Visit a patch of serenity within the city—the Bellevue Botanical Garden—and then take some inspiration back to your home garden.
Together, the City of Bellevue Parks & Community Services and the nonprofit Bellevue Botanical Garden Society (BBGS) maintain the expansive 53-acre space that includes cultivated gardens, natural wetlands and restored woodlands. During December, locals flock to the Bellevue Botanical Garden for the annual Garden d’Lights exhibit, which attracts about 100,000 people every year. But what about the other 11 months?
“It still amazes me that people don’t know the garden is here. It is a tremendous community resource,” says Darcy McInnis, communications and events manager for the BBGS.
The garden has free admission daily, and whether it is an educational stroll with family or friends, or a tranquil walk through the trails, the garden provides access to a variety of outdoor scenes. With proximity to Bellevue offices, McInnis invites people to “decompress here on lunch” and use the garden as a “nature outlet.”
If the garden inspires you, try a few of the monthly classes covering a variety of topics. They are accessible to everyone for a small fee. Classes promote community connections where friends and strangers can both learn and socialize. Find a full list of classes and more information about the Bellevue Botanical Garden at bellevuebotanical.org.
Become a Member
Becoming a member of the BBGS is easy with their online application. Members receive benefits year-round, including discounts on classes and lectures and free tickets to Garden d’Lights. Members also receive exclusive access to over 300 other gardens and arboreta throughout North America.
Permaculture for the Backyard Gardener
Learn methods of sustainable gardening to try at your own home. Expand your skills even beyond organic gardening in this forward-thinking class.
How to Prune and Renovate the Overgrown Garden
In this lecture, learn ways to clean up your garden when it especially deserves attention.
An Introduction to the Art and Horticulture of Bonsai
Bonsais are unique horticultural designs that radiate peacefulness. Learn about the basics of outdoor bonsai in this class.
Garden Habitat for Bumble Bees and Other Native Pollinators
Where successful gardens exist, so do busy insects. Understand which particular plants and features can attract and sustain native pollinators to promote a balanced local habitat.
Beautiful and oh-so-diverse, orchids are an identifiable flower to most people. Caring for and selecting the healthiest orchids are not so apparent, and this class assists beginners with those tricky steps.
Growing Tomatoes in the Pacific Northwest
From seed selection to planting and harvesting tips, this class covers the essentials to growing succulent tomatoes in the brief season of this region.
Create a Miniature Fairy Garden
Families are encouraged to attend this class, where supplies are provided to create your very own fairy garden.
Create a Succulent Terrarium
Start with the container and work your way to a fully complete and personalized terrarium ready to be on display in your home.