The Best of Seattle's Botanical Gardens
Spring Scene in Bellevue Botanical Gardens
Seattle and the surrounding area feature several outstanding botanical gardens. The mild climate and cool summers allow a wide variety of trees, shrubs, and flowers to flourish. These botanical gardens are all visual highlights. Visitors that enjoy nature and magnificent landscaping should make every effort to see one or more of these wonderful botanical gardens. Please click on the name of the garden to go to our detailed travel information for that garden.
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INDEX OF BOTANICAL GARDENS
Here is our full listing of the botanical gardens in the greater Seattle area. Please click on the link name or the image to see our detailed web page about the garden.
The Bloedel Reserve is on top of the list of the greater Seattle area botanical gardens. It is located on Bainbridge Island and is a must see for all lovers of beautiful gardens.
These gardens are owned and maintained by the city of Bellevue. This a lovely place to visit featuring 36 acres of landscaping magic.
Seeing these gardens is just part of a nice outing to the Ballard locks. Enjoy exploring and seeing over 1,500 varieties of plants.
This splendid 20 acre garden is part of the great City of Seattle parks system. Take your time and savor the splendor of this grand display of landscaping that marries Japanese landscaping with northwest plants. Kubota Garden is a place of delicate beauty and is one of our favorite places to visit in the Seattle area.
This lovely four acre garden is owned by the city of Shoreline in north Seattle.
This meditative 3.5 acre Japanese garden is located in the Washington Park Arboretum.
This 22 acre garden is located on the splendid campus of the Weyerhauser Company. It is magnificent in spring when its 600 varieties of rhododendrons put on a dazzling floral show.
One of Seattle’s lesser-known treasures is the campus of Seattle University. The campus offers several features that make it worth exploring:
- The Chapel of St. Ignatius (one of our Top 30 attractions)
- The Dale Chihuly tower installation in the Pigott Building
- Splendid gardens and general landscaping
The campus landscaping is composed of a number of individual gardens that are tied together by the campus walkways. The entire campus is only 50 acres so a walk to see all of the campus is not a major undertaking
This is a gorgeous small garden on the University of Washington. In summer and fall, it offers spectacular scenery with over 280 kinds of plants.
This 6 acre arboretum in West Seattle with 12 gardens in it is a laboratory for students in the College’s Landscape Horticulture Program. This is a lovely place to walk around and it offers plenty of scenery for photographers.
Seattle has a number of hidden gems. These are little places that are worth finding in your explorations of Seattle. I really love gardens and my brother introduced me to a one acre hidden gem hanging from a steep hillside on the northwest part of Capitol Hill.
This magical 230 acre Olmsted-designed park on the shores of Lake Washington is lovely to drive through and is an ideal place to stroll and enjoy gorgeous landscaping.
This 2.5 acre park adjacent to the Woodland Park Zoo was created to display the incredible variety of roses that grow in Seattle's rose-friendly climate. From May through September, this garden is a show-stopper. It is one of the most beautiful places in the Seattle area.