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rhododendronsRhododendron Species Botanical Garden

The Rhododendron Species Foundation & Botanical Garden is 22 acres of lush beauty; a home to one of the largest collections of species rhododendrons in the world.  The garden displays hold over 700 of the more than 1,000 species found in the wilds of North America, Europe, and Asia, as well as the tropical regions of Southeast Asia and northern Australia.

Early Bloomers in the garden includes: Rhododendron dauricum ‘Midwinter,’ Viburnum grandiflorum, Mahonia x media ‘Arthur Menzies,’ Hamamelis mollis (Chinese Witch-Hazel), Rhododendron hirtipes, Rhododendron moupinense, and several species of Agapetes and Vaccinium, as well as some interesting tropical rhododendrons in the Rutherford Conservatory.

Rutherford Conservatory was opened Saturday, September 25, 2010, and is the latest addition to this multi-featured, research, and education garden. This five-thousand-square-foot facility features an exquisite collection of the tropical species of rhododendrons called vireyas, as well as many companion plants including orchids. Learn more about the tropical rhododendrons.


Read about Rhododendrons to find out more, or delve into some of the species profiles.  Browse the photos or order some of the spectacular and unusual specimens.


The garden is open 10 AM to 4 PM Tuesday through Sunday.  The garden is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and News Day


General Admission is $8.00, seniors over 65 are $5.00, and tickets for students with school ID is $5.00.  Children under 12 years, school groups, military personnel (active and retired), RSBG members and current Weyerhaeuser employees are free.


The garden is located between Seattle and Tacoma, Washington.

2525 S. 336th Street (Map)
Federal Way, WA, 98003

Additional Information

Spring Plant Sale (Details)

Friday April 19th 3 to 6 PM

Saturday April 10th 9 AM to 3 PM




  1. That would be a great place to visit. We have a State Park here called Rhododendron State Park where hundreds of giant native Rhododendron maximum grow. It’s beautiful whaen they bloom.

  2. I didn’t there are more than 1,000 Rhododendron species. Beautiful photos of Rhododendron. Thank you for providing the location, hours,direction… information.
    Have a great week, Charlie!

  3. What a marvelous garden in the video clip… and so many different varieties of Rhododendrons magnificent… lovely share
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  4. This looks like such a wonderful place to visit, Charlie!
    I never realized there were so many different types of Rhododendrons.
    Thank you for the information here.

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