FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Our most commonly asked questions are listed below. Please contact us if your question or concern is not addressed below.
The Garden is open from dawn to dusk every day, including all holidays. Entry into the Garden is free.
The Bellevue Botanical Garden is located at 12001 Main St., Bellevue, WA 98005. There are several ways to get here from I-405 & SR-520. We recommend consulting a navigation app to find the best route from your starting point.
From I-405, take exit 13A onto NE 4th St. and head east. Turn right on 120th Avenue. Go south approximately 1/2 mile to the stoplight at Main St. Turn left onto Main St. The Garden entrance is about three blocks up Main Street on the right.
To travel to the Garden by King County Metro bus, from the Bellevue Transit Center, take bus #271 and get off at the 116th Ave SE & SE 1st St stop. This is the closest bus stop to the Garden, and is a 1/2 mile walk from the bus stop to the Garden, and is uphill for the first 1/4 mile. Consult the King County Metro Trip Planner for exact routes and times.
Yes. Free parking is available in the Garden parking lot, immediately adjacent to the Visitor Center. When parking in the Garden lot, lock your vehicle and take all valuables with you. Our lot cannot accommodate buses, shuttles, or other large vehicles. Large vehicles must park at Wilburton Hill Park, which is 1/4 mile east of the Garden.
Dogs and other pets are not permitted anywhere on Garden grounds. Service animals only are allowed in the Garden. Leashed pets are welcome in nearby Wilburton Hill Park and on the Lake-to-Lake Trail.
Yes. We acknowledge that the land on which the Bellevue Botanical Garden is located is the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish people, the traditional home of all tribes and bands within the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Indian Tribe. We take this opportunity to honor and express our deepest respect to the original caretakers of this land – a people that are still here, continuing to honor their heritage.
Yes. Restrooms are located near the Trillium Store. Visitors are welcome to use the restroom consistent with their gender identity or expression.
You may picnic in designated areas only. There are two picnic tables by the main entry, and tables on the Shorts House Patio that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We do not permit picnicking on the lawns. Wilburton Hill Park, just a 5 minute walk southeast of the Garden along the Lake-to-Lake Trail, has numerous picnic facilities for your convenience.
If you are taking photos for your own personal use, there are no restrictions. If using a tripod, please be considerate of other visitors and do not block pathways, and do not place your tripod in planting beds.
For professional photography shoots, such as graduation, family, or wedding photography, a permit is required. For more information, contact the Garden Office at 425-452-2750 or by email, or see our Photography Page.
If you have a large group arriving by van, bus or shuttle, please be aware that our parking lot cannot accommodate these large vehicles. See the Parking section above for more information.
To make the Garden a safe place for people, plants, and wildlife, please follow these guidelines: