The Bellevue Botanical Garden Society cultivates the bond between plants and people, raising funds to support the Garden’s physical growth and development, educational programs and community events


Society Role

The Bellevue Botanical Garden Society works in partnership with the City of Bellevue to achieve the Garden’s mission. Our role is to raise funds, support the Garden’s physical growth and development, and provide a broad range of programs and events designed to engage, inspire and inform Garden visitors. We rely on donations, memberships, special events and sponsorships to support the free and low-cost educational programs for children and adults that enrich our community.

Society Mission

Perpetuate and further enhance the Bellevue Botanical Garden as a learning resource in partnership with the City of Bellevue.

Society Vision

Through education and community involvement, we inspire all generations to advance Northwest horticultural knowledge, and preserve natural beauty and our local ecology.

Membership, Donations and Sponsorships

There are various membership categories, including individual membership, family membership, supporting membership, contributing membership, and Circles of Giving. Visit our membership page for information about membership benefits and additional details. Donations and sponsorships in various categories are also accepted. Visit our Donation page for more information.

Governance & Staffing

The Bellevue Botanical Garden Society, governed by an all-volunteer board of directors, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Washington. Various Society committees are headed by board members. Some of the major committees include education, finance, outreach, events, and fund development. In addition, numerous sub-committees handle more specific projects. To assist in furthering the Society’s mission, paid Society staff  work on-site at the Garden. The Society also has a large cadre of dedicated volunteers who help us fulfill our mission. Operating funds are raised through membership dues, events, and donations. The Society also seeks funding through grants and sponsorships. Some of the special events the BBGS hosts include the popular Mother’s Day at the Garden, the fun summer Arts in the Garden, and the delightful winter Garden d’Lights.

Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Board of Directors 2021-2022

Cleo Raulerson, Co-President
Heather Babiak-Kane, Co-President

Tracy Botsford
Barbara Bruell
Amy Doughty
Chuck Freedenberg
Robin Root James
Nita-Jo Rountree
Kathleen Searcy
Gretchen Stengel
Doris Wong-Estridge


The Bellevue Botanical Garden Society was founded in 1984 by Iris and Bob Jewett, with the idea to build and support a free public botanical garden for their local community. It came to fruition when Harriet and Cal Shorts generously donated their home and 7.5 acres to develop the Bellevue Botanical Garden. The Society was then incorporated in January 1986 as a non-profit organization. Since 1992, in partnership with the City of Bellevue, more than 45 acres have been added to the Garden. Today, the 53-acre Bellevue Botanical Garden is a world-renowned community treasure for everyone to enjoy.

For more information about the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society, please email us, or call the Garden at (425) 452-2750.