Outdoor Seattle

Botanical Garden

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The Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden covers 10.5 acres of display gardens, woodlands, and trails.  Highlights include the Seike Japanese Garden, “Elda Behm’s Paradise Garden”, the “Sensory Garden”, and display gardens planted and maintained by the King CountyIris Society, Puget Sound Daylily Club, Seattle Rose Society, and the City of SeaTac Parks Department.  Projects currently in the design include a bed for the newest garden partner, the Puget Sound Fuchsia Society.

The garden is located 1 mile north of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.


As you enter the garden, the 1-acre Elda Behm Paradise Garden nestles up against a forest on the right. A recirculating stream flows through a 100 foot long series of waterfalls before emptying into a 7,000 gallon pond. Sunny borders are packed with a bewildering variety of Elda’s favorites, and 10,000-square-foot shade garden is cloaked in a canopy of alders and madronas.

Continue east from the entrance and you’ll find gardens of maintained by the King County Iris Society and the Puget Sound Daylily Club, and a formal rose garden maintained by the Seattle Rose Society featuring over 100 labeled roses. Weddings are held on the central lawn area within the rose beds. On the easternmost side of the gardens is the recently relocated Seike Japanese Garden, built in 1961.


13735 24th Avenue South
SeaTac, WA, 98188 (Map)


  • Admission: Free
  • Hours: Dawn to Duks
  • Parking: Free
  • Phone #: (206) 391-4003
  • Accessibility: Handicapped Accessable


Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden


  1. These are excellent places to get some good ideas.

  2. This must be a wonderful place to be with a camera, Charlie!
    I’ll bet those waterfalls are amazing.
    I wish you a wonderful Easter.

  3. Beautiful gate! Wish I knew the garden when I visited Seattle last summer…

  4. It is truly amazing how many gardens, beautiful gardens that Seattle has. The thing that is surprising is that you will find them tucked into the most amaing spots, and that they are so accessable.

  5. You sort of touched on this in a comment above, but I was wondering if you have a favorite time of the year to photograph here?

  6. Your photos are enticing, and I want more! I wish I could be there with my own camera. You are fortunate to live in a city with such an amazing garden!
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  7. Camellias and hellebore’s are just finishing their bloom season and Azaleas and rhododendrons are just starting so it is a great time to photograph. Our entire bloom season runs March to very late fall with a range of plants that bloom around Christmas (Sweatbox and Jasmine). From fall until spring the gardens highlight the evergreens. Many of our gardens use a more Japanese layered approach and during the wet season they are shades green that run from yellow to deep emerald green and they are absolutely gorgeous and very photogenic. The ocean coast is open all year and the mountains are accessible from June when the snow melts until September when they start to become white again. If you snowshoe or cross county sky the mountains are open all year as well. If you have a particular favorite then there is a particular time, otherwise, you will find something amazing in every season.

  8. Ooh, my wife and I love botanical gardens. When we get out there, we’re definitely stopping by.
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