Adventures in Seattle’s Washington Park Arboretum

Sometimes the most beautiful places, are not so subtlety hidden. Sometimes, they’re in your backyard…

The Washington Park Arboretum is the “hidden gem” along the shores of Lake Washington. These beautiful trails are jointly managed by the University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the City of Seattle. Its 230 acres are well-thought out system of plants – some native, some found nowhere else in the Northwest.

The Graham Visitors Center, along East Arboretum Trail, will also all your botanical questions with an information desk, displays, and a gift shop “of the world”. This year-round building, is open to the public 9am until 5pm, except on some holidays. Check out their holiday schedule there.The gift shop may have alternative hours, as it is entirely staffed by volunteers.

Extensive trails run the entirety of the Arboretum. This living collection has been heavily regarded for its beauty, expansiveness, and interaction. Check the entire trail system here!

Washington Park Playfield: This multi-faceted park, has a soccer field, baseball and softball diamond, and including lights and bleachers, along with a play area, and public art works.

Seattle Japanese Garden: The Seattle Japanese Gardens is a cultural hub for members and visitors alike. This formally designed, Japanese garden was constructed by Juki Iida, a celebrated Japanese garden designer.

Arboretum Foundation: This foundation is built upon its members, visitors, and volunteers. Every single one helping to ensure the progression and diversity of the Washington Park Arboretum. Since its founding in 1934, they’ve stayed true to their mission to protect and enhance the parks world-class collection.

In addition to these spectacular features, there are others to look out for! Horticulture, restoration, and conservation classes are also held at the center. There are specific classes for adult and youth & family, so check out their opportunities here!

Free public tours, private tours, and international/domestic tours are also up for registration. Their website has all the details for these wonderful adventures.

Having a wedding? These beautiful grounds are perfect for such an occasion. Check out the details here!

All facets combine, creating a treasure in the heart of Seattle. Apart from the Japanese Gardens, the entire park is open to the public and free of charge. The Garden has specific hours and a nominal fee for continued upkeep and maintenance.


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