For yet another Christmas adventure, we joined another family to tour the GARDEN d'LIGHTS at the Bellevue Botanical Gardens. Thousands of volunteers create and set up fairy-tale scenery.
My pictures are amateur, but capture a little of the beauty we enjoyed as we meandered on garden paths, oohing and aahing at the artwork, the creativity and beauty displayed for our enjoyment.
Last year the area enjoyed a lot of snow. The displays were even more beautiful!
My friend and I were exclaiming that we would love to have some of these gorgeous displays in our own backyards. Can you imagine sparkly clusters of grapes or forsythia hanging along your deck? Checking out their website, I discovered they actually have classes in early spring for volunteers to help make the displays for the park, but then they can also purchase the lights to make displays for their own homes.
They use between 300,000 and 400,000 individual lights to create the displays.
The attraction opened November 28 and will be open until January 2nd. It is open nightly from 5-10pm.
You are in paradise for a suggested donation of $1 per person or $5 for a family. People of all ages were mingling, snapping pictures, enjoying the festive feeling the lights sparked in our hearts.
This was my favorite - I love monkeys!
This holiday season, our family has really enjoyed seeing some of the holiday events our area offers, many of them free or very inexpensive. During the holiday build-up, where we moms often feel the holiday presentation of our homes,presents, crafts and baking are going to be judged by magazine editors, so it is always wonderful to just
the twinkly lights of Christmas,
the light in the hearts of our friends
and the True Light of Christmas.
John 8:12 "Then Jesus spoke again unto them, saying,
I am the light of the world:
he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
May you make the opportunity to enjoy the twinkly lights and the Light of the World this CHRISTmas.