Here’s What’s Happening in August

Here’s What’s Happening in August

Tuesday, August 2
7:00 pm
BBGS Annual Trillium Celebration
“Adventures and Words of Wisdom When Plant Hunting in SW China”
Kelly Dodson & Sue Milliken
Join plant geeks extraordinaire Kelly Dodson and Sue Milliken, owners of Far Reaches Farm in Poulsbo, for a lively talk. Hosted wine and cheese tasting; dessert, coffee & champagne toast. This event is NOT at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, but is in the Factoria area, just off Richards Road near I-90.
Reservations required; door prizes.
Bellevue Botanical Garden Society
12700 SE 32nd Street, Bellevue, WA
Members: Free; non-members $30.
Visit the BBG website for reservations and directions, or call 425-452-4216.


Saturday, August 6
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
“Music in the Garden”
Bellevue Botanical Garden Society
Pack a picnic dinner and a blanket to spread on the lawn for a special night of family entertainment and music in the Garden. The Fabulous Roadstars will provide excellent Dixieland music for your enjoyment. Genii Blue the Clown will entertain the kids. No alcoholic beverages and no pets, please. Parking is limited, so please consider carpooling. Open to the public.
Admission is free; donations encouraged.
Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA
Visit the BBG website or call 425-451-3755.


Sunday, August 7
1:00 pm
“Roses and Clematis as Ornamental Shrubs”
Linda Beutler
Rose devotee and clematis worshipper Linda Beutler has asked to share her knowledge about two plants she truly loves. First, she will talk about roses – with their hips, bark and foliage – as ornamental shrubs. From years of experience, she knows that if you make the right selections (and there are tens of thousands to choose from), you “can” have roses that provide interest for more than just the flowering season, like any other good ornamental shrub. Linda will share her criteria for picking the roses that work best in organically grown mixed shrub and herbaceous perennial gardens. And Linda says, believe it or not, there are also clematis which can be grown as ornamental shrubs. Since they tend to bloom during the dog days of late July and August (when most other clematis are napping in anticipation of their autumn rebloom), this is the perfect time to get acquainted with them.
Free and open to the public; no registration required.
Joy Creek Nursery
20300 NW Watson Road, Scappose, Oregon 97056
Visit the Joy Creek Nursery website for more information or call 503-543-7474.


Thursday, August 11
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
“Midsummer’s Eve”
A Party in the Gardens at the Bloedel Reserve
Wonderful things await guests at the Midsummer’s Eve garden party: A feast of small bites and heavenly pairings of wines and ales from our wonderful event partners  – more than 25 restaurants, wineries and breweries; an array of delicious desserts, served during a festive short program; Three amazing live auction items, including one never-before offered opportunity; a unique selection of delightful silent auction items; a raffle an terrific prize; and as twilight falls, linger on our lovely lawn for music (and dancing?).
Individual tickets: $125
Call 206-842-7631 for information about the benefits of table sponsorship.
To purchase tickets go to Brown Paper Tickets.
Bloedel Reserve
7571 Northeast Dolphin Drive, Bainbridge Isle, WA 98110
Visit the Bloedel Reserve website for more information.


Saturday, August 13 & Sunday, August 14
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Fronderosa Frolic
Once again horticulture devotees will be gathering in the woods to celebrate plants and gardening. The Fronderosa Frolic has become a happening event every August. Started by Judith Jones, owner of Fancy Fronds Nursery, it’s a festival of plants, both rare and common, but all invaluable for Northwest gardens, blended together with garden art and the wit and wisdom of some of the Northwest’s premier specialty growers. You will discover plants that are not available at any of the big box stores, and talk to the experts who grow them, including carnivorous plants, species Rhododendrons, plants from China, New Zealand and South Africa, and many must-have perennials. There are also some artists and gardening accessories selling hand-blown glass, sculpture, twig furniture, concrete art and much more.
Free and open to the public.
Fancy Fronds Nursery
Gold Bar, WA
Visit the Fancy Fronds website for more information, a vendor list and for driving directions.


Tuesday, August 16
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Shakespeare in the Park
“As You Like it”
Bellevue Youth Theater
Love, exile and passion flow in the Shakespeare work, “As You Like It.” This piece will be presented in an hour format. Come enjoy Shakespeare this summer in the best of Bellevue places. This event is free and presented by The Bellevue Youth Theatre Foundation.
Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98005
Visit the BBG website for more information or call 425-452-6826.


Thursday, August 18
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
“Seattle Children’s PlayGarden”
Wendy Welch
Wendy Welch, garden designer for the Seattle Children’s PlayGarden, will give a presentation illustrating the challenging design process for the ecologically designed garden for children of all abilities. Wendy will lead a tour of the garden that includes a butterfly garden, farm with chickens and bunnies, vegetable garden, water wise garden, and much more.
Members $25; Non-members $35.00; limit 15
Northwest Horticultural Society
Seattle Children’s PlayGarden
1745 – 24th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98144
Visit the NHS website for more information or call 206-780-8172.


Saturday, August 20
Garden Conservancy Open Days
Olympia, WA Area
Visit six of the south Puget Sound region’s most celebrated gardens that include features such as waterwise gardening, a rain garden, a massive Koi pond with hundreds of Koi, a Certified Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary, a garden with over 4,000 plants, gurgling waterfalls, a grape arbour, and an Asian-inspired, Northwest fusion garden. Unlike pre-programmed garden tours, Open Days garden tours are self-guided and flexible. You can shape your itinerary and set the pace to suit your interests. Information for a limited number of gardens (those whose owners agree to be online) is also available on their website. Open Days are rain or shine events and no reservations are required.
Admission to each private garden is $5 per person (cash or check); children 12 and under free.
Visit the Garden Conservancy website for more information about discounted tickets or to order a 2011 Open Days Directory.


Saturday, August 20
Sunday, August 21
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Eastside Fuchsia Society Plant Show and Sale
Featuring a great selection of plants from Eastside gardeners.
Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98005
Visit the BBG website for more information or call 425-452-2750.


Friday, August 26
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Saturday, August 27 & Sunday, August 28
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
“Art in the Garden”
Bellevue Botanical Garden Society

The second annual “Art in the Garden” features 30 artists this year and added a half-day on Friday! This beautiful exhibit is produced by Bellevue Botanical Garden Society and Gallery by the Bay. Sculptures and garden art by thirty outstanding Northwest artists will grace the gardens, each in its own private space. From the serious and simplistic to the whimsical and elaborate, exhibits will include works in metal, wood, blown and fused glass, bronze and other outdoor-appropriate materials. A number of artists will be on hand to discuss their work; a percentage of all sales will be donated to support Garden projects.
Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98005
Visit the BBG website for more information or call 425-451-3755.



Friday, September 23
5:30 pm
“Alice in Gardenland”
BBGS 2011 Gala Auction
The event of the season – cocktails, silent auction, dinner and live auction with famed auctioneer John Curley and his trusted sidekick, Jim Dever, from “Evening Magazine” fame. Watch the BBG website as more information is available – including the many fabulous auctions items perfect for gardening enthusiasts.
Tickets $110 per person
Bellevue Botanical Garden Society
Harbor Club

777 108th Ave. NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
Visit the BBG website for more information and to purchase tickets.


Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Seattle Children’s PlayGarden
Give & Grow Luncheon!
There is no charge for admission. During the program, guests will learn about the PlayGarden’s mission and have the opportunity to make a donation to help more children benefit from our inclusive recreational and therapeutic programs. To ensure that as many supporters as possible can attend our most important fundraiser of the year, we are pleased to announce a new date and location for our Give & Grow Luncheon. We hope you will join us to learn how your support will enhance the lives of children with special needs in our community. Would you consider being a Table Captain and/or Sponsor of the luncheon?
Seattle Children’s PlayGarden
The Four Seasons Hotel
99 Union Street, Seattle, WA 98101
Visit the Seattle Children’s PlayGarden website for more information or call 206-227-5458.


Let’s hope “summer” sticks around for more than three days for these great August events in the Pacific Northwest.  Before we know it, fall will have arrived and with it, the rainy season. Huh? It seems like the “rainy season” never left, but look at it this way – at least we don’t have to water so often. And, there are only 197 days until the opening of the 2012 Northwest Flower & Garden Show! There’s always a silver lining somewhere.~ Janet

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