The Garden d'Lights, one of the Eastside's premier holiday attractions, will soon be in bloom. Volunteers are sought to help fashion approximately 500,000 lights into an array of plants and animals at the Bellevue Botanical Garden.
This year's display will feature a tropical garden, complete with a monkey and a parrot, as well as a peacock in the west lawn.
Installation will start on Sunday, Nov. 4, and continue daily until finished. Lots of helpers are needed, from extra hands to hold lights in place to experienced installers who know how to put things together.
Also needed are string counters (anyone who can count to six), to ensure that too many light strings are connected end-to-end. Light installers work in the drizzle, but stay home when there is heavy rain or downpours. Call the Garden (425-451-3755) for more information.
Top Eastside Holiday Attraction
Garden d’Lights continues to be one of a favorite holiday attraction on the Eastside. The Bellevue Botanical Garden, usually a beautiful collection of shrubs, trees and flowers, is wired to wow with clusters of colored lights.
New this year will be a tropical garden, with dazzling flowers patterned after many popular Hawaiian plants, including torch ginger, silversword, ice blue calathea, and bird of paradise. A monkey and a macaw will be there as well.
Long-time lights designer Marjorie Peacock, true to her name, has created a peacock and peahen to rule the west lawn. In the ground cover garden area, there will be cattails near the stream and pond as well asgolden queen globe flowers, irises, trilliums, asters and daffodils.
A rose trellis and English cottage garden will surround Sharp Cabin. Russian sage, candelabra primroses and Himalayan poppies will glow in that area too. The old favorites will be back too -- Charlotte in her web, Willie the Slug hiding among the flowers and the frog and swan at the lily pond.
Days and Hours
Garden d'Lights will be open for viewing Nov. 24 to Dec. 31, 5 to 9:30 each evening. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged and essential to support the light display. Collection boxes will be at the garden, and "Toadly" the frog will be hop through periodically to accept them also.
A garden guide book which identifies many of the flowers will be available in the gift shop. Priority parking at the garden is $5. Free parking is available down the street at Wilburton Park.
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