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Washington Park Arboretum

Seattle Attractions--Botanical Gardens

Washington Park Arboretum

This 230 acre Olmsted-designed park on the shores of Lake Washington is lovely to drive through and is a splendid place to stroll and enjoy gorgeous landscaping.  Built in 1934, the Arboretum is one of the crown jewels in the large collection of Seattle parks. It features meditative places to stroll.  This is another place where you should take your time and savor the beauty of nature.  The park is jointly owned and expertly maintained by the University of Washington and the City of Seattle. 

Spring Flowers at Washington Park Arboretum

Rhododendron Display in May


The Washington Park Arboretum has 5.500 varieties of trees, plants, and flowers.  In the spring, the display of rhododendron bushes is majestic. They come in all shapes and sizes and put on a fantastic color show.  Take note of the beautiful golden oak tree (see photo above) not far from the main garden entrance. It remains gold for May and June.


Washington Park Arboretum in the Fall

Fall Colors at the Arboretum


Fall is a gorgeous time at the Arboretum.  The splendid colors of the foliage make the Arboretum glow. One of the gorgeous trees on the grounds is the mountain larch.  It is a deciduous evergreen.  In the late fall, its needles turn a lovely gold color and it is one of the showiest trees in the park.

Please click here to go to our photo gallery page about fall at the Arboretum.

Mountain Larch in Fall

Mountain Larch in the Fall


The Arboretum also has a Winter Garden to display color in the coldest months.

Winter Garden at the Washington Park Arboretum

Foliage in the Witt Winter Garden


The Washington Park Arboretum is a target rich environment for photographers and artists.

The click here to go to the visitors’ web page for the Washington Park Arboretum.

From the website, you can download a map of the arboretum. 


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