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Our Gardens: Alive!

Sep 21 at 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

$105 – $125

5th Annual BBGS/Heronswood Symposium

Join the discussion on ways we can help a planet in need. Our lineup of stellar speakers will feature:

Patrick C. Tobin, Professor of Disturbance Ecology in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences at the University of Washington, will speak on “Insect Pollinators in Western Washington.” Patrick’s primary research interests include the ecology of biological invasions, the spatial and temporal dynamics of insect populations, and the role of climate change on insect population dynamics.

Shannon Nichol, co-founder of GGN Landscape Architecture, will present “Tiny Wilderness and Tea Towels.” Shannon stewards GGN’s distinct approach to design and collaboration, bringing curiosity, humility, honor, and deep creativity to all their projects. Her widely recognized designs include San Francisco’s India Basin Waterfront Parks, the Lurie Garden in Chicago, and the Gates Foundation Campus.

Daniel J. Hinkley, world-renowned plant explorer, writer, lecturer, nurseryman, naturalist, and gardener, will present a lecture titled “Beyond Carrots and Giant Hogweed: Awesome Apioids for the Pacific Northwest.” Dan is committed to solid and sustainable horticultural practices, garden landscapes of distinction, and raising the collective awareness of the diversity of plant life on earth. He has won numerous awards including Veitch Memorial Medal, Liberty Hyde Bailey Award, Scott Arboretum Gold Medal, and many more.

Scott Beuerlein, award-winning writer and speaker, will speak on “Planting for Pollinators.” Scott’s awards include a silver medal from the Garden Clubs of America and two gold medals from Garden Communicators International. He graduated with a BA in Communications from Xavier University and is an ISA Certified Arborist. Scott is the Manager of Botanical Garden Outreach at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and is heavily involved in running the Garden’s educational programs and various plant trialing programs.

Heather Holm, pollinator conservationist and award-winning author of four books, will present “Native Predatory Wasps: Their Role as Pollinators and Beneficial Insects.” Heather’s expertise includes the interactions between native pollinators and native plants and the natural history and biology of native bees and predatory wasps. Her work has been featured in The New York TimesMinneapolis Star Tribune, and many other publications. She is also an accomplished photographer, and her pollinator photos are frequently featured in print and electronic publications.

The symposium will be held in-person in the Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden and online. All presentations will be recorded and available to all attendees for two weeks following the live event.

In-person attendees will receive a box lunch and a chance to win door prizes. In addition, Windcliff plants will be for sale.

BBGS & Heronswood Members $105/Non-members $125 (register by Sep. 1)

BBGS & Heronswood Members $115/Non-members $135 (after Sep. 1)



Sep 21
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
$105 – $125
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