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Big Rock Garden

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Amenities

Nestled in a grove of evergreens above Lake Whatcom sits a unique city park showcasing original sculptures in a 2.5 acre garden. Meandering paths wander through the peaceful landscape of Big Rock Garden Park, where nature and art complement each other.

The Park boasts over 37 permanent works by distinguished international and local artists. A striking geometrical sculpture by renowned Mexican artist Sebastian and rarely seen pieces by Canadian artist David Marshall highlight the diversity.  Each May the Friends of Big Rock Garden Park and the Bellingham Parks & Recreation Department sponsor a Mother's Day Celebration with a focus on the garden and the opening of a new seasonal sculpture show.

Seasonal change in the garden inspires a new experience with each visit. Rhododendrons and azaleas announce spring with brilliant color, over 100 varieties of maples signal the arrival of fall, and the conifers' restful winter hues complete the year.

Pets are not permitted in Big Rock Garden Park.

Hours

Dawn to dusk year round.

Directions

Big Rock Garden Park is located at 2900 Sylvan Street in the Silver Beach Neighborhood.

Activities

Before using or reserving park facilities, please review the high-impact events below for information on how they may affect your planned activities.

History

Originally named Gardens of Art by founders George, Mary Ann and David Drake in 1981, the City of Bellingham purchased the garden in 1993.

Friends of Big Rock Garden Park

This group of volunteers guides the on-going development of the park as a sculpture and botanical garden.  They support the mission of the park, which is, "to inspire an appreciation of the arts and natural environment by showcasing high-quality outdoor sculpture and offering engaging programming in a unique Pacific Northwest setting."

The Friends of Big Rock Garden Park meet quarterly.  Landscape and Art subcommittees meet more frequently.  For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Main Office.

Photographs

Big Rock Garden gazebo - Korean War Children's Memorial Lantern sculpture at Big Rock Garden Rhododendron at Big Rock Garden - photo by Nadine Kaaland "Turn" sculpture at Big Rock Garden "Temple Guardian" sculpture at Big Rock Garden "Natura" sculpture at Big Rock Garden "Zoe Garden" sculpture at Big Rock Garden "Friends Grove" memorial wall at Big Rock Garden

Sculpture Collection interactive map and images

More Information

For more information about this park and its events including the International Sculpture Exhibit, contact the Parks & Recreation Main Office.

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