Flowers are a staple of the Federal Way Farmers Market, which celebrates 15 years this season. Opening day ceremony begins at 10 a.m. May 12 at the Commons Mall parking lot. Courtesy Ed Streit Productions

Flowers are a staple of the Federal Way Farmers Market, which celebrates 15 years this season. Opening day ceremony begins at 10 a.m. May 12 at the Commons Mall parking lot. Courtesy Ed Streit Productions

Federal Way Farmers Market kicks off 2018 season

FW Farmers Market opens for 2018 season

The Federal Way Farmers Market will run 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays from May 12 through Oct. 27 at the Commons Mall parking lot at South 320th Street and Pacific Highway South. The market features local vendors, fresh produce, flowers, crafts, breakfast, lunch, snacks, live entertainment and plenty of parking. Learn more at

Mother’s Day in PowellsWood

PowellsWood Garden is hosting its annual Mother’s Day festivities from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 13, with guided tours, tea and refreshments. PowellsWood is a private 3-acre garden that’s tucked away in a Federal Way neighborhood and features several distinct garden rooms graced with more than a thousand varieties of trees, shrubs and perennials. Admission to the garden is $7. Admission with a full tea and scone experience is $25. Tea will be served 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking is available at Sacajawea Park, 1401 S. Dash Point Road, Federal Way. Handicapped guests should call in advance to discuss parking. PowellsWood Garden is at 430 S. Dash Point Road. Visit or call 253-529-1620.

Bonsai Fest: Tours, art and more

The Pacific Bonsai Museum in Federal Way will host its first Bonsai Fest on Mother’s Day weekend. The event will feature local bonsai enthusiasts’ best works of art as the Puget Sound Bonsai Association (PBSA) presents its annual spring show. The public can view the bonsai, ask questions and watch bonsai-making demonstrations. Demonstrations will be made by Tony Fajarillo, silver medal winning “Pot Party” bonsai garden creator from the 2018 Northwest Flower and Garden Show, at 1 p.m. May 12, and by Frank Heidt, longtime friend and student of Dan Robinson of Elandan Gardens, at 1 p.m. May 13. Visitors can vote for their favorite bonsai to win “best in show.” People’s choice voting concludes at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 13, with winners announced at 3 p.m. Visitors can enter a free drawing to win a bonsai tree. Free docent-led tours of the exhibit “Living Art of Bonsai: Elements of Design” begin at noon and 2 p.m. both days. On May 13, local poet Alexandria Manalo will be on site from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to write personalized poems. Main Street Gyro food truck will be on site May 12 and CheBogz Filipino food truck will be on site May 13. The museum is on the campus of the former Weyerhaeuser headquarters, 2515 S. 336th St., Federal Way. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is suggested. Free parking. Call (253) 353-7345 or email Also visit

Rhododendron Species Foundation and Botanical Garden

The Rhododendron Species Foundation and Botanical Garden is hosting tours, food, activities for the whole family, “portraits with mom” and more on Mother’s Day weekend. The garden is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 12-13 at 2525 S. 336th St. on the Weyerhaeuser campus in Federal Way. The non-profit garden is home to one of the largest collections of species rhododendrons in the world, and displays about 700 of the more than 1,000 species found in North America, Europe and Asia as well as the tropical regions of southeast Asia and northern Australia. Admission is $8 for general, $5 for seniors (65 and up), $5 for students with school ID, and free for children under age 12 as well as school groups and military personnel (active and retired with ID). Call 253-838-4646 or email Also visit

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