| Garden d'Lights illuminates
Over 400,000 bulbs will "bloom" this winter during
the 9th annual Garden d'Lights, presented by KVI Talk Radio 570, a featured
attraction of the Wells Fargo Magic Season. The Bellevue Botanical Garden
will come to life December 1 through Dec. 31 with a spectacular holiday
display of brilliance that is expected to draw over 60,000 visitors from
around the region. The lighting display is open daily from 5 pm to 9 pm.
Over 250 Garden Society members and community contributors
will dress the garden with botanically inspired, glowing arrangements
this season. New to this year's flowerbed, the Bellevue Botanical Society
announces the introduction of an "Echinacea" or "Purple Cone Flower" sculpture
to Garden d'Lights, the 2002 Herb of the Year. A new groundcover of yellow
flowers, Helianthemum, will also be added to the list of the garden's
latest botanical works of art.
A brilliant explosion of color, traditional clusters of perennials
and annuals blanket the garden. Red roses, deep-blue delphinium, yellow
sunflowers and wisteria draped in purple and white blossoms compliment
the picturesque outdoor scenes of birds, butterflies and pond animals.
Through December 19, the Visitor Center will host nightly
performances by local artists, creating a festive and entertaining destination
for the entire family. Check www.bellevuebotanical.org for an updated
schedule of times and performers.
The Bellevue Botanical Garden is located at 12001 Main Street
in downtown Bellevue. For more information on Garden d'Lights or the Preview
Party, visit bellevuebotanical.org or call (425) 451-3755.
Garden d'Lights is open daily, December 1 through December
31, from 5 pm to 9 pm. Nightly entertainment begins at 7 p.m., Monday
through Saturday, and 5 pm on Sunday. The Garden Gift Shop is open daily,
3 pm to 8:30 pm. Admission and entertainment are free. A donation to the
Bellevue Botanical Garden Society is encouraged to support the light display
and the Botanical Society's many educational programs throughout the year.
On November 30, the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society will also host a
Preview Party to support Garden d'Lights and the Society's programs, featuring
Ciscoe Morris, of "Gardening with Ciscoe," as the Master of Ceremonies.
Admission is $35 and pre-registration is required.
Wells Fargo Magic Season
Garden d'Lights is a featured attraction
of the Wells Fargo Magic Season, Bellevue's traditional holiday celebration
featuring five weeks of events, festivities, music, culture and unique
shopping and dining experiences for the entire family, November 29 through
December 31 (Garden d'Lights opens December 1). Starred attractions of
the Wells Fargo Magic Season include the Wells Fargo Ice Arena, Garden
d'Lights, Puget Sound Energy Theatre at Meydenbauer Center holiday programming,
Music del Mundo, and Cards of the World. For more information, visit magicseason.com.
Wells Fargo Magic Season is sponsored by:
- Wells Fargo
- Puget Sound Energy
- City of Bellevue
- Theatre at Meydenbauer Center
- Access Downtown
- King County Journal
- KOMO 4 Television
- STAR 101.5
- KOMO 1000 News
- KVI Talk Radio 570.
The Wells Fargo Magic Season is managed by the Bellevue Downtown
Association on behalf of the Bellevue Community Partnership, including
the Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue Botanical Garden Society, Bellevue Chamber
of Commerce, Bellevue Place, Bellevue Square, Theatre at Meydenbauer Center,
City of Bellevue, and the Hotel Council of East King County.
Established in 1992, the Bellevue
Botanical Garden in Bellevue, Washington, comprises 36 acres of display
gardens, woodlands, meadows and wetlands. The garden is owned and maintained
by the City of Bellevue. Through fundraising, volunteer efforts and educational
programs, the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society aids the city in realizing
the garden's mission to develop, maintain and display plant collections
for the purposes of horticultural demonstration, education and recreation.
The Bellevue Botanical Garden is open daily throughout the year, including
holidays, from 7:30 a.m. to dusk. For more information, visit bellevuebotanical.org
or call 425.451.3755.
Bellevue Downtown Association
The Bellevue Downtown Association leads the continuing transformation
of downtown Bellevue as the vibrant, diverse, and thriving urban center
of the Eastside. Established in 1974, the BDA is a nonprofit, membership
organization that brings together the heads of major corporations and
businesses, community groups and public officials in collaborative problem
solving for downtown. For more information, visit bellevuedowntown.com
or call 425.453.1223.