The Dahlia Garden is host to an annual display that has been planted and maintained by the Puget Sound Dahlia Association since 1993. These flowers provide a kaleidoscope of color from the summer to the fall with new ones being added each year.
The Perennial Border is homes to thousands of different perennials, shrubs, bulbs, evergreens, and trees that are picturesque and colorful year-round. This award-winning garden was created by the Northwest Perennial Alliance and is also used for educational and volunteer purposes.
The Fern Collection was started by Cal and Harriet Shorts in the 1990s and now contains about 750 species of ferns. The Rhododendron Glen is home to more than 50 different species and provide year-round interest for visitors.
The Native Discovery Garden is used to educate and expose visitors to new plants that have adapted to the climate of the Pacific Northwest and can be grown in their own gardens. The staff of the Gardens wants the plants that visitors grow at home to be low maintenance, beautiful, and ecologically sound.
The Yao Garden is a place for quiet contemplation developed to celebrate the gardens of the Pacific Rim. Visitors are greeted by a traditional Japanese gate and can expect to explore the gardens surrounded by beautiful lanterns, azaleas, rhododendrons, and viburnums.
There are also a few different attractions and trails to explore, including The Ravine Experience, The Lost Meadow Trail, The Tateuchi Loop Trail, and The Shorts House, and The Waterwise Garden.
The Ravine Experience is a looped nature trail including an exciting 150 foot suspension bridge within a steep ravine. This wild walk features beautiful woodlands and the wildlife that lives within this environment.
The Lost Meadow Trail is an educational one-third mile trail through 10 acres of woodlands, meadows and wetlands. The Tateuchi Loop Trail is a relaxing one-half mile stroll that showcases a wide range of woodlands and gardens. There is also the Tateuchi Pavilion for shaded and relaxed viewing on the surrounding nature.
The Shorts House is located in the Ground Cover Garden and was the original home of Cal and Harriet Shorts. It is open for tours and is surrounded by lovely gardens and shady trees.
The Waterwise Garden is an educational attraction where visitors will learn new practices for growing a beautiful garden while also conserving water, lowering chemical use, reducing runoff, recycling waste, and preserving natural habitats. This award-winning garden showcases a variety of different plants while providing shady pathways and priceless horticultural education.
Between all of the trails, attractions, and various gardens, there is definitely plenty to see and do at the Bellevue Gardens. Their virtual collection search can also make any visit easier if guests are looking for a particular species of plant, shrub, or tree. Things to Do in Washington State: Bellevue Botanical Garden - Photo: alessandrarc/Fotolia
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