We are not accepting rental reservations from outside groups at this time. Please check back for updates.
The Aaron Education Center is the ideal setting for meetings, events, classes, lectures and plant sales. Use of facilities is restricted to 501(c)(3) non-profit groups for their mission-based activities, with priority given to Bellevue Botanical Garden partner groups and mission-related organizations. We do not permit private events such as weddings or parties at the Garden.
For more information, contact us at (425) 452-2750 or email your inquiry. Once you are ready to proceed, complete the following forms:
PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDELINES & PERMITS
Currently, individuals or small groups (up to 25 people total, including photographer and their staff) may use the Garden for professional photography based on availability. Permits are required and must be requested by phone or email at least one week before date of photo shoot.
Professional Photography Guidelines
To ensure a positive session while maintaining a pleasant experience for our many visitors, please follow these guidelines.
- Keep pathways clear
- Stay out of planting beds
- You are welcome to walk on the lawns
- Do not disturb or remove plants, plant parts, plant labels, markers, or containers
- Do not climb on the rocks or in the trees
- Please be courteous of other visitors’ expectations for a peaceful visit to the Garden
- Dogs and other pets are not permitted in the Garden; service animals only are allowed.
- We do not have changing rooms or facilities for indoor photography
- While we do not allow weddings at the Garden, we do allow wedding photography
- If a photographer is simply taking pictures for his or her own personal enjoyment, there is no fee.
- Even if a permit is not required, we still ask that large groups (10 or more) inform us of your plans to visit so that we can go over the guidelines and get your group on the calendar. Please see our Group Visits page for more information.
Professional Photography Fees:
• Permit fees are $25 for the first 2 hours
• $12.50 for each additional hour
For payment, we accept Visa and Mastercard, or you may mail in a check once your permit is approved. We are unable to accept cash payments at this time.
To Obtain a Permit:
Call us at 425-452-2750, or email us to request a permit. Complete the following form and return it to us:
- Facility Use Request Form for Photography: PDF
Make sure to bring your receipt with you to the Garden. It is your permit.
We are currently issuing commercial still or filming permits on a limited basis. Email staff with your request.
Commercial photography includes, but is not limited to, photography within the Bellevue Botanical Garden to promote or sell a product or service, photos or films for sale, and photography used for business purposes. Pre-scheduling is essential and a permit is required. Permit approval will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Please review our Commercial Film & Photo Use Guide and, if you wish to proceed, complete the Park Reservation Request Form: PDF FILLABLE WORD FORM
COMMERCIAL USE FEES
Bellevue Botanical Garden does not offer electricity/water access, maintenance staff, vehicle access to the grounds, or parking lot rental/reservations.
Fees are the minimum on a sliding scale based on the type of production:
- Still Photography/Training films/Industrial films, etc. – $105 per day/$53 per half day
- Broadcast, Film, TV, Commercial, etc. – $310 per day/$155 per half day