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Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Gardens

Seattle Tourist Attractions--Botanical Gardens

Carl S English Botanical Gardens Scene

3015 Northwest 54th Street



A nice Seattle outing is a visit to the Ballard Locks.  On the grounds of the Locks are the Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Gardens.  When the Locks were being constructed, the Corps of Engineers hired botanist Carl English to transform the gravel dug up from the Locks' construction into an English style botanical garden.  For 43 years, Mr. English labored on the  seven acres of the Gardens.  The results of his work are one of Seattle's beauty secrets.  Most of the Gardens consist of lovely landscaping on slopes overlooking the Locks.  A portion of the Gardens has lovely flowering perennials mixed with shrubbery in a bright, formal garden display of color and textures. 

Carl English Gardens Vista

Tree-Lined Field in the Gardens


The Gardens feature 570 species and 1,500 varieties from around the world. 

Carl English Botanical Gardens

Check out the concert schedule on the Corps of Engineers website .  On a recent visit to the Gardens, a swing band was presenting a concert to a crowd seated under the gracious trees of the Gardens. The Gardens make a great place to have a picnic. There is no admission fee to the Gardens and the Ballard Locks.


 Weeping Alaska Cypress

A graceful Alaskan weeping cypress




The grounds for the Locks and the Gardens are open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Carl English Botanical Gardens



There is a large pay parking lot adjacent to the Ballard Locks and the Gardens. 



Please click here to go to the official web site for the Ballard Locks and the Gardens.



Please click here to go to our web page for the Ballard Locks.


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