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For Dec. 22-28

Festival of Poinsettias

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ENDS FRIDAY Molbak’s annual festival, with more than 46 varieties of poinsettias on display and for sale; refreshments and live music, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. today and tomorrow, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, Molbak’s, 13625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville. 425-483-5000 or www.molbaks.com

Volunteer Park Conservatory Seasonal House

ENDS DEC. 31 Rooms are kept between 72 and 80 degrees to suit the exotic bromeliads, palms, ferns and orchids; features Christmas trees and poinsettias on display for the holidays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, seasonal display runs through Dec. 31, 1400 E. Galer, Seattle, free. (206-684-4743).

Garden d’Lights

ENDS JAN. 1 Bellevue Botanical Garden annual light festival with flower, shrub, vine and animal designs on display in different color combinations, 5-9:30 p.m. daily through Jan. 1, Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue, free. 425-451-3755 or www.bellevuebotanical.org

Wreath making

ENDS TOMORROW Bring your own greenery or purchase items from store, assistance on machines available upon request, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. today and tomorrow, Magnolia Garden Center, 3213 W. Smith St., Seattle; free use of machines. 206-284-1161.

ENDS TOMORROW Machine assistance available, bring pruners and greensor purchase from store, daily wreath-making demonstrations through tomorrow, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. today and tomorrow, Bainbridge Gardens, 9415 Miller Road N.E., Bainbridge Island; free use of machines, wreath forms start at $4. Preregister: 206-842-5888 or www.bainbridgegardens.com

ENDS TOMORROW Use seasonal greens and a wreath-making table, assistance available upon request, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today and tomorrow, Fremont Gardens, 4001 Leary Way N.W., Seattle. Preregister: 206-781-8283 or www.fremontgardens.com

ENDS FRI Machines available for individual use, bring pruners and greens from home or purchase from store, assistance available, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. today and tomorrow, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Christianson’s Nursery & Greenhouse, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon; free use of machines, wreath forms start at $5. Preregister: 360-466-3821.


Ballard farmers market

SUN European-style street market with produce and crafts, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays, 5330 Ballard Ave., Seattle, 206-781-6776 or www.ballardsundaymarket.com

Washington Park Arboretum

TUE 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, Graham Visitors Center, 2300 Arboretum Drive E., Seattle, 206-543-8800 and www.arboretumfoundation.org


Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection — Guided tours, noon Sundays, other days by appointment, self-guided tours during regular hours, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday, Weyerhaeuser campus, 33663 Weyerhaeuser Way S., Federal Way, free. 253-924-3153 or www.weyerhaeuser.com/bonsai

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden — Guided tours available for groups of 15 or more with advance registration. The 22-acre woodland garden features more than 10,000 rhododendrons, perennials, flowering trees, shrubs and ponds, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday, Weyerhaeuser campus, 2525 S. 336th St., Federal Way, $2.50-$3.50. 253-661-9377.

Tacoma Nature Center — Nature education programs, hands-on exhibits, native-plant nursery and interpretive center, visitor center open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma, free. 253-591-6439.

Parsons Garden — Seattle park, formerly a family garden, dawn to dusk daily, Seventh Avenue West and West Highland Drive, Seattle, free. 206-684-4075.

Campus Garden — Organic garden features medicinal and culinary herbs; guided tours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive N.E., Kenmore, free. 425-602-3370.

Work parties/volunteers

Volunteer Chore Services — Help low-income elderly throughout King County with gardening or yard work, choose day/time/location. 425-284-2240.

Lakewold Gardens Estate — Flexible work schedule, 12317 Gravelly Lake Drive S.W., Lakewood. Lea Mester: 888-858-4106.

Dunn Gardens — Opportunity to become a docent and lead garden tours, includes training, classes and garden visits, times/dates vary, garden located in Broadview. 206-362-0933 or www.dunngardens.org

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden — Flexible work schedule, 2525 S. 336th St., Federal Way. 253-838-4646 or www.rhodygarden.org

Leschi Natural Area — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. first Saturdays, East Terrace Street at 36th Avenue, Seattle. 206-322-7648.

Garden-calendar items can be faxed, 206-464-2239; mailed to Rebecca Taylor, Garden Calendar, Seattle Times, P.O. Box 70, Seattle, WA 98111; or e-mailed to gardencalendar@seattletimes.com. The deadline is two weeks prior to publication date.