One advantage of Mother’s Day is a mom gets to do whatever she wants. Want to visit a botanical garden because you’re a plant nerd? A mom can do that. And that’s exactly what I did with my family last Sunday on Mother’s Day.
When I was in horticulture school, I worked for a quarter at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. It was a field practicum class for hands-on training. That was a fun time. I made a new, close friend and learned about rare plants I’d otherwise not have access to. Back then, in the early 2000s, the garden wasn’t as expanded and polished as it is today. There are more sites to see now. The perennial border in particular is even more beautiful. While it used to be a mass of hillside with trees, shrubs, and perennials, it now has proper gravel paths cutting through it with benches and broad, gentle steps. And not only are there spectacular collections of unusual plants on this 53-acre site, but a rock garden, native habitats, waterfalls, sculptures, even a suspension bridge. All in tidy, lovely shape. I left yearning for a crew of volunteers to maintain my yard. Here are a few photos of my visit. Oh, and by the way, it’s free.