Guided Tours

Walk the Garden with an expert and discover its notable beauty and history

Public Tours

Discover the world of plants at the Bellevue Botanical Garden with a 1-hour docent-led tour. These general tours will introduce the plants and gardens at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, and offer interesting information about the Garden and its history.

DATES: Each Saturday and Sunday from April through October

TIME: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

LOCATION: Meet at the Shorts House, west of the main entrance (approximately a 3-5 minute walk from the main entrance)

HOST: Bellevue Botanical Garden Society

FEE: Free. Donations are encouraged. Suggested donation is $5 per person. You may donate on the day of your tour, or make an online donation.

REGISTRATION: Not required.

 

Private Tours

Private docent-led group tours are available by prior arrangement from April through October each year. These 1 to 1.5 hour tours are tailored to the group’s interest.  All tours must be scheduled at least two weeks prior to the desired date. Request for tours are accepted starting in January for the current year. Group size is limited to a maximum of 50 people.

To request a private docent-led tour of the Garden, please complete our docent tour request form. Once we receive your tour request, the tour coordinator will contact you to confirm details.

 

Private Youth Tours

Private guided tours are also available for youth aged 3 to 18. These tours are focused on age-appropriate garden-related themes.

There are four categories of Docent-led Youth Tours:

  • Preschool Tours (3-6 year olds; maximum one hour tour; maximum 24 kids with a 1:3 adult/child ratio required)
  • Primary School Tours (6-10 year olds; maximum one hour tour; maximum 30 kids with a 1:5 adult/child ratio required)
  • Middle School Tours (10-13 year olds; maximum 90 minute tour; maximum 30 kids with a 1:10 adult/youth ratio required)
  • High School Tours (14-18 year olds; maximum 90 minute tour; maximum 30 kids with a 1:10 adult/youth ratio required)
To request a private youth tour of the Garden, please complete our Youth Tour Request Form. Once we receive your tour request, the tour coordinator will contact you to confirm details.

 

Cost

There is no charge for a private tour. However, donations are encouraged and appreciated. Suggested donation is $5 per person. You may bring your donation with you on the day of your tour, or make an online donation.

 

You Do Not Need a Private Tour to Enjoy the Garden

Visitors are welcome to visit the Garden every day from dawn to dusk. Remember, pets are not allowed anywhere in the Garden – service animals only are permitted. Please call (425) 452-2750 if you plan to bring a large group (more than ten) on a self-guided tour of the Garden. If you are not scheduling a guided tour and you have a group arriving by bus, it is very important that you call or email us first and ask for bus parking directions, which will be provided by email for your bus driver.

 

Become a Docent!

Do you want to learn more about plants and their uses? Would you like to share that knowledge with Garden visitors? If so, consider becoming a docent.