2018 Classes & Workshops

Please sign up early for the classes you want, since class sizes are limited. (Note: You do not have to have a PayPal account to pay online.) Details and driving directions for each class will be sent following your registration. Questions? Contact us at classes@northwestperennialalliance.org or call the NPA administrative assistant at 425-647-6004.



Saturday, January 20
"Growing Mushrooms at Home"
with Tristan Woodsmith

Time: 10am - noon
Location:
Aaron Education Center at Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98005
Fee: NPA members $25/nonmembers $35
SOLD OUT


This workshop focuses on growing Gourmet Mushrooms at home, both indoors and outdoors in your yard, garden or forest. Tristan will discuss the mushroom life cycle, various substrates used for growing mushrooms, and low-tech methods for generating mycelium including spores, spawn, and stem-butts.  He will also cover in detail indoor mushroom patches, outdoor mushroom beds, log and stump cultivation.  Species mentioned include Oyster Mushrooms, Shiitake, Lion's Mane and more.



Saturday, March 3
"Hydrangea How To"
with Kit Haesloop

Time: 10am - noon
Location:
Aaron Education Center at Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98005
Fee: NPA members $25/nonmembers $35
Class limit: 25
SOLD OUT

Learn how to get peak performance from the hydrangeas you grow or want to grow in your garden from the ever-expanding varieties available. In this class you will learn the distinguishing traits between species, and how best to keep your hydrangeas beautiful with the proper care. Kit will provide guidance on growing conditions, bloom color and pruning options for the different species. Finally, Kit will demonstrate proper pruning techniques on several species that grow in the NPA Perennial Border at Bellevue Botanical Garden. Bring your questions and be prepared to go outside to the Perennial Border in the second half of the class. 



Saturday, April 28
"Garden Blogging -- The Most Fun You Can Have for $1.99 a Month"

with Peter Herpst and Alison Conliffe

Time: 10 am - noon
Location:
Aaron Education Center at Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98005
Fee: NPA members $20/nonmembers $30
Class limit: 30

Join local garden bloggers Peter Herpst (The Outlaw Gardener) and Alison Conliffe (Bonney Lassie) for a lively, educational and entertaining discussion of the ins and outs of how to get started blogging. Some specific topics include: Why start a blog, how to find a voice as a writer, how to choose a focus, how to come up with ideas for posts, how to participate in blogging memes (and what are they?), what are the benefits of garden blogging, and how to take a breather from it. We’ll also include some tips on composing good photos.

Peter and Alison will walk you through the steps of creating your own blog using the free Google Blogger application and help you to create your own first post, which you may or may not choose to publish. Participants need to bring a laptop, tablet, smart phone or other device capable of accessing the Internet, and any electronic images you'd like to use. Wi-Fi will be available. To use Blogger, you must have an account on Google.

More about the speakers:

Peter Herpst, a life-long devotee to the goddess flora, began gardening in Alaska (USDA zone 3) and moved to the Puget Sound region thirty years ago after attending college here. He works as a special educator, church choir director, and stained glass teacher/artist to support his plant addiction. Peter has a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Puget Sound and a Masters degree in Education from Antioch University.

Alison Conliffe is an avid gardener who moved to Washington almost ten years ago from the East Coast (USDA Zone 6) after visiting and falling in love with the great gardening climate here. She worked professionally as a journalist and has a Bachelor’s degree in English literature.

NPA members, $20: Cart

Nonmembers, $30: Cart




Saturday, May 12
"Carnivorous Plants: What's the Big Deal?!"
with Scott Vergara and The Bogs of Doom

Note: Class has been cancelled; will be re-scheduled later.


Time: 10 am - noon
Location:
Aaron Education Center at Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98005
Fee: NPA/BBGS members $25/nonmembers $35
Class limit: 40


Sarracenia flava with meal approaching.
Photo (c) Scott G. Vergara

What's not to love about a plant that eats fruit flies, yellow jackets, flesh flies and more?

Carnivorous plants are a learning opportunity to help children young and old see plants as something much more exciting than just chores such as weeding, cutting the grass and eating Brussels sprouts.

Through a PowerPoint presentation and living, flesh-eating examples, Scott will examine the amazing adaptation of carnivory in plants, their appropriate care and feeding, and how to create suitable “environments” for successful cultivation and enjoyment outdoors. He’ll also touch on conservation and discuss which plants are suitable as year round houseplants. To start your own collection, Scott will have plants for sale.

Scott has been collecting and cultivating carnivorous plants for the past 25 years and loves to share his enthusiasm for these truly bizarre plants.

This is a joint class of NPA with the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society. Register via the Bellevue Botanical Garden website at www.bellevuebotanical.org/classes.html