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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. Joan Baldwin is a team leader for the King County…

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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 upon registration. $35 member/$45 non-member

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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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Build a Terrarium

Mar 28 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$10 – $20

Join us to build a magical terrarium at home! Learn about mini habitats, the water cycle, and soil layering as you put together your botanical creation. Living Lab teacher, Ashley Robles, botanical horticulturist and greenhouse specialist, will provide step-by-step guidance during this family friendly workshop where we’ll cover basic planting techniques, design composition, and have fun decorating with beautiful details such as rocks, seashells or imaginative creatures! A family in the same household only needs one registration. This class requires…

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April 2021

Gardening and Nature Journaling: A Match Made in Heaven

Apr 6 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$5 – $15

Taught by Marley Peifer. Are you ready to take your gardening to the next level? Do you want to see and appreciate each plant more? Do you want to recapture the curiosity, memory, and connection to nature you experienced in your youth? You’re in luck because nature journaling can give you all of those things. After this class you will see more, become more curious and creative, remember all those Latin names better, and most importantly, get more pleasure out…

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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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Enriching Your Garden with Vines: Selection, Pruning, and Care

Apr 14 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$5 – $15

With Laura Watson from Plant Amnesty. Learn the ins and outs of selection, pruning, and care of vines.  Also learn how to embellish your own garden with the remarkable beauty and diversity of these vertical plants. Laura will showcase the amazing variety in color, shape, bloom time, and growth habit of vines that do well in the Pacific Northwest—wisteria, clematis, passionflower, and more. Get details about their care and placement, information about pruning, and recommendations for easy vines to try. …

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Kokedama Workshop

Apr 15 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Varied Cost

Join Poppy & Finch founder, Weina Dinata, a native plant advocate and botanical designer seasoned in the art of kokedama. She will teach you how to create and care for a striking and unique Japanese moss ball. We will send you a supply list for assembling your moss ball, a step-by-step breakdown of the process, and helpful care tips for keeping your creation happy and healthy. You will be able to order a kit for an extra fee. You will…

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Spring Blooms Watercolor Workshop

Apr 17 at 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
$25 – $35

Taught by Molly Hashimoto. This workshop will begin with a quick study of daffodils, and then move on to sketching and painting landscapes that feature the glories of spring, including blooming cherry trees and azaleas.  A supply list and any pre-class work will be sent out in advance so participants can prepare ahead of time. $25 member/$35 non-member.

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Girl Scout Junior Gardening Badge

Apr 18 at 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$12

We are offering the Junior Girl Scout Gardening Badge as an online workshop. Scouts will learn about plants and their needs and how to choose the right plant for the right place. We will cover different types of gardens, how to use a plant guide for identification, basic garden design and how to set-up a seed experiment. Girl Scouts register individually. Questions? Email us or call 425-452-5273. $12 per scout.

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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

Only the Best: Top-rated Perennials

May 5 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Presented by Richard Hawke. Richard has been the Plant Evaluation Manager at the Chicago Botanic Garden since 1986, is an instructor for the School of the Chicago Botanic Garden, the author of Plant Evaluation Notes, and an author and contributing editor for Fine Gardening magazine. He received the Perennial Plant Association’s Academic Award for teaching excellence. In his lecture, Richard will talk about perennials that have proven to be beautiful, reliable, and hardy in the Chicago Botanic Garden’s evaluation trials.…

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The Art, Science and Magic of Propagation

May 6 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$5 – $15

Basic propagation techniques will be covered, along with some tips and tricks. The presentation includes video demonstrations of how to make a Forsythe Pot, and a great way on dividing big, tough perennials. Softwood and hardwood cuttings through heel cutting and layering will be presented, and you will learn how to make more plants from your own garden. Gordon Polson has been a gardener in England and the U.S for 80 years and he is a Master Gardener and Master…

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Get to Know the Bellevue Botanical Garden

May 13 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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Let’s Paint Hydrangeas! Acrylic Painting Class

May 15 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
$25 – $35

Taught by Terry MacDonald.  Fresh and painterly…..or soft and transparent.  Acrylics are the most versatile of mediums!  We will paint two versions of hydrangeas on two different surfaces - watercolor paper and canvas. The techniques to be explored include thin washes, building up layers with palette knives, stippling, spattering, dry brushing and more.  There will also be a  focus on light sources, values, color harmonies, and using a loose, fresh approach to painting for an impressionistic effect. You will receive…

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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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Connecting Youth with Nature: Wellness and Health Benefits

May 20 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$5 – $15

Want to help youth reduce stress, feel happier, or perform better in school? Gardening or walking in the forest have positive impacts on young people’s health, including physical, mental, emotional, and social dimensions. This webinar will explore evidence-based approaches to using time in nature with youth to improve their total wellness. Expect a presentation of current research, followed by practical ways to use facts to intentionally engage youth in nature. Presented by Marcy Reynolds, MSW, Child Mental Health Specialist, and…

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June 2021

Native Plants and Bird Habitat

Jun 24 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$10 – $15

With Ed Dominguez. Birds and native plants have been coevolving for the last 12,000 years. Planting with natives and removing invasive species is very beneficial to our birds. Find out how and when to do it safely with minimal impact to nesting birds. Ed will discuss best practices for establishing and maintaining green spaces to enhance bird habitat.  He is an experienced naturalist and leads owl prowls, bat walks, nature hikes and naturalist programs on a variety of topics at…

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Perfect Plant Combos for Every Garden

Jun 29 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$5 – $15

Presented by Nita-Jo Rountree. Have you ever put a few plants together and been disappointed by the results?  Do you yearn for a garden that looks like the magazine photos?  Nita-Jo will share her rules of garden design to help you learn how to easily combine plantings in borders and containers to get that picture-perfect look.  Photos of acclaimed gardens will illustrate numerous outstanding examples that will provide ideas and inspiration for your own perfect pairs with panache. $10 member/$15 non-member.

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