Dates and times are subject to change. Call ahead to confirm. Nov. 4-10 Events Orchid show and sale TODAY-SUN The largest orchid show and...

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Nov. 4-10

Events

Orchid show and sale

TODAY-SUN The largest orchid show and sale in the Northwest, presented by the Northwest Orchid Society, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Center Olympic Room, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $3 suggested donation (206-781-5805).

Soaring Dragon Celebration

SUN Benefit for the Seattle Chinese Garden with a champagne dinner and live auction of travel, art and culture-related objects, 4-8 p.m.,Bell Harbor International Conference Center, Pier 66, Seattle; $150 (206-282-8040).

Classes

Container design

TODAY Winter-container design demonstrations and discussions, 11 a.m., Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (206-782-2543, ext. 238, or www.swansonsnursery.com).

The Off-Season Garden

TODAY Learn gardening tips for year-round interest, 11 a.m., Emery’s Garden, 2829 164th St. S.W., Lynnwood; free (425-743-4555 or www.emerysgarden.com).

Caring for holiday plants

SUN Learn how to keep poinsettias and other holiday plants healthy and in great shape, 11 a.m., Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (206-782-2543, ext. 238, or www.swansonsnursery.com).

Tours

Arboretum

ONGOING Guided walks of the Washington Park Arboretum led by trained volunteers to highlight the plant collections, seasonal beauty and history of the arboretum, 1 p.m. first and third Sundays, Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Drive E., Seattle; free (206-543-8800 or www.wparboretum.org).

Ongoing

Washington Park Arboretum

TUE, WED Sale of donated plants, 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays throughout the year, areas near the Graham Visitors Center, 2300 Arboretum Drive E., Seattle (206-325-4510 and www.arboretumfoundation.org)

Elisabeth C. Miller Library

MON-SAT 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, tours available 7 p.m. first Mondays, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St., Seattle; free (206-543-0415 or www.millerlibrary.org).

Bloedel Reserve

WED-SUN 150-acre estate includes 84 acres of forest, Japanese garden, waterfall, azaleas and a visitor center, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday with admission by reservation only; 7571 N.E. Dolphin Drive, Bainbridge Island; $6-$10 (206-842-7631 or www.bloedelreserve.org).

Lakewold Gardens

WED-SUN 10-acre estate offers self-guided walking tour of rose, woodland and rhododendron gardens, waterfall, statuary and architecture by Thomas Church; garden store; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 1 through March 31, 12317 Gravelly Lake Drive S.W., Lakewood, Pierce County; $3-$5 (253-584-4106 or www.lakewold.org).

Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection

SAT-WED Guided tours, noon Sundays, other days by appointment, self-guided tours during regular hours, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays-Wednesdays, Weyerhaeuser campus, 33663 Weyerhaeuser Way S., Federal Way; free (253-924-3153 or www.weyerhaeuser.com/bonsai).

Rhododendron Species

Botanical Garden

SAT-WED 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. Saturdays-Wednesdays, Weyerhaeuser campus, 2525 S. 336th St., Federal Way; $2.50-$3.50 (253-661-9377 or www.rhodygarden.org).

Seattle Japanese Garden

DAILY 3-½-acre garden designed and constructed in 1960 under the direction of Japanese-garden designer Juki Iida; complimentary tours, 12:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, hours: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. daily, Washington Park Arboretum, 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E., Seattle; $3-$5 (206-684-4725)

Campus Garden

DAILY Medicinal herb garden and reflexology path, open 24/7, Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive N.E., Kenmore; free (425-602-3370).

Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden

DAILY 3-acre cottage-style garden featuring perennials, flowering shrubs and trees, with a stream and pond; private guided tours available, open daylight hours daily, North SeaTac Community Center, 13735 24th Ave. S., SeaTac; free (206-391-4003 or www.highlinegarden.org).

South Seattle Community College Arboretum

DAILY 6-acre garden maintained in part by Landscape Horticulture students, with a rose garden and a collection of rare dwarf conifers, dawn-dusk daily, 6000 16th Ave. S.W., Seattle; free (206-764-5396 or dept.seattlecolleges.com/arboretum).

Bellevue Botanical Garden

DAILY Diverse perennial borders, Japanese, alpine, water-wise and ground-cover gardens, with trails through woodlands and wetlands, open dawn-dusk daily, visitors center open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, docent-led tours, by appointment, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; free (425-451-3755 or www.bellevuebotanical.org).

Volunteer Park Conservatory

DAILY Rooms are kept between 72 and 80 degrees to suit the exotic bromeliads, palms, ferns and orchids, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, docent-led tours, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesdays Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, call two weeks in advance to schedule, 400 E. Galer St., Seattle; free admission and docent-led tours, $25 per group and free for k-12 student groups (206-684-4743 or www.volunteerparkconservatory.org).

Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens

DAILY 10-acre garden and a 43-acre woodland preserve with trails; schedule guided tours in advance, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, 3531 S. Meerkerk Lane, Greenbank, Whidbey Island; $5 (360-678-1912 or www.meerkerkgardens.org).

Kubota Garden

DAILY Open daylight hours, 55th Avenue South and Renton Avenue South, south entrance, Seattle; free (206-725-5060 and www.kubota.org).

Parsons Garden

DAILY Seattle park, formerly a family garden, dawn to dusk daily, Seventh Avenue West and West Highland Drive, Seattle; free (206-684-4075).

Carl S. English Jr. Garden

DAILY Ornamental garden featuring a collection of exotic trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants, 6 a.m.-9 p.m. daily, Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, Lake Washington Ship Canal, Seattle; free (206-783-7001).

Work parties/volunteers

Arboretum tour guides

ONGOING Volunteers needed to lead adult and student tours and to provide visitor information. Training provided (information: 206-543-8801).

Seattle Tilth Programs

ONGOING Naturalist training to lead Earth Steward Garden Tours of the Children’s Garden, and garden volunteer programs to help plant and maintain seasonal organic gardening displays, ongoing training, Seattle Tilth, Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N., Seattle; free (information: 206-633-0451, ext. 2 or www.seattletilth.org).

Leschi Natural Area

SAT 9 a.m.-3 p.m. first Saturdays, 36th Avenue and East Terrace Street, Seattle (206-322-7648).

Lake Wilderness Arboretum

THU, SAT 40-acre arboretum managed and run by volunteers holds outdoor volunteers days, 9 a.m.-noon Thursdays and the first Saturday of the month, Lake Wilderness Arboretum Nursery, 22520 S.E. 248th St., Maple Valley (425-413-2572 or www.lakewildernessarboretum.org).

Volunteer Chore Services

DAILY Help low-income elderly or adults with disabilities throughout King County with gardening or yard work, choose day/time/location (888-649-6850).

Lakewold Gardens Estate

DAILY Flexible work schedule, 12317 Gravelly Lake Drive S.W., Lakewood, Pierce County (Amanda Bowens: 888-858-4106).

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

DAILY Flexible work schedule, 2525 S. 336th St., Federal Way (253-838-4646 or www.rhodygarden.org).

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