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The Carl S English Botanical Garden Is A Hidden Gem At The Ballard Locks

Carl S English Botanical Garden

Photo Compliments Of Bryan Ochalla

This botanical garden is a tribute to the first garden horticulturist, Carl S. English, Jr.  During the 43 years working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Carl transformed the grounds adjacent to the Ballard Locks, into a garden worthy of serious study.  The grounds are truly a masterpiece of horticultural splendor, combining the elegant lines and vistas of the romantic English landscape style.  There are 570 species and 1,500 varieties from around the world that comprise the plantings and are spread across 7 acres. This is one of Seattle’s best kept secrets. The garden offers color, fragrance, and open all year long and hours are 7 AM to 9 PM.  A map is available at Carl S English Botanical Gardens, and buses are available at Metro Trip Planner. The bus stop is at the entrance to the bus stop.

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