrylic Painting Class

Taught by Terry MacDonald.  Fresh and painterly…..or soft and transparent.  Acrylics are the most versatile of mediums!  We will paint two versions of hydrangeas on two different surfaces - watercolor paper and canvas. The techniques to be explored include thin washes, building up layers with palette knives, stippling, spattering, dry brushing and more.  There will also be a  focus on light sources, values, color harmonies, and using a loose, fresh approach to painting for an impressionistic effect. You will receive...

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$25 – $35

2021 Lecture Series: Ferns: A Bellevue Botanical Garden Legacy

Purchase The Plant Lover's Guide to Ferns in our Trillium Store. Click the image to be taken to this item in our online store. Join Richie Steffen, Executive Director of the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden , president of the Hardy Fern Foundation, and co-author of The Plant Lovers Guide to Ferns, for an informative and fun lecture on the ferns of the BBG. Ferns have had an important place in the Garden since the Shorts family developed the land...

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$5 – $15

Connecting Youth with Nature: Wellness and Health Benefits

Want to help youth reduce stress, feel happier, or perform better in school? Gardening or walking in the forest have positive impacts on young people’s health, including physical, mental, emotional, and social dimensions. This webinar will explore evidence-based approaches to using time in nature with youth to improve their total wellness. Expect a presentation of current research, followed by practical ways to use facts to intentionally engage youth in nature. Presented by Marcy Reynolds, MSW, Child Mental Health Specialist, and...

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$5 – $15

Pruning Conifers

With Bess Bronstein from Plant Amnesty. It can feel challenging to prune conifers. Common issues arise related to enhancing each plant’s natural form and growth habit while dealing with size management. A large Douglas fir may pose safety concerns if previously topped for a view, an over-sheared juniper hedge will often show foliage dieback, and pines respond poorly to ill-timed pruning. This class will guide you through the steps necessary to successfully prune any conifer. $10 BBGS or Plant Amnesty member/$15...

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$10 – $15

Floral Design

Learn how to create floral designs from your own backyard! Designer Susan Maki will teach you the professional mechanics to elevate foraged flora or grocery store flowers into an organic masterpiece. Susan Maki is a designer, buyer, and houseplant merchandise manager for Squak Mt Nursery in Issaquah. A lifelong learner, she has taken floral design courses from professionals around the world, including Scotland, Canada and Guatemala. This is an online class with limited space. You have the option of purchasing...

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2021 Lecture Series – Hummingbirds: Life in Fast Forward

Presented by Patrick McMillan, director of Heronswood Garden and former director at the South Carolina Botanical Garden in Clemson, South Carolina. Patrick is probably best known for his role as host, writer, producer, and editor of the Emmy-award winning PBS series, Expeditions with Patrick McMillan. In his lecture, he will discuss the captivating hummingbirds that zip through our gardens. Their colors and speed are things of wonder, but their importance to the world and our importance to them is often...

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$10 – $15

Native Plants and Bird Habitat

With Ed Dominguez. Birds and native plants have been coevolving for the last 12,000 years. Planting with natives and removing invasive species is very beneficial to our birds. Find out how and when to do it safely with minimal impact to nesting birds. Ed will discuss best practices for establishing and maintaining green spaces to enhance bird habitat.  He is an experienced naturalist and leads owl prowls, bat walks, nature hikes and naturalist programs on a variety of topics at...

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$10 – $15

Flower Arranging for Families

Taught by Barbara Bruell. Gather your blooms, greens and a vase and let’s make a bouquet! The instructor will show examples of bouquets she made, both simple and complex.  She will then will discuss how one goes about making a beautiful bouquet based on simple design principles. You can use store bought blooms and greens or harvest from your yard. This class is meant to be a fun activity for a family to do together. Instructor can answer questions and...

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$10 – $15

Perfect Plant Combos for Every Garden

Presented by Nita-Jo Rountree. Have you ever put a few plants together and been disappointed by the results?  Do you yearn for a garden that looks like the magazine photos?  Nita-Jo will share her rules of garden design to help you learn how to easily combine plantings in borders and containers to get that picture-perfect look.  Photos of acclaimed gardens will illustrate numerous outstanding examples that will provide ideas and inspiration for your own perfect pairs with panache. $10 member/$15 non-member.

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$5 – $15