The Bellevue Botanical Garden Society is pleased to offer the following educational opportunities. Pre-registration is required for all our webinars and in-person classes.

Webinars

Preregistration is required for all webinars. Our webinars are recorded and all registrants will receive the recording the next business day. Unless otherwise noted, BBGS webinars are $5 for members and $15 for non-members

In-Person Classes

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 will 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.

BBGS members receive special pricing on all webinars, classes and lectures. Want to enjoy our educational events at reduced prices? Become a member now.

Want to teach a class at the Bellevue Botanical Garden? Please read our guidelines.

The Wildflowers of Mount Rainier

Wildflower enthusiast and photographer, Donovan Tracy, will discuss the amazing flowers found at Mount Rainier. Donovan will review the classifications of subalpine meadows and highlight some of their vegetation and community types. The alpine plant discussion will emphasize the uniqueness of these plants which endure harsh tundra-like conditions. He will mix in some comments on wildflower photography, suggestions for wildflower hikes in the National Park, and provide some historical references as well. Donovan is a volunteer with the UW Herbarium,...

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$5 – $15

Holiday Centerpieces

Weina Dinata from Poppy & Finch will show you how to create a beautiful mini-habitat centerpiece for the holiday season with native plants in a repurposed lamp globe. She has developed a style of botanical design that uses living native plants integrated with flower arrangement techniques. This technique uses elements around your home and garden, such as moss, branches, conifer cones, and more, and crafted to fit the holiday spirit. Weina's use of native plants is inspired by their beauty,...

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Varied Cost

Hellebores and Camellias: Watercolor Sketching & Illustration

Join Molly Hashimoto and celebrate the flowers of December! You'll learn a flower illustration technique  inspired by the great Scottish architect and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh.  We will also try out another watercolor method that employs more saturated color. Fine point pen and/or 2B pencil will complete your watercolor supplies.  Arches paper, both hot and cold press, are preferred for this workshop. $25 BBGS Member/$35 nonmember. Sorry, this class is full. To join the waitlist, please email us.  

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CLASS FULL

Crazy for Nature Photography (youth class)

This three-part class, taught by Ray Pfortner, is designed for youth aged 10-15. End your year with some fun! Get away from schoolwork and chores and practice what you love – nature photography! You will photograph assignments close to home. We will use Flickr.com to share our results for instructor and group feedback outside of our three live sessions, as well as live in our three Zoom sessions. Materials you will need: Any digital camera, phone, point and shoot, dSLR...

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$75 – $95

Designing the Compelling Photograph (WEBINAR)

Join instructor Ray Pfortner for this 3-part photography class focusing on exploring the principles of composition and a range of creative settings and camera handling. The class is aimed at all skill levels using any digital camera from phone to point-and-shoot to dSLR to mirrorless. Teens and tweens (12 and over) are welcome! Please note that this is a three-part class and once you register for the first one, you will automatically be registered for all three. Registration fee includes...

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$75 – $95

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! This class will cover 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. We will also provide a discussion of gardening methods that foster healthy and fertile soil. This webinar is offered by the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society and the...

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$5 – $15

Indoor Plants (WEBINAR)

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