Dates and times are subject to change. Call ahead to confirm. Dec. 2-8 Events Garden d'Lights THROUGH DEC. 31 Thousands of lights are used...

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Dec. 2-8


Garden d’Lights

THROUGH DEC.31 Thousands of lights are used to create botanical displays, 5-9:30 p.m. daily, Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; free (425-452-2750 or

Volunteer Park Conservatory

THUR Historic nighttime opening of the illuminated plant displays at Volunteer Park Conservatory during after-hours, 5-8 p.m., Volunteer Park Conservatory, 1400 E. Galer St., Seattle; free (206-322-4112 or


Rose care

Master Gardener Don Morrow discusses proper care methods for roses in a safe and nontoxic way, 9:30 a.m., Highlands Neighborhood Center, 800 Edmonds Ave. N.E., Renton; free (425-430-7396).

Christmas throughout the house

TODAY Ideas for creating Christmas floral designs for your home, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Floral Design Institute, 911 Western Ave. Ste. 575, Seattle; $195 (registration: 206-749-9464 or

Christmas wreath workshop

TODAY Decorate your own fresh holiday wreath. Register by today, 10 a.m.-noon, Classic Nursery and Landscaping, 12526 Avondale Road N.E., Redmond; $30 (425-885-5678).

Designer wreaths

TODAY Use traditional greens and woodland finds to make a designer wreath, 1 p.m., Magnolia Garden Center, 3213 W. Smith, Seattle; free (reservations: 206-284-1161).

The art of fresh wreath-making

TODAY Hands-on class in making wreaths out of fresh and natural plant materials, 10 a.m., Rosedale Gardens, 7311 Rosedale St., N.W., Gig Harbor; $10 (253-851-7333).

Kids’ workshop

TODAY-SUN Bring your children to decorate mini-trees using provided decorations or bring your own decorations, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today and Sunday, Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave, N.W., Seattle; free (206-782-2543).

Christmas floral design nouveau

TUE Explore new and innovative Christmas floral designs that go beyond traditional, 1-3 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m., Floral Design Institute, 911 Western Ave. Ste. 575, Seattle; $55 (registration: 206-749-9464 or

Naturescaping workshop

TUE-WED Learn how to design a manageable landscape for home lawns that reduce time spent on lawn care, and other tips. Class sponsored by King County and Seattle Public Utilities, 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Viewlands Elementary School, 10525 Third Ave. N.W., Seattle; 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, Beaver Lake Lodge, 25101 S.E. 24th St., Sammamish; free (206-382-4162).


Greens Galore

TODAY Handmade wreaths, freshly cut greens, gifts, crafts and more for holiday decorations, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Washington Park Arboretum Graham Visitor’s Center, 2300 Arboretum Drive E., Seattle (206-325-4510 or ).



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

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


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

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)

Campus Garden

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

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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