Bellevue Botanical Garden
Yao Garden

Garden d'Lights


Shorts Visitor Center
Rest, reflect, and browse at our welcoming Visitor Center. The original home of Cal and Harriet Shorts, built in 1957, is now a gathering place with gift shop, library, meeting space and garden offices. Renowned Northwest architect Paul Kirk designed the building to reflect a blend of Asian and Northwest design concepts. Light-filled rooms, views of the gardens, and a central atrium create a strong connection between interior and exterior spaces.

Accessible parking is available in Wilburton Hill Park, one-third mile from the temporary entrance to the Garden during construction. Accessible restrooms are located in the visitor center. Click here to download our trail Accessibility Map.

There are no wheelchair rentals at the Garden. For your convenience, we list the following where you may rent a wheelchair:
Bellevue Healthcare 425-451-2842
Allcare 425-455-8330
Wheels to Go (Seattle) 206-622-2662
Wheelchair Haven (Renton) 253-242-5922

Photography at the Garden
We are pleased to offer small groups (up to 25 people) the opportunity to use the Garden for family, wedding or senior pictures on a space available basis. Fees are $25 for the first 2 hours and $12.50 for each additional hour. Commercial still photography or filming will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

To prevent conflicts with the Garden’s educational mission, special events and other uses, pre-scheduling is essential. Reservations should be made at least one week in advance. Please call 425-452-2750 or email to schedule.

When at the Garden for your photography session, please be considerate of our many guests. Please keep pathways clear for garden visitors and protect the garden by staying out of planting beds; you are welcome to walk on the lawns. Please do not climb on the rocks or in the trees–even for that perfect shot!

There are no changing rooms or space for indoor photography.


Rental Facilities
Garden-sponsored programs comprise the majority of building use. Sorry, no private parties or weddings and no picnic tables.

All facility or photography scheduling for the Bellevue Botanical Garden is done through the Volunteer Program Coordinator.
Call (425) 452-2750 or email to inquire about fees, hours, rules or to request a rental form.

The Shorts Visitor Center includes restrooms, kitchen, gift shop, library, and an open meeting room with a 40-person maximum capacity. Garden-sponsored programs comprise the majority of building use. The Shorts Visitor Center is limited to horticulture-related classes, events and other activities and is not available for general rentals.

The hourly rental is $35. After-hours activities will incur rental monitor fees. Reservations for use of the Shorts Visitor Center for garden-related activities are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, by written application only. This facility is not available during the months of November and December.


The Garden is open daily, including holidays, from dawn to dusk. The Visitor Center is open 9am to 4pm.


Copyright 2013 Bellevue Botanical Garden Society. All rights reserved.
The Bellevue Botanical Garden is a successful partnership between the City of Bellevue Parks and Community Services and the nonprofit Bellevue Botanical Garden Society.

The Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98005
(425) 452-2750