Sunday, December 23, 2012

Adventures at the Garden d'Lights

I posted a little bit the other day about visiting the Bellevue Botanical Garden's Christmas Celebration - "Garden d'Lights".  This was our first year visiting, and it was lovely!

From the moment we arrived, we were surrounded by lovely little groupings of lights.  This was before we even entered the gardens themselves.

Entering the gardens, you're pulled down this magical path filled with lights and promise of the beautiful displays that wait.  I felt like Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole.

First in our travels we came upon this little Japanese Tea House.  It was built of beautiful wood and looked out on both sides.  It was open to the gardens below, and there was a window looking up to the gardens above in the back.
Such a pretty little space.  I would love to live in a little garden Tea House with beautiful lights and flowers in every direction.
The showplace of the Gardens is this expansive pond of blue, shimmering lights, complete with waterfalls, lily pads and dragonflies.

Beside the beautiful pond is a light garden with every imaginable type of flower represented.

At the end of the light garden are a Peacock and Peahen.  Erik and I were standing there contemplating the fan of the peacock's tail when this Mother/Daughter duo walked up behind us.

Daughter (loudly exclaims):  Is that a TURKEY?!  

Mom:  Hmmmm... I think...

Daughter (louder):  I LOVE TURKEYS!!!

Ahhh what would we do without strangers to entertain us?  :)

Our tour of the Garden d'Lights, ends as we walk out beneath this pretty archway.

There's still time to visit the garden if you haven't yet been this year.  They don't officially open till 5:00 pm, but we got there at 4:30 and it was just perfect.   By 5:00 pm the place was flooded as we were on our way out.  Perfect timing.

They're open every day from now until December 31.  Admission is $5.  Hope you have as much fun as we did!  :)



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