After stops at two private gardens earlier in the day it was time to tour the Bellevue Botanical Garden. I’d never been and was curious what it would be like, I’d be lying if I said my expectations were high. They weren’t, still I hoped to be pleasantly surprised. I roamed around the garden with no rhyme or reason to my path. We’d been given a nice overview by the garden staff but I was on garden overload by now, I couldn’t be expected to pay attention to how I was supposed to view the garden. I just wandered and looked for inspiring sights. Luckily I found a few! This crazy bit of metal work looked like a hidden portal to another world. I saw my first Skunk Cabbage here (I smelled it first). And my second Sassafras tree… Something that didn’t occur to me then but does now, were there plant labels? I don’t remember seeing any. I didn’t take pictures of any. That’s bad! Botanical gardens should have their plants labeled! It was love at first sight when I looked up and saw this house (now visitor center/offices) across the lawn. I would be very happy to call it home. The view back across the lawn. Nolina? This one appears to be winding up and about to launch skyward! Must be deer protection? As several others have mentioned there were holes in the big perennial border, you may have noticed I found myself focusing on individual plants rather than combinations. The area around the drool worthy home had some graphic landscaping touches... Big Gunnera! The rock garden was the last part of the garden I walked through. Exhausted it was time to head to the bus! Looking back I'm glad to have had the opportunity to visit the garden, it was a beautiful place to wander through. I would definitely recommend a visit to others, but I doubt I'll feel the need to return soon.