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September 14, 2012
One of Seattle's Little Known Scenic Gems--the Soest Display Garden at the University of Washington
3501 41st Street at the University's Center for Urban Horticulture
|Visiting the Garden|
|Photo Gallery Part One (current page)|
|Photo Gallery Part Two ( separate page)|
The Seattle area has many hidden gems worth exploring and one of the best and smallest of these is the beautiful Soest Herbaceous Display Garden at the University of Washington. This half acre garden packs many lovely plants, trees, and flowers into its tiny footprint.
The garden’s purpose is to help landscapers select plants that will grow well in the northwest climate. Featuring over 280 herbaceous (non-woody) plants, the garden is a showcase of foliage from early spring to late fall.
The Soest Garden is a quiet and peaceful place sited at the University of Washington’s Center for Urban Horticulture. It has several benches where you can sit and meditate among the lovely foliage.
The garden is an excellent place for photography. The garden’s vast array of colors, textures, and shapes of plants can keep a photographer busy for a while. The benches and plants offer excellent background for portraits.
After you visit the Soest Garden, you can take a stroll in the adjoining Union Bay Natural Area.
VISITING THE GARDEN
ADDRESS 3501 41st Avenue. This is the location for the Center for Urban Horticulture. The Center is easy to find because it is off of the main crowded campus of the University. The Soest Garden is on the east side of the Center.
ADMISSION There is no admission fee to see the Soest Garden.
HOURS The garden is open from dawn to dusk every day.
PARKING Free parking is normally available. You only have to walk a few steps to enter the Soest Garden.
RESTROOMS The restrooms at the Center for Urban Horticulture are available from 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday.
WEB SITE Please click here to go to the web site for the Center for Urban Horticulture.
PHOTO GALLERY PART ONE
The center of the garden is a water feature and the garden's eight raised beds are spokes leading away from the center
A seating area in one of the prettiest parts of the Soest Garden
A meadow in the garden with seating
This ravine is one of the most scenic areas in the garden
Another view of the ravine
Please click here to go to page two of our blog article featuring additional photos from the Soest Garden.
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