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Daphne genkwa flowers above Susan Skelley’s hand-woven fence of western red cedar (Thuja plicata) in the Northwest Perennial Alliance's West Border at Bellevue Botanical Gardens. Photograph by Lynne Harrison

“I can’t believe we pulled it off” was a common refrain heard during the Bellevue Botanical Garden’s tenth anniversary celebration event on June 29, 2002. The Garden, just a hope and dream of local gardeners a mere decade ago, now boasts a visitation of over 300,000 annually. It is a unique urban space defined by dramatic display gardens, serene woodlands, and is used as a focus of community events and celebrations.

Situated between the sparkling waters of the Puget Sound and the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, the Bellevue Botanical Garden mirrors the region’s natural setting of forested hills, wetlands, and meadows. The Garden is an oasis on the eastern edge of downtown Bellevue, a vibrant and growing city of 103,000 on the burgeoning eastside of the Puget Sound.

Community support has been a part of the Bellevue Botanical Garden since its inception. Cal and Harriet Shorts purchased seven acre...

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