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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 Art of Bonsai

Instructor Lucy Davenport will cover the hands-on practice of the art of bonsai, from choosing a nursery plant to styling a bonsai and maintaining it for the first year of growth. Details include branch pruning, root pruning, wiring and leaf reduction to achieve a miniature specimen. The horticulture of specific species will be covered with attention to small garden trees and flowering shrubs, deciduous and coniferous varieties, for our Pacific Northwest climate zone. Soil components for each species will be...

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$35 – $45
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Hydrangea How-To

Join Kit Haesloop and 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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$25 – $35
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Everything Roses: Garden Design with Roses

Using garden design principles, Nita-Jo Rountree will share how to successfully use various types of roses in mixed beds as well as in formal designs. She will present photographic examples of roses that are a delight for the senses and share ideas for beautiful companion plants. She will also cover how to select and care for roses so they will be disease-free and thrive in the Pacific Northwest. $25 members/$35 nonmembers.

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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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Forest Bathing in the Ravine

Take a Winter Walk on the Wild Side with Deborah and Jessica, teachers of our popular Mindfulness in the Garden series. Stroll across the suspension bridge and into the peace and sanctuary of the most pristine forested area of the Garden, while practicing Mindfulness Meditation and Shinrin-Yoku (Japanese Forest Bathing). Restore mind, body and spirit as you experience the healing power of Nature. Please note: this class involves approximately one mile of walking, including up and down gentle inclines. Instructor...

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$25 – $35
Garden Grounds, 12001 Main Street
Bellevue, 98005 United States
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Russian Family Nature Workshop

Come and learn about sharing nature with your children! The goal of the workshop is to help parents share nature with their children as well as to bring together a group of Russian families that share the goal of getting their children outside. Each participating family will receive a copy of “Sharing Nature with Children” by Joseph Campbell in Russian or English. During the workshop, we will do some of the activities from the book together. We will end with...

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$15
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Hydrangea How-To

Join Kit Haesloop and 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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$25 – $35
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Urban Gardening Series: Small Garden Space Design

Don't let limited outdoor space prevent you from trying out your green thumb! From tasty fruits and veggies to flowering plants, trees and shrubs, you can grow it all in less space than you may think. Good design is essential for small space gardens. If you have limited room to grow, as many of us do in urban areas, maximizing the area you can garden in and wise plant selection are top priorities. Jason Jorgensen will teach you about space...

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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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Fuchsias 101

One of the most popular plants at the garden are fuchsias! Tammy Brown will let you in on all of the secrets to caring for these beautiful plants. We will discuss how to bring your fuchsias out of winter storage, how to deal with pests, and information about hardy fuchsias. This is a great opportunity for those new to caring for fuchsias so bring your questions! $25 BBGS & Eastside Fuchsia Society Members/$35 non-members.

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$25 – $35

Botanical Drawing: Butterflies and Botanicals

Join artist Dorota Haber-Lehigh and learn about butterflies, their wonderful symmetry, and how to capture them without a net! Create a beautiful portrait of a butterfly 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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Chinese Green Tea

Come and learn all about green tea! We will talk about where and when the tea plant is grown in Southern China; local season sensibility and timing for harvest; manufacturing techniques; Green tea’s usage as a food; the tea gathering setting, and the medicinal value of Green tea. In the second half of the class, each student will have the opportunity to practice making a pot of tea. This will include learning about measuring, temperature control, and using leaves sustainably...

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$25
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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