NPA Plant Propagation Exhibit
NPA's exciting new Plant Propagation Exhibit at Bellevue Botanical Garden opened in 2016.
The Exhibit, which includes a garden shed, propagation tables and space for classes, helps educate visitors and volunteers about growing and propagating hardy, herbaceous plants. It is another way we are expanding the hands-on educational opportunities at the NPA Border.
NPA volunteers propagate plants from the Border at the Propagation Exhibit to sell on our plant stand and also at NPA plant sales. You can find the NPA plant stand from March through October beside the Trillium Store at Bellevue Botanical Garden. Proceeds from the plant stand help support NPA in caring for the Border.
For its plant sales, NPA accepts at its discretion healthy, herbaceous perennial plant donations on the first Thursday of the month (March-Oct) 10 am-noon at the Propagation Exhibit.
Donations must include a note with the botanical name (genus and species) and flower color. Thank you!
Major funding for the Plant Propagation project came from the prestigious Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust, which awarded the NPA a $20,000 grant. The Bellevue Botanical Garden Society generously contributed $26,001 including a gift from the estate of Roy Harsh. An anonymous donor contributed $5,000 for the basalt columns retaining wall. Numerous donations were received from NPA members, with many taking part in the "Get Tagged by NPA" fundraiser.
Volunteers worked hard preparing the new area, planting, spreading mulch, installing irrigation, designing the storage and propagation areas, and moving equipment from the old yard to the new exhibit.
The Plant Propagation Exhibit was designed and built by Kunnen Design/Build Inc. A beautiful pine slab was donated by Meyer Wells – Art from Wood and treated with the Japanese technique of Shou Sugi Ban, which preserves wood by charring it with fire. Dramatic basalt columns from Marenakos Rock Center line the edge of the visitor space in front of the Exhibit. Construction on the Plant Propagation Exhibit began in late spring and was finished this summer.
Sincere thanks to our donors:
Diana and Gary Davidson
Tina Dixon & Paul Stredwick
Joyce and Steve Kormanyos
Denise Lane and Roel Allers
Linda and Roger McDonald
Mercerbelles NPA Neighborhood Group
Pauline and Steve Smith
Molly van der Burch