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Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own." - Charles Dickens

Washington Park Arboretum

Parent Category: Gardens
in Seattle
Created: 20 May 2015

2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle, WA 98112




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General Information:

Washington Park Arboretum is a 200-acre public park which is situated in Seattle. The whole park is considered to be a joint project of the Arboretum Foundation, University of Washington and the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation. The City of Seattle owns the land and the University of Washington owns all of the trees and plant collections. The City takes care of the trails, benches, garbage and the University of Washington Botanic Gardens takes care of the gardens, trees, and all the plant collections. The City of Seattle takes care of the Japanese Garden.

The nature here is very beautiful. To the north there is Union Bay, to the west Madison Valley and Montlake are situated, the Washington Park neighborhood is situated to the south and to the east there is the Broadmoor Golf Club.

The Washington Park Arboretum is represented by over 40, 000 trees, shrubs and other plants from all over the world.

It is recommended to start your visit to the park from the Graham Visitors Center where qualified botanists will tell you a lot about the park and the plants and trees that grow here. You are to pick up a map here and the list of the plants and trees. Moist and maritime environment allows cultivating a greater range of plants than any other region in North America. The Washington Park Arboretum is a prominent collection of plants that were collected and maintained for the purposes of education, conservation, research and public inspiration.


Nature is not the only highlight of the park. Here you can enjoy different activities such as hiking, canoeing and kayaking and picnics.

The Washington Park Arboretum also features the Seattle Japanese Garden which can be visited from February to November.

The Seattle Japanese garden is considered to be one of the best Japanese gardens outside of Japan. This garden is situated 10 minutes from downtown Seattle.

This amazing garden is full of Japanese maples, rhododendrons, conifers, azaleas and the most beautiful cherry orchard. There are two beautiful streams in the garden that flow into a beautiful lake full of koi and turtles. Visitors can enjoy the waters of the park from the numerous bridges and benches that give the guests the opportunity to rest and to enjoy this peaceful atmosphere.


Guests can not only enjoy the atmosphere but also feed the koi.

One of the beautiful paths will take the guests to the teahouse where visitors can enjoy tea demonstrations that last approximately 40 minutes. By the way, this teahouse was burned down in 1973 by vandals, but was rebuilt in 1981.

Nowadays interesting tea presentations are held in the teahouse. Visitors sit on tatami mats and enjoy the interesting tradition.

As for the best time of the year to visit the garden, no doubt, it’s fall and spring. Fall is the time when the visitors will enjoy all the colors at their peak, the ornamental maple trees are in beautiful shades of orange, yellow and red, and spring is the time when every tree and every color is so special and full of life.

Enjoy our pictures from different seasons.

Our team says special thank you to people who work and volunteer in the park. They dedicate their time and lives in order we enjoyed this paradise on earth.

From westbound 520 Evergreen Point Floating Bridge: Take the first Seattle exit - Lake Washington Blvd. S. Turn left at the stop sign into the Arboretum.

The Graham Visitors Center is situated near the north end of the Arboretum Drive E.

These pictures and video were taken on November 08, 2014, June 12, 2013 and April 2015


From I-5: 

Take Exit 168-B to Bellevue-Kirkland onto Hwy 520, take the first exit to Montlake Blvd from 520. Go straight across Montlake Blvd onto E Lake Washington Blvd and follow it into the Arboretum.

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Photo: Roman Khomlyak

Information: Marina Petrova

Photo Editing: Alex Mandryko

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