Classes

Take a class and let your inspiration grow

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

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Basic Plant Propagation – CANCELED

This class has been canceled. Do you want to reproduce the plants in your garden?  Come and learn about plant propagation. Topics to be covered include taking cuttings from shrubs and trees, dividing perennials, propagating plants from layered cuttings and tips for starting seeds. You will practice taking cuttings and make your very own Forsyth pot to take your cuttings home. $25 BBGS & MGFKC members/$35 non-members.  

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$25 – $35
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Mindfulness in the Garden: Awakening to Spring – CANCELED

This class has been canceled. Our next Mindfulness class will take place on September 9. While we stroll slowly through the vibrant Spring Garden, we will focus on opening our senses and allowing ourselves to fully engage and awaken to the combined healing power of nature and present awareness.  Utilizing elements of Mindfulness Meditation and Shinrin-Yoku (Japanese Forest Bathing), we will cleanse our mind, body, and spirit, creating a feeling of inner spaciousness, and stillness. Psychotherapist Deborah Wilk LMFT and...

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CLASS CANCELLED
Gathering Place at BBG, 12001 Main St.
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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In the Garden of One’s Imagination: A Photographer’s Journey (talk only)

A garden visit can be principally about seeing and spending time with the plants themselves, but it can also be about the magical doorways those plants create between our imaginations and the worlds they are planted in. Photographer and storyteller, David Perry is a careful listener, an attuned seer and an insightful garden interpreter.  Spend an inspirational hour with David as he shares many of his very personal images (visual poems) and offers insights about how to treat a garden...

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$10 – $15
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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In the Garden of One’s Imagination: A Photographer’s Journey (talk & workshop)

Talk (10-11:30am): A garden visit can be principally about seeing and spending time with the plants themselves, but it can also be about the magical doorways those plants create between our imaginations and the worlds they are planted in. Photographer and storyteller, David Perry is a careful listener, an attuned seer and an insightful garden interpreter.  Spend an inspirational hour with David as he shares many of his very personal images (visual poems) and offers insights about how to treat...

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$65 – $85
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Botanical Drawing: Butterflies and Botanicals

Join artist Dorota Haber-Lehigh and learn about butterflies, their wonderful symmetry, and how to capture them without a net! Create a beautiful portrait of a butterfly using colored pencils on walnut ink stained paper. Explore realistic style using colored pencils and other supporting media. We will begin with loose sketching from observation, explore various techniques using colored pencils (embossing, blending, layering), experiment with creating textures, and discuss how to approach a composition. By the end of the workshop students will...

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EVENT FULL
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Botanical Acrylic Painting for Beginners

Create two projects and learn the basics to get started painting with acrylics. 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. The instructor will provide all materials for this class. Terry MacDonald is a local artist who strives to imbue her works with joy! She is a regular at NW art fairs and shows her work through galleries and...

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$75 – $85
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Botanical Themed Multi-Media Art

Let your creativity run wild! Learn techniques to use a wide variety of mixed media objects in a botanical painting to create one-of-a-kind projects. You will learn about various mediums and acrylic products that can be utilized in mixed media, as well as how to use stencils in your work. The instructor will provide demos of techniques to affix papers and other objects. Participants will work on two class projects including a beautiful botanical painting. You can also work on...

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$90 – $100
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Designing the Compelling Photograph

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 Garden will be our studio, our canvas, our focus. The class is aimed at all skill levels using any digital camera from phone to point-and-shoot to dSLR to mirrorless. 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...

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$75 – $95
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Pruning Shrubs III

With Anna Moore of Plant Amnesty. This class will teach you how to prune Rhododendron, Hydrangea, Callicarpa (Beautyberry), Viburnum bodnantense, and Abelia. Included in this class are basic pruning techniques, common pruning mistakes, and corrective pruning. You will earn credit toward your Master Pruner Certificate and/or WSNLA CEUs. $25 BBGS members/$35 nonmembers.

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$25 – $35
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Chinese Green Tea

Come and learn all about green tea! We will talk about where and when the tea plant is grown in Southern China; local season sensibility and timing for harvest; manufacturing techniques; Green tea’s usage as a food; the tea gathering setting, and the medicinal value of Green tea. In the second half of the class, each student will have the opportunity to practice making a pot of tea. This will include learning about measuring, temperature control, and using leaves sustainably...

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$25
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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