Bellevue Demo Garden Workshops

Bellevue Demo Garden Workshops

If you want to increase your gardening knowledge and skills, the Bellevue Demonstration Garden (BDG) Workshop series can help you. Presentations on a broad range of topics will be offered, each of which is based on scientific information emphasizing plants and methods that work in the Pacific Northwest. Workshops are appropriate for both beginning and experienced gardeners. Current science and techniques are emphasized. Participants can expect to learn about new methods and plants as well as the tried and true. Topics will vary from vegetable to ornamental cultivation and may discuss blending both in your garden beds.

What: Comprehensive offerings of gardening topics. Classes are offered from January 16, 2021 through October 2021. Watch for more classes to be added below.

When: All workshops are held on Saturdays from 9:30 to 10:30 AM. Registrants will receive Zoom instructions to access the online class several hours ahead of when the class starts.

Where: Online via the Zoom platform.

Cost:  The first talk of each month is free. For all other workshops there is a suggested minimum donation of $5. These registration fees help the Foundation meet the financial needs of the Master Gardener Program in King County.

Registration: A separate registration is required for each donation workshop, pre-registration is required. See the list of workshops below for links to register.  The Zoom access for the free workshops is listed with each those talks.

Here is the list of BDG Workshops for 2021 with links to register for each of the talks that require pre-registration. Bookmark this page to find new talks as they are added through October 2021.

January 16, 2021 FREE — Speaker: Pat Roome, Master Gardener Alumna. Topic: Planning for a Vegetable Garden, how to grow vegetables in garden and containers.
Pat Roome began planting flowers at her home in London when she was three years old. During WWII, as the oldest of the children, Pat took over the responsibility for the family vegetable garden. In 1958 she and her husband moved to Seattle and bought a home where she was able to plan her own yard with elements of an English garden, fruit trees and a vegetable garden. In 1975 Pat became a Master Gardener and started her landscape design company. She has taught horticulture classes and written books about gardening. Her books are now available online. Pat continues to give lectures, and this workshop will be a friendly chat with Pat where she will share her knowledge and insights.
Zoom info: Dial in +1 253 215 8782 Meeting ID: 968 1176 2051
No registration required for the January 16 talk.
January 23, 2021 — Speaker: Jim Olson, Master Gardener. Topic: The Enjoyment and Challenge of Growing Orchids. Learn the basic practices that will keep your orchids thriving and blooming year after year. Donation Workshop. Register for the January 23 talk.
January 30, 2021 — Speaker: Christina Pfeiffer, Horticulture Writer & Educator. Topic: How to Prune Spring Blooming Shrubs for Year Round Display. Learn how to prolong the beauty of the shrubs and trees in your yard. Donation Workshop. Register for the January 30 talk.
February 6, 2021 FREE — Speaker: Bruce Williams, Master Gardener. Topic: The History and Art of Bonsai. An introduction to Bonsai for the Curious. As a docent at the Pacific Bonsai Museum, Bruce will introduce you to this ancient and worldwide gardening art form.
Have you ever wondered what the big deal is with bonsai? Is bonsai an art form? How is it different from sculpture? Is it easy? Can anyone do it? Where did it come from? Are you intrigued as to why some people are excited by a tree growing in a pot? What kind of trees can grow in a pot?  Are some of those bonsai really hundreds of years old? Are you aware there are some famous bonsai right here in our Seattle area? Would you, perhaps, like to learn a bit about container gardening at a whole different level?This talk is an introduction to this ancient and worldwide gardening art form. Bruce Williams is a docent at the Pacific Bonsai Museum and is secretary of the Puget Sound Bonsai Association.
Zoom info: Dial in +1 253 215 8782 Meeting ID: 952 3192 8282
No registration required for the February 6 class.
February 13, 2021 — Speaker: Patrick Spenser, Owner, Cascade Iris Gardens in Lake Stevens. Topic: Using Iris to Enhance Your Perennial Beds. Learn to select the right iris for your garden from the amazing choices available. Donation Workshop. Register for the February 13 talk.
February 20, 2021 — Speaker: Laura Matter, Garden Hotline Manager, Tilth Alliance. Topic: Safe and Healthy Edible Gardening. Laura specializes in watershed health, pollinator gardening and IPM. Learn how your garden can be a safe and healthy landscape. Donation Workshop. Register for the February 20 talk.
February 27, 2021 — Speaker: Laura Watson, Master Gardener. Topic: Great Understory Plants for the PNW. Learn about Laura’s top ten choices for great understory trees for your garden. Donation Workshop. Register for the February 20 talk.
March 6, 2021 FREE — Speaker: Krista Faye, Master Gardener. Topic: How to Plant Bare Root Raspberry Plants. Master Gardener and Berry enthusiast, Krista Faye will be demonstrating how to plant bare root plants.
Bare-root trees and shrubs are a type of nursery stock delivered without soil or a pot around the roots. These plants are lifted from the field in winter while the plants are dormant and are shipped in large bags. Bare-root plants are affordable, hardy and are easy to transport and plant. It is important to understand how to care for and properly plants them. Krista is planning to demonstrate how to plant a bare-root raspberry.
Zoom info: Dial in +1 253 215 8782 Meeting ID: 952 3192 8282
No registration required for the March 6 class.
March 13, 2021 — Speaker: Marcia Dillon, Master Gardener. Topic: Growing Tomatoes in the PNW. Donation Workshop. Register for the March 13 talk.
March 20, 2021 — Speaker: Sharon Collman, WSU Extension Professor Emeritus. Topic: Top 10 Garden Pests and Their Natural Enemies. Gardens are alive with birds and wild birdfood, pollinators and, yes, pests, but also have enemies to keep their numbers low. Donation Workshop. Register for the March 20 talk.
March 27, 2021 — Speaker: Laura Matter, Garden Hotline Manager, Tilth Alliance. Topic: Choosing the Right Plants. Right plant, right place ensures best results. Donation Workshop. Register for the March 27 talk.
Watch this space as more talks are added throughout the spring and summer. Workshop links will be added for each talk.


Updated Jan 16, 2020

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