FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
We are thrilled to announce that on December 3, 2012, Bellevue City Council approved the 2013-2014 budget, and with it, the construction of the Bellevue Botanical Garden Visitor Education Center and parking lot expansion project!
The City plans to put the project out to bid in January, review in February, and ask Council to award a construction contract in late February/early March. If all goes well through the bidding process, construction should begin about May 1 and last roughly 18 months. The Garden will remain open during construction.
The Society continues to raise funds for the new construction through the Growing a Living Legacy capital campaign. We have raised $4 million, just a little over a million to go! Please visit our campaign website now to be part of this extraordinary effort.
APRIL–OCTOBER: DOCENT-LED TOURS
2 pm, every Saturday & Sunday, Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main Street. Reservations are not required. For more information call 425-451-3755.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Bellevue Botanical Garden Receives Major Gift
Bellevue, Washington, November 6, 2012
The Bellevue Botanical Garden Society is pleased to announce a significant gift to their Growing a Living Legacy capital campaign. Binkley and Paula Shorts pledged $500,000 "in memory of our parents and in gratitude to the people of Bellevue who have so enthusiastically embraced the concept of a botanical garden". Binkley is the only child of Calhoun and Harriet Shorts, who donated their home and seven-acre garden to the City of Bellevue. From this original gift, the Garden has grown to 53 acres and hosts over 300,000 visitors per year.
The Garden has flourished in large part due to the partnership between the City of Bellevue and the Botanical Garden Society. The City, as owner and manager of the Garden, is committed to the ongoing maintenance of the Garden and adheres to the high standards of care that distinguish Bellevue Parks. The society board is comprised of dedicated community members who understand the valuable ways in which the Garden contributes to the quality of life for City residents and visitors from the region. In addition to the primary partnership between the City and the Society, the Garden benefits from partnerships with six other horticultural groups that provide thousands of volunteer hours annually to keep the Garden beautifully maintained, share horticultural expertise, offer educational programs, and promote the Garden to the community.
Now in its 20th year, the Garden has enjoyed tremendous growth including a surge in attendance at educational programs and community events. Yet it continues to operate in small facilities built for private home use. To meet current needs for indoor space and position the Garden for anticipated growth, we have embarked on a carefully designed capital plan that will offer visitors of all ages expanded educational opportunities and new garden features to explore.
Please visit www.growingalivinglegacy.org to be part of this extraordinary effort.
Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main St.
Bellevue, WA 98005