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.
- Drinking Fountain
- Gardens – Wildlife Friendly (PDF)
- Sculpture Collection
Dawn to dusk year round.
2900 Sylvan Street
- Google Map
- Park Map (PDF)
- Trail Guide (PDF)
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.
For more information about this park and its events including the International Sculpture Exhibit, contact the Parks & Recreation Main Office.