Bellevue Demo Garden Workshops

Bellevue Demo Garden Workshops

The Bellevue Demonstration Garden (BDG) Workshop series is offered annually to all who are interested in increasing their general gardening knowledge and skills. Workshops are appropriate for both beginning and experienced gardeners. Presentations on a broad range of topics are based on scientific information emphasizing plants and techniques that are successful in the Pacific Northwest. Participants can expect to learn about new methods and plants and refresh their knowledge on a variety of topics that vary from vegetable to ornamental cultivation in your garden beds.

What: Comprehensive offerings of gardening topics. Workshops are offered from January through October 2022. Workshops begin on Saturday, January 22 at 9:30 AM.

When: All workshops are held on Saturdays from 9:30 to 10:30 AM. BDG Workshops will be recorded starting with Series 2. (April 2 is the first workshop in Series 2.) Recordings will be available to all who register.

Where: Online via the Zoom platform. Registrants will receive Zoom instructions via email to access the online class at 7:15 AM the day of the workshops.

Cost:  The workshops fees help the Master Gardener Foundation support the activities of the Master Gardener Program in King County. Advance registration is required for these workshops. Registrations for these classes will open the first week of January.

Per workshop fee. The fee for each workshop is $5.00.
NEW! Series subscription fee. You have the option to purchase a series of BDG workshops at a 25% discount off the total cost. There will be three series, and the series subscriptions are listed here:

BDG Workshop Series 1 – January-March (8 workshops): series price $30
BDG Workshop Series 2 – April-June (9 workshops): series price $34
BDG Workshop Series 3 – July-October (13 workshops): series price $49

Financial Need Fee Waivers. There are a limited number of Financial Need Fee Waivers available. These waivers allow access to an individual class at no cost. To request a waiver, applicants are asked to complete and submit a request form prior to registering. Link to BDG Workshops request form.

Registration: See the list of BDG workshops below for links to register for the individual workshop or the workshop series. There are 3 Workshop Series. Links to the registrations for the workshops in Series 1 will be posted here the first week of January.
** Indicates these workshops are eligible for a  Financial Need Fee Waiver.

Contact us: If you have questions about these workshops, you may contact us at bdgworkshops@gmail.com. 

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2022 BDG WORKSHOPS

** Indicates these workshops are eligible for a Financial Need Fee Waiver.
NOTE: Listing and handouts for earlier presentations in 2022 are found at the end of the page. Starting April 2, workshop recordings will be available to all who register.

BDG Workshop Series 3   July – October

The BDG Workshop Series 3 subscription includes all 13 of the July through October workshops. You pay only $49, a 25% discount off the sum total of each of these workshops individually. Workshops in this series will be recorded and available to subscribers. Financial Need Fee Waivers may not be used for a series subscription.


Register for the BDG Series 3
** October 1, 2022  Speaker: Penny Kriese, Master Gardener. Topic: Home is for Houseplants. Looking for a successful relationship with your houseplants? Knowing what you have to offer your houseplants is the first step on the road to success. Learn how to evaluate your space and your style of care as well as tips for potting, planting and possible pitfalls.  Penny will show you which are the easiest and the not-so-easy houseplants to choose to settle in your home with insights on plant pests, too.  Handout for this presentation. Register for Oct 1 workshop
October 8, 2022 Speaker: Laura Matter, Program Director-Natural Yard Care at Tilth Alliance. Topic: Fall Groundwork in the Natural Garden. Get a jump on spring by taking care of the garden in fall. We’ll cover the maritime northwest climate and microclimates, how to do it and why this is a good season to plant, the plant choices good for the Northwest, lawncare tasks to do in this season that will save you time in the growing season, and tips for winterizing your garden. Discover why a total garden cleanup of your garden may not be the way to go. Find ways to encourage and take care of wildlife this winter. Register for Oct 8 workshop
** October 15, 2022  Speakers: Jim Little and Molly van der Burch, Master Gardeners. Topic: Our Pacific Northwest Gardens and Climate Change. Jim and Molly will try to demystify the complex topic of climate change and how it is affecting our PNW gardens. They will discuss the causes of climate change and how we can make our gardening more climate-friendly by reducing our gardening greenhouse gas emissions and by storing atmospheric CO2 in plants and soil via photosynthesis. They hope to encourage gardeners to educate and inspire others to take climate action. Register for Oct 15 workshop

2022 BDG Workshop Presentations to Date

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January 22, 2022 — 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. Pat’s books are now available online. 3 handouts for this presentation: Tomatoes, Plants for Dry Climates, Soil Composition Testing. No recording of this talk is available.
January 29, 2022 Speaker: Bruce Williams, Master Gardener. Topic: The History and Art of Bonsai. An introduction to Bonsai for the Curious. 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. Handout for this presentation. No recording of this talk is available.
** February 5, 2022 Speaker: Laura Matter, Program Director-Natural Yard Care at Tilth Alliance. Topic: Safe and Healthy Edible Gardening. Laura specializes in watershed health, pollinator gardening and integrated pest management (IPM). Learn how your garden can be a safe and healthy landscape. Resources handout for this presentation. Slides for this presentation. No recording of this talk is available.
February 26, 2022 Speaker: Jim Olson, Master Gardener. Topic: Orchid Growing Basics. Did you get an orchid as a gift, or buy one for its beauty? Learn the basic characteristics of epiphytic orchids, which in nature grow on other plants.  From that foundation, you will learn how to care for them in a way that will keep your orchids thriving and blooming year after year. No handout or recording of this talk is available.
** March 5, 2022  Speaker: Christina Pfeiffer, Horticulture Writer & Educator. Topic: Pruning So You Don’t Have to Prune so Often. All gardeners have busy schedules and want to maximize the benefits from the time spent in the garden. Christina has suggestions about how to do that. She is a horticulture writer and educator with 40 years of experience. Sustainable and efficient landscape techniques are a special area of interest. Handout for this presentation. No recording of this talk will be available.
March 12, 2022 Speaker: Ladd Smith, co-owner of In Harmony Sustainable Landscapes. Topic: What to Do to Have the Best Lawn You’ve Ever Grown. Of all our garden practices, lawn care has the biggest impact on our environment.  If you want a nice lawn, do it naturally.  Learn the five steps of Natural Lawn Care (NLC), based on the Natural Yard Care (NYC) Program.  Proper mowing, fertilizing, and watering techniques will be discussed, plus common lawn problems like moss, moles and thatch build up. Seasonal tasks including aeration, seeding and topdressing will be taught so that you can create the lawn that you desire, naturally. No recording of this talk will be available. Handout for this presentation. Related links of interest: Growing Healthy Soil, Natural Lawn Care, Natural Yard Care
** March 19, 2022  Speaker: Marcia Dillon, Master Gardener. Topic: Growing Tomatoes in the Pacific Northwest. Marcia is known locally as “The Tomato Lady” and is the tomato expert for the Bellevue Demo Garden (BDG) and a sought after speaker by many gardening organizations. She will be sharing tips on getting tomatoes to ripen, proper watering, and dealing with pests and diseases. Tomato varieties best for sauce, slicers, tossed in salad, etc. will be discussed as well as “days to maturity“ information found on the seed packet. Marcia will be sharing her many years of tomato experience during this presentation. No recording of this talk will be available. Handout for this presentation.
March 26, 2022 Speaker: Jim Olson, Master Gardener. Topic: Weeds: A Whimsical Look at How to Identify, Prevent, and Control Weeds. When does a plant become a weed? Jim Olson joined the Master Garden Program in 2013. He is the current president of the Master Gardener Foundation of King County. His interests include growing melons, orchids, and growing anything edible. No recording of this talk will be available.
April 2, 2022 Speaker: Bruce Bennett, Master Gardener. Topic: An Introduction to Rain Gardens. Rain gardens may be a choice for homeowners who want to create a unique focal point in their yard, to reduce garden maintenance and property flooding while providing space and food sources for birds and pollinators. Rain gardens help reduce water pollution in area waterways and Puget Sound. Bruce will discuss how to develop and position these beneficial and fluctuating water-flow spaces in your yard. Handout for this presentation. Slides for this presentation. [PDF 10MB]
April 9. 2022 Speaker: Andree Hurley, Master Gardener. Topic: Basic Garden Design. This presentation will help you design your garden and landscape before choosing your trees, shrubs and other plants. Creating a plan helps to identify use areas, frame views or hide undesirable views. With a plan in place, plants can be identified which will fit soil, light and maintenance requirements.
April 16, 2022 Speaker: Ladd Smith, co-owner of In Harmony Sustainable Landscapes. Topic: What to Do to Have the Best Lawn You’ve Ever Grown. Of all our garden practices, lawn care has the biggest impact on our environment.  If you want a nice lawn, do it naturally.  Learn the five steps of Natural Lawn Care (NLC), based on the Natural Yard Care (NYC) Program.  Proper mowing, fertilizing, and watering techniques will be discussed, plus common lawn problems like moss, moles and thatch build up. Seasonal tasks including aeration, seeding and topdressing will be taught so that you can create the lawn that you desire, naturally.
If you registered for Series 1 or the March 12 presentation by Ladd Smith, you may attend this workshop without registering again. Watch for your Zoom instructions on April 16. Handout for this presentation. Related links of interest: Growing Healthy Soil, Natural Lawn Care, Natural Yard Care
April 23, 2022 Speaker: Bruce Williams, Master Gardener & Master Pruner. Topic: Water Saving Irrigation. Learn how to think differently about watering and how to save time and money. Learn how to use a water meter and how to monitor soil moisture on all plants and shrubs. Watering may seem like the simplest thing we do as gardeners, but, in reality, proper watering of our gardens may be the most complicated, time consuming and expensive part of our garden work. Drip Planning Guide. Water Saving Irrigation handout for this presentation.
** April 30, 2022  Speaker: Molly van der Burch, Master Gardener. Topic: Creating Beautiful Containers.  Learn to arrange flowers and small shrubs in containers and baskets to create eye popping color in your garden. Learn everything from pot selection to soil, fertilizer, and designing containers for maximum impact. Container plant choices for both shade and sun will be featured so you can feel confident in creating your own containers. Handout for this presentation.
May 7, 2022 No Workshop. Mother’s Day Weekend
** May 14, 2022  Speaker: Cleo Raulerson, Master Gardener. Topic: Perennials for Year-Round Color. Cleo will share her favorite perennials for year-round color in your garden. There is something in bloom every day of the year in Cleo’s garden. Learn how to select perennials that require less care. Each month of the year is discussed, highlighting perennials that are tried and true, new or unusual, self-seeders or creepers that provide color for each month. Additional perennials that bloom well in our climate in the spring and summer months will also be discussed. Handout for this presentation.
May 21, 2022 Speaker: Pauline O’Rourke, Master Gardener. Topic: Gardening with Children. Invite your children and grandchildren to garden with you. They will discover where our food comes from, watch pollinators at work, see what good composters worms are and learn about our natural world. Handout for this presentation (update 5/21)
June 4, 2022 Speaker: John Hamerling, Master Rosarian. Topic: Growing Roses. John will share his love of growing roses and will discuss the many varieties including which roses are the most fragrant, disease resistant and much more including how to plant and care for roses
June 11, 2022 Speaker: Emilie Castle, Master Gardener. Topic: Cucumbers, Squash and Melons. Cucumbers, squash, pumpkins and melons are members of the Cucumber Family, all of which are warm season crops. Cucurbits can sprawl 3 to 5 feet in all directions. Learn how to use vertical apparatuses to enhance productivity in small spaces. The talk topics include varieties selection, cultural requirements, container growing, fertilizer needs, major diseases and pests, and pest management techniques for each crop.
June 25, 2022 Speaker: Laura Watson, Master Gardener. Topic: Summer Sizzlers, The Clematis of July, August and Beyond. Learn about the beauty and variety of summer clematis! Laura will discuss Profuse Clematis (aka viticellas), Trumpets and Urns (aka texensis/viorna/crispa), the Late Large-Flowered Clematis, and Non-Climbing Clematis. Handout for this presentation.
July 9, 2022 Speaker: Patrick Kennedy, Molbak’s Garden & Home Consultant. Topic: Drought Proof Your Garden. Patrick has a degree in Urban Planning and Sustainable Development with experience in landscape design. This presentation begins with a description of basic landscape site evaluation processes and the improvement and planting strategies needed for a low maintenance/water garden. This will focus on three basic garden archetypes of the Pacific Northwest: the bog, the woodland, and the meadow. Finally, some tips on irrigation strategies will be provided.
July 16, 2022 Speakers: Gordon Polson, Master Gardener and Master Composter, and Alison Johnson, President of Northwest Perennial Alliance and Master Pruner, a Master Gardener for 10 years. Topic: Basic Propagation. Gordon has been a gardener in England and the US for 80 years. Basic propagation techniques will be covered, along with some tips and tricks. Included is a video demonstration by Alison on how to make a Forsythe Pot and how to divide large and tough perennials. Softwood and hardwood cuttings through heel cutting and layering will be presented. Attendees will learn how to make more plants from their own garden. Presentation outline. Handout on Forsyth Pots.
July 23, 2022 Speaker: Trevor Cameron, Sunnyside Nursery Topic: Ornamental Grasses. Ornamental grasses of all kinds are excellent additions to the landscape. They provide motion, sound and texture in most any garden location. Both evergreen and perennial types will be covered — and even a few annual ones to utilize in seasonal containers. We will discuss all aspects of these landscape beauties including choosing the right one for your location and caring for them season to season. From large specimens to small clumping border varieties, fall color, plumes—join us and discover the world of grasses! Handout for this presentation.
July 30, 2022 Speaker: Penny Bolton, Master Gardener. Topic: Who lives in your yard? This talk is an introduction to the bird, bugs, and mammals in your yard and how to live happily with them. The presentation features bird songs as well as interesting stories and activities that encourage birds in our yards. Pests and invasive species of animals will also be discussed and how we can live peacefully with them. Handout for this presentation.
August 6, 2022 No Workshop. Seafair Weekend
** August 13, 2022  Speaker: Sharon Collman, WSU Extension Professor Emeritus. Topic: Slugs and Snails. How to use the behavior of slugs and snails to your advantage for better garden management. There are many slugs that are common to our gardens. Learn to recognize the different slugs and snails, their damage to plants, life cycles, and behavior to use in saving your plants.
August 20, 2022 Speaker: Marcia Dillon, Master Gardener. Topic: Bringing Tomatoes to Harvest. Now that your tomatoes have been growing for a few months and you’re finally enjoying the fruits of your labor, brush up on late season activities that help to maximize your harvest and prepare your garden for next season. Handout for this presentation.
August 27, 2022 Speaker: Atsuko Gibson, Nursery Manager/Assistant Curator, Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden in Federal Way. Topic: Growing Rhododendrons in the Pacific Northwest. Atsuko will introduce many easy to grow species and choice hybrid rhododendrons for the PNW gardeners in this lecture as well as rhododendron cultivation tips and how to make them thrive in your garden. This will include how to plant, fertilize, prune, as well as pest and disease control.
September 10, 2022  Speaker: Lory Armitage, Master Gardener. Topic: Planting and Growing Garlic. Lory will talk about what to plant, how to plant and care for, how and when to harvest, and how to care for and store this amazing plant.
** September 17, 2022  Speaker: Colleen Donahue, Master Gardener. Topic: Saving Seeds for Our Future. Learn the essentials of saving flower and vegetable seeds. Saving seeds is a rewarding activity that helps preserve biodiversity, reduce gardeners’ dependence on commercial seed supplies, and increase the bounty you can grow in your own garden. Colleen is an enthusiastic seed saver with years of experience that she loves to share with gardeners who wish to become their own DIY seed savers.
September 24. 2022 Speaker: Laura Watson, Master Gardener. Topic: Great Understory Plants for the Pacific Northwest. Learn about Laura’s top ten choices for great understory trees for your garden.  Handout for this presentation.

Updated September 28, 2022




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