The Bellevue Botanical Garden Society is pleased to offer the following educational opportunities. Pre-registration is required for 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 may 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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Taught by Tristan Woodsmith: This workshop focuses on growing gourmet mushrooms at home, both indoors and outdoors in your yard, garden or woods. We will discuss the mushroom life cycle, various substrates used for growing mushrooms, and low-tech methods for generating mycelium including spores, spawn, and stem-butts. Indoor mushroom patches, outdoor mushroom beds, log and stump cultivation will all be covered in great detail. Species mentioned include Oyster Mushrooms, Shiitake, Lion's Mane and more! Each student will create their own...Find out more »
Taught by Molly Hashimoto. Come and learn how to celebrate the late winter season through art! We'll create watercolor sketches of individual botanical specimens, as well as paint a landscape. All supplies are provided, including artist quality watercolor paper. Participants are encouraged to bring extra paper. Molly Hashimoto is the author of Colors of the West: An Artist's Guide to Nature's Palette, as well as an illustrator whose work has been published by Pomegranate Communications for over 25 years. As...Find out more »
Come and learn about how the smallest creatures on Earth are upending practices in gardening, agriculture and medicine. We will talk about human and plant microbiomes and the role of living soil in keeping gardens, farms, and even our bodies humming along like they should. The instructors are David Montgomery and Anne Biklé; authors of The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health. $25 member/$35 non-member. REGISTER NOWFind out more »
Taught by Deborah Wilk and Jessica Hancock. Stroll through the solitude and sanctuary of the winter garden while Deborah and Jessica guide you in Mindfulness Meditation while opening your senses with Shinrin-Yoku (Japanese Forest Bathing). Restore mind, body and spirit as you let the stress and demands of daily life melt away and you experience the healing power of Nature. Instructor Deborah Wilk LMFT is a psychotherapist in private practice and a founder of Mindful in the Wild. Jessica Hancock,...Find out more »
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Taught by Kit Haesloop. Learn how to get peak performance from the hydrangeas you grow or want to grow in your garden from the ever-expanding varieties available. In this class you will learn the distinguishing traits between species, and how best to keep your hydrangeas beautiful with the proper care. Kit will provide guidance on growing conditions, bloom color and pruning options for the different species. Finally, Kit will demonstrate proper pruning techniques on several species that grow in the...Find out more »
Have you wondered how they make all those flowers out of holiday lights? If you're interested in learning about volunteering for our Garden d’Lights crew, come to this orientation to find out all about it! The crew meets on Thursday mornings throughout the year. Adults 16+. The orientation is free, but registration is required as space is limited. REGISTER NOWFind out more »
Have you been inspired to redo your garden or plant a new one? During this two-part workshop, you will plan the garden of your dreams with methods used by industry professionals. Learn processes, tips and tricks the pros use to create a functional, beautiful and sustainable garden. You will then have some time to take those ideas home and work on your own design. On the Saturday session, you will return to the garden with your homework and can get...Find out more »
Taught by Terry MacDonald. Come and create a brilliant botanical artwork! Acrylics are a very versatile medium with bright colors, infinite techniques and ease of use. One technique is to start with black gesso paint as the first layer. This allows the artist to create lovely, organic outlines around the subjects to make them pop off of the surface. In this class, we will create two projects: A small warm-up project on a wood surface and a larger painting of...Find out more »
What are Beneficial Bugs? Why do we need them and how do we attract them to our garden? Join us as we examine live insects, read a story, create a bug craft and go in search of pollinators. Best for ages 3-8 with accompanying adult(s). $12 per child. Accompanying adults are free. REGISTER NOWFind out more »