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Fall Foliage Festival

October 21, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Fall Foliage Festival is back and better than ever!  The Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden is teaming up with Pacific Bonsai Museum to host a week-long event bringing together everyone’s favorite autumn things.  Fall color will be in full splendor, with rich splashes of golds, reds, and oranges throughout the RSBG’s 22-acre garden, and among the foliage of Pacific Bonsai Museum’s world-class bonsai collection.

Best of all?  Admission will be free all week!

October 21, Pacific Bonsai Museum will celebrate the opening of the Puget Sound Bonsai Association (PSBA)’s annual viewing stone exhibition, Stone Images IX, with a Viewing Stone Petting Zoo (10am to 2pm). The public is invited to this hands-on activity to pet, polish, and sand stones, see in-progress, hand-carved daizas (viewing stone stands), and learn about viewing stone displays. Joel Schwarz from the PSBA will be present to answer questions and demonstrate stone polishing.

Oct 21, from 2 to 3pm, Pacific Bonsai Museum bonsai gardener Patrick Buckholz will present a talk on Overwintering Bonsai just in time for fall. The public can learn what steps Pacific Bonsai Museum takes in fall to prepare its collection for winter, and about the various methods for overwintering trees, why certain bonsai need a period of dormancy, and how to deal with specific challenges of the PNW growing climate.

Throughout the week, visit a fall-themed photo station to snap a picture with friends and family, enjoy hot apple cider, purchase fall-themed pastries from Federal Way’s French-style Ma Boulangerie bakery, and participate in fall-themed art-making activities. Pacific Bonsai Museum docents will be available from 11am-3pm at the Exploration Station where you can learn about the care of bonsai, see tools of the trade, and try your hand at wiring.

Food Drive Benefiting Multi Service Center of Federal Way:

Throughout the Festival, visitors are asked to bring non-perishable foods to support our local community. “This free event is a way of saying thank you to our community,” says Britt Board, Program and Outreach Manager of the RSBG, adding, “We hope that visitors will pay it forward by supporting the Multi Service Center and the many families in Federal Way that are experiencing food insecurity.”

Plant and Pumpkin Sales

  • Fall is the perfect time to plant rhodies. The RSBG Plant Shop will feature rhododendrons and companion plants up to 50% off. Staff will be available plant care tips. (Throughout Festival)
  • The RSBG is excited to sell pumpkins for the first time. Peruse a selection of sizes and species for pumpkin carving and fall décor. (Throughout Festival)
  • Bonsai will be on sale at Asia-Pacific Gardening’s Fall Foliage Festival Pop-up Shop. (October 20 and 21)



October 21, 2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm