Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Press Release: Buds & Blooms event highlights world-class gardens of Federal Way

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Buds & Blooms event highlights world-class gardens of Federal Way


The Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection offers an unrivaled display of nearly 60 bonsai trees that attract visitors from around the world. Open free to the public six days a week, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (closed Thursdays) during spring and summer. Contact/Info: 253-924-6206,

The Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden boasts one of the world’s largest collections of rhododendrons, Washington’s state flower. More than 10,000 brilliantly colored rhododendron plants are on display, and spring is the peak blossom time. Open six days a week, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (closed Thursdays). On May 10-11, mothers and children under 12 will be admitted free. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students. Contact/Info: 253.838.4646,

PowellsWood Garden is a charming, privately owned three-acre garden featuring nearly 1,000 varieties of trees, flowering shrubs and plants. Natural land features such as a stream, pond and ravines, are incorporated into its eight differently themed garden "rooms." Open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on May 10-11. Admission is $5; children under 12 are free. Contact/Info: 253.529.1620,


General Activities: May 10 and 11, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Activities such as flower arranging, how-to’s for planting summer pots, storytelling and music will be presented throughout the festival weekend at all three sites. A children’s tent at the Bonsai Collection will offer activities just for kids - building a plant terrarium, making garden step stones, learning about carnivorous plants, and more.

Special Activities: May 10

  • Federal Way Farmer’s Market: May 10 marks opening day of the popular Federal Way Farmers Market, known for its outstanding produce, flowers and crafts. Open every Saturday, May 10 through October, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Location: The Commons Mall on South 320th Street just off the I-5 exit.
  • "Secrets of a Dirt Cheap Lazy Gardener" presentation by Marianne Binetti, author and Seattle Post-Intelligencer gardening columnist, 11 a.m. Location: Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection.
  • "Gardening Tips and Techniques" presentation by Ed Hume, a long-time Northwest gardening expert and radio personality, 1-3 p.m. Location: Farmers Market.
Special Activities: May 11

  • "Rhododendron Care" presentation by Jeanine Smith, Seattle Rhododendron Society, 11 a.m. Location: Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection
  • "Great Plant Picks for 2008" presentation by Ritchie Steffen, Coordinator of Horticulture, Miller Botanical Garden, time TBD. Location: Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection.
Other special activities will be added in the coming weeks. Please check for updates.

Background on Federal Way
Federal Way is Washington’s eighth largest city and is located between Seattle and Tacoma off the I-5 corridor. For a free copy of Federal Way’s illustrated tourism map, visitor brochure, and calendar of events, visit or call 253-838-2605.
Note to editors: For electronic images of any of the Federal Way gardens listed above, please contact Lillian Yeh, City of Federal Way, (253) 835-2501 or

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- January 30, 2008

MEDIA CONTACT -- Lillian Yeh - Economic Development Assistant - 253.835.2501 -



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