The latest display at the Garden d'Lights is multicolored and green all over. The tropical plaza at the entrance to the Bellevue Botanical Garden features light-emitting diodes (LEDs) instead of traditional incandescent colored lights.
"The LEDs offer brighter, more vibrant colors and are much more energy efficient," said Judy Mock of the Botanical Garden. "Not only do they use less power, they last much longer than traditional bulbs."
The new lights fit with the City of Bellevue's efforts to expand its environmental stewardship. While only featured at the tropical plaza this year, LEDs may well represent the wave of the future for the entire Garden d'Lights.
The additional hues produced by LEDs add zip to the tropical display's flowers, patterned after many popular Hawaiian plants, including torch ginger, silversword, ice blue calathea, and bird of paradise. A monkey and a macaw will be there as well.
One of the city's premier annual events, Garden d'Lights is open for viewing through Dec. 31, 5 to 9:30 each evening. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged and essential to support the light display. Collection boxes will be at the garden, and "Toadly" the frog will hop through periodically to accept them too.
Priority parking at the garden is $5. Free parking is available down the street at Wilburton Park
Thousands of twinkling lights transform the Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., into a winter wonderland. The Bellevue Botanical Garden, usually a beautiful collection of shrubs, trees and flowers, is wired to wow with clusters of colored lights. In addition to the tropical display, this year's show features a peacock and peahen in the west lawn designed by long-time lights designer Marjorie Peacock.
In the ground cover garden area, there are light cattails near the stream and pond as well as golden queen globe flowers, irises, trilliums, asters and daffodils.
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