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Botanical Bellevue: Not Just Flowers

Garden D'Lights 2012Concerts, Lit Lectures, Living Labs and Garden of Lights

It’s no surprise that Bellevue does botanical like it does everything else – really well. Flowers are just the beginning in the Bellevue Botanical Garnden’s 53-acre “urban refuge” of living plant collections, restored forests and natural wetlands. It’s also a hotbed of cultural curiosities ranging from live-music concerts to art exhibits, literary lectures, “living labs” and the ever-magical annual Garden of Lights.

The Gardens

In a dizzying array of cultivated nature, more than a dozen themed gardens showcase everything from granite outcrops to tapestry hedges, fuchsia displays, Northwest ground covers, perennial borders and Japanese master collections. You can also traipse nature trails through indigenous conifer forests, and cross a 150-foot suspension bridge over a ravine chockfull of wildlife, native understory and an undisturbed ecosystem thriving within a metropolitan city. The gardens and trails are open daily from dawn to dusk, and they’re always free.

Living Labs

Science and botany get a bad rap with youngsters, but not in Bellevue. Living Labs from the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society make sure that earth and dirt feel as natural in little hands as a smartphone. Interpretive and interactive workshops cover things like Flower Power pollination, super soils, and how to survive in a Native American village environment where identifying and utilizing native plants is crucial. They also go on forest adventure walks to learn about trees and the wood products used for early Native American vessels, art and longhouses.

Un-Boring Lectures and Classes

The word “lecture” sends most people diving under a desk or suddenly coming down with an unexplained bout of bubonic plague. No need to cringe and hide when yourfriend or partner signs you up for lectures and labs with topics such as “art in the garden” or “edibles and organics.” Recent presentations have included things like “Literature into Art,” a look at the role of gardens in literary classics, and how they affect culture and world-view. Want something more hands-on and practical? Sign up for the Holiday Wreath Decorating class, which falls on December 2nd in 2017.

Garden d’Lights

If anything defines the holiday season in Bellevue, it’s the half-a-million twinkling treasures in the Garden of Lights display. Molded in the shapes of birds, flowers, trees, animals and even thundering waterfalls, these glittering icons inspire a holiday pilgrimage for the entire Puget Sound region. It starts in the last week of November and runs through the end of the year.

Engage in Bellevue life by living in one of our in-city apartment complexes. Stop by to tour the facilities or ask about move-in availability.