Dates and times are subject to change. Call ahead to confirm. Dec. 9-15 Events Garden d'Lights THROUGH DEC. 31 Annual holiday event, featuring...

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Dec. 9-15


Garden d’Lights

THROUGH DEC. 31 Annual holiday event, featuring thousands of lights used to create botanical displays, 5-9:30 p.m. daily, Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; free (425-452-2750).

Art Under $100 Show

TODAY Show includes artists specializing in garden art, 4-10 p.m., South Park Arts, 8201 10th Ave. S., Seattle; free (206-763-6201).


Holiday wreaths

ONGOING Make your own holiday wreaths using Swanson’s machines. Appointments suggested, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday, Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (206-782-2543 or

Winter gardening

TODAY Learn what plants bloom in the winter, how to choose trees with interesting bark and what plants will help keep your garden from looking bare, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Discover U, 2150 N. 107th St. Ste. B52, Seattle; $44 (206-365-0400 or

Alternatives to lawn and garden chemicals

TODAY Learn basic yard maintenance without the use of chemicals and extra costs or work, 9:30 a.m., Highlands Neighborhood Center, 800 Edmonds Ave. N.E., Renton; free (425-430-7396).

Tool-sharpening-and-pruning workshop

TODAY Seattle Tree Fruit Society potluck lunch with workshop on sharpening garden tools and discussing winter-pruning techniques, Noon-2:30 p.m., Carkeek Park, 950 N.W. Carkeek Park Road, Seattle; free (206-782-7352).

Northwest Perennial Alliance

SUN Learn hands-on perennial care. Bring your own hand tools, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Bellevue Botanical Gardens, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; free (425-647-6004).

Go batty for native bats

WED Learn how bats can benefit your garden in a class sponsored by the Washington State University/King County Extension program, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Sammamish Valley Grange Hall, 14654 148th Ave. N.E., Woodinville; free (206-205-3130).


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

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)

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

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 groups (206-684-4743 or

Kubota Garden

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

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).

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