What better place to celebrate the earth and its gifts than at the Botanical Garden. Explore various parts of the Garden with some Earth-friendly activities.
Seeds of Time
A Compelling Film on the Future of Our Food Supply
Friday, April 22, 10 a.m.–12 p.m., Ross Hall
This Earth Day, get inspired to take action with a thought-provoking film on climate change and global food security.
A perfect environmental storm is brewing as global gene banks deteriorate, industrial monocultures continue to spread, and the accelerating effects of climate change imperil farmers everywhere. Agricultural pioneer Cary Fowler's passionate race against time to protect the future of our food supply takes him from Rome to Russia, to Peru and the Philippines, and, finally, to an underground vault in the Norwegian Arctic that may hold the key to saving the one resource we cannot live without: our seeds.
After the screening, join Cary Fowler and Academy Award-nominated director, Sandy McLeod, for a fascinating discussion that examines the important issues raised in the film.
Member $10/Non-Member $20 (includes All-Garden Pass admission)
"A vital, clear-headed look at the effects of climate change on global food security." —LA Times
"Riveting filmmaking, a story swiftly and beautifully told. —Margaret Mead Film Festival
Meet at the Reflecting Pool at the Leon Levy Visitor Center, unless noted
Native Plant Garden Tour - 11 a.m.
Join a tour guide for an insider's view of the newly designed Native Plant Garden. Enjoy a mosaic of nearly 100,000 native trees, wildflowers, ferns and grasses designed to flourish in every season.
Notable Trees Tour - 12:30 p.m.
What makes a tree notable? It could be its size, its bark, its uses, or a variety of other features. Some of our trees have been here since before the Garden was formally established in 1891. Join one of the Garden's Docents for a tour highlighting some of the most interesting trees across this historic 250-acre site.
Forest Tour - 2:30 p.m.
Experience the beauty of the Garden's 50-acre Thain Family Forest on this walking tour with an expertly trained Docent. You'll learn facts about the trees, history, geology, and ecology of this original, uncut woodland.
Dig! Plant! Grow!
Wake Up, Garden!
1:30–6 p.m., Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden
Plants and imaginations grow at the Howell Family Garden, where kids are allowed!—no, encouraged!—to play in the dirt. Display gardens, such as the Global Gardens and the Bean Tunnel or Salad Bowl, and daily interactive gardening activities delight and inspire. Drop-in activities end at 5:30 p.m.
1:30–5:30 p.m., Everett Children's Adventure Garden
Explore the unfolding wonders of the spring season! Be on the lookout for signs that plants and animals are getting ready for spring at the Adventure Garden. Explore amazing buds, bulbs, nests, and eggs inside the Discovery Center using scientific tools like hand lenses and microscopes, then go outside to hunt for evidence that plants and animals are awakening from their winter slumber.
Drop-In Family Workshop: Learn How to Compost your Kitchen Food Scraps with Worms
2–4 p.m., Everett Children's Adventure Garden
See how easy it is to recycle your food scraps by composting them in a home worm bin! See what a working worm bin looks like, learn the basics for sustaining this earth-friendly ecosystem and get the practical tips, advice, and encouragement you need to begin composting at home.