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.

About the Society:

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 has a large cadre of dedicated volunteers who help present many of the low-cost horticultural classes, lectures and events for children and adults. 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 Social, the fun summer Arts in the Garden, and the delightful wintertime Garden d’Lights.

Mission of the Society:

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

Vision of the Society:

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.

Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Board of Directors 2020-2021

Cleo Raulerson, Co-President
Heather Babiak-Kane, Co-President
Amy Doughty, Treasurer
Jim Livingston, Secretary

Tracy Botsford
Barbara Bruell
Anne Dziok
Chuck Freedenberg
Denise Lane
Nita-Jo Rountree
Kathleen Searcy
Gretchen Stengel
Lisa Wozow

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