by aleksEach year around Christmas holidays the Bellevue Botanical Garden prepares enormously popular light show which transform BBG into a blossoming winter wonderland. This year it took over 8600 hours donated by 216 volunteers and over 1/2 million lights to create this spectacular display, popular with kids and adults alike.
The vegetable garden with corn stalks, grapes on the wine field complete with a Scarecrow welcomes you at the entrance, then made-of-lights- christmas tree by the door, and then you proceed through a colorful meadow on the lawn, pond with a swan, tropical garden with palms and mccaw and alligator, squirrel on the patio, waterfalls and river complete with fish. The visitor center houses a giant made-of-lights aquarium with fish, crab, sea horses and starfish; children happily scream upon finding spider's web, geckos or a slug, all listed on a map given to visitors at the entrance gate.
There is a photo gallery at the BBG Garden d'Lights website, and here are a few pics taken by my husband on 12/30/10, enjoy (the lights exhibit closes today):
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|Meadow on the lawn|
|Pond (I see the duck, but the brochure said it's a 'swan') - pretty anyway...|
|Corn stalks on the edge of the grape field|
|Another view of the pond|
|The Japanese part of the BBG: trees got special night glow with lights|