Welcome to Seattle! I've given you a list, below, of gardens and nurseries
in Seattle that all have websites so you can see if that's what you are
looking for. I seriously doubt that you can drive through or around Seattle
without seeing hostas or hydrangeas this time of year.
Bellevue Botanical Garden
There are 36 acres of display gardens, woodlands, meadows and wetlands at
this Eastside attraction, which offers a perennial border, water-wise
garden, Japanese garden, alpine rock garden and summer displays of dahlias
and fuchsias. The garden is at 12001 Main St., Bellevue. Hours: dawn to dusk
daily; visitor center 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Information: 425-452-2750;
Serenity is yours for the asking at this special place on Bainbridge Island.
About 65 of the 150 acres are landscaped, with the rest second-growth
forest. From the entrance at the gatehouse, travel through several different
environments, including a bird sanctuary and woodland, before arriving at
the more landscaped area around the house. The reserve is at 7571 N.E.
Dolphin Drive. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday; reservations
required; docent tours available. Admission is $10; $8 for 65-plus and $6
for children 5- 12, $4 school groups and clubs. Information: 206-842-7631;
Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Gardens
At a loss for a place to take visitors that will please everyone? Load up
the car and head for the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. While others are
admiring the fish ladder, watching the transition of boats from salt to
fresh water, or listening to a summer concert, gardeners can admire the fine
plantings. Landscape architect Carl English transformed the barren lawn left
after the construction of the locks into gardens that combine the romantic
English landscape style with the original character of more than 500 species
and 1,500 varieties of plants from around the world. The gardens are at 3015
N.W. 54th St. in Ballard. Hours: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. daily; visitor center open 10
a.m.-6 p.m. May 1-Sept. 30. Free. Information: 206-783-7059;
Washington Park Arboretum
The Washington Park Arboretum is a spectacular urban green space on the
shores of Lake Washington just east of downtown Seattle and south of the
University of Washington. Its 230 acres comprise a dynamic, living museum
with collections of oaks, conifers, camellias, Japanese maples and hollies
that are known internationally as our country's largest. The University of
Washington, in association with the Center for Urban Horticulture, manages
the Arboretum and its plant collections. http://depts.washington.edu/wpa /
A stunning twenty acres of hills and valleys, the Kubota Garden features
streams, waterfalls, ponds, rock outcroppings and an exceptionally rich and
mature collection of plant material. This unique urban refuge displays over
sixty years of vision, effort and commitment by the Kubota family.
IMO good nurseries combined with great eye candy:
Magnolia Garden Center
3213 W. Smith St.
Seattle, WA USA
13625 NE 175th St.
Woodinville, WA USA
18528 Aurora Avenue North
Shoreline, WA USA
9701 15th Ave. NW
Seattle, WA USA
Village Green Perennial Nursery
10223 26th Ave. SW
Seatle, WA USA 98146
Have a fun week!
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