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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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The Botanical Gardens of Eastern Russia

With Tony Allison. Come and enjoy a rare opportunity to learn about the flora and botanical gardens of eastern Russia! We will have several botanist-educators from Russian gardens who will share photographs and descriptions of their gardens, and how they are different from and yet similar to gardens here in the Northwest. There will also be a chance to hear about the environmental education exchange program that brought the educators to the Seattle area and an opportunity to chat with...

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Free
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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CLASS FULL
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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$75 – $85
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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$12
Aaron Education Center, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Hydrangea How-To (April 2019)

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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CLASS FULL
Aaron Education Center, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Kids in the Garden – Spring 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, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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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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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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