The Bellevue Botanical Garden is 53 acres of cultivated gardens, restored woodland, and natural wetlands. The Garden’s mission is to display the best plants and gardening practices for healthy, beautiful Northwest gardens. The 13 acres of cultivated gardens are broken into categories including a Native Discovery Garden and an Urban Meadow, both of which have received grant funding from King Conservation District.
The Urban Meadow received a KCD grant in 2016 for on-the-ground materials including plants, rocks, and irrigation. You can learn about this project at https://www.pacifichorticulture.org/articles/making-an-urban-meadow/.
This year, the Garden used a KCD grant to revamp its Native Discovery Garden. This included a trail redesign and around 1000 new plantings of roughly 120 varieties of native plants and cultivars. All plants are native to northwestern North America, and about 90% are native to Washington specifically.
The Garden hosts fun volunteer events to help with the work.
Visitors to the garden can learn about the use of native plants and get inspired to use them in their own home garden and landscaping projects. If you feel inspired, don’t forget to check out KCD’s Native Plant Sale and Community Fair for affordable, hearty native plant stock.
Mark joined KCD in the spring of 2018 as Outreach Coordinator. A transplant from Montana, Mark brings with him a decade of experience in conservation and land-use issues. After graduating from the University of Montana, Mark spent several years teaching natural history in and around Glacier National Park. He also completed two terms of service as an AmeriCorps Volunteer with the Montana Conservation Corps. Most recently, Mark channeled his passion for the outdoors working to engage communities on wildlife and conservation issues while working for the Montana Wildlife Federation. When not developing KCD’s outreach program, Mark can be found hiking in the mountains with his wife Tia and their dog River.