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community photoSECRET GARDEN
It's time for the garden to grow up. for those of us looking to create cozy outdoor spaces within an expansive yard, taking advantage of our garden's vastly available airspace will maximize green space, establish distinct yet comfortable open-air "rooms" and allow a creative touch.
By Katie Vincent

Easy Way Up
Likely the easiest way to take advantage of your garden's vertical space is to plant flowers and fruits that love to climb. All you'll need is a fence, trellis, arbor or other structure for the vines to wrap their tendrils around.

For quick color, try bright annuals like the golden black-eyed susan vine the brilliant purple morning glory called Grandpa Ott's, the red-lipped tubes of the Chilean glory vine, or the classic, ever-fragrant sweet pea.

If you'd prefer an edible landscape, opt for climbing fruits and vegetables, such as pole beans, peas, cucumbers, Malabar spinach, kiwis, grapes and vining cultivars of squash. Bean "teepees" are a fun backyard addition for kids, who will want to hang out inside and munch on healthy beans all summer long!

To establish a longer lasting swath of greenery, look for perennial climbers. Clematis, akebia, honeysuckle, China blue vine and ornamental hops are all beautiful, varied and straightforward, hardy vines for gardeners of all experience levels.

The Walls Are Alive
To graduate to the next level of vertical gardening, gardeners should embrace the "living wall" concept: find creative ways to slather chlorophyll upon pre-existing walls, furniture or other barriers.

One simple method is to drill holes in the bottom of small containers or buckets and attach them to a wall. A wide variety of wall-mounted pots are also available at most garden centers, some even textured to look like terra cotta.

For more clandestine planters, look for Woolly Pockets. Made of felt and lined with a moisture barrier, these aptly named containers work indoors and outdoors and, when planted en masse, can disappear to create the illusion of a green wall.

Plenty of nifty options exist if you are willing to search for classy furnishings to repurpose. Reused furniture pallets have proved extremely popular as planters in the outdoor-living scene thanks to their decorative flexibility and rustic style. Other possibilities include closet shoe organizers, picture frames, dressers and desks with cubbies, all of which can be transformed into plant homes with some chicken wire, moss, potting soil and irrigation smarts.

Into Thin Air
Step into the next dimension of outdoor design with string gardens, and suspend your herbage from great heights. When spaced out and strung at varying heights, these hanging gardens create a chic, airy partition with unique flair.

Plenty of ingenious ideas are out there for you to adapt. Consider the emerging kokedama trend—a form of bonsai where the roots are rinsed, surrounded in mud, wrapped in moss and shaped into a ball—popularized by Dutch botanist Fedor Van der Valk, whose creations have graced the pages of fashion magazines worldwide.

When designing a string garden, however, do remember that the plants will require access to water. Try to keep them hung at a reachable level or, in the case of kokedama, be sure you can easily remove them to soak them in a tub of water when necessary.

From repurposed furniture to string gardens, there's an accessible and beautiful way for all herbage to realize its "upward" potential.

Vining Plant Ideas
For Full Sun : Mandevilla, climbing rose, wisteria, honeysuckle, hardy kiwi, ivy, grapes, passionflower, Spanish flag, cucumbers, gourds
For Partial Sun: Clematis, sweet peas, star jasmine, edible peas, nasturtiums, purple bell vine
For Shade: China blue vine, climbing hydrangea, variegated , wintercreeper , (Euonymus fortunei Harlequin)

-Katie Vincent is a Seattle-based freelance writer specializing in outdoor living, wellness, travel and sustainable gardening.

community photoSPRING LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
Team Walling vs. Team Bacon
Final: 101-94

The 2013 Spring Members Draft League Championship was a hard-fought battle in which team captain Tony Bacon was on fire! He scorched the defense for 54 points, but was unable to match Team Walling's balanced attack lead by Thomas Buck (23 points), Victor Sviridyuk (30 points) and Kalin Walling (34 points).

Thanks to all 50 members who participated and enjoyed another successful season of BC Hoops!
From left to right: Kalin Walling, Conor Hansen, Matt Robinson, Thomas Buck, Victor Sviridyuk, Steve Savard, Steven Huber (not pictured)


employee spotlight photoEMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT

Employee: Allyson Marrs
Position: Communications Editor/Editor of REFLECTIONS

Worked at the BC for: 2 years
Favorite part about my job: Having the opportunity to research a variety of topics every month and use my creativity to turn them into stories.
Favorite hobbies: Reading, watching movies, baking, traveling and yes, writing!
Three words to describe me: Honest, driven and goofy.
Siblings: I have an older brother, older sister and a wonderful sister-in-law.
Favorite food: Thai, burritos and chocolate. Not eaten together!
Favorite movie: I've probably seen "The Mummy" more than any other movie.
I would never: opt to save a spider's life. There is no "taking it back outside."
I just can't live without: my mama, books and movies.
An item on my bucket list: Learn American Sign Language.
Favorite place in the world: For beauty, Dubrovnik, Croatia. For memories, my alma mater, University of Oregon. Go Ducks!
Best memory made at the Club: All of the birthday and anniversary celebrations in the Communications Department. Someone will bring in doughnuts or homemade treats, and we'll just enjoy each other's company and celebrate the special occasion.

In the Cards
Membership Card Reminder
In order to protect the Bellevue Club’s private membership status, every member who enters the Club must have his or her membership card swiped by a staff member.

Although most members become familiar faces around the Club, the card scanning policy helps stop unauthorized use by nonmembers and members who have been suspended or left the Club. Also, the use of membership cards creates a more efficient entrance environment, in contrast to manually entering each member into the computer.

For those with lost or missing cards, be sure to tell the Athletic Entrance representative so they can order you a new card. We completely understand that you may occasionally forget or misplace your membership card. However, any member who refuses to comply with our card-scanning policy will be subject to disciplinary actions.

Be Our Guest:
Guest check-in procedures
Guests are always welcome at the Bellevue Club. We encourage members to bring a guest for the day to enjoy use of the facility. All guests that are brought to the Club shall abide by the Rules and Regulations of the Bellevue Club. This includes checking in. To ensure that guests are eligible to use the facility, we ask that all members abide by the following rules:

• The same guest may visit the Bellevue Club once per month, but not to exceed two visits within a six-month period. The Bellevue Club does offer multi-day and weekly passes through Membership Services.
• The sponsoring member must be present with the guest upon check-in. The only exception is with special passes or arrangements made in advance through Membership Services.
• All guests must fill out a Guest Registration Form, which is to be signed by both the member and guest.
• All guests are subject to pay a guest fee upon check-in. The fee is $16 for an adult and $8 for a junior.

All the News that's Fit to Blog
Bellevue Club launches blog and Twitter
There’s officially a new blog on the block. The Bellevue Club recently launched a new media outlet with all the latest information and member news on the Eastside at www.bellevueclub.com/blog.

Created as a place for members to stay connected to the Bellevue Club community, the new blog is focused on posting timely stories and announcements about member and Club happenings. Along with member news, also look for fitness tips, recipes, social events and class updates.

If you or somebody you know is hosting a charity event or you recently won an award, the Bellevue Club Blog wants to hear about it. Send all interesting news items and tidbits to reflections@bellevueclub.com.

In addition to a shiny new blog, the Bellevue Club is also on Twitter. Follow the Club at www.twitter.com/BellevueClub to get last-minute class openings or cancellations, parking alerts, special offers and weather-related announcements, as well as information about community events in Bellevue.

Nominate a Member for a Profile
Do you know any members who have special talents or athletic abilities, unique hobbies, far-flung travels or interesting careers, volunteer or charity work? We are looking for members to feature for profiles in future issues of REFLECTIONS, and we’d love to hear from you. Call 688-3162 or e-mail reflections@bellevueclub.com with your nomination.

Sign Up for E-Mail Alerts
Bellevue Club members can now sign up to receive e-mail alerts about the latest fitness classes, social events, construction updates, restaurant specials and more. Visit https://members.bellevueclub.com and click on “Subscribe to E-mail Alerts.” From this screen you can sign up to receive specific e-mail alerts about various departments at the Club. Tailor individual alerts to exactly what you want to know about at the Club, from last-minute tennis court openings to promotions at the Spa. Receive only the information you requested, and unsubscribe or change alerts at any time. If you have questions about
e-mail alerts, contact the web coordinator at 688-3293 or e-mail webcoordinator@bellevueclub.com.

See What’s Happening ‘This Week’
Stay up to date on the latest construction news, classes and happenings at the Bellevue Club with the new “This Week at the Club” page at www.bellevueclub.com/thisweek. The link will provide information about special events, current specials, promotions and sales around the club, upcoming events, construction updates, parking alerts, membership information and more.

Use Automatic Deduction to Pay your Club Bill
The Club accepts automatic deductions from your checking or savings account as a convenient, dependable and safe way to make your monthly Club payment.

To sign up for our automatic deduction program, pick up an Authorization Agreement form at Membership Services and return it with a voided check or preprinted savings withdrawal slip.

Once you drop off the completed form, we’ll withdraw your payment directly from your checking or savings account. Automatic deduction payments are made on the 15th of the month and will be reflected on your bank statement. We will continue to send you a monthly Club statement of activity for your review. For more information, please call Membership Services at 688-3221.

Parking Lot Theft Alert
There have been a number of automobile break-ins at the Club due to valuables being left unattended in cars. To reduce the possibility of this happening to you, please never leave valuables—or for that matter, anything—in your car. Do not hide items in your car, either. We have extended security’s presence in the parking lot as well as having the Bellevue Police provide random surveillance throughout the day and evening.

If you observe any unusual activity, please report it to the Athletic Desk immediately.

Locker Room Reminder
Please note that all members under 16 years of age are required to use the Family/Children’s locker rooms. Opposite sex children under 6 years of age are permitted in the boys or girls locker rooms when accompanied by an adult. Please be aware that adults do use these locker rooms. If you are uncomfortable for any reason please contact the Athletic Desk and we will arrange for a staff person to assist your child.

Club Employment Not Available for Members
Please remember that the Bellevue Club does not employ Club members, including Junior and Intermediate classifications. We appreciate your understanding and hope you will continue to enjoy all the activities available at the Club.

Child Care and Kids’ Camp Sick Policy
Please do not bring your sick child to the Child Care Center or Kids’ Camp. This includes a child with a cold, runny nose, cough or fever. We ask that you respect this rule for the protection of other children and our staff.

Reminder for Parents Regarding Junior Members
Summers are a busy time and we have many youngsters in the Club every day taking classes and camps. Please remind your children of the following junior member rules to make time in the Club more pleasant for everyone.
• Junior members shall use the Athletic Entrance upon entering and exiting the Club except when accompanied by a parent for dining purposes or when attending a social function.
• Junior members under 12 years of age shall be accompanied by a parent while in the Club unless participating in a supervised class/activity or open swim.
• Junior members 12 years of age and older are allowed to bring a guest without having their parents present. A membership card or identification must be presented at the Athletic Entrance.
• Junior members 16 years of age and older may use the adult locker rooms. All other junior members shall use the children’s locker rooms.
• Junior members are not permitted in Polaris restaurant, Cosmos, the ballroom or conference rooms, or hotel guest areas unless accompanied by a parent or while attending a supervised class/activity.
• The Junior Activity Lounge is provided for junior members. No rowdiness or foul language is allowed.
• Junior members shall use the Athletic Entrance upon entering and exiting the Club except when accompanied by a parent for dining purposes or when attending a social function.
• Junior members under 12 years of age shall be accompanied by a parent while in the Club unless participating in a supervised class/activity or open swim.
• Junior members 12 years of age and older are allowed to bring a guest without having their parents present. A membership card or identification must be presented at the Athletic Entrance.
• Junior members 16 years of age and older may use the adult locker rooms. All other junior members shall use the children’s locker rooms.
• Junior members are not permitted in Polaris restaurant, Cosmos, the ballroom or conference rooms, or hotel guest areas unless accompanied by a parent or while attending a supervised class/activity.


 


 
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