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Tuesday, March 3, 2020 SOLD OUT
*This class is offered twice, at Bellevue Botanical Garden, so make a careful note of the date you register for. You can only attend the class on the date you signed up for*
Kit Haesloop will teach you how to get peak performance from the hydrangeas you grow, or want to grow, 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 the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Bring your questions and be prepared to go outside in the second half of the class.
This class is offered by the NPA and the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society.
Friday, March 6, 2020
Susie Egan is a landscape designer, Master Gardener, garden coach and speaker and owner of Cottage Lake Gardens. She is also known as the Trillium Lady!
Susie will present a fascinating and intriguing PowerPoint on the history and evolution of Botanical Latin. Lots of fascinating facts and its a great boost to your understanding of the Latin names on plant labels.
To further enhance your Botanical Latin education we will then tour the NPA border at Bellevue Botanical Border. NPA's own Kit Haesloop will take you through the border bringing those Latin words to life as you match up the Latin name to the characteristics of plants or the story behind the name.
We will tour the border rain or shine so dress for the weather so you don't miss out on Latin in the border.
NPA Members $25 / non members $35
Saturday, March 7th, 2020
~AT LAKEWOLD GARDENS~
Kit Haesloop will teach you how to get peak performance from the hydrangeas you grow, or want to grow, from the ever-expanding varieties available. In this class, at the historic Wagner House at Lakewold Gardens, 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 at Lakewold Gardens Bring your questions and be prepared to go outside in the second half of the class.
Class is limited to 20
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
*This class is offered twice, at Bellevue Botanical Garden, so make a careful note of the date you register for. You can only attend this class on the date you signed up*
This class offered by the NPA and the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society.
BBG and NPA members $25 / non members $35
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Plant Sales Hours: 9:30 am to 2 pm
Volunteer to Help & Shop Early!
Volunteer - March Mania Plant Sale
NPA Members always enjoy helping at our plants sales, and this year we've shortened each shift to 2 hours. It's a great opportunity to learn more about plants for your own garden, meet other enthusiastic gardeners, and just have fun. Plus, NPA always feeds our volunteers lunch and snacks!
Several jobs are available:
March Mania Plant Sale
Our ever-popular March Mania Plant Sale is held in the Aaron Education Center at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Rain or shine, browse unique offerings indoors, out of the elements. Parking is free and plentiful, friendly volunteers abound, and many fantastic plants are waiting for a home in your garden.
March Mania proceeds supports both NPA's Horticultural Education Programs and our Specialty Nurseries, most of whom only sell plants at specialty plant sales. It's also a rare opportunity to chat with these knowledgeable growers, and to look for that special, hard-to find plant. In addition, NPA will be selling plants propagated from the NPA Border, including double hellebores.
After plant shopping, be sure to visit the gorgeous NPA Border for ideas, inspiration, and to enjoy the magic of spring!
Sunday, March 22, 2020
Claire Takacs - Exquisite Beauty: A New Way of Seeing Gardens
NPA members $5 / Non-members $20
NPA offers members-only the opportunity to purchase reserved tickets beginning February 1st , see below.
NPA is thrilled to announce our 2020 Nicolay Memorial Lecture will feature renowned garden photographer Claire Takacs. Her stunning photographic presentation is not-to-be missed.
Claire Takacs is an Australian photographer who loves to capture the beauty and essence of gardens and landscapes around the world, particularly while working with light. She sees gardens often as works of art and believes in their ever-increasing importance in our daily lives. Her work is widely published in magazines internationally and she is a regular contributor to Gardens Illustrated. She’s won many prestigious photography awards.
Her first solo book, Dreamscapes, chronicling 70 of her favorite gardens, was published in 2017, and her second book, Australian Dreamscapes, in 2018. Last year she documented Dan Hinkley’s garden for the forthcoming book, The Gardens at Windcliff. She divides her time between Australia, Europe and the US.
Dan Hinkley said this about Claire:
“I have had the pleasure of working with numerous, extremely talented garden photographers over many years, but Claire Takacs sets herself apart by possessing an intuition of the gardener's intent. That she so adroitly captures a garden at precisely the right moment reveals the artist behind the camera; that she so handsomely apprehends the imagined dreams carved by shovel and sweat exposes the gardener behind the artist.“
Noon - Doors open & Plant Sale Begins
1 pm - Lecture begins
Nicolay Memorial lecture ADVANCED TICKETS for NPA members only - limit ONE ticket per member except for Household Memberships - who can also purchase one 'guest ticket' in the name of the registered second household member (sorry, no guest substitutions). Business and Public Garden membership levels can also purchase one regular and one 'guest ticket'.
NO PHYSICAL TICKETS are given - once you pay online for your tickets your name is added to our paid ticket-holder list - and you will receive an emailed payment receipt (bring receipt if desired, but it's not required for entry). When you arrive at the event, we will check your name off our paid ticket-holder list.
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Don't miss this very exciting opportunity!
Debra Prinzing is a regular radio and television guest and has written many books on seasonal, local and sustainable flowers. We are so lucky that she lives in Washington state and has found time to present her PowerPoint, "America Beauty-Bringing the Slow Flowers Movement to your Garden". She has also generously agreed to donate copies of her books The 50 mile Bouquet and Slow Flowers as door prizes. Debra will also have books for sale.
NPA members $25 / non-members $35
Following this presentation, Debra is offering a Floral Design Workshop, which is an opportunity to design, and bring home, a lush centerpiece using NW annuals and perennials; there is a separate registration and a separate charge for this inspiring class and we must limit the class to 25 participants.
Hands-on workshop with a floral design expert!
Debra Prinzing is a regular radio and television guest and has written many books on seasonal, local and sustainable flowers. This is a wonderful opportunity to take a hands-on eco-floral design workshop from Debra herself!
Each attendee will design, and take home, their own lush centerpiece containing a wide array of Northwest-grown annuals, perennials, dahlias, roses and other popular cut flowers, paired with an American-made glass vase. All flowers and vase are included in the cost of the class.
Debra will discuss how to design with seasonal flowers (including those from your own garden) using environmentally-friendly techniques, as well as how to care for your arrangement and extend its vase life. You will leave inspired to continue cutting and arranging flowers as a gardeners regular practice!
To keep this a very special opportunity, we have to limit this class size to 25 participants.
NPA members $85/non members $100 - Includes Flowers and Vase
Sunday, May 3, 2020
Spring Plant Sale
Celebrate the growing season by attending NPA’s annual Spring Plant Sale. This popular event is a highlight of spring, plus it’s an important fundraiser for NPA, benefiting all of our Horticultural Education Programs - scholarships, classes, lectures, workshops, and our gorgeous NPA Border.
A select group of local small nurseries and specialty growers will sell an amazing collection of perennials, shrubs, ferns, grasses and more. Many of these vendors are not open to the public, and all offer unique plants to delight any plant geek! This is your chance to shop from the best, all in one location, and bring home many new treasures to enhance your garden.
Arrive early for best selections. Better yet, volunteer to help at this event and and get the inside scoop on your favorite vendors and plants!
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Daniel Mount lives on a small farm in the Snoqualmie Valley and enjoys growing organic veg and fruit and experimenting with flood tolerant plants. He has 30 years of career gardening in PNW and writes for and sits on the editorial board of the Washington Park Arboretum Bulletin, Pacific Horticulture Magazine.
He has a BS-Botany from University of Wisconsin and has traveled the world as a gardener and writer and curator picking up awards and accolades for his garden writing.
Daniel will introduce us to his love and appreciation of all the irises, with a presentation in the classroom. Then using the displays of irises in the Bellevue Botanical Garden he will educate and entertain us as we walk and talk in the borders.
Hopefully the weather in June will be good to us but dress accordingly so you don't miss out on the tour of the Irises at the Bellevue Botanical Garden.
NPA members $25/non members $35
Contact NPA: 425-647-6004
PO Box 1034 Bellevue, WA 98009-1034