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2021 Lecture Series: Ferns: A Bellevue Botanical Garden Legacy

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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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2021 Lecture Series: The Pleasure Garden

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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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2021 Lecture Series: Fearless Gardening

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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 21st Century Botanic Garden

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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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You Can Garden for Life

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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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Hydrangea Pruning

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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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Container Vegetable Gardening

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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 How-To

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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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Peonies

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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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Indoor Plants

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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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