Once upon a time in the spring of 2018, members of the Pine Lake Garden Club met with the Sammamish Parks Advisory Committee to consider a park bench donation. From that meeting grew the dream of creating a botanical garden in our own neighborhood. As of 2019, we are happy to bring this dream to reality. The SBGS is registered as a nonprofit corporation with the State of Washington, and has been granted 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.
Our mission is to create a botanical garden within the City of Sammamish; to raise funds and in-kind contributions for maintenance, plant acquisitions, capital projects and other activities; to work as a partner with the City in establishing, developing and perpetuating the Sammamish Botanical Gardens.
Our logo is the red columbine, Aquilegia formosa. This native flower, found throughout Washington, is also a good one for our home gardens. It’s easy to grow in sun or part shade, and is attractive to both hummingbirds and butterflies.
Although we recognize the need to proceed with small projects in an excellent manner, our vision for the future is a grand one. We are blessed to live in a geographical area with superb natural beauty and the ability to grow a wide variety of plants. We would like to provide educational programs for youth and adults, offer an informative website for our local garden community, and offer outdoor nature activities. We will work in partnership with the Sammamish Parks Department to enhance existing native plant borders, create a Heritage Garden and a botanical garden in the park system. Our plants will be curated, with signage. Our wish is to not only create a beautiful setting, but one where the quiet places in nature bring serenity and plant knowledge. We hope to develop research programs that will help to solve present issues of plant disease, and offer options for achieving a clean, pesticide and herbicide free garden environment.