About the NPA Border

NPA's amazing perennial border at Bellevue Botanical Garden (BBG) is a showcase for what works best in Northwest gardens. Come revel in thousands of perennials, shrubs, bulbs, evergreens and trees that provide color and beauty year round. Stroll the paths, relax on the benches and enjoy one of the largest public perennial gardens in the country maintained entirely by volunteers. The Border has been a featured attraction at BBG since the park opened in 1992. It is a source of education and hands-on learning opportunities for NPA members, horticulture students and gardeners throughout the Puget Sound area. BBG is free and open to the public daily, dawn to dusk. Driving directions.

Volunteers make the difference!

NPA Border Supervisor Jen Boardman, an experienced horticulturist, supervises the volunteers who help keep the Border beautiful. Volunteering a few hours with Jen is the ideal way to expand your knowledge about gardening while giving back to the community.

Please join us! You'lll usually find us in the Border at 10 a.m. on Thursdays. We welcome volunteers, students and community service groups.


10 am-noon, the third Thursday of each month
Spend two hours working in the Border, then enjoy a potluck lunch.


Visit our Plant Propagation Exhibit

NPA's exciting new Plant Propagation Exhibit at Bellevue Botanical Garden helps educate visitors and volunteers about growing and propagating hardy, herbaceous plants. Read more about the exhibit.

Plant donations of healthy, herbaceous perennials are accepted here on the first Thursday of the month (March-October) 10 am-noon. Donations must include a note with the botanical name (genus and species) and flower color.


A rave review for the Border

From garden designer and PBS personality Rebecca Sweet's "Gossip in the Garden" blog:
"I thought I’d share with you one of the most beautiful late-season perennial borders that I’ve seen in a long time, located at the Bellevue Botanical Garden."
Read more here and enjoy the many photos!