Dan’s 20 Favorite Plants at Windcliff and How to Best Succeed with Them

From Agapanthus campanulatus to Woodwardia unigemmata, Dan Hinkley will try to limit his favorite plants at Windcliff to only 20 (or so). He will not only describe the characteristics of each, but he will also tell us how we can grow them in our own gardens. Proceeds from this event will benefit BBGS and Heronswood. $15 BBGS & Heronswood members/$25 nonmembers. Windcliff photo by Nita-Jo Rountree

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$15 – $25

The Art and Science of Trees

Learn to grow your own tree from a cutting, play tree trivia, paint a forest landscape, and discuss new research asserting that trees have feelings. You will need watercolor paints and paper as well as some hardwood cuttings and planting supplies. We’ll provide a supply list, or you can order a kit from us. For kit pick-up at the garden, we will send out a sign-up. This is a 2 hour workshop, designed for middle school youth. If you have...

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$10 – $15

Introduction to Mindfulness and Forest Bathing

Presented by Mindful in the Wild Did you know that trees are really good for you?  The healing power of nature can restore your mind, body and spirit.  Join us to learn about the history of Shinrin-Yoku (Japanese Forest Bathing), the science behind nature’s ability to heal, and do some calming, meditative Shinrin-yoku practices. You will learn how to open your awareness to experience the outdoors in a whole new way! Our speakers are Deborah Wilk LMFT (psychotherapist in private...

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$5 – $15

Soil: Your Garden’s Most Valuable Player

It's all about soil - and it's a lot more than dirt! Gia Parsons will discuss how to improve and maintain soil fertility so you can grow nutritious produce and beautiful ornamentals, the importance and limitations of soil testing, how to read and use soil tests, and strategies for fertilizing and amending soil. She will also provide a discussion of gardening methods that foster healthy and fertile soil. Gia Parsons has been a King County Master Gardener for 12 years...

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$5 – $15

Pruning Fruit Trees

Shondell Kelley from Plant Amnesty will show you the basics of fruit tree pruning and why you should prune them differently than other trees. This class will cover apple, cherry, plum and pear trees. Shondell Kelley is an expert pruner with Plant Amnesty.

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$5 – $15

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

Cadette Girl Scout Tree Badge

We are offering the Cadette Girl Scout Tree Badge as an online workshop. Together, we will explore the evolution of trees, tree art, new technologies in the forestry industry, as well as related career and local service opportunities. Scouts will learn tree identification skills and how to grow their own tree to plant. We do not supply the official badge, but leave that up to a parent or leader. We will have at least two background checked adults on the...

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$12

Indoor Plants

Are you interested in having plants inside your home? This class will help you select indoor plants and show you how to care for them. Susan Maki is an indoor plant buyer, garden and floral designer, horticulturist and long-time friend of the BBGS. $5 member/$15 non-member.

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$5 – $15

Peonies

With their exquisite blooms, easy upkeep, and long lives, peonies are the crown jewels of the spring garden. Kit Haesloop will provide an overview of peonies, including how to care for them to ensure maximum blooms and disease prevention, and how to have several months of blooms by overlapping peony types. Kit will also demonstrate how to plant and divide peonies and help you understand why yours stopped blooming or never bloomed. $5 BBGS & NPA members/$15 non-members.

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$5 – $15

Let’s Paint Hummingbirds!

Hummingbirds are fascinating creatures that love the flowers in our gardens! We will paint a couple of hummingbirds with flowers using acrylic paints and pen. We will focus on getting an accurate drawing in the beginning, and we will then learn tricks to give your birds the quirks and whimsy that makes them endearing painting subjects. Terry MacDonald is a local artist who strives to imbue her works with joy! She is a regular at NW art fairs and shows...

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$25 – $35