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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

CLASSES

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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Pruning: Hackables, Shearables and Untouchables

Taught by Anna Moore from Plant Amnesty. There are some plants that are cut to the ground each year, but there are others you barely touch and it's pandemonium! Find out which ones are which, as well as which plants are appropriately sheared every year. Learn how to prune butterfly bush, lavatera, heather, lavender, rockrose, witch hazel, and other Pacific Northwest favorites. $25 BBGS & Plant Amnesty Members $35 non-members REGISTER NOW

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$25 – $35
Aaron Education Center, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Kids in the Garden – Spring 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, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Mindfulness in the Garden: Creating Calm Within

While we move through various gardens, we will focus on nurturing the natural flow of the senses and deepening our connection to nature, 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 and free our mind, body, and spirit creating a sense of inner strength, spaciousness, and stillness. Instructor Deborah Wilk LMFT is a psychotherapist in private practice and...

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$25 – $35
Garden Grounds, 12001 Main Street
Bellevue, 98005 United States
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Ferns for All

Taught by George Lasch. Ferns are ancient and overlooked - despite being everywhere. We will talk about what makes them cool and useful in our gardens. They are interesting on their propagation too and we’ll see how to make more. Of course, George will have a list of the best ones and maybe a few less than inspired species. The interesting fern-focused stumpery will be touched on as it continues to make a resurgence in the region. Slides and handouts...

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$25 – $35
Aaron Education Center, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Irises for Every Garden

Taught by Daniel Mount. Learn about the many different irises available to gardeners today! After a short introductory session, we will spend time walking through the NPA Border observing irises for wet and dry situations, and learning how to cultivate, propagate and care for these plants. There will be irises from the border available for purchase at the end of the class. $25 BBGS & NPA members/$35 non-members. BBGS members, you must sign in with your user name and password...

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$25 – $35
Aaron Education Center, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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The Smartphone Gardener: LECTURE ONLY

Presented by David E. Perry. These days, the cameras within iPhones, iPads, and other mobile devices are miniature wonders, nearly always within our reach and capable of making magical photographs that can be enhanced and immediately shared through email and text messages, or posted to one’s social networks. LECTURE: Spend ninety minutes with author/photographer, David E. Perry, as he demonstrates the amazing potential these smartphone cameras offer and helps you master their wonders while sidestepping some of their inherent pitfalls....

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$10 – $15
Aaron Education Center, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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The Smartphone Gardener: LECTURE & WORKSHOP

Taught by David E. Perry. These days, the cameras within iPhones, iPads, and other mobile devices are miniature wonders, nearly always within our reach and capable of making magical photographs that can be enhanced and immediately shared through email and text messages, or posted to one’s social networks. LECTURE (10-11:30am): Spend ninety minutes with author/photographer, David E. Perry, as he demonstrates the amazing potential these smartphone cameras offer and helps you master their wonders while sidestepping some of their inherent...

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$65 – $85
Aaron Education Center, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Summer Dry Gardening in the Pacific NW

We will cover an introduction to our Pacific NW climate, summer-dry gardening history and inspiration, suitable plant choices, planting techniques, and gardens of inspiration. Hands-on practice to follow. $25 BBGS members/$35 non-members. REGISTER NOW

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$25 – $35
Aaron Education Center, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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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 REGISTER NOW

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$25 – $35
Aaron Education Center, 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. $45 BBGS members/$55...

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$45 – $55
Aaron Education Center, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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