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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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Upcoming Classes

Growing Mushrooms at Home

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...

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Aaron Education Center, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Winter Watercolor

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...

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Aaron Education Center, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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The Hidden Half of Your Garden: A New Way to Think About Soil

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 NOW

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Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Mindfulness in the Garden: Nourishing Peace Within

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,...

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Gathering Place at BBG, 12001 Main St.
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Hydrangea How-To

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...

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Aaron Education Center, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Garden d’Lights Orientation

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 NOW

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Aaron Education Center, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Creating Your Dream Garden: A two-part workshop

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...

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Aaron Education Center, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Expressive Acrylic Painting

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...

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Aaron Education Center, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Beneficial Bugs for Kids

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 NOW

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Aaron Education Center, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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