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The Washington Park Arboretum and Seattle Japanese Garden play host to a variety of fun outdoor events and education in May…

May 4: First Thursday Tram Tour
11am — 12pm | Washington Park Arboretum
The Washington Park Arboretum’s 13-passenger tram offers monthly tours of the expansive nature park. Riders and participants on the first Thursday tour each month will learn about highlights of the season, new plantings, history of the Arboretum and more as they travel from the Graham Visitors Center to the Pacific Connections Garden. This is an open-air tour that operates year-round, rain or shine. Register here.

May 4: First Thursday Art Exhibit
5pm — 6pm | Seattle Japanese Garden
For May’s free first Thursday exhibit at the Seattle Japanese Garden, watch local Japanese calligraphy master, Midori Kono Thiel. She has studied traditional Japanese arts such as sumi-e and Japanese ink painting for over 50 years. The Seattle Japanese Garden will offer free admission from 3 p.m. until close, and Midori’s demonstration will start at 5 p.m.

May 6: First Saturday Family Program: Koi Day
10am — 1pm | Seattle Japanese Garden
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Seattle Japanese Garden with your family on the monthly first Saturday family program. Bring your family to the Seattle Japanese Garden on Saturday, May 6th to watch as the garden’s koi awaken from winter hibernation to eat. For the first koi feeding day this year, Koi Day includes free koi food to distribute and koi coloring sheets for kids.

May 11: Rosé 101 Class
6pm — 7:30pm | Belle Epicurean
Get an introduction to the summery pink wine we know as rosé in this fun class at Belle Epicurean. The establishment’s house sommelier, Rita Di Tondo will instruct on how rosé wine is made, the main production areas in the world, and an exploration of different styles through a tasting that will include 4 delicious wines. Snacks and appetizers that compliment the wine will also be served and bottles will be on sale with a 10% discount for the event. There are only a handful of spaces left, so buy your tickets ($35 each) now!

May 12: Tree Protection During Construction Workshop
8:30am — 3:30pm | Washington Park Arboretum
Arborists of all levels of skill and experience (such as Commercial Arborists, Consultants, and Professionals in related fields) can learn how to work around construction in this all-day workshop on Tree Protection. Participants will learn how to read and communicate using building plans, interpret and diplomatically change specifications, and review terms used in professions which arborists must and often communicate with. The workshop is $125 – $250. Register here.

May 14: Mother’s Day Brunch
9am — 2pm | Cafe Flora
Treat Mom to a wonderful vegetarian/vegan Mother’s Day Brunch at Cafe Flora in Madison Valley. Choose from delicious options for a delicious three-course prix-fixe meal for $45/person. The kids menu is $15/person. 

May 19: The Arboretum’s Conservation Collection: Endangered Plants from Around the World
1pm — 2:30pm | Washington Park Arboretum
Take a tour of the Arboretum to explore its Conservation Collection, and learn about many of the plants that the park cultivates which are currently under threat in the wild. You’ll learn about these plant species’ threats in their native habitats, the Arboretum’s preservation and protection efforts, and the important role we have to ensure the conservation of endangered plant species. No registration necessary.

Celebrate Earth Day and enjoy several fun outdoor activities in nature this month! Here are some neighborhood activities to mark on your calendar in April…

Throughout April: Workshops at City People’s Garden Store
Various Dates | City People’s Garden Store
Each month, the City People’s Garden Store offers a variety of workshops. In April, the workshops offered are as follows:

April 1: First Saturday Family Program
11am — 1pm | Seattle Japanese Garden
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Seattle Japanese Garden with your family on the monthly first Saturday family program. Kickstarting on Saturday, April 1st, the program will feature Washington’s Japanese-America Society, with a fun and educational program titled, “Taro Goes to School”. With interactive activities, coloring, origami and more, your family won’t want to miss this fun event. Admission is free for kids ages 12 and under, and tickets are $6 for adults. Tickets for youths aged 13 and older, students with ID and seniors are $4.

April 2: France vs. Argentina Malbec Wine Tasting
11am — 5pm | Madrona Wine Merchants
Madrona Wine Merchants is offering a free tasting of malbec wines on Sunday, April 2nd. The featured wines are the 2012 Les Fiefs d’Anglars Malbec from Vin de Pays du Lot, and the 2015 Bosca La Linda Malbec.

April 2-6 & 9-13: Seattle Restaurant Week at Madison Park Restaurants
Dinner | Madison Park Restaurants
A handful of Madison Park restaurants are participating in this season’s Seattle Restaurant Week, with three courses for $32: Bar Cantinetta, LUC, The Harvest Vine, Vendemmia, and Voila! French Bistro.

April 6: First Thursday Tram Tour
11am — 12pm | Washington Park Arboretum
The Washington Park Arboretum’s 13-passenger tram offers monthly tours of the expansive nature park. Riders and participants on the first Thursday tour each month will learn about highlights of the season, new plantings, history of the Arboretum and more as they travel from the Graham Visitors Center to the Pacific Connections Garden. This is an open-air tour that operates year-round, rain or shine. Register here.

April 6: First Thursday Art Exhibit
5pm — 6pm | Seattle Japanese Garden
The Seattle Japanese Garden is hosting an artist reception on April 6th to showcase its current art exhibit, ICHI-GO ICHI-E一期一会, by Season Yoshida. There will be a musical accompaniment, orchestrated by Season Yoshida, herself. Tickets are $6 for adults, free for kids ages 12 and under, and for youths aged 13 and older, students with ID and seniors, tickets are $4.

April 18: A Closer Look: Magnolia Tour
6:30pm — 8pm | Washington Park Arboretum
The UW Botanic Gardens Curator of Living Collections, Ray Larson, will lead a tour highlighting the Magnolia Collections on April 18th. Magnolias are blooming this time of the year, so expect a gorgeous expert guided tour of this collection! You’ll also take home tips on what might work in your own garden. This event is free, but a $5 donation at the door supports the Arboretum’s Education Programs.

April 22: Earth Day at the Arboretum
9am — 1pm | Washington Park Arboretum
Join the Student Conservation Association (SCA) for Earth Day at the Washington Park Arboretum! Volunteer on April 22nd to give back to Seattle’s public lands and help restore the arboretum. Volunteers will plant, mulch, remove invasive species, and maintain trails throughout the park. If volunteering, dress weather-appropriate with long pants and closed-toe shoes (preferably work boots) and bring a reusable water bottle. SCA will provide coffee and snacks for all volunteers.

City People’s Garden Store has re-opened this month, and is offering FREE special workshops to help you get your spring 2017 garden growing! From getting your seedlings going, to waking up your hibernating garden with some springtime sprucing, the Madison Valley City People’s Garden Store is the place to go for tips to jumpstart your spring garden.

Class: Seed Starting
Date: Saturday, February 25th
Time: 11 am – noon
Description: You can now set the seed catalogs down, take a break from dreaming of spring flowers, and get started growing your own. Late winter is the perfect time to start sowing seeds. Learn which vegetable and flowers may be started now indoors and which can wait a couple weeks for outdoor sowing. Agnes P. Cwalina, owner of Hori Hori Flowers, will cover seed starting tools and methods, including using your windowsills, heat mats, and soil blocking.

Class: Jump Start Your Garden!
Date: Sunday, February 26th
Time: 11 am – noon
Description: Richard Greenberg will help you Wake Up your Garden and get spring going! In this workshop, learn to get a head start on gardening with a little weeding here, a little pruning there, some soil preparation and more.

Workshops are held in the garden store’s indoor nursery.

City People’s Garden Store
2939 E. Madison St
Seattle, WA 98112
206-324-0737

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Celebrate the holidays with a couple of fun neighborhood events in Madison Park this month!

All December: Christmas Ships Festival
7pm – 10pm | Madison Park
The Christmas Ships Festival, presented by Argosy Cruises, offers nightly cruises around Lake Union and Lake Washington! Enjoy holiday beverages and snacks, plus live performances from Dickens Carolers. Click here to book your evening.

December 1: First Thursday Tram Tour
11am — 12pm | Washington Park Arboretum
The Washington Park Arboretum’s new 13-passenger tram offers monthly tours of the expansive nature park. Riders and participants on the first Thursday tour each month will learn about highlights of the season, new plantings, history of the Arboretum and more as they travel from the Graham Visitors Center to the Pacific Connections Garden. This is an open-air tour that operates year-round, rain or shine. Register here.

December 8: Thursday Night Tastings
5pm — 8pm | Belle Epicurean
Enjoy some great Italian wines and tasty bites with friends and neighbors at Belle Epicurean on December 8th for their Thursday Night Tasting!

December 23: Christmas Ships Festival Grand Finale
7pm – 10:05pm | Kirkland City Dock
Argosy Cruises’ Christmas Ship Festival comes to a close on Friday, December 23rd, with spaces still available on the second follow boat for the Grand Finale event. Performances will be held at Gas Works Park and Portage Bay.