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Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden

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12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
(425) 452-2750 https://bellevuebotanical.org

April 2019

Expressive Acrylic Painting

April 6, 2019 at 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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CLASS FULL

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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Beneficial Bugs for Kids

April 6, 2019 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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CLASS FULL

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. Sorry, this class is full. To be placed on the waitlist, please email us and include your email address and phone number.

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Hydrangea How-To (April 2019)

April 9, 2019 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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CLASS FULL

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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Alpine Flowers of Mount Rainier

April 9, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Free

Wild flower enthusiast and photographer, Donovan Tracy, will discuss the amazing flowers found at Mount Rainier. The presentation will focus on two areas: the subalpine meadows between 5,000’-6,500’ elevation, and alpine plants found above 6,500’ in Mount Rainier National Park. Donovan will review the classifications of subalpine meadows and highlight some of their vegetation and community types. Extensive use of photographs will show the distinctions of these types with an emphasis on the contrasts between the Paradise and Sunrise sides…

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NW Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society Plant Sale

April 13, 2019 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Free

Rock Garden Society Members and regional specialty growers will offer a wide range of plants that grow in the mountains, forests and deserts of the West, along with plants from Europe, Asia and South America. Members will be available to demonstrate growing conditions and give advice. Open to the public, no admission fee. More Information

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Kids in the Garden – Spring 2019, Session #1

April 16, 2019 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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$75 – $100

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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Ten Questions to Ask About Your Garden’s Design

April 17, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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$5 – $15

Drawing on personal experience as well as his work with outstanding gardeners and designers, Steve Aitken, Editor of Fine Gardening magazine, will present ten questions to ask when considering how to make our own gardens look like the photos of gorgeous gardens that leave us awestruck. While there’s no one-size-fits-all solution to garden design, solving fundamental design issues can greatly enhance a garden’s form. BUY TICKETS NOW

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Northwest Perennial Alliance Spring Plant Sale

April 28, 2019 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Free

The NPA’s biggest plant sale of the year. Open to the public, no admission fee. More Information

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May 2019

Pruning: Hackables, Shearables and Untouchables

May 2, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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CLASS FULL

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 Sorry, this class is full. To be placed on the…

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Eastside Fuchsia Society Show & Plant Sale

May 4, 2019 at 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Free

Shop for fuchsia starts at this popular annual plant sale. Come early for best selection! For more information, please email us.

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Kids in the Garden – Spring 2019, Session #2

May 14, 2019 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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FULL

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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The Art of Gardening: Design Inspiration from Chanticleer

May 15, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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$5 – $15

Presented by Dan Benarcik, Horticulturist at Chanticleer and co-author of The Art of Gardening: Design Inspiration and Innovative Planting Techniques from Chanticleer. Dan has been involved with plants all his life with his mother, a florist, and his father, owner of a DYI home improvement store. He graduated with a B.S. in Plant Science from the University of Delaware, then ultimately made his home at Chanticleer Garden in Wayne, PA, one of the finest botanical gardens in the U.S. Unlike…

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Ferns for All

May 19, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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$25 – $35

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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Irises for Every Garden

May 23, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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$25 – $35

Taught by Daniel Mount. Learn about the many different irises available to gardeners today! After a short introductory session, we will spend time walking through the NPA Border observing irises for wet and dry situations, and learning how to cultivate, propagate and care for these plants. There will be irises from the border available for purchase at the end of the class. This class is presented by the NW Perennial Alliance. Please visit the NPA website for more information.

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June 2019

“Nature’s Poetry”: Seattle Garden Club Flower Show

June 1, 2019 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Free

Join us in celebration of the beauty of nature. Explore exhibits showcasing floral design, horticulture, photography, and conservation. The Seattle Garden Club Aims to encourage and assist in civic beautification as well as charitable, scientific, and educational activities. Free to the public. Please visit their website for further information.

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The Smartphone Gardener: LECTURE & WORKSHOP

June 8, 2019 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Workshop FULL, Lecture has spots available

Taught by David E. Perry. These days, the cameras within iPhones, iPads, and other mobile devices are miniature wonders, nearly always within our reach and capable of making magical photographs that can be enhanced and immediately shared through email and text messages, or posted to one’s social networks. LECTURE (10-11:30am): Spend ninety minutes with author/photographer, David E. Perry, as he demonstrates the amazing potential these smartphone cameras offer and helps you master their wonders while sidestepping some of their inherent…

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The Smartphone Gardener: LECTURE ONLY

June 8, 2019 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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$10 – $15

Presented by David E. Perry. These days, the cameras within iPhones, iPads, and other mobile devices are miniature wonders, nearly always within our reach and capable of making magical photographs that can be enhanced and immediately shared through email and text messages, or posted to one’s social networks. LECTURE: Spend ninety minutes with author/photographer, David E. Perry, as he demonstrates the amazing potential these smartphone cameras offer and helps you master their wonders while sidestepping some of their inherent pitfalls.…

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Scout Day, June 2019

June 9, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Come and work on scout badges and achievement requirements at the Botanical Garden!Who:  K-3rd grade Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts.What:  Scouts will choose stations to visit. Some of the topics include:  composting, Leave No Trace, insects, planting seeds, painting, and a nature walk. Scouts will receive a BB Garden Fun Patch.  Earned official badges or achievements are not included. When: Sunday, June 9th, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.Cost: $12 per scout (register as individual scouts, not as a troop/den.…

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Butterflies and Garden Habitat

June 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Free

With Julie O'Donald. Meet 18 species of butterflies found in the Puget Sound Lowlands. Learn the best native flowering shrubs and wildflowers for attracting butterflies. Practices that help butterflies survive throughout the year and in all stages of their life cycle will be covered. Be part of the garden connection needed to keep butterflies in our neighborhoods. Julie O'Donald is a Community Wildlife Habitat Steward and Master Gardener with over 30 years of experience creating wildlife friendly gardens. She has…

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Summer Dry Gardening in the Pacific NW

June 15, 2019 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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$25 – $35

Taught by Jason Jorgensen. Today’s gardens need to do multiple jobs: conserve water, create wildlife habitat, and be beautiful and inviting spaces.  However, water is a precious resource that is becoming more and more expensive, and longer and drier summers are requiring a gardening paradigm shift. Common challenges for these new types of gardens include plant selection, siting, and installation methods.  This class will cover an introduction to our Pacific Northwest climate, summer dry gardening history and inspiration, suitable plant…

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How to Prune and Renovate the Overgrown Garden

June 19, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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CLASS FULL

Taught by Shawna Van Nimwegen with PlantAmnesty. We've all seen landscapes that are overrun and seem like they can’t be tamed. You will learn about the different types of cuts that you should (and shouldn’t) make, including topping and shearing, as well as instruction on how to undo past horrors. With this class you can earn credit toward your Master Pruner Certificate and/or Master Gardener or WSNLA CEUs. $25 BBGS & PlantAmnesty members/$35 non-members Sorry, this class is full. To…

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Ethnobotanical Sketchbook-CANCELLED

June 22, 2019 at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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CLASS CANCELLED

Due to circumstances beyond our control, this class has been cancelled Taught by Dorota Haber-Lehigh. Explore creative and meditative ways to draw and learn about native forest plants. Connect with nature through careful observation and study of native plants and through keeping an ethnobotanical sketchbook. We will begin with loose and meditative sketching exercises, then practice creating a personal sketchbook page combining sketches, ethnobotanical information, and reflections. The class will include a short presentation on a few native plants and…

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Vintage & Collectables Sale

June 27, 2019 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Free

Old & New, from Antiques to Mid-Century Modern and Beyond Find fine quality antiques and collectables, jewelry, home and garden décor. and much more!

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Vintage & Collectables Sale

June 28, 2019 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Free

Old & New, from Antiques to Mid-Century Modern and Beyond Find fine quality antiques and collectables, jewelry, home and garden décor. and much more! June 27, 28 & 29, 2019 10am to 3pm all days FREE ADMISSION

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Vintage & Collectables Sale

June 29, 2019 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Free

Old & New, from Antiques to Mid-Century Modern and Beyond Find fine quality antiques and collectables, jewelry, home and garden décor. and much more! June 27, 28 & 29, 2019 10am to 3pm all days FREE ADMISSION

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July 2019

Kids in the Garden – Summer 2019, Session #1

July 2, 2019 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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$75 – $100

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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Introduction to Chinese Tea

July 13, 2019 at 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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$20

An introduction to Chinese tea, including climate and nature of tea plantations, roasting techniques, regional cultures, and tea-related etiquette and manners. $20, member or non-member REGISTER NOW

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Basic Tree Pruning

July 17, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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$25 – $35

Taught by Ingela Wanerstrand from Plant Amnesty. This class will cover basic cuts and tree physiology, followed by some basics on fruit trees and Japanese Maples. Learn how to approach and look at some of your favorite trees, how to encourage or slow growth, and how to know when to put the pruners down and appreciate their natural beauty. This class will be considered as an extra credit option in the Master Pruner Certificate program and/or WSNLA CEUs.  $25 BBGS…

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Dynamic Dixter

July 24, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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EVENT FULL

  The Bellevue Botanical Garden Society and Heronswood Garden present an evening lecture with horticultural maestro and magician, Fergus Garrett! This lecture will take place at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. For those who have never visited Great Dixter in SE England or had the pleasure of listening to Mr. Garrett speak, this event is, in a word, required. For his legions of admirers and those who have experienced the magic of Dixter, this is an opportunity to reload the enthusiasm…

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Watercolor: Birds of the West

July 27, 2019 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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CLASS FULL

Taught by Molly Hashimoto. Learn how to paint birds using watercolors. All supplies are provided, including artist quality watercolor paper. Participants are encouraged to bring extra paper. Molly Hashimoto is the author of Colors of the West: An Artist's Guide to Nature's Palette, as well as an illustrator whose work has been published by Pomegranate Communications for over 25 years. As an instructor, she works to connect students to the natural world through hands-on art experiences. $35 BBGS members/$45 non-members…

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Kids in the Garden – Summer 2019, Session #2

July 30, 2019 at 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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$75 – $100

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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August 2019

Visions Flower Show

August 3, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Free

East Lake Washington District of Garden Clubs is proud to present Visions, An NGC Standard Flower Show. Come and see beautifully arranged floral designs and pristine specimens of horticulture competing for first prize. Admission is free and children are welcome. More info.

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Visions Flower Show

August 4, 2019 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Free

East Lake Washington District of Garden Clubs is proud to present Visions, An NGC Standard Flower Show. Come and see beautifully arranged floral designs and pristine specimens of horticulture competing for first prize. Admission is free and children are welcome. More info.

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A Members Only Evening with Ciscoe

August 6, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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$5.00

Enormously popular radio and TV personality, and best-selling author, Ciscoe Morris, will speak at the BBG about his favorite oh-la-la plants. Our members are very special to us, so we are pleased to limit attendance to members only. $5.00 per person. Everyone knows that Ciscoe is hilariously funny, but did you know that he is dead serious about his personal garden? It is a showcase for rare and unusual plants that are artistically arranged in eye-catching color combinations. He generously…

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Hypertufa: Making containers and leaves (NPA Class)

August 9, 2019 at 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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$25 – $35

Taught by NPA member Lisa McGregor. All materials are included in the class fee. You will take home a hypertufa container and an optional  leaf you have made and instructions on after care (along with the recipe, so you can make more!). You will be handling a wet mixture and the item you make will be in its mold but still wet when you take it home, so please dress accordingly. $25 NPA Members/$35 non-members. More info.  

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Drawing Native Berries & Other Woodland Fruit

August 10, 2019 at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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$45 – $55

Taught by Dorota Haber-Lehigh. Learn about native berries and other fruit of the forest and their ecological significance. Create a beautiful portrait of a native plant 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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Versatile Vines for All Gardens – CANCELLED

August 11, 2019 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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$25 – $35

A delightful summertime class in the Garden with George Lasch. Vines are diverse and useful in the garden. From sluggish to sublime climbers, these versatile plants provide the gardener with options to solve problems and add that important final layer. We will start in the classroom with some slides and a handout about types of vines, then head out into the Garden's collections to see and explore this overlooked group of plants. CANCELLED

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Annual Trillium Celebration: Being in the Know

August 13, 2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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The last several years, our Annual Trillium Celebration has been combined with a lecture, requiring us to cut short the meeting portion. We want our members to better understand how the Garden operates and our goals for the future, so this year we will hold the meeting on a different date from the lecture. The evening will begin with beverages and light appetizers, followed by a vote for our new board members and our annual Trillium Awards. Garden Manager, Nancy…

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Eastside Fuchsia Society Show, Plant Sale & Class

August 17, 2019 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Free

Join the Eastside Fuchsia Society to learn about this versatile, long blooming plant to fill your garden with color from early summer to frost. Bring your questions for Tammy from Earthworks Fuchsia Nursery. Add some beauty to your garden! The sale starts 10 am Saturday. Please arrive early for best selection. $10 for 1 gallon pot. FREE All about Fuchsias Class on Saturday, 1-2 pm (same class on Sunday, 10-11 am and 1-2 pm). For more information, please email us.

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Eastside Fuchsia Society Show, Plant Sale & Class

August 18, 2019 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Join the Eastside Fuchsia Society to learn about this versatile, long blooming plant to fill your garden with color from early summer to frost. Bring your questions for Tammy from Earthworks Fuchsia Nursery. Add some beauty to your garden! The sale starts at 10 am Saturday. Please arrive early for best selection. $10 for 1 gallon pot. FREE All about Fuchsias Class, 10-11 am and 1-2 pm on Aug 18. Warning: Northbound I-405 between Main Street and Northeast 10th Street…

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Winter Flowering Perennials (NPA Class)

August 28, 2019 at 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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$25 – $35

It’s tough to start thinking about winter so here is your plant therapy session! Join Trevor Cameron and let him ease you into the change of seasons with inspiring winter flowering perennials. More info.

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September 2019

From Dreams to Reality: Practical and Artistic Elements in Creating a Garden

September 4, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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EVENT FULL

Rosemary Alexander, principal, owner, and founder of The English Gardening School, and one of the UK’s most influential garden designers and writers, will speak at the Bellevue Botanical Garden! She has judged at the Chicago, San Francisco, and Northwest Flower and Garden shows and at the world-renowned Chelsea Flower Show. The third updated edition of her book, The Essential Garden Design Workbook, was recently published by Timber Press and was awarded one of eight Silver Awards by the Garden Writers…

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Master Gardener Clinic, Plant Sale & Continuing Education

September 7, 2019 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Prices vary

Shop cool plants from unique local nurseries and attend sessions with excellent speakers. Master Gardeners can earn Continuing Education credits for these sessions. Includes Master Gardener Clinic from 10am – 2pm. Admission to the plant sale and parking are free. Speaker session fees vary, preregistration recommended. Please visit http://www.mgfkc.org/events for more information.

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Botanical Gardens: Cultivating a Culture of Discovery, Inclusion, and Access

September 13, 2019 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Free

Tim Johnson, Director of the Botanic Garden of Smith College, will focus on the important role botany historically played in women’s access to science education at the 144-year-old women’s college, and how the garden is reframing what it means to provide equitable access today.  A question-and-answer session will follow to discuss the social role of botanical gardens and their potential contributions to diversity and inclusion efforts.  Presented by the City of Bellevue and the Botanic Garden of Smith College. Cost: …

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Hardy Fern Foundation Plant Sale

September 14, 2019 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Free

Purchase unusual ferns for your garden and learn about ferns from the experts! Event hosted by the Hardy Fern Foundation. Admission and parking are free. Information at https://hardyferns.org/events/

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Northwest Perennial Alliance Lectures

September 15, 2019 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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"Designing a Dry Woodland Garden" with Alanna Matteson and "The Gardens at Sunnyside - 30 Years of Living Next to the Candy Store" with Steve Smith. Information at http://www.northwestperennialalliance.org/

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Paper Itoh Peonies with Kate Alarcon

September 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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CLASS FULL

Join us and make an Itoh peony, a striking herbaceous peony whose subtle cream and pink petals sport dramatic dark red markings. You’ll learn techniques for creating a charming seed-pod center, adding a wash of color to your petals, stamen making, petal shaping, and basic crepe paper flower construction. You’ll also receive supplies so you can practice your new skills by making a second flower at home. Beginners warmly welcomed! $55 BBGS members. $65 non-members. Sorry, this class is full.…

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Chinese Cultural Celebration

September 22, 2019 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Free

Celebrate and learn about Chinese culture. Booths representing 4 regions: Beijing, Shanghai and Jiangnan, Canton and SW China will share their cultures, tea, plants and flowers. Information desks for living, schooling and other residence needs for new Chinese immigrants. Performances will include music, dance, and Taiji. Free.

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Graceful Grasses (NPA Class)

September 24, 2019 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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$10 – $15

Join Daniel Mount for a real time stroll around the Perennial Border to see the grasses at their best and be inspired to add them to your own garden landscaping. Daniel's talks are always so informative so be prepared to learn. Please dress for the weather. Please visit the NPA website for more information and to register.

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Readings In the Garden with author Tim Clemen

September 26, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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$5

Come and stroll the Garden and listen to stories written by Tim Clemen centered around three plants in the Garden. Tim is the author of The Plant-Life Chronicles of a Seattle Gardener and is an experienced landscaper that can answer lots of questions about Northwest gardening. FREE for BBGS members; $5 non-members REGISTER NOW

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Fall Scout Day for Older Scouts

September 28, 2019 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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$12

Come and work on scout badge requirements at the Garden!  We are offering the Junior Girl Scout Gardening Badge, the Cadette Girl Scout Tree Badge, and BSA Webelos – Parts of: Into the Wood, Into the Wild and Adventure in Science Achievements. We do not supply the official badges – just a garden patch. This is a workshop, not just an activity, so we do expect scouts to work. This is not a drop-off event – each scout needs to have a supervising adult with a ratio of…

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Great Grasses for your Garden with George Lasch

September 29, 2019 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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$25 – $35

Ornamental grasses deliver a lot of bang for the buck! They introduce exciting textures to the garden, along with movement and even sound as they rustle in the breeze. We will talk about plant selection and care. Of course, George will have a list of the best ones and maybe a few less than inspired species. Slides and handouts will start the class followed by a walk and talk in the garden to appreciate how grasses are used in the…

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October 2019

Holiday Vintage & Collectibles Sale

October 12, 2019 at 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Free

The Bellevue Botanical Garden Society is again having an exciting big sale of vintage and collectible items at the Garden, but this time we will feature a huge variety of quality Holiday items.  As before, this sale is open to the public and will benefit Society educational programs for children and adults. There is a wide selection of Holiday decorations, entertaining items and hostess gifts including Christopher Radko ornaments, china and silver, serving dishes and platters, stemware, jewelry and so…

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BSA LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE WORKSHOP – FULL

October 13, 2019 at 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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FULL

This workshop will cover the requirements for the BSA Landscape Architecture badge. We will tour part of the botanical garden, do some plant identification, design a landscape for a local building, talk about careers in the field, and meet with a landscape designer. The Scouts will have “homework” to do before the workshop. We do not provide the badge. Each scout needs to be under a supervising adult with a ratio of 1 adult per 4 scouts or less. If…

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Spring Starts in October

October 16, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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$5 – $15

Professional gardener and writer, Daniel Mount, will share the ins and outs of bulb selection, planting, and maintenance. From the classics like tulips and daffodils to the oddities like fritillarias, brodiaeas, and corydalis, you will learn to have the ephemeral beauty of these gems in your garden. In addition to designing and maintaining gardens in the Pacific Northwest, he was invited to Cologne, Germany, where he worked on urban rooftop and courtyard gardens as well as rural estates. He was…

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Chinese Tea

October 20, 2019 at 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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$25

You will be introduced to three major Chinese Teas: White tea, Oolong tea, and, briefly, Yellow tea. The presentation will include information about the ecological setting of the tea plantations and the regional cultures around them; tea picking and its classification; and the techniques of tea making, including tea brewing and drinking. There will be a tea presentation to show the etiquette of the tea ceremony and everyone will have an opportunity to test the teas. All participants will take…

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Crown Jewel Wilderness: Creating North Cascades National Park

October 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Free

Lauren Danner will tell the fascinating story of how strong advocacy by the modern environmental and wilderness movement was instrumental in the formation of the North Cascades National Park.  She will highlight lessons we can learn from the fight and negotiations to create this park to help us in this day when our public lands are threatened. Public invited, admission is free. Please see the WNPS website for additional information.

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Perfect Peonies (NPA Class)

October 23, 2019 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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$25 – $35

Join Kit Haesloop in the classroom for a PowerPoint on peonies, followed by a stroll around the border to learn all about this essential perennial.  Please dress for the weather. Registration Information  

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December 2019

Build Your Own Wreath

December 7, 2019 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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FULL

Come and learn how to create a holiday wreath from the ground up! This wreath making method will allow you to easily reuse the frame for future wreaths throughout the year. We will provide the frame. You can bring evergreens and accents from your yard (branches of greenery, as well as cones, rose hips, holly, etc.) or we can supply them, if you don’t have access to greens. You will learn how to wrap the frame and then stick the…

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January 2020

CANCELLED: Ferns: A Bellevue Botanical Garden Legacy

Jan 15 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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LECTURE CANCELLED Due to current weather conditions, with more snow and frigid temperatures in the forecast, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Richie Steffen’s lecture on Wed. Jan 15. If you have purchased tickets, you will receive a full refund. Please stay tuned for details about when the lecture will be rescheduled. 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…

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CANCELLED: Puget Sound Dahlia Association Meeting and Lecture

Jan 16 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Free

This event has been cancelled. Free, no registration required. Information on the Puget Sound Dahlia Association website: www.pugetsounddahlias.org

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Northwest Perennial Alliance Lecture and Event, “The Promise of Spring”

Jan 19 at 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Where can you find gardening inspiration in the middle of January? At NPA’s Promise of Spring event! In fact, you get TWICE the inspiration - once from NPA’s 2019 Open Gardens, and once from Ciscoe Morris! Event includes door prizes, multiple speakers, and a plant sale featuring winter blooming perennials. Free for Northwest Perennial Alliance members. $15 Non-members. More Information

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Urban Gardening Series: Indoor Plants

Jan 23 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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$25 – $35

Are you interested in having plants inside your home? Penny Kriese will help you select indoor plants and show you how to care for them. Penny is an Outstanding Master Gardener with a love of indoor plants.  If you are a Master Gardener, this class would count as CE for you.  $25 BBGS member or MGFKC member/$35 non-member.  

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February 2020

Paper Icelandic Poppies with Kate Alarcon

Feb 1 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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CLASS FULL

Start spring early by making your own colorful blooms! This dainty Icelandic poppy will look cheery in a multicolored bunch or as a focal point in a bouquet. They are made from hand-colored fine crepe paper in shades of ombr pink, coral, and orange wrapped around a wire. You’ll receive supplies to make two poppies as well as a supply list so that you can make more on your own. You’ll also learn a couple of ways of coloring the…

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Intro to Pruning: The Basics

Feb 5 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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$25 – $35

Join Shawna van Nimwegen from Plant Amnesty to learn about the different types of approved cuts to make on trees and shrubs, basic plant habits, and what Cass Turnbull called “the pruning budget," or how much of each plant to prune each season. Come to this class and earn credit toward your Master Pruner Certificate and/or WSNLA CEUs.  $25 BBGS & Plant Amnesty Members/$35 non-members.    

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Current Forest and Tree Health Issues in Western Washington

Feb 12 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Free

Sponsored by Washington Native Plant Society. Dead and dying trees have proliferated throughout western Washington. Hemlocks and cedars have been particularly hard hit, causing concern for many property owners. The talk covers the basics of forest health in western Washington. Learn about current and spreading issues affecting the area, risk factors, and how to know how well a forest is functioning. Know what’s normal and what’s not, when to be concerned, and what to do if you suspect a problem.…

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How to Teach Hands-on Nature Activities for Preschool through 2nd grade – for Teachers and Parents

Feb 15 at 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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$35

Learn how to use and access Project Learning Tree's Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood & Project WILD's Growing Up WILD. These activity guides use best practices in early childhood education to get young children exploring their natural world. The guides contain 38 nature-based themes and over 100 activities complete with background information, outdoor activities, ideas for healthy snacks, math, art, songs, literature, and more. In addition, you’ll learn fascinating things about Pacific NW plants and animals. Join us for a…

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Early Bloomers Watercolor Class: Early Flowers, Winter Foliage and Landscapes

Feb 22 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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CLASS FULL

Join Molly Hashimoto and learn how to celebrate the coming of spring through art! We'll create watercolor sketches of individual botanical specimens, as well as paint a landscape. All abilities are welcome. All supplies are provided, including artist quality watercolor paper. Participants are encouraged to bring extra paper. Molly Hashimoto is the author of Colors of the West: An Artist's Guide to Nature's Palette, as well as an illustrator whose work has been published by Pomegranate Communications for over 25…

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Early Bloomers Watercolor Class: Early Flowers, Winter Foliage and Landscapes (Class 2)

Feb 22 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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CLASS FULL

Join Molly Hashimoto and learn how to celebrate the coming of spring through art! We'll create watercolor sketches of individual botanical specimens, as well as paint a landscape. All abilities are welcome. All supplies are provided, including artist quality watercolor paper. Participants are encouraged to bring extra paper. Molly Hashimoto is the author of Colors of the West: An Artist's Guide to Nature's Palette, as well as an illustrator whose work has been published by Pomegranate Communications for over 25…

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The Art of Bonsai

Feb 23 at 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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$35 – $45

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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Don’t Squish That Bug! Organic Pest Management for the Home Gardener

Feb 27 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Free

What are all those things crawling and flying around your garden and are they dangerous? Join garden educator Lisa Taylor, author of Your Farm in the City: An Urban-dwellers Guide to Growing Food and Raising Animals and The Maritime Northwest Garden Guide in a lively, hands-on session about insects in the garden. Almost every bug is either beneficial or feeds beneficial organisms so it's important to know who is friend and who is foe. Participants will learn how to encourage…

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March 2020

Hydrangea How-To

Mar 3 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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CLASS FULL

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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Everything Roses: Garden Design with Roses

Mar 5 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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$25 – $35

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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Botanical Latin and Garden Walk with Susie Egan

Mar 6 at 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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$25 – $35

Susie will present a fascinating and intriguing PowerPoint on the history and evolution of botanical Latin. You'll learn lots of fascinating facts and it’s a great boost to your understanding of the Latin names on plant labels. To further enhance your botanical Latin education, we will then tour the NPA border in the Garden. NPA volunteers will take you through the border, bringing those Latin words to life as you match up the Latin name to the characteristics of plants…

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Russian Family Nature Workshop – Cancelled

Mar 7 at 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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CLASS CANCELLED

Due to community concerns about COVID-19, we have decided to cancel this class. The class will be rescheduled for a later date.   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…

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Hydrangea How-To

Mar 10 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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CLASS FULL

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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NPA March Mania Plant Sale – CANCELLED

Mar 14 at 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Cancelled

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Rain or shine, browse unique offerings indoors, out of the elements. March Mania proceeds supports both NPA's Horticultural Education Programs and their Specialty Nurseries, most of which only sell plants at specialty plant sales. This is an opportunity to chat with these knowledgeable growers, and to look for that special, hard-to-find plant. In addition, NPA will be selling plants propagated from the NPA Border, including double hellebores. Admission is Free. No registration required. MORE INFO.

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The 21st Century Botanic Garden – POSTPONED

Mar 18 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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POSTPONED

This event has been postponed to a later date, TBA 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…

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Puget Sound Dahlia Association Tuber Sale – CANCELLED

Mar 20 at 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Free

This event has been cancelled Dahlias of all shapes, sizes, styles and colors will be for sale, and expert dahlia growers will be on hand to help you choose the right one for your site. MORE INFO.

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Puget Sound Dahlia Association Tuber Sale – CANCELLED

Mar 21 at 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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This event has been cancelled. Dahlias of all shapes, sizes, styles and colors will be for sale, and expert dahlia growers will be on hand to help you choose the right one for your site. MORE INFO.

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Northwest Perennial Alliance Nicolay Memorial Lecture – CANCELLED

Mar 22 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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Cancelled

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Lecture by Claire Takacs, Garden Photographer. Claire Takacs is an Australian photographer who loves to capture the beauty and essence of gardens and landscapes around the world, particularly while working with light. She sees gardens often as works of art and believes in their ever-increasing importance in our daily lives. This stunning photographic presentation is not to be missed! Cost: $5 for NPA Members, $20 for non-members. Preregistration recommended. MORE INFO.

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Urban Gardening Series: Small Garden Space Design – CANCELLED

Mar 26 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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CANCELLED

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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Fuchsias 101 – CANCELLED

Mar 28 at 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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CANCELLED

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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April 2020

Garden d’Lights Orientation – CANCELLED

Apr 2 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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CANCELLED

Come and find out what happens behind the scenes of our holiday Garden d’Lights show!  This is an opportunity to meet the volunteers, find out what they do, and to consider joining the team. FREE, but please register so that we know how many to expect and we can contact you if anything changes with this orientation.  

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Spring Scout Day (K-3) – POSTPONED

Apr 5 at 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St
Bellevue, WA 98005 United States
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POSTPONED

Come and work on scout badges and achievement requirements at the Botanical Garden! This workshop is for Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts K-3rd grade. Scouts will visit stations and go on a nature walk. Some of the topics include: composting with worms, insects, Leave No Trace, planting seeds, and pollination. Scouts will receive a garden fun patch and a list of completed activities. 2nd and 3rd grade scouts should arrive at 12:00 pm and K and 1st grade scouts should…

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