Garden Lover’s Guide to the Pacific N.W.
Select Northwest Gardens & Estates
12317 Gravelly Lake Drive SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
Open to the public for self-guided tours:
Summer: Apr 1 - Sept 30
Wed - Sun, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Winter: Dates and times vary during the winter months. Please call ahead or visit our website for information.
Adult $9.00, Senior, Student, active Military $7.00, Childen under 12 free. Docented tours for groups or individuals are available with advance reservations. For special group rates, call toll-free at 1-888-858-4106.
Permitted. We do ask that you carry out all that you bring with you. No pets please.
The Garden Shop:
In the original carriage house and equestrian stable. It offers a range of gardening books, quality gardening tools and a variety of unique gift items.
253-584-4106 or 1-888-858-4106
Created by Emmott and Ione Chase, this fifty year old northwest style garden features a panoramic view to Mt. Rainier.
Paths meander through a native wildflower woodland, across a sunny ground cover meadow, and between rhododendron, perennial and shrub-filled garden segments within 4 1/2 harmonious acres.
The Chase Garden is a preservation project of The Garden Conservancy. Visit their website at www.gardenconservancy.org. for more information.
16015 264th Street East, Orting, WA
(via Hwy 161)
Chase Gardens is only open to the public on select days of the year. Please visit their website for more information.
Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden
This 22-acre 'living museum' is home to one of the largest collections of species Rhododendrons in the world. RSBG displays over 700 of the more than 1,000 species found in the wilds of North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, as well as various companion plants.
The garden includes a tropical conservatory, Victorian stumpery, gazebo, Alpine and Pond Gardens, meadow, Plant Sales Pavilion and Gift Shop. Membership, group tours and event rentals are available.
2525 South 336th Street, Federal Way,
WA 98003 (Exit 143 from I-5)
Year-round, hours and days vary
Admission: $8.00 General Admission, $5 Seniors & Students
1-253-838-4646 • www.rhodygarden.org
A cultivated paradise hidden in a Federal Way residential suburb. Nestled against thirty-five acres of native successional forest, this three-acre jewel feels both grand and intimate.
The garden design features seven unique rooms graced with over a thousand varieties of trees, flowering shrubs and perennials. The woodland and shade gardens in particular demonstrate how private landowners can use natural land features to develop stunning landscapes. A conservatory-style Garden Room offers a sheltered place to sit and relax.
This peaceful and well-maintained garden provides visitors a welcoming and restorative retreat from the bustle of everyday life.
430 South Dash Point Road, Federal Way, WA (Entry one mile west of Pacific Hwy. South)
June 25-October 31, Tue - Sat, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm (Plus Mother's Day weekend)
Self-guided tours $5.00, guided tours available by appointment $8.00
253-529-1620 • www.powellswood.org
Bellevue Botanical Garden
Fifty-three acres of rolling hills, undisturbed native woodlands, meadows and display gardens offer the visitor an ever-changing panorama of greenery and color.
Special garden features include the NPA Perennial Border, Shorts Ground Cover Garden, Waterwise Garden, Fuchsia Display, Yao Garden, and Alpine Rock Garden. Facilities include a Library and Gift Shop.
12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA 98005-4536
(East of Seattle, off -405 or via SR-520.)
The Garden is open daily from dawn to dusk. The Visitor Center is open 9am to 4pm. During Garden d'Lights, the Garden and Visitor Center are open until 9:30pm
Free, service animals only within the Garden.
425-452-2750 • www.bellevuebotanical.org
Kruckeberg Botanic Garden
This four-acre garden and arboretum was created by Dr. Art and Mareen Kruckeberg over fifty years. The garden combines diverse Northwest native plants with unusual exotics from around the world. The result is a naturalistic and unique woodland garden with over 2000 different plant species.
"There's no better place to see our native rhododendrons, maples, oaks and conifers grown mature in a residential-scale garden," says the Seattle Times. It is now a public garden owned by the City of Shoreline.
20312 15th Avenue NW • Shoreline, WA 98133
Fri - Sun, March - October,
10:00 am - 5:00 pm,
November - February, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm,
For guided tours, contact the garden
Free, donations are appreciated
206-546-1281 • www.kruckeberg.org
Designed in 1915 for Arthur Dunn by the renowned Olmsted Brothers landscape architecture firm, Dunn Gardens is the only Olmsted residential landscape regularly open to the public in the Northwest.
Today this HGTV award-winning garden, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, still reflects the mature grace that the designers and owners desired for what was then a rural summer retreat. Notable features of the garden include a woodland glen, perennial border, great sweeps of lawn, champion trees, trails meandering through a forest of rare plants, a rock-edged pond and an exciting curators' garden. Special Events include: ArtWalks, lectures, classes and Fall Foliage Festival.
Located in NW Seattle, WA
Apr - Jul, Sept - Oct, weekly docent tours (Closed Aug), call for appointment and directions, group tours available
General $10.00, Seniors $5.00, No children under 12 or pets please
206-362-0933 • www.dunngardens.org
Volunteer Park Conservatory
Modeled after London's Crystal Palace, the Volunteer Park Conservatory stands as the focal point of Volunteer Park. First proposed in 1893, the Conservatory was incorporated into the design by the prestigious landscape architects, the Olmsted brothers.
The structure was completed in 1912 and contains a variety of unique plant collections, featuring bromeliads, palms, ferns and cacti, as well as an award-winning orchid collection. The seasonal house display changes quarterly for year-round beauty. The Gift Shop/Resource Center, offer events throughout the year and provide docent-guided tours.
1400 E Galer St, Seattle, WA 98122
Open:Year-round, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, closed Mon, docent tours available (See website for reservation information)
Tues - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Adults over 18 $4, Ages 13-18 $2, Free under 13
Free Admission First Thursday & First Saturday of every month.
The UW Botanic Gardens
The University of Washington Botanic Gardens was established in 2005 to unite the gardens and programs of the Washington Park Arboretum and the Center for Urban Horticulture. This nationally renowned plant collection contains over 10,000 specimens.
The Arboretum is a hidden gem on the shores of Lake Washington. Its 230 acres offer a dynamic assortment of plants.
Around the Center for Urban Horticulture you'll find demonstration gardens. The Center's Union Bay Natural Area is a public space, natural restoration laboratory and an important wildlife habitat on Lake Washington.
Arboretum Visitor's Center:
2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle, WA 98112
Center for Urban Horticulture:
3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle, WA 98105
Gardens year-round, daylight hours, facilities vary, call or visit website
206-543-8616 • www.uwbotanicgardens.org
The Bloedel Reserve
One of the quintessential garden estates in the Pacific Northwest, the Bloedel Reserve offers a unique experience Often named as one of the best public gardens in America, the Reserve harmoniously integrates 150 acres of natural woodlands and landscaped gardens, including a Reflection Pool enclosed by a yew hedge, a formal Japanese Garden with a meditative stone garden, a two-acre moss garden, and a large bird marsh. The French-style manor house is home to a library collection of new and rare books on gardening, horticulture, botany and wildlife.
Both Virginia and Prentice Bloedel were from prominent timber industry families. A pioneer in conservation, Prentice Bloedel had a life-long interest in the relationship between people and the natural world.
7571 N.E. Dolphin Drive, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Open: Tues - Sun 10:00am-4:00pm
Please call for extended summer hours.
Adults $15, Seniors (65+) & Military $10, Students 13-18 $8, Children 5-12 $5, Children 4 and under are free
1-206-842-7631 • www.bloedelreserve.org
Be surrounded by the presence of ancient bonsai trees, some over 1000 years old. Experience history, nature, and the high art of bonsai through the eyes of an international bonsai master. The shores of Puget Sound shimmer beside six acres of giant Rhododendrons and Japanese Maples.
You will enjoy a northwest cascade garden that could be the model of an original Japanese Garden. Northwest wildlife abounds here and you will be enchanted by the Elandan Gardens Gallery, listed by "Country Living Gardener" magazine as one of the top ten stores in the country. Relatively new to the garden circuit, this garden is a must see.
3050 West Highway 16, Bremerton, WA 98312
April - October, Tuesday - Sunday 10 - 5 pm. November - March, Friday - Sunday 10 - 5 pm
1-360-373-8260 • www.elandangardens.com