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Bellevue Botanical Garden Society

January 2021

The Art and Science of Trees – For Youth

Jan 24 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
$10 – $15

Learn to grow your own tree from a cutting, play tree trivia, paint a forest landscape, and discuss new research asserting that trees have feelings. You will need watercolor paints and paper as well as some hardwood cuttings and planting supplies. We’ll provide a supply list, or you can order a kit from us. For kit pick-up at the garden, we will send out a sign-up. This is a 2 hour workshop, designed for middle school youth. If you have…

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Introduction to Mindfulness and Forest Bathing

Jan 27 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$5 – $15

Presented by Mindful in the Wild Did you know that trees are really good for you?  The healing power of nature can restore your mind, body and spirit.  Join us to learn about the history of Shinrin-Yoku (Japanese Forest Bathing), the science behind nature’s ability to heal, and do some calming, meditative Shinrin-yoku practices. You will learn how to open your awareness to experience the outdoors in a whole new way! Our speakers are Deborah Wilk LMFT (psychotherapist in private…

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Soil: Your Garden’s Most Valuable Player

Jan 28 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$5 – $15

It's all about soil - and it's a lot more than dirt! Gia Parsons will discuss how to improve and maintain soil fertility so you can grow nutritious produce and beautiful ornamentals, the importance and limitations of soil testing, how to read and use soil tests, and strategies for fertilizing and amending soil. She will also provide a discussion of gardening methods that foster healthy and fertile soil. Gia Parsons has been a King County Master Gardener for 12 years…

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February 2021

Pruning Fruit Trees

Feb 3 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$5 – $15

Shondell Kelley from Plant Amnesty will show you the basics of fruit tree pruning and why you should prune them differently than other trees. This class will cover apple, cherry, plum and pear trees. Shondell Kelley is an expert pruner with Plant Amnesty.

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Get to Know the Bellevue Botanical Garden

Feb 10 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$5 – $15

Alison Johnson will introduce you to the Garden through its history, the variety of gardens that are part of the larger Garden, how it changes through the seasons, and the opportunities for visitors and volunteers. Alison is a long-time member of the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society where she serves on the education committee, the current co-president of the Northwest Perennial Alliance which maintains the border at the garden, and a Master Gardener. $5 member/$15 non-member

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Cadette Girl Scout Tree Badge

Feb 16 at 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

We are offering the Cadette Girl Scout Tree Badge as an online workshop. Together, we will explore the evolution of trees, tree art, new technologies in the forestry industry, as well as related career and local service opportunities. Scouts will learn tree identification skills and how to grow their own tree to plant. We do not supply the official badge, but leave that up to a parent or leader. We will have at least two background checked adults on the…

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Indoor Plants

Feb 24 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$5 – $15

Are you interested in having plants inside your home? This class will help you select indoor plants and show you how to care for them. Susan Maki is an indoor plant buyer, garden and floral designer, horticulturist and long-time friend of the BBGS. $5 member/$15 non-member.

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Feb 25 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$5 – $15

With their exquisite blooms, easy upkeep, and long lives, peonies are the crown jewels of the spring garden. Kit Haesloop will provide an overview of peonies, including how to care for them to ensure maximum blooms and disease prevention, and how to have several months of blooms by overlapping peony types. Kit will also demonstrate how to plant and divide peonies and help you understand why yours stopped blooming or never bloomed. $5 BBGS & NPA members/$15 non-members.

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Let’s Paint Hummingbirds!

Feb 27 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
$25 – $35

Hummingbirds are fascinating creatures that love the flowers in our gardens! We will paint a couple of hummingbirds with flowers using acrylic paints and pen. We will focus on getting an accurate drawing in the beginning, and we will then learn tricks to give your birds the quirks and whimsy that makes them endearing painting subjects. Terry MacDonald is a local artist who strives to imbue her works with joy! She is a regular at NW art fairs and shows…

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March 2021

Hydrangea How-To

Mar 3 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$5 – $15

Hydrangeas are an excellent shrub for year-round interest with a long bloom season. Kit Haesloop will describe the distinguishing characteristics between species and give you a colorful overview of the incredible choices available. She will describe proper garden location, as well as care and maintenance to keep your hydrangeas blooming beautifully. She will touch on pruning, but for in-depth pruning techniques, please also register for her class, “Pruning Hydrangeas,” on March 10.

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Container Vegetable Gardening

Mar 4 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$5 – $15

Many herbs and vegetables can be container-grown! Container gardening is ideal for those with limited space or poor soil conditions. Most vegetables can be grown in containers, but some do better than others or require particular structures or special strategies. Instructor Joan Baldwin will suggest vegetables and varieties that are best suited for growing in containers, as well as the preferred types of containers, growing media, location, and watering strategies to use. Joan Baldwin is a team leader for the…

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Hydrangea Pruning

Mar 10 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$5 – $15

Do you wonder why your hydrangeas don’t bloom or bloom poorly? Perhaps you want direction on when and how to prune your various hydrangeas. Kit Haesloop will describe and show detailed techniques and timing for pruning hydrangeas. She will cover pruning for blooms and health as well as how best to rejuvenate neglected plants. She will also demonstrate pruning on several species of hydrangeas. $5 BBGS & NPA members/$15 nonmembers.

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You Can Garden for Life

Mar 11 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$5 – $15

Adaptive gardening gives gardeners of all ages and abilities countless strategies that enable them to continue to enjoy gardening, even when their bodies say, “I don’t think so.” Toni Gattone will teach you how to save time, money, space, and above all, energy. Rethink how you approach working in your garden and how your garden can be modified to increase your comfort and safety. We will discuss hardscape and tripping hazards, elevated raised beds, containers, vertical gardening, and how your…

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Oil Painting: Joyful Sunflowers and Hydrangeas

Mar 13 at 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$35 – $45

Rohini Mathur will demonstrate how to paint a bright and colorful floral and garden scene using oil paints. You will learn skills such as underpainting; layering; composition basics; and mixing a strong color palette. This class is suitable for beginners. You will be sent a supply list or you can opt to purchase a supply kit (deadline to order 2/20/21) for pick-up at the Garden or shipped for an additional cost. $35 member/$45 non-member Optional: $50 supply kit. Ordering information…

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2021 Lecture Series: The 21st Century Botanic Garden

Mar 17 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Dr. Ari Novy became interested in plants when he volunteered as a gardener at an Italian villa. When he returned to the US, he was determined to learn everything about plants and flowers, and ultimately received a Ph.D. in plant science at Rutgers University. Today, he is an award-winning, nationally recognized plant biologist and researcher and President and CEO of the San Diego Botanic Garden. “Plants and flowers elicit a visceral response,” says Novy. “They are familiar yet exotic, rarified…

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April 2021

2021 Lecture Series: Fearless Gardening

Apr 7 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Presented by Loree Bohl. Too often gardening advice comes in the form of rules: do this, don't do that, plant this, don't plant that. This can stifle creativity and personal expression, resulting in gardens that feel impersonal and generic. Fearless Gardening is a call to arms, urging gardeners to be bold, break the rules and grow what they love. In this photo-rich webinar you’ll be inspired to look at plants differently, see your garden through new eyes, and treat gardening…

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2021 Lecture Series: The Pleasure Garden

Apr 21 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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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May 2021

2021 Lecture Series: Ferns: A Bellevue Botanical Garden Legacy

May 19 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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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