Bellevue Botanical Garden

  Volunteer at the Bellevue Botanical Garden and join hundreds of individuals and groups that provide 10,000 hours each year supporting the Garden. Volunteers participate in educational programs, special events, horticultural assistance and fundraising—all essential in enriching visitor experience.  


You can make a contribution by giving just one or hundreds of hours of your time enhancing this community jewel.

The Trillium Store at the Garden is our new front porch, welcoming visitors, selling a variety of garden inspired gifts and providing information about BBGS membership, educational programs and events. If you enjoy working with the public, consider volunteering at The Trillium Store. No experience is necessry! We provide all the training. New to our volunteer program? Contact us now

Current volunteers, let us know your interest via our volgistics website, or send an email to our volunteer coordinator and indicate your desire.

Garden d'Lights
We are going through some big changes here at the Garden with the opening of our beautiful new education/visitor center! This year, 2014 we may not be able to accomodate new volunteers to help create lights, but please help us by submitting your application now.

We will, however, still welcome volunteers during light installation in the month of November, during the actual show, and during the take-down process. You must be 16 or older to participate. Volunteers receive one free pass, good for any evening, for each evening that they work during the show.

Please let us know you would like to help by contacting us

Please take into consideration that you need to dress for the weather while you volunteer. We are working outside in the winter. Good rain gear, waterproof shoes, gloves, etc. will make your time outdoors in the elements much easier and a lot more fun. We do not work during high wind storms and driving rain, but knowing that we live in the Pacific Northwest, there are days when it is raining and cold and proper apparel is a must.


Lead child and adult tours of the garden. Docents are the principal interpreters for the garden to the public. They have a thorough understanding of the Garden's history, purpose and goals. We are currently not accepting new volunteers for our docent program.

Interested in working with children? Please visit the Living Lab page for more information. Volunteers assist professional staff teachers and are trained "on the job".

Horticultural Assistance
Work with Garden staff or interns to plant, prune, create and maintain paths, and detail the garden. Tuesday or Thursday mornings, 9:00 to 11:00 AM.

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New Volunteer Application

Work with a group of volunteers that concentrates its efforts in the Waterwise Garden, first and third Wednesdays of the month from 1:00–3:00 PM.

Work with the Northwest Perennial Alliance. The Alliance concentrates their efforts in the Garden's Perennial Border.
Work parties are most Thursdays from 10:00 AM–12:00 PM.
Email the Alliance
or visit


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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