The Bellevue Botanical Garden is an urban refuge, encompassing 53-acres of cultivated gardens, restored woodlands, and natural wetlands. The Bellevue Botanical Garden is a successful partnership between the City of Bellevue Parks and Community Services and the non-profit Bellevue Botanical Garden Society.
The numerous living collections showcase plants that thrive in the Pacific Northwest and inspires visitors to create their own beautiful, healthy gardens. These include a rock garden, waterwise garden, ground cover and perennial gardens, dahlia and fuchsia gardens, fern collection., rhododendron glen, Japanese garden, and more. Throughout the year, natural and manmade vistas of color and greenery change, delighting the eye, regardless of the season or weather.
The Aaron Education Center is a hub of garden-related programs and events. Have fun while meeting new people as you learn to develop beautiful gardens that contribute to a healthy local ecosystem. Pre-registration for all classes and lectures is required. Many classes sell out, so be sure to register early. Walk-ins may be accommodated based on availability.
Things to know about Bellevue Botanical Gardens
- Open daily, including holidays, from dawn to dusk.
- Address: 12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98005.
- Admission is free. Donations encouraged.
- Parking is free.
- No pets are allowed in the garden.
- Visitor Center open from 9am to 4pm, where you will find restrooms, a gift shop, and library.
- Free weekend tours. From April — October, on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00pm there is a docent-led Garden Tour. No Reservations are required.
Membership begins at $35/year and includes free admission to Garden d’Lights holiday display. 10% discount at the Trillium garden store, discounts on select classes and lectures, discounts at partner gardens and nurseries, invitations to member-only events, and other benefits. The Garden is a part of the Bellevue Parks Department, but public funds are not adequate for total maintenance and enhancement, so your membership dollars help provide the additional support needed.
Volunteers participate in educational programs, in the Trillium Store, at special events, and for horticultural assistance and fundraising. Volunteers provide 10,000 hours annually and are essential in enriching the visitor experience.
The K-5 Living Lab Program is offered free as an outreach of the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society. The botany-based 2-hour educational field trip/workshop is for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Teachers from public and private schools can reserve a date through an online sign-up. If you are a homeschool parent, you can contact them to include your child with a school group.
There are many fun things to do at Bellevue Botanical Garden throughout the seasons: plant sales, community celebrations, summer concerts, art exhibits and holiday light festivities. Two highlights of the year include Mother’s Day and Garden D’Lights.
Bellevue Botanical Garden d’Lights Holiday Display
Garden d’Lights light display operates every evening beginning the Saturday after Thanksgiving and through New Years Eve. Thousands of people enjoy this dazzling display each season. The enormously popular lights festival features over 1/2 million lights that transform the Bellevue Botanical Garden into a blossoming winter wonderland.
Tickets are date specific and are $5 per person; children 10 and under are free and do not need a ticket. It is strongly encouraged to buy your tickets before you come to Garden d’Lights to avoid standing in long lines to purchase tickets at the entrance.
Each year, Garden d’Lights offers free nights. On free nights, tickets are not required, but there can be a long wait.
Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98005