NPA Lectures

NPA members enjoy three free lectures a year, plus just $5 for the annual Nicolay Lecture in April.

Lectures are held at the Aaron Education Center at Bellevue Botanical Garden in Bellevue and at the Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle. Doors open at noon for plant sales and refreshments and the lecture begins at 1 pm.

Be sure to bring your NPA card to get in free. You’re also welcome to bring a friend—nonmembers pay $15. Not a member? You can join at the door or join now.

The lecture begins with a drawing for door prizes. This is followed by brief announcements about NPA events, then the lecture itself, which usually lasts an hour.

Nicolay Memorial Lecture

This lecture, usually in spring, features a celebrity speaker and costs $5 for NPA members/$20 for nonmembers. Kevin Nicolay was one of the founders of NPA. Read more about Kevin.

2017 Lecture Schedule


Sunday, January 22
“Re-imagining Your Garden. A Practical Guide to Design Ideas and Implementation”
with Phoebe Fine

Doors open at noon for plant sales
Lecture begins at 1 pm
NPA members free/nonmembers $15
Aaron Education Center at Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main Street, Bellevue 98005 
Read more.  


Sunday, March 26
NICOLAY MEMORIAL LECTURE
"The Triumph of Seeds" with Thor Hanson, PhD

Doors open at noon for plant sales from Far Reaches Farm and book signing by Thor
Lecture begins at 1pm
NPA members $5/nonmembers $20
Aaron Education Center at Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main Street, Bellevue 98005
Read more.   

Sunday, April 23
“Butterflies of Cascadia: Life Histories and Conservation”
with David G. James, PhD

Doors open at noon for book signing and plant sales
Lecture begins at 1 pm
NPA members free/nonmembers $15
Aaron Education Center at Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main Street, Bellevue  98005

Read more.


Sunday, September 17
"Coloring Your Garden with Japanese Maples"
with Julia Graham
Annual membership meeting and lecture
Doors open at noon for plant sales
Lecture begins at 1 pm
NPA members free/nonmembers $15
Aaron Education Center at Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main Street, Bellevue 98005
Read more.


Sunday, October 15
"How to Successfully Prune Any Shrub" with Bess Bronstein
Doors open at noon for plant sales
Lecture begins at 1pm
NPA members free/nonmembers $15
Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st Street
Seattle, 98105
Read more.  

For the complete list of NPA events, see our calendar.