Bellevue Botanical Garden
Bellevue Botanical Garden
4.5
7:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 9:30 PM
About
The Bellevue Botanical Garden is an urban refuge, encompassing 53-acres of cultivated gardens, restored woodlands, and natural wetlands. The living collections showcase plants that thrive in the Pacific Northwest. Our demonstration of good garden design and horticulture techniques inspire visitors to create their own beautiful, healthy gardens. We provide a place of beauty, serenity, and learning for thousands of visitors each year. There are also many fun things to do throughout the seasons: plant sales, community celebrations, summer concerts, art exhibits and holiday light festivities.
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wireless_in_CA
United States5,023 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
The botanical gardens had to be one of our top highlights from our trip. It started with a 7 acre donation by the former owners, the Shorts, who lived on the grounds and through additional acquisitions by the city it evolved into the gardens of today..

The Shorts left behind their house, now converted into a coffee shop (and the only place open due to COVID), Rhododendron Grove (their favorite) and more. It’s amazing what they did.

The Tateuichi Viewing Platform was an open air wooden structure that offered some protection from the cold but was a great spot to rest and take in the garden views.

From here we made our way across a small babbling stream down towards a smaller viewing area over a pond being filled by a waterfall.

Nearby was the gnome house (an old root cellar). You could make a small game or challenge by having your kids search for it (we walked by it twice) or even add to it by looking out for a sculptures randomly scattered about.

Yao Garden was a beautiful Japanese inspired garden that demonstrated how a storm water detention site (per signage)can be incorporated invisibly. The other gardens of note were Rock, Fuchsia and the Perennial Border.

The riot of the fall colors were so beautiful here and the huge variety of plants, flowers and trees offered a lot for the eye to see and enjoy.

We did not get to make it to the ravine experience so will come back for the suspension bridge on the next visit. We’ll definitely wear more comfortable shoes then.

Free admission and free parking.
Written October 27, 2020
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ctssm5
Black Diamond, WA88 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
OK, after hearing about this place for many years my expectations were rather high. Having reviewed Renton's Kubota Gardens, a few years ago, and having been to The Buchart Gardens, and VanDuesin Gardens up in British Columbia on several occasions, I expected a true delight. Not really. Pretty darn commercial, with restaurant, store etc. Honestly plants that I see walking around my neighborhood. Nothing special or spectacular, and yes we went there in season. If you live in a apartment or condo in downtown Bellevue it would be a nice little escape in city. Don't waste your time driving there otherwise.
Written August 8, 2020
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tiltedaxis
Jacksonville, FL388 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
Clean, quiet, and gorgeous gardens. We could have spent much more time here walking and photographing the plants and rabbits. Plenty of parking when we arrived, and the bathrooms are among the cleanest public bathrooms I've seen.
Written July 27, 2020
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paloma54
Bellevue, WA25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Having panned the Bellevue Botanical Garden as of my visit there in 2016, five years have passed, and a recent visit there was so very heartwarming. These Botanical Gardens are finally well worth the trip and I can only say bravo to all the botanists and planters involved. So many interesting plants, more walkways, larger Alpine garden, and lots of things in bloom! I'm eager to go again! So, everyone please go out to Bellevue and support their fine program!!

One great thing about this garden is that you can spend one hour, or three hours, it's up to your interest and activity level. It's rewarding no matter how much time you have to make the visit.
Written June 30, 2021
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Alvin N
34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This was our second visit to the Christmas Lights in the Bellevue Botanical Gardens.It was still wonderful. Our now 3 yr old granddaughter was amazed and found it all delightful. We had fun drinking our hot chocolate, looking at the displays and drinking it all in. Thank you and please keep it up and growing!!!!!!!!
Written January 6, 2020
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FlyHigh1010
Seattle, WA182 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
Great gardens with both formal planting & wider natural areas. Small Japanese garden. Tap & discover plant identification on the phone . Small onsite shop with separate cafe. Free parking.
Written June 27, 2021
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Sandra C
Brookfield, WI149 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Visited on a Sunday afternoon and there was plenty of free parking. I have visited better botanical gardens, but this one was nice as well. Very peaceful and pretty. Unfortunately, the Japanese garden was closed. If you're in the area, it's worth a visit.
Written June 10, 2021
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Ishpudejko
Goodyear, AZ413 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Be ready for some healthy walking as you view the myriad of plants and flowers in this exceptional botanical garden. The variety of vegetation gives an excellent understanding of what grows in the Northwest. Lots of info and fun trails. A good way to spend a morning.
Written July 25, 2022
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Fusion3
Bellevue, WA129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
Family was not listed among the options for type of visit, however my daughter and I went to BBG for a few hours and had a great time! Just a great place to explore and you could easily spend all day there.
The suspension bridge was the best part for me, I think it brought out the kid in me.
It's free and a great place for family members to explore. I'll be back...
Written August 28, 2021
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jack m
new westminster667 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2011 • Family
The garden was in Wiburton Hill Park. A very nice japanese-infuenced garden Yao, bellevue's sister city in Japan, was one of the finest gardens inside. we spent about an hour to visit all the gtheme gardens and another hour for the trail. Wear comfort clothes and shoes, the garden was also kid-stroller friendly. Lots of parking outside the garden area. Garden opened daily from early morning to dusk and was free.
Written April 19, 2012
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