If you love working with plants, you will easily get as much as you give at the Bellevue Botanical Garden.
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Visitor Experience Teams
Lead tours of the Garden. Stroll the Garden with visitors and share interesting information about the Garden and its history. Training classes are provided annually. To learn more, please email us.
As an ambassador of the Garden, greet visitors when they first arrive at the Garden. Assist shoppers, work as a cashier, and provide inventory support.
Special Event Support
Help ensure the Garden’s special events run smoothly and safely. Assist visitors, patrol the grounds, and support garden staff with operational duties.
The Garden beautification team meets for two hours on Saturdays to help clean signs and benches and pick up trash as we make our way through the Garden. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the whole Garden, while making an impact
Help plan and execute a wide range of community-building and fundraising events, including annual events such as Mother’s Day, Arts in the Garden, and Garden d’Lights, as well as one-time events.
Greet visitors to the Garden, sell tickets, and provide special event support.
Assist with botany-related educational opportunities for children ages 3 to 12 years, including Living Lab, Kids in the Garden, and Scouts programs.
Help design, coordinate and host our adult education programs. Identify and recruit speakers on a broad range of gardening and garden-related topics. Requires monthly meeting.
Assist Garden grounds staff and partner volunteers in creating, planting, pruning, weeding, and maintaining beds. Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 9-11 a.m.
Participate in a work party with Bellevue Utilities on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 1– 4 p.m., spring to fall.
Work with the Northwest Perennial Alliance every Thursday 9 a.m.-noon.
Work with the NW American Rock Garden Society on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Garden d'Lights Teams
Build & Repair Team
Renovate and repair existing displays, build new ones, and plan displays. Sit alongside “veterans” to learn how to build a light display.
Installation & Take Down Team
Participate in set-up, installation, light maintenance, and take down of displays from the last week of October until the Monday of Thanksgiving week. Take-down is the first week of January.
Corporate Group Volunteer Opportunities
The Garden offers volunteer opportunities for corporate groups on most Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9-11 a.m., March through October. Depending on the gardeners’ priorities, groups may help with weeding, cut-back, removal of invasive plants, or trail maintenance. Limit group sizes to 20 or less. Please request group volunteer days at least three weeks in advance by emailing BBGVolunteers@BellevueWA.gov with your preferred date(s).
Accepted group volunteers will be asked to complete the Volunteer Waiver, as instructed by the BBG Volunteer Program Coordinator.