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June 13, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Bellevue Botanical Garden celebrates 20th anniversary

 

Arbors leading from the Bellevue Botanical Garden's visitor center. (Photo by Steve Ringman / THe Seattle Times)

The Bellevue Botanical Garden will celebrate its 20th anniversary on June 23 with a variety of free activities.

Between 2 and 5 p.m. that Saturday, festivities will include guided tours, a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, poetry readings, flower arranging demonstrations and refreshments, along with children’s activities.

Visitors can stroll the many display gardens and trails, and walk along the new Ravine Experience suspension bridge.

The event celebrates partners and volunteers who provide more than 20,000 hours of service each year to the Garden, at 12001 Main St. in Bellevue.

The Garden, which now draws an estimated 300,000 visitors a year, was established in 1981 when Cal and Harriet Shorts deeded their home and seven acres to the city to become a public park, according to a news release from the Garden’s manager.

In 1989, the City Council set aside an additional 36 acres for the Garden, which officially opened in 1992. Now 53 acres, it features 13 display gardens and trails and is the site of Bellevue’s annual Garden d’Lights holiday season event, the news release stated.

 

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