Gardening

A Seattle Gardeners Paradise

The Washington Park Arboretum is certainly a gem on the shores of Lake Washington. It covers 230 acres and offers a dynamic assortment of plants found nowhere else. The Graham Visitors Center contains an information desk and a gift shop.  The Japanese Garden is located at the south end of the Arboretum.  It has an entrance fee and is managed by the City of Seattle.  You can walk through the Pacific Connections area, the Witt Winter Garden area, the Woodland Garden and the Shoreline areas to take in the full measure of the arboretum.  I try to visit the park four to five times a year to watch the changes through each season.

The plant collections are very diverse
ASIATIC MAPLES
BIRCHES and POPLARS
CAMELLIA FAMILY
HAWTHORNS
HOLLIES
HYBRID RHODODENDRONS
AZALEAS
JAPANESE MAPLES
LARCHES
LEGUMES
LINDENS
MAGNOLIA FAMILY
MOUNTAIN ASHES
OAK FAMILY
PINETUM
TRUE ASHES
WALNUT FAMILY
WITCH HAZEL FAMILY
Complete plant information is available online at The Washington Park Arboretum.  There are online audio tours, as well as guided tours.
Traveling by Car
Bus
Metro bus routes 43 and 48 run near the Arboretum. Ask for the McGraw street stop. If you are coming from Madison Street, you can take route 11, get off at Lake Washington Boulevard East, and walk north into the Arboretum.”Several buses coming from the eastside stop at the end of SR-520. Not sure which one you need? Use Metro’s Trip Planner to get here.
Parking
You can access public parking at both the Graham Visitors Center and the Japanese Garden.

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