Dates and times are subject to change. Call ahead to confirm. Dec. 16 — 22 Events Garden d'Lights THROUGH DEC. 31 Annual holiday event...

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Dates and times are subject to change. Call ahead to confirm.

Dec. 16 — 22

Events

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).

Classes

Northwest Perennial Alliance

TODAY 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).

Christmas keepsake arrangement

WED Create an arrangement to treasure for years to come, 1-3 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m., Floral Design Institute, 911 Western Ave. Suite 575, Seattle; $75 (206-749-9464 or www.floraldesigninstitute.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

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)

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).

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 www.volunteerparkconservatory.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).

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