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December 2020

The Wildflowers of Mount Rainier

Dec 2 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Wildflower enthusiast and photographer, Donovan Tracy, will discuss the amazing flowers found at Mount Rainier. Donovan will review the classifications of subalpine meadows and highlight some of their vegetation and community types. The alpine plant discussion will emphasize the uniqueness of these plants which endure harsh tundra-like conditions. He will mix in some comments on wildflower photography, suggestions for wildflower hikes in the National Park, and provide some historical references as well. Donovan is a volunteer with the UW Herbarium,…

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Holiday Centerpieces

Dec 9 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Weina Dinata from Poppy & Finch will show you how to create a beautiful mini-habitat centerpiece for the holiday season with native plants in a repurposed lamp globe. She has developed a style of botanical design that uses living native plants integrated with flower arrangement techniques. This technique uses elements around your home and garden, such as moss, branches, conifer cones, and more, and crafted to fit the holiday spirit. Weina's use of native plants is inspired by their beauty,…

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Hellebores and Camellias: Watercolor Sketching & Illustration

Dec 12 at 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Join Molly Hashimoto and celebrate the flowers of December! You'll learn a flower illustration technique  inspired by the great Scottish architect and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh.  We will also try out another watercolor method that employs more saturated color. Fine point pen and/or 2B pencil will complete your watercolor supplies.  Arches paper, both hot and cold press, are preferred for this workshop. $25 BBGS Member/$35 nonmember. Sorry, this class is full. To join the waitlist, please email us.  

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Crazy for Nature Photography (youth class)

Dec 28 at 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This three-part class, taught by Ray Pfortner, is designed for youth aged 10-15. End your year with some fun! Get away from schoolwork and chores and practice what you love – nature photography! You will photograph assignments close to home. We will use Flickr.com to share our results for instructor and group feedback outside of our three live sessions, as well as live in our three Zoom sessions. Materials you will need: Any digital camera, phone, point and shoot, dSLR…

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January 2021

Designing the Compelling Photograph (WEBINAR)

January 12, 2021 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join instructor Ray Pfortner for this 3-part photography class focusing on exploring the principles of composition and a range of creative settings and camera handling. The class is aimed at all skill levels using any digital camera from phone to point-and-shoot to dSLR to mirrorless. Teens and tweens (12 and over) are welcome! Please note that this is a three-part class and once you register for the first one, you will automatically be registered for all three. Registration fee includes…

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Dan’s 20 Favorite Plants at Windcliff and How to Best Succeed with Them

January 20, 2021 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

From Agapanthus campanulatus to Woodwardia unigemmata, Dan Hinkley will try to limit his favorite plants at Windcliff to only 20 (or so). He will not only describe the characteristics of each, but he will tell also us how we can grow them in our own gardens. $15 BBGS & Heronswood members/$25 nonmembers. Proceeds from this event will benefit BBGS and Heronswood. Windcliff photo by Nita-Jo Rountree

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Introduction to Mindfulness and Forest Bathing

January 27, 2021 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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

January 28, 2021 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

It's all about soil - and it's a lot more than dirt! This class will cover 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. We will also provide a discussion of gardening methods that foster healthy and fertile soil. This webinar is offered by the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society and the…

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February 2021

Indoor Plants (WEBINAR)

February 24, 2021 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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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