Dates and times are subject to change. Call ahead to confirm. Sept. 16-22 Events Community Kids' Day TODAY Educational garden activities...

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Sept. 16-22


Community Kids’ Day

TODAY Educational garden activities for kids with proceeds and toy donations benefiting the Toy Rescue Mission, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Lakewold Gardens,12317GravellyLakeDriveS.W., Lakewood; $1 or toy donation (253-584-4106).

Ikebana exhibit

TODAY-SUN Japanese flower arrangements by the Ikenbono Lake Washington Chapter, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. today and 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Kirkland Library, 308 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland; free (425-803-3268).

Respect for Elders — Keiro no Hi

MON Celebrate this Japanese national holiday for elders with a mini tour of the garden, cultural dances, sumi painting and other activities, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Seattle Japanese Garden, 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E., Seattle; $3-$5, visitors age 65 and older free (206-684-4725).


Living wreath

TODAY Learn the techniques for creating a living wreath to hang on a wall, fence or garden gate, 10 a.m., Magnolia Garden Center, 3213 W. Smith St., Seattle; free (reservations: 206-284-1161).

Gardening with children

TODAY Captivate children and instill a love of plants and gardening from an early age, 1 p.m., Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (206-782-2543).

Container veggie gardening

TODAY Begin and maintain an edible container garden in your apartment or condo, 10 a.m.-noon, Cascade Park, 333 Pontius Ave. N., Seattle; free (registration: 206-633-0451, ext. 1)

Autumn pond care

TODAY Learn how to prepare pond equipment, plants and fish for the cooler weather, 11 a.m., Sky Nursery, 18528 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline; free (206-546-4851).

Topiary In and Out of the Garden

TODAY Discussion of classic garden uses, shapes and the best plant materials for topiary, 10 a.m.-noon, Clear Creek Nursery, 11688 Clear Creek Road, Silverdale, Kitsap County; $10 (360-308-8210).

Winter ornamentals

TODAY King County Master Gardener Foundation Talk series presents a talk on winter ornamentals, 10:30 a.m., Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, 15500 S.E. 16th St., Bellevue; free (425-485-5942).

Sedums and succulents

TODAY Discussion of care, planting and design tips of upright and trailing sedums and hardy succulents, 10:30 a.m., Squak Mountain. Greenhouses and Nursery, 7600 Renton-Issaquah Road S.E., Issaquah; free (425-392-1025).

Arranging Autumn Flowers in a Vase

THU Arrange a variety of autumn blossoms and fall foliages using the classic French weave technique, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Floral Design Institute, 911 Western Ave., Suite 575, Seattle; $45 (registration: 206-749-9464).


Backyard Greenhouse

TODAY-SUN Organically grown fall veggies, herbs and perennials, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Backyard Greenhouse, 7939 28th Ave. S.W., Seattle (206-938-1744).

Seattle Audubon annual fall plant sale

TODAY Featuring local growers such as Botanica, Day Creek Nursery, Tadpole Haven Nursery and Madrona Nursery, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Seattle Audubon Center, 8050 35th Ave. N.E., Seattle (206-523-4483).

Annual fall plant sale

TODAY Featuring popular favorites such as orchids from Hawaii bromeliads, cactus and other exotic tropical plants, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Volunteer Park Conservatory, 1400 E. Galer St., Seattle (206-322-4112).

PlantAmnesty sale and festival

SUN Choose from a variety of plants donated by various nurseries, with proceeds benefiting PlantAmnesty, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Warren G. Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way, Seattle (206-783-9813).



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

Seattle Chinese Garden

ONGOING Ninety-minute tour includes a slide show and discussion of gardens in Chinese culture and a tour of the arboretum and Song Mei Pavilion, 10 a.m. second Saturdays, South Seattle Community College Horticulture Building, 6000 16th Ave. S.W., Seattle; free (206-282-8040, ext. 101 or

Dunn Gardens

THU-SAT Restored 1915 Olmsted Brothers-designed private garden open to the public for guided tours only, 1 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. Saturday through October, address provided with tour reservation, Seattle; $7-$10 (206-362-0933 or


Valley Rose Society

THU Members will share their favorite roses with the public, 7:30 p.m., Kent Lutheran Church, 336 S. Second Ave., Kent (253-859-1954).



TUE-THU A 3-acre private garden open for self-guided tours and call for docent-guided tours, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 430 S. Dash Point Road, Federal Way; $5 (253-529-1620 or

Washington Park Arboretum

TUE, WED 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays throughout the year, and sale of donated plants, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays and second Saturdays through October, areas near the Graham Visitors Center, 2300 Arboretum Drive E., Seattle (206-325-4510 and

Elisabeth C. Miller

Horticultural 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

Bloedel Reserve

WED-SUN The 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

Lakewold Gardens

WED-SUN The 10-acre estate offers self-guided walking tour of rose, woodland, rhododendron gardens, waterfall, statuary and architecture by Thomas Church; garden store; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, 12317 Gravelly Lake Drive S.W., Lakewood; $3-$5 (253-584-4106 or

Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection

FRI-WED Guided tours, noon Sundays, other days by appointment, self-guided tours during regular hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays-Wednesdays;, Weyerhaeuser campus, 33663 Weyerhaeuser Way S., Federal Way; free (253-924-3153 or

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 A 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.-7 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

South Seattle Community College Arboretum

DAILY The 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

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, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sundays through October and by appointment, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; free (425-451-3755 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 student groups (206-684-4743 or

Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens

DAILY A 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

Kubota Garden

DAILY Open daylight hours; docent-led tours, 10 a.m. fourth Saturday, 55th Avenue South and Renton Avenue South, south entrance, Seattle; free (206-725-5060 and

Tacoma Nature Center

DAILY Nature-education programs, hands-on exhibits, native-plant nursery and interpretive center, preserve open dawn-dusk daily, visitor center open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma; free (253-591-6439).

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

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

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).

Dunn Gardens

DAILY Opportunity to become a docent and lead garden tours, includes training, classes and garden visits, times/dates vary, garden located in Broadview, Seattle (206-362-0933 or

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

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

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