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Through education and community involvement, we inspire all generations to advance Northwest horticultural knowledge, and preserve natural beauty and our local ecology

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Grow Your Garden, Grow Your Mind

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LECTURES

Keep current on the hottest trends in horticulture

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DOCENT TOURS

Explore the Garden with an expert

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CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

We offer botany-based programs for children and youth

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GOING GREEN

Put Nature to Work in Your Garden

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How to Prune and Renovate the Overgrown Garden

Taught by Shawna Van Nimwegen with PlantAmnesty. We've all seen landscapes that are overrun and seem like they can’t be tamed. You will learn about the different types of cuts that you should (and shouldn’t) make, including topping and shearing, as well as instruction on how to undo past horrors. With this class you can earn credit toward your Master Pruner Certificate and/or Master Gardener or WSNLA CEUs. $25 BBGS & PlantAmnesty members/$35 non-members Sorry, this class is full. To...

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

Taught by Dorota Haber-Lehigh. Explore creative and meditative ways to draw and learn about native forest plants. Connect with nature through careful observation and study of native plants and through keeping an ethnobotanical sketchbook. We will begin with loose and meditative sketching exercises, then practice creating a personal sketchbook page combining sketches, ethnobotanical information, and reflections. The class will include a short presentation on a few native plants and their historical usage as well as ecological significance. All supplies provided....

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$45 – $55
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Kids in the Garden – Summer 2019, Session #1

Is your 3-5 year-old child interested in things that grow, fly or crawl? Designed especially for preschoolers, our 4-week program will teach kids about the many parts of a garden, from birds to bugs and lots in between. Classes are taught by an experienced preschool science teacher. The curriculum is based on “Growing Wild” and is part of “Project Learning Tree,” a nationally recognized science program. Each week covers a different topic. At each class we will read a story, do an...

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$75 – $100
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Introduction to Chinese Tea

An introduction to Chinese tea, including climate and nature of tea plantations, roasting techniques, regional cultures, and tea-related etiquette and manners. $20, member or non-member REGISTER NOW

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$20
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Basic Tree Pruning

Taught by Ingela Wanerstrand from Plant Amnesty. This class will cover basic cuts and tree physiology, followed by some basics on fruit trees and Japanese Maples. Learn how to approach and look at some of your favorite trees, how to encourage or slow growth, and how to know when to put the pruners down and appreciate their natural beauty. This class will be considered as an extra credit option in the Master Pruner Certificate program and/or WSNLA CEUs.  $25 BBGS...

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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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Watercolor: Birds of the West

Taught by Molly Hashimoto. Learn how to paint birds using watercolors. 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 an instructor, she works to connect students to the natural world through hands-on art experiences. $35 BBGS members/$45 non-members...

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Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Kids in the Garden – Summer 2019, Session #2

Is your 3-5 year-old child interested in things that grow, fly or crawl? Designed especially for preschoolers, our 4-week program will teach kids about the many parts of a garden, from birds to bugs and lots in between. Classes are taught by an experienced preschool science teacher. The curriculum is based on “Growing Wild” and is part of “Project Learning Tree,” a nationally recognized science program. Each week covers a different topic. At each class we will read a story,...

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$75 – $100
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Drawing Native Berries & Other Woodland Fruit

Taught by Dorota Haber-Lehigh. Learn about native berries and other fruit of the forest and their ecological significance. Create a beautiful portrait of a native plant 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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$45 – $55
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Mindfulness in the Garden: Open Your Senses to Summer

Taught by Deborah Wilk, LMFT and Jessica Hancock, ND. Stroll through the vibrant colors of the late summer 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....

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$25 – $35
Gathering Place at BBG, 12001 Main St.
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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