Northwest NEWS

December 2, 2002


Garden d'Lights illuminates Bellevue

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 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 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.

The 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
   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.

Bellevue Botanical Garden

  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 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 or call 425.453.1223.