Bellevue Botanical Garden
Yao Garden


Visitor Center
Lush plantings of ferns and fragrant vines provide a welcome respite from hectic daily life as you enter our new Visitor Center complex. Listen to water spilling over a slate wall while you wait to meet your friends in the Gathering Place south of the entry breezeway. Explore our virtual garden in the Welcome Room or hunt for the perfect keepsake in the adjacent Trillium Store. Courtyard gardens lead the way to The Aaron Education Center.

The Bellevue Botanical Garden Visitor Center, including The Aaron Education Center, has earned the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification for its innovative environmental design and sustainable features. The building, which opened in June 2014, was designed by Olson Kundig Architects to integrate naturally into the garden environment. The center features environmentally-friendly elements such as efficient heating and cooling, recycled materials, water efficient landscaping, and bicycle storage & changing rooms.

Accessible parking is available in the Garden parking lot. Accessible restrooms are located in the visitor center.

The majority of pathways in the main Garden are covered with 3/8 minus gravel, which packs down and is considered an ADA-compliant material. Some of the trails within the Garden are sloped.

Click here to download our trail Accessibility Map

There are no wheelchair rentals at the Garden. For your convenience, we list the following where you may rent a wheelchair:
Bellevue Healthcare 425-451-2842
Allcare 425-455-8330
Wheels to Go (Seattle) 206-622-2662
Wheelchair Haven (Renton) 253-242-5922

Rental Facilities
Garden-sponsored programs comprise the majority of building use. However, we do rent out our space on a limited basis to non-profit organizations and groups. To inquire about space rental, please email us.


The Aaron Education Center is a hub of garden-related programs and events. Have fun and meet new people while you learn to grow beautiful gardens that contribute to a
healthy local ecosystem. Here on our website you can learn more about programs and events or to register for a class.

The Garden is open daily, including holidays, from dawn to dusk. The Visitor Center is open 9am to 4pm.

Photography at the Garden
We are pleased to offer small groups (up to 25 people) the opportunity to use the Garden for family, wedding or senior pictures on a space available basis. Fees are $25 for the first 2 hours and $12.50 for each additional hour. Commercial still photography or filming will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

To prevent conflicts with the Garden’s educational mission, special events and other uses, pre-scheduling is essential. Reservations should be made at least one week in advance. Please call 425-452-2750 or email us to schedule.

When at the Garden for your photography session, please be considerate of our many guests. Please keep pathways clear for garden visitors and protect the garden by staying out of planting beds; you are welcome to walk on the lawns. Please do not climb on the rocks or in the trees–even for that perfect shot!

There are no changing rooms or space for indoor photography.


Copyright 2018 Bellevue Botanical Garden Society.All rights reserved.
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