A Seattle nonprofit agency has contributed $506,000 toward improvements to the Bellevue Botanical Garden including two new gardens and an expanded visitor center. This year the city aims to build the Ravine Garden -- a loop trail featuring a suspension bridge that will take visitors through woodland acquired for the Botanical Garden in 2006.
The PJA Foundation awarded the money to the Bellevue Botanical Garden Society, which manages the popular city facility in partnership with the city. The BBGS is leading a fundraising campaign for the improvements, including new education and visitor services centers designed by internationally acclaimed Seattle architectural firm Olson Kundig Architects, a new Wetland Sun Terrace Garden and additional parking. The new gardens will provide space for elementary-school and adult education and interpretation programs.
With the gift from the PJA Foundation, many private donations, and the $2 million commitment from the 2008 voter-approved Parks & Natural Areas levy, $7.2 million has now been raised toward the $11 million fundraising goal.
The PJA Foundation is dedicated to promoting a love of horticulture in the general public, and has been a longstanding donor to the Botanical Garden. Over the past 14 years, the organization's contributions have supported the Garden's education and outreach activities, as well as development of the Alpine Rock Garden and a waterfall and ponds in the Shorts Ground Cover Garden.
"We are very proud that the Garden has become an important institution in the region and nationally," said PJA Foundation president David Ketter. "We believe that the Growing a Living Legacy capital campaign will result in garden improvements that enhance an already distinguished public resource."
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