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Bellevue Botanical Garden

12001 Main St., Bellevue, WA



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Garden d'Lights

Community Event

Garden d’Lights Frequently Asked Questions: Where: Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main Street, Bellevue, 98005. When: Saturday, November 24 – Sunday, December 30, 2018 (including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Time: 4:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (the lights go out at 9:30 p.m.). Cost: $5.00, 11 years and over; children 10 and under are free. We accept cash and major credit/debit cards. Tickets can be used on any night. Garden d’Lights Recorded Information Line: 425-452-6844. Assistance buying online tickets: Call our 24-hour answering service at 888-959-6841. Please note that this line is not for event questions or comments. If you have questions or comments about the event, please email us or call the Garden at 425-452-2750. The display is outdoors on a well-lit pathway. You can plan on walking 3/4 mile including the walk from your car. Your time will vary depending on how long you pause to enjoy this one-of-a-kind display. The average time it takes to see the lights is 30-45 minutes. We will be open, even if it rains. In the event of more severe weather, see “Weather” below.


• Sat 11/24/18 - Sun 12/30/18 at

Other Upcoming Events

Lecture: Welcome to Subirdia


John Marzluff is a nationally known Professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington, and an expert in Ornithology. Part of the joy of gardening is observing and listening to our feathered friends. In his latest book, Welcome to Subirdia: Sharing our Neighborhoods with Wrens, Robins, Woodpeckers, and Other Wildlife, Dr. Marzluff reveals that our suburbs and city parks are often remarkably rich in bird diversity and play a key role in preventing loss of species in the face of the dramatic human disruptions and impacts. His lecture will provide specific strategies everyone can use to make human environments friendlier for our natural neighbors.


• Wed 1/16/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Growing Mushrooms at Home with Tristan Woodsmith


This workshop focuses on growing gourmet mushrooms at home, both indoors and outdoors in your yard, garden or forest. We will discuss the mushroom life cycle, various substrates used for growing mushrooms, and low-tech methods for generating mycelium including spores, spawn, and stem-butts. Indoor mushroom patches, outdoor mushroom beds, log and stump cultivation will all be covered in great detail. Species mentioned include Oyster Mushrooms, Shiitake, Lion's Mane and more! Each student will create their own mushroom patch to observe, propagate and expand at home.


• Sat 1/19/19 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Winter Watercolor with Molly Hashimoto


Come and learn how to celebrate the late winter season through art. We'll create watercolor sketches of individual botanical specimens, as well as paint a landscape. All supplies are provided, including artist quality watercolor paper. Participants are encouraged to bring extra paper. Molly Hashimoto is the author of "Colors of the West: An Artist's Guide to Nature's Palette," as well as an illustrator whose work has been published by Pomegranate Communications for over 25 years. As an instructor, she works to connect students to the natural world through hands-on art experiences.


• Sat 2/2/19 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Hidden Half of Your Garden - A New Way to Think About Soil with David Montgomery and Anne Bikle



• Sat 2/16/19 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Lecture: The Queen's Gardener


What’s it like to garden for the Queen? We are delighted to welcome John Anderson, the Keeper of the Gardens at Windsor Castle and Saville Gardens in England. He is going to create a special lecture for us that focuses on working for the royal family, but also on his experience gardening with plant groups that are popular in the Pacific Northwest. The Bellevue Botanical Garden is honored to co-sponsor this event with Heronswood Garden.


• Sun 2/24/19 at 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Mindfulness in the Winter Garden: Nourishing Peace Within

Health & Wellness/Nutrition

Stroll through the solitude and sanctuary of the winter garden while Deborah and Jessica guide you in Mindfulness Meditation while opening your senses with Shinrin-Yoku (Japanese Forest Bathing). Restore mind, body and spirit as you let the stress and demands of daily life melt away and you experience the healing power of Nature. Instructor Deborah Wilk LMFT is a psychotherapist in private practice and a founder of Mindful in the Wild. Jessica Hancock, ND, is a naturopathic physician who utilizes mindful healing approaches in her private practice.


• Fri 3/15/19 at 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Hydrangea How To with Kit Haesloop


Learn how to get peak performance from the Hydrangeas you grow or want to grow in your garden from the ever-expanding varieties available. In this class you will learn the distinguishing traits between species, and how best to keep your Hydrangeas beautiful with the proper care. Kit will provide guidance on growing conditions, bloom color and pruning options for the different species. Finally, Kit will demonstrate proper pruning techniques on several species that grow in the NPA Perennial Border at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Bring your questions and be prepared to go outside in the second half of the class.


• Sat 3/16/19 at 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Scout Day for Younger Scouts

Children, Green/Environmental, Nature

Come and work on scout badges and achievement requirements at the Botanical Garden. For Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts K-3rd grade. Scouts will visit stations and go on a nature walk. Some of the topics include: composting with worms, insects, Leave No Trace, planting seeds and pollination. Scouts will receive a garden fun patch and a list of completed activities. Cost: $12 per scout. Adult chaperones are free. Please register individually and not as a troop.


• Sat 3/30/19 at 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Creating your Dream Garden: Garden Design Workshop – with Lisa Bauer and George Lasch

Painting, Drawings/Works on Paper

Have you been inspired to redo your garden or plant a new one? During this two-part workshop, you will plan the garden of your dreams with methods used by industry professionals. Learn processes, tips and tricks the pros use to create a functional, beautiful and sustainable garden. You will then have some time to take those ideas home and work on your own design. On the Saturday session, you will return to the garden with your homework and can get feedback and discuss design solutions. The class will be co-taught by Lisa Bauer and George Lasch. Lisa is a multiple award-winning landscape designer and owner of Chartreuse Landscape Design. George is an instructor in the horticultural program at Edmonds Community College and he was the Border Supervisor of the Perennial Border garden at BBG for many years and was a key player in its renovation. and is an instructor at Edmonds Community College. The first meeting is on April 4th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM and the second meeting is on April 20th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.


• Thu 4/4/19 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Expressive Acrylic Painting with Terry MacDonald

Design, Drawings/Works on Paper

Come and create a brilliant botanical artwork. Acrylics are a very versatile medium with bright colors, infinite techniques and ease of use. One technique is to start with black gesso paint as the first layer. This allows the artist to create lovely, organic outlines around the subjects to make them pop off of the surface. In this class, we will create two projects: A small warm-up project on a wood surface and a larger painting of a geranium on canvas. Students should have some basic painting skills, but not necessarily much experience. The instructor will provide the materials. Terry MacDonald is a local artist who strives to imbibe her works with joy. She is a regular at NW art fairs and shows her work through galleries and online. As an instructor, she hopes to connect students to the beauty around them and the joy within.


• Sat 4/6/19 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Beneficial Bugs for Kids with Pauline O’Rourke

Nature, Children

What are Beneficial Bugs? Why do we need them and how do we attract them to our garden? Join us as we examine live insects, read a story, create a bug craft and go in search of pollinators.


• Sat 4/6/19 at 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM