|BELLEVUE BOTANICAL GARDEN
This is arguably the finest garden in the Seattle
area. Begun in 1957 on the grounds of a private
home, the property was later donated to the City of
Bellevue, and under the care of a volunteer
organization the garden has expanded
progressively since the early 1990s.
Several landscapes are on view: the Dahlia
Garden, Alpine Rock Garden, Fuschia Garden, the
visitor center set about with outdoor sculpture, the
Waterwise Garden, the spectacular Perennial
Border, the Yao Chinese Garden, a Japanese tea
house, an installation of waterfalls and bridges
leading into the forest, and a beautiful trail through
The garden features one of the area's best
Christmas light displays: Garden d'Lights. An
extensive portion of the grounds are lit up by
hundreds of thousands of lights formed into the
shape of flowers, plants, and animals. My kids'
favorite is the purple spider on a brilliant web
creeping toward a fly it has trapped.
Admission is free. Parking is free.
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Bellevue Botanical Garden
by Bob Kelly