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April 2020

Perennials for Year-Round Color (WEBINAR)

April 30, 2020 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Cleo Raulerson, King County Master Gardener and member of the BBGS Board of Directors, for a talk about perennials that provide color for every month of the year. Cleo will discuss her favorite “tried and true," “new or unusual,” and “self-seeders or creepers” perennials. Before diving into specific perennials, we will look at a chart to help you define what type of garden you have and what you want to have so that you have a framework to think…

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May 2020

The Bugs of Spring (WEBINAR)

May 14, 2020 at 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm

Join us for a webinar with Sharon Colmann, a Master Gardener and WSU Professor emeritus. She will cover common pests, beneficial bugs, and new invasive species already here and those yet to come. $5 BBGS members/$10 nonmembers.

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Hydrangea Heaven (WEBINAR)

May 20, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Nita-Jo Rountree for a webinar all about hydrangeas. She will share beautiful photos of the latest and greatest introductions, tried and true varieties, and rare and unusual cultivars, and will cover tips on how to care for them, including pruning techniques, soil pH, and transplanting. Also learn how to dry flowers, cut flowers, and how to use them in the garden and in containers. $5 BBGS members/$15 nonmembers.

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June 2020

Creating Sanctuary (WEBINAR)

June 4, 2020 at 6:30 pm - 7:40 pm

We all need a sanctuary, especially during difficult times. Our gardens are the perfect place to create that nurturing space to grow food, medicines, beauty, and a harmonious ecosystem. Our gardens can nurture our bodies, minds, and souls, starting with having clear design intentions. In Creating Sanctuary, ecological designer and best-selling author Jessi Bloom taps into multiple sources of traditional plant wisdom to help you find a deeper connection to the outdoor space you already have—no matter the size. You will…

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The Herb Lover’s Garden (WEBINAR)

June 10, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Presented by Sue Goetz. Go herbal and learn all the multi uses of herbs. Landscaping, fragrance, healing, edible flowers, seasoning and cut flower abundance. What is the best oregano variety for cut flowers? How about fennel for attracting butterflies or parsley as a flower border?  Discover something new and useful about the herbs in your garden.  Start with their beauty in the landscape and then discover ways to use them. Create culinary treats, body care products, and household remedies. Growing…

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Bling on the Wing: 12 Months of Flowers for Hummingbirds (WEBINAR)

June 24, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Presented by Greg Butler, BLA, ATA—Designer, educator, and owner of Design of the Times. Everybody loves hummers. Taking advantage of our mild maritime climate makes it possible to turn your garden into a year-round hummingbird feeder just by choosing the right plants. You’ll also get tips on life cycles, behavior, enhancing habitat, and more. Discover how you can accessorize your garden with tiny flying jewelry all year round! This webinar will be recorded and you will receive the recording within…

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July 2020

Irises for Every Garden (WEBINAR)

July 1, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Learn about the many different irises available to gardeners today! We will cover different irises for wet and dry situations, and how to cultivate, propagate and care for these plants. BBGS & NPA members $5/nonmembers $15. Shown here is Iris x pseudata ‘Roryu’.    

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Botanically Inspired Zentangle Art (WEBINAR)

July 8, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Tomomi Galeano, a Certified Zentangle Teacher, as she walks you through how to make a botanically inspired Zentangle art drawing. The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. With step-by-step instructions, it doesn’t require any previous drawing experience. All you need is white paper, a black pen, and pencil. Families are welcome to participate together! $5 BBGS members/$15 nonmembers.

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Let’s Get Messy and Paint Flowers! (ONLINE CLASS)

July 11, 2020 at 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Learn to make easy, beautiful flower bouquet paintings in acrylic paint using a negative painting technique.  Start by making a colorful “mess” on canvas, then “finding” the bouquet of flowers hidden within. Start by painting a variety of colors in random shapes and adding drips and splatters of color over the top.  Then, using a negative painting technique, create a beautiful bouquet in a vase.  You will paint two different variations of bouquets during this class. You will provide your…

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Oh, La La! An Evening with Ciscoe (WEBINAR)

July 15, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

With heart and humor, Ciscoe will regale us with a few of the gardening stories in his new book, Oh, La La!: Homegrown Stories, Helpful Tips, and Garden Wisdom. Hear about the gardens he has tended, the wildlife he has encountered—deer, moles, rats, birds—lessons learned, and more. Each story will make you smile, but will also contain a nugget of gardening wisdom or a practical helpful tip that you can use in your own garden. $5 BBGS members/$15 nonmembers. Read the…

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Designing the Compelling Photograph (WEBINAR)

July 22, 2020 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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Pruning Shrubs III (ONLINE CLASS)

July 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

With Anna Moore of Plant Amnesty. This class will teach you how to prune Rhododendron, Hydrangea, Callicarpa (Beautyberry), Viburnum bodnantense, and Abelia. Included in this class are basic pruning techniques, common pruning mistakes, and corrective pruning. $5 BBGS members/$15 nonmembers.

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August 2020

Chinese Black Tea (WEBINAR)

August 9, 2020 at 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Jing Chen and An An from TEA Washington will give a presentation about Chinese Black Tea.  The presentation will include the history and distribution of black tea in China; the difference between Chinese Black Tea and other famous Black Tea brands from England, India, and Sri Lanka, with a focus on the drinking style and their associated material/flavors; how to make Chinese Black Tea and its regional drinking style, and tea table presentation; the introduction of three famous brands of…

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Perennial Plant Breeding at Home (WEBINAR)

August 12, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Janet Egger will show you the basics of perennial plant breeding and how to do it from home. This is a class for the home gardener who wants to learn more about how plants are bred and how to do it themselves. Janet has bred perennials professionally since the 1980s. She bred Podophyllum ‘Spotty Dotty’ and the colored foliage Heuchera, among many other perennials. $5 BBGS members/$15 nonmembers. Shown is Heuchera 'Forever Purple."

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Grow the Heck Up! Embellish Your Garden with Vines (WEBINAR)

August 19, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Laura Watson has been growing clematis for over 20 years, but her enthusiasm for clematis spills over into all climbing vines. With our shrinking gardens, it makes sense to make use of our vertical space. Laura will suggest vines for our climate along with tips for making them thrive. $5 BBGS members/$15 nonmembers

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September 2020

Great Garden Trees (WEBINAR)

September 9, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Christina Pfeiffer is an ISA Certified Arborist. She will show beautiful photos of the best trees for the Pacific Northwest along with a calendar of tree care.    

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East Meets West in the Garden

September 11, 2020 at 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The Master Gardener Foundation of King County invites you to an online evening of entertainment and education with local gardening celebrities Dan Hinkley and Nita-Jo Rountree, September 11 at 5:30PM. Join us for this cocktail hour fundraising event and enjoy the lively and light-hearted exchanges by Dan and Nita-Jo as they share their favorite plants and savor their shared histories as plant lovers and avid gardeners. Registration required. MORE INFO

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Conversations with Eden – 2-Day Symposium (Webinar)

September 19, 2020 at 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every 2 days that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until September 20, 2020

Heronswood and the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society are pleased to present our first joint symposium, Conversations with Eden. This event is a fundraiser for the two organizations. This two-day “Cocktails and Coffee” webinar will take place on Saturday afternoon, September 19 (cocktails) and Sunday morning, September 20 (coffee). You can watch this event from the comfort of your favorite easy chair! There will be a question and answer session after each lecture. Our powerhouse speakers include Jamaica Kincaid, author and…

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Cadette Girl Scout Tree Badge online workshop

September 26, 2020 at 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
$12

We are offering the Cadette Girl Scout Tree Badge as an online workshop through the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society. Together, we will explore the world of trees through art, media, scientific inquiry, and personal adventures in the outdoors. Scouts will learn about the urban forest ecosystem, tree identification, new technologies in the forestry industry, as well as related career and local service opportunities. Hear from a guest speaker on what life is like as a wildland firefighter. This is a…

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Critter Cloches

September 30, 2020 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Zoom Demonstration Workshop you attend from your own home These attractive wire cloches are used in the NPA Border at Bellevue Botanical Garden, and not only keep rabbits out, but support floppy perennials and climbers too! Customize them to fit your needs. This class includes: a detailed video demonstration of how wire cloches are made, a live presentation giving even more details of techniques and equipment needed, and a live Q&A so all questions are answered. Before class, attendees receive a…

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October 2020

Let’s Paint Birds! (WEBINAR)

October 3, 2020 at 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Birds are fascinating creatures that love our gardens. Learn to paint birds with personality! We will paint a wren and a chickadee using acrylic paints and pen. Focusing on getting an accurate drawing in the beginning, 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 her work through…

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Growing Groceries Series

October 7, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Learn to grow your own food! Growing Groceries is an integrated series of classes, building on knowledge gained. Yet each class contains the minimum information needed to get started. Classes cover vegetable gardening in Western Washington with specific advice on many crop plants. Classes are offered from October 2020 through May 2021. All classes are held on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on the Zoom platform. First class is on October 7, 2020.  More info Photo by Linda Shepherd

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Botanically Inspired Zentangle Art

October 14, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Tomomi Galeano, a Certified Zentangle Teacher for an evening of relaxation and creativity, as she walks you through how to make a botanically inspired Zentangle art drawing. The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. With step-by-step instructions, it doesn’t require any previous drawing experience. All you need is white square paper, a black fine tip drawing pen, and pencil (you must provide your own supplies and we will…

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Seasonal Splendor: Year Round Color in the Shade Garden (WEBINAR)

October 21, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Cole Burrell will address challenges shade gardeners face in sustaining interest throughout the seasons. Cole will illustrate how to layer the garden the way nature layers her woodlands, and he will suggest plants with exceptional form and varied textures that persist for a seamless tapestry of year-round color.  $5 members/$15 nonmembers.

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Botanical Drawing: Leaves and Berries

October 29, 2020 at 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Learn how to use colored pencils to portray plant subjects! Colored pencils are fun and are a forgiving medium to learn, and autumn offers amazing colors and textures to observe and to use in creating beautiful botanical art. In this 4-week class, you will learn a variety of colored pencil techniques including layering, blending, and building saturation with luminosity, with a focus on vibrant colors and textures of autumnal subjects such as leaves, fruits and winter berries. You will also learn…

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November 2020

Project Learning Tree: Outdoor STEM Learning for Schoolyard or Home for Grades K-5

November 7, 2020 at 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Join educators Kate Sorensen and Pauline O'Rourke from the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society in an online workshop for K-5 educators. The workshop is designed to increase educators' knowledge, skills and tools to create impactful science learning opportunities for students in their schoolyard or at home using the Project Learning Tree: PK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide. The workshop will be a blended experience including an online Zoom element and self-paced learning. In order to receive the 5 STEM clock hours, you…

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Watercolor Class: Autumn Colors in the Garden

November 14, 2020 at 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Learn how to paint the vibrant colors of autumn in this hands-on class. Molly Hashimoto will demonstrate some of the beauties of fall: Japanese maples, vine maples, late flowers like dahlias, and anemones. You will paint along with her, trying out techniques with fun skill-building exercises, as well as more complete paintings of landscapes. We will share work at the end of the workshop with lots of positive feedback and helpful suggestions. You will provide your own supplies. This class is…

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Gardening with an English Accent

November 18, 2020 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Alison Johnson for the story of English gardening and its relevance to the Pacific Northwest. She will be sharing her favorite plants and planting combinations from her Northwest English Garden and the famous English gardens where she got her ideas and inspiration. Alison is a member of the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society and co-president of the Northwest Perennial Alliance, as well as a Master Gardener.  Not only does she know a lot about gardening – she is also just…

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December 2020

The Wildflowers of Mount Rainier

December 2, 2020 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

December 9, 2020 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

December 12, 2020 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)

December 28, 2020 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

Jan 12 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

Jan 20 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 also tell us how we can grow them in our own gardens. Proceeds from this event will benefit BBGS and Heronswood. $15 BBGS & Heronswood members/$25 nonmembers. Windcliff photo by Nita-Jo Rountree

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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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Cadette Girl Scout Tree Badge

Feb 16 at 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
$12

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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Peonies

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

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