Lectures

We bring speakers to the Garden from all over the world to teach, entertain and enrich

2020 Lecture Series

The Bellevue Botanical Garden Society is pleased to offer our annual lecture series. For other educational events at the Garden, please see the Garden Calendar or the Classes page.

Tickets

Advance tickets are available for all BBGS lectures. Our lectures often sell out, so we strongly recommend buying your tickets in advance. Unless otherwise noted, BBGS lectures are $5 for members and $15 for non-members, and lectures begin at 7:00pm (doors open at 6:15pm).

BBGS members receive special pricing on all classes and lectures. Want to enjoy our classes and lectures at reduced prices? Become a member now.

 

Ferns: A Bellevue Botanical Garden Legacy

Join Richie Steffen, Executive Director of the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden , president of the Hardy Fern Foundation, and co-author of The Plant Lovers Guide to Ferns, for an informative and fun lecture on the ferns of the BBG. Ferns have had an important place in the garden since the Shorts family developed the land prior to it becoming a public garden. Today the BBG has a partnership with the Hardy Fern Foundation who assist with maintaining the ferns...

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$5 – $15
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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An Evening with Ciscoe

With heart and humor, Ciscoe will regale us with a few of the gardening stories in his new book, Oh, La La!: Homegrown Stories, Helpful Tips, and Garden Wisdom. Hear about the gardens he has tended, the wildlife he has encountered—deer, moles, rats, birds—lessons learned, and more. Each story will make you smile, but will also contain a nugget of gardening wisdom or a practical helpful tip that you can use in your own garden. Includes complimentary wine, hors d’oeuvres, and laughter. You’ll...

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$5 – $15
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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The 21st Century Botanic Garden: Where We’ve Come From and Where We’re Going

Dr. Ari Novy is an award winning, nationally recognized plant biologist and researcher and is the President and CEO of the San Diego Botanic Garden. Previously, he was the Executive Director of the United States Botanic Garden. After graduating from college in 2000, he decided to live in Italy for a while to burnish his Italian, his major at New York University.  He volunteered as a gardener at a villa and ran a student gardening group, both new experiences for...

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$5 – $15
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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The Pleasure Garden

Jeffrey Bale is an Oregon native residing in the beautiful city of Portland, After graduating with a degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon, he worked in an office for 20 minutes before running out the door and beginning a career designing and building gardens on his own. It was an early trip to Spain and Portugal that introduced him to the art of mosaic. On returning home, he taught himself how to build his own pebble and...

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$5 – $15
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Creative Containers

Bob Hyland owns Hyland Garden Design based in Portland, Oregon and a retail  garden shop, Contained Exuberance, where he sells pottery, fountains, benches, and hanging planters. He also offers residential garden design, coaching, and “container planting and wizardry.” Bob designs gardens that are “plant-driven,” exuberant, and sustainable, and he believes “Gardens should delight and excite you year-round.” Previously, he owned a regionally acclaimed nursery in New York’s Hudson Valley. He has also worked at Longwood Gardens, the San Francisco Botanical...

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$5 – $15
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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