Docent Tours

Walk the Garden 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 encouraged. Suggested donation is $5 per person.

REGISTRATION: Not required.


Private Tours

Private docent-led group tours are available by prior arrangement from April through October. 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. At this time, guided tours are not available for children younger than six years old.

There is no charge for a private docent tour. However, donations are encouraged and appreciated. Suggested donation is $5 per person.

Once we receive your request, the tour coordinator will contact you to confirm your reservation and send you a registration form, along with bus directions if needed.

To request a private, docent-led tour of the Garden, please complete our online docent tour request form.


You do not need a guided 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 mailed to you or 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.