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The Bellevue Botanical Garden, owned by the City of Bellevue, is not just a municipal treasure but a testament to the power of partnership.

At the heart of the Garden’s success lies a dynamic network of ten dedicated partner groups, each playing a vital role in its maintenance and development. These organizations bring together a wealth of expertise, resources, and passion to nurture this urban oasis.

Together with the City of Bellevue, these ten partner groups work tirelessly to preserve the garden’s natural splendor, enhance its biodiversity, and create enriching experiences for visitors of all ages. Through collective effort and community engagement, we strive to cultivate a vibrant and sustainable sanctuary that inspires and educates generations to come.

Meet our ten partner groups below:
Bellevue Botanical Garden Society

Through education and community involvement, the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society inspires all generations to advance Northwest horticultural knowledge and preserve its natural beauty and ecology.

Bellevue Utilities

Bellevue Utilities sponsors the award-winning Waterwise Garden to educate the public about the benefits of natural gardening. Landscaping choices play an important part in protecting Puget Sound’s water resources and the wildlife that depend on it. The diverse array of plants and natural gardening practices used in the Waterwise Garden demonstrate that it’s possible to conserve water, lower chemical use, reduce runoff, recycle materials, and preserve habitat without sacrificing beauty. The display offers rich possibilities for home gardens and a healthier environment. Email Zachariah Van Ry  for information about the Waterwise Garden and volunteering. Online resources can be found on Bellevue’s natural yard care website.

East Lake Washington District of Garden Clubs

East Lake Washington District of Garden Clubs is dedicated to protecting and beautifying our world. Neighborhood clubs study gardening, environmental issues, flower arranging and landscape design while encouraging good horticultural practices that conserve our natural resources. For more information about their garden clubs, visit their website.

Eastside Fuchsia Society

Members maintain the dazzling Fuchsia Garden and test various cultivars that grow in the Pacific Northwest. The Society is dedicated to the study of the culture of fuchsias and encouraging fellowship among fuchsia enthusiasts. The Eastside Fuchsia Society is an independent organization which participates jointly with other fuchsia societies in the state in the operation of the Northwest Fuchsia Society.

Hardy Fern Foundation

The Hardy Fern Foundation was established in 1989 to introduce and test the world’s temperate ferns for hardiness and ornamental value and to build comprehensive collections for public display, information and education. The primary study garden is at the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden in Federal Way, Washington. The Hardy Fern Foundation is affiliated with research plantings and displays at botanical gardens, arboreta and related public institutions throughout North America. In the 1990’s Harriet and Cal Shorts, enthusiastic members of the Hardy Fern Foundation, donated $25,000 to create a fern garden at Bellevue Botanical Garden. Today, you can find 750 ferns scattered among the rhododendrons in Rhododendron Glen.

Master Gardener Foundation of King County

The Master Gardener Foundation of King County and the WSU Extension King County Master Gardener Program and their 600+ volunteer educators in King County are available to the public at 40 community plant clinics and 12 Demonstration Gardens. One of these clinics is at Bellevue Botanical Garden and is open from early April to late September on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. Their WSU-Certified Master Gardeners can answer questions to keep your garden healthy, beautiful and functional. They help you understand and manage pest and disease related problems and provide ideas on plant selection and maintenance for both edibles and ornamentals. When their in-person clinic is not open, you may also submit questions to their Email clinic. Their skills are based on WSU-sourced peer reviewed data, and an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to gardening. WSU Extension programing and employment is available to all without discrimination.

Northwestern Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society

The North American Rock Garden Society was organized to encourage the study and cultivation of rock garden plants. The Northwestern Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society maintains the Rock Garden at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Through articles in the newsletter, lectures, slide presentations, meetings, and garden visits, the Northwestern Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society provides extensive opportunities for both beginners and experts to expand their knowledge of plants, propagation techniques, even design, construction and maintenance of gardens.

Northwest Perennial Alliance

The Northwest Perennial Alliance (NPA) is a group of gardeners with a passion for herbaceous plants. Members represent a wide range of professional and amateur gardeners, whose mission is to promote the use of and education about perennials for Northwest gardens. NPA members design, install and maintain the gorgeous Perennial Border. Contact the NPA by email or (425) 647-6004. Anyone can participate in scheduled work parties, and membership in the NPA is not required.

Puget Sound Dahlia Association

The Puget Sound Dahlia Association maintains the stunning Dahlia Display at the Bellevue Botanical Garden—a favorite of many of our visitors.

Washington Native Plant Society

The Washington Native Plant Society promotes the appreciation and conservation of Washington’s native plants and their habitats through study, education and advocacy. Members share a common interest in Washington’s unique and diverse flora and habitats. They represent all levels of botanical knowledge, from professional and experienced amateur botanists, to beginners just becoming curious about the beautiful plants and habitats of our state. The Central Puget Sound Chapter of WNPS offers regular lectures, plant identification workshops, field trips, and spring and fall plant sales – all open to the public. Habitat conservation, stewardship roles, restoration and plant salvage opportunities are available to members.