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Big Rock Garden​

Big Rock Garden

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.



Dawn to dusk year round.


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

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  • Parking is limited; on-street parking may be necessary.


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



Volunteer Opportunity at Big Rock Garden Park11210419365/4/2019 7:00:00 PM5/4/2019 4:00:00 PM2900 Sylvan Street, Bellingham, WA<img alt="" src="/services/recreation/parks-trails/PublishingImages/BigRock/Big-Rock-Garden.JPG?width=1920" style="BORDER&#58;0px solid;" /><img alt="" src="/services/recreation/parks-trails/PublishingImages/BigRock/Big-Rock-Garden.JPG?width=200" style="BORDER&#58;0px solid;" />3/18/2019 4:29:57 PMJoin us for our bi-annual morning of sculpture cleaning and gardening in this unique city park with Friends of Big Rock Garden All ages welcome, no experience necessary https://www.cob.org/events/Lists/calendar/current.aspxFalse
Volunteer Opportunity - Mother's Day Event at Big Rock Garden11210719395/12/2019 11:00:00 PM5/12/2019 8:00:00 PM2900 Sylvan Street <img alt="" src="/events/PublishingImages/parks/Volunteer%20Fun.jpeg?width=1920" style="BORDER&#58;0px solid;" /><img alt="" src="/events/PublishingImages/parks/Volunteer%20Fun.jpeg?width=200" style="BORDER&#58;0px solid;" />3/18/2019 4:40:26 PMCelebrate Mother's Day with the whole family, exploring the unique sculpture collection and beautiful gardens while enjoying light snacks, live music and plein air painters at https://www.cob.org/events/Lists/calendar/current.aspxFalse



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 t​he 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.




Adamhttps://www.cob.org/photos/Services/Recreation/parks-trails/big-rock-permanent-collection/adam.jpgAdamCarved in Carrera marble by Russian artist Alexei Kazantsev, this is a 2' tall classical nude sculpture.
Ancestor's Pathhttps://www.cob.org/photos/Services/Recreation/parks-trails/big-rock-permanent-collection/ancestor's-path.jpgAncestor's PathEnameled steel wall piece by Seattle artist Pamela Harlow.
Big Rock Pagodahttps://www.cob.org/photos/Services/Recreation/parks-trails/big-rock-permanent-collection/big-rock-pagoda.jpgBig Rock Pagoda
Cobra Dreamshttps://www.cob.org/photos/Services/Recreation/parks-trails/big-rock-permanent-collection/cobra-dreams.jpgCobra Dreams3' basalt carving atop a 3' basalt base by Oregon artist Elaine MacKay.
Embracehttps://www.cob.org/photos/Services/Recreation/parks-trails/big-rock-permanent-collection/embrace.jpgEmbraceBy Pasha Stinson of Bainbridge Island, WA, made of Onyx.
Endangered Specieshttps://www.cob.org/photos/Services/Recreation/parks-trails/big-rock-permanent-collection/endangered-species.jpgEndangered SpeciesAn installation of five larger-than-life heads in a bed of sand 16' across by Hungarian artist, Georg Schmerholz.
Evehttps://www.cob.org/photos/Services/Recreation/parks-trails/big-rock-permanent-collection/eve.jpgEveA companion piece to the Adam work. Carved Carrera marble by Alexei Kazantsev.
ZoeGarden Wallhttps://www.cob.org/photos/Services/Recreation/parks-trails/big-rock-permanent-collection/zoe-garden.jpgZoeGarden WallCarved brick sculpture by Donna Dobberfuhl of Texas.

More Information

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