Bellevue Botanical Garden


Wondering what to expect during the construction of our new Visitor and Education Centers? Answers to frequently asked questions about access, operations and programs can be found right here along with periodic construction updates!


Bellevue City Council has awarded the contract for our new Education Center and Visitor Center project to Cornerstone General Contractors, Inc. Parks planners are familiar with Cornerstone from their work on the South Bellevue Community Center.

Construction photos!

The Society continues to raise funds for
the project through the Growing a Living
capital campaign. We invite you to become a part of this extraordinary effort.

The Garden is open during construction.

Our Interim Management Plan will ensure
that programs and operations continue as smoothly as possible for the expected
18-month construction period.

Parking and Access
Park at the Wilburton Hill Park and walk into the BBG on the Lake-to-Lake trail. Wilburton Hill Park is located at the intersection of Main St. and 124th Ave. NE. The best route is NE 8th St. to 124th Ave. NE and head south. This will take you directly to the park entrance.

The Garden’s temporary entrance will be through the back gate in Yao Garden. The information kiosk will move to this location.
It is 1/3 mi. from the parking lot to the entrance. Fun new signs along the Lake-to-Lake trail will help you find us.

Visitors will still be able to access the Shorts Visitor Center for restrooms, plant database kiosk, maps, and general information. Shorts Visitor Center will be open daily from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Plan to be back to your car by dusk, as the trail to Wilburton Hill Park is unlit.

The Trillium gift shop closed on January 1, 2013 and now houses administrative staff until the new buildings are ready. The new buildings will feature a shop roughly double the size of the old shop.

Grounds staff offices will be in a portable near the maintenance area. Volunteer and partner group efforts will continue throughout construction.


Construction Project FAQ
What is the construction all about?

To accommodate the Garden's dramatic growth the project will include the construction of a new visitor center, expansion of the current parking lot, and landscape improvements. The new buildings will be located near the former BBG entrance.

When will the actual construction start?
Construction began May 1, 2013.

Is the Garden open during construction?
The Garden will be open daily, dawn to dusk

Where do I park? Park in the Wilburton Hill Park parking lot at the intersection of 124th Ave NE and Main St. The best route is NE 8th St to 124th Ave NE heading south.

How do I enter the Garden? The entrance will be located at the back gate of Yao Garden via the Lake-to-Lake Trail; look for signs in Wilburton Hill Park parking lot.

How long is the walk from the parking lot to the entrance? 1/3 mile

Where will ADA accessible parking be located? Accessible parking is available in Wilburton Hill Park.

What parts of the Garden will be closed? The parking lot, current entry garden, and rill plaza will be closed during construction.

Will the Shorts Visitor Center be open? Shorts Visitor Center will be open daily, 9:00am – 4:00pm

How with the Shorts Center be used when the new buildings are completed? The Shorts house will remain a place for visitors to rest, enjoy views into the Garden, and access gardening books, computers,
and other resources.

What will happen to the Sharp Cabin?
The Sharp Cabin has been moved to the west side of the Waterwise Garden.

When will the new buildings be completed? Grand Opening is scheduled for June 14, 2014. Details.....

What Can I See During Construction?
The Ravine Experience
Suspension Bridge
Rhododendron Glen
Shorts Ground Cover Garden
NPA Perennial Borders
Dahlia Display
Fuchsia Garden
Native Discovery Garden
Waterwise Garden
Yao Garden
Alpine Rock Garden (a great place to view the construction!)

Can I have a docent-led tour? Docent-led tours are available every Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm, April through October. Tours meet at the BBG Shorts Visitor Center.

Will the Living Lab Children's program continue during construction?
The Living Lab children’s program will continue in a modified format.

Where will the garden office be located?
The garden office will be located in the Shorts Visitor Center in the former Trilium Gift Shop space.





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The Bellevue Botanical Garden is a successful partnership between the City of Bellevue Parks and Community Services and the nonprofit Bellevue Botanical Garden Society.

The Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98005
(425) 452-2750