What’s Happening in December

What’s Happening in December

Be sure to reserve your tickets in advance to the BBG's Garden d'Lights this year

Now through – January 1
5 – 10 pm daily
Garden d’Lights
The enormously popular Garden d’Lights festival features over half a million lights which transform the Bellevue Botanical Garden into a blossoming winter wonderland. Inspired by plants found in Northwest gardens and gardens around the world, hundreds of volunteers have been busy making new creations. A new Tortoise will join the list of over 30 “critters” including Charlotte in her web and Willie the Slug. You won’t want to miss the “Aquarium in Lights” in the Visitors’ Center with the pulsing jellyfish and our own octopus, or the gorgeous pond and border display on the main lawn. The new route through the garden will be enhanced with a flowing river in lights and 2 waterfalls. This year will be an exciting adventure for all ages. Plan now to attend!
Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA
Recorded information line: 425-451-6844
Every December, over 150,000 people enjoy this dazzling display, and many of them want to come at the same time! PLAN AHEAD! Advanced ticket purchase is required this year. $5 per person; children under 10 FREE. For more information, to purchase tickets and to find out how to enter free, visit the Garden d’Lights website: http://nwf.gs/cVddaN


December 2 – January 29, 2011
“From the Ground Up” Horticulture Quilt Art Exhibition
Artists Reception Thursday, December 2
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Cheer up on a gray winter day with the color artistic expressions of a horticulture quilting exhibition from the Contemporary QuiltArt Association. More than 30 botany-inspired quilts will be on display at the Miller Horticulture Library. Quilts depict many plan varieties, such as skunk cabbage and clematis along with the changing of the seasons and the life cycle of a plant. Free.
Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle
For more information: http://nwf.gs/heBKD8


Thursday, December 2
Green Holidays Idea Workshop
Tom Watson
King County’s “EcoConsumer”
King County’s Tom Watson, the EcoConsumer columnist for the Seattle Times, and a regular purveyor of green tips pon local radio and TV, will share fun, innovative, money-saving ideas for ways to make your holidays greener, including homemade gifts you can make (with your kids or on your own) that people will actually be happy to receive; festive no-waster holiday wrapping and cards that don’t cost anything to make, and creative ways to find and use local foods.
Kingsgate Library
12315 NE 143rd St., Kirkland, WA 98034
For more information: 425-821-7568



The Arboretum Foundation’s “Greens Galore” will have a wide assortment of greens for making holiday wreaths

Saturday, December 11
Sunday, December 12
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Annual Gifts & Green Galore Holiday Sale
Outstanding collections of greens, wreaths and swags for your holiday decorating, along with gifts and wrapping, seasonal refreshments, live seasonal music, free hot drinks, free Arboretum tours (especially the famous Witt Winter garden) and more! Free.
Arboretum Foundation
Graham Visitors Center
2300 Arboretum Drive East, Seattle, WA
For more information:  http://nwf.gs/hzszEE
Phone: 206-325-4510


Everyone at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show wishes you a wonderful and joyous holiday season. Be sure to bookmark The Garden Show Blog for more information about the show gardens, container gardens, the Garden Resource Center, our show speakers, special events and our Tweetup! Coming soon! – Janet

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