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Bellevue’s Beautiful Botanical Gardens


5 of 5 stars

Bellevue Vacation Rental Guests, don’t miss this amazing Bellevue attraction!

Reviewed December 15, 2013 NEW

“My wife and I take long walks in the Wilburton Hill Park and Botanical Gardens. Both parks merge into one and the gravel path with intersecting bark mulch paths create a very serene atmosphere. If you are looking for a great place to walk and talk, this is it. There is so much everyday common beauty here that just changing the direction of your walk, changes the whole experience. The park is all second growth, as this area was logged from1904 to about 1916 by the Wilbur-Lea Logging Company. The surrounding Wilburton community is the home of another of Bellevue’s great parks, Kelsy Creek, a former dairy farm. Both parks are connected by wooded trails. Take some time and enjoy yourself.” (view actual TripAdvisor review here)

The Bellevue Botanical Garden is an urban refuge, encompassing 53-acres of cultivated gardens, restored woodlands, and natural wetlands. The living collections showcase plants that thrive in the Pacific Northwest. The Garden is free and open from dawn to dusk.

Another recent user reviewer said,

“Bellevue Botanical Garden is well worth the trip”

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 25, 2013

I love this garden so much, I travel many hours several times a year to see it. The grounds are beautifully maintained by the Garden Society and the city of Bellevue. The gardens are suitable for all ages. There are some steps to get to the garden but most of the paths are level and gravel surfaced. There are several areas of interest; a perennial garden with a large variety of flowers, a Japanese Garden with many different and interesting conifers, an alpine garden and woodland trails. Even if you are not a gardener, the park like setting makes for a quiet walk in nature.

During the Christmas season, there is a light show in the gardens at night and is a beautiful holiday treat for the whole family.

During the summer growing season, there are docent guided tours and, my personal favorite, a display of the flowers in bloom at that time with their names, just in case you want to make an addition to your own garden.

There is no food on the grounds so you’ll need to bring your own food and drink.

Visited June 2013″


Out of the many reasons to consider visiting Bellevue: Bellevue’s Botanical Gardens. A sprawling nature paradise during the spring, summer, and fall, this Bellevue gem turns into an equally breathtaking lights show during the holidays (see photo below).



We’ll chalk this article up as just another reason to visit Bellevue.