Early spring? Visit these gardens
A roundup of botanical gardens around Seattle and Western Washington.
Northwest travel guides
Washington Park Arboretum
Seattle Seasonal highlights include Azalea Way, Winter Garden, camellia, flowering cherry, maple, madrona, magnolia, rhododendron, dawn to dusk daily, guided 60-90- minute tours 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. most first and third Sundays, call to confirm; Graham Visitors Center open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Drive E., Seattle; free (206-543-8800 or www.depts.washington.edu/wpa).
Seattle Japanese Garden
Seattle Traditional garden celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, the Japanese Garden, 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E., Seattle; $3-$5; garden closing times subject to weather (206-684-4725 or www.seattle.gov/parks/parkspaces/japanesegarden.htm).
Volunteer Park Conservatory
Seattle Victorian-style greenhouse has permanent and rotating seasonal displays of plants from around the world, including succulents, bromeliads and orchids. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Galer St., Seattle; free, donations suggested (206-684-4743).
Center For Urban Horticulture Gardens
Seattle Native plants, year-around fragrance garden, perennials and bulbs, daylight hours daily; Miller Horticultural Library, 4-8 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; workshops, lectures, youth and family programs, volunteer opportunities available, Center for Urban Horticulture, University of Washington, 3501 N.E. 41st St., Seattle; free (206-221-2500 or www.urbanhort.org).
Seattle 20-acre Japanese-American garden with a Northwest influence, waterfalls, ponds, open daylight hours daily, Kubota Garden Park, 55th Avenue South and Renton Avenue South, Seattle; free (206-684-4584 or www.kubota.org).
South Seattle Community College Arboretum
Seattle Six acres with a wide variety of horticultural specimens on a bluff overlooking Elliott Bay and adjacent to several hundred acres of city greenbelt, daylight hours daily, South Seattle Community College, 6000 16th Ave. S.W., Seattle; free (206-764-5308 or www.southseattle.edu).
Bellevue Botanical Garden
Bellevue Perennials, Japanese garden, alpine rock garden and native Northwest plants, 7:30 a.m.-dusk daily, Visitors Center open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily; 12001 Main St., Bellevue; free (425-452-2750 or www.bellevuebotanical.org).
Kruckeberg Botanic Garden
Shoreline More than 2,000 plant species, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, 20312 15th Ave. N.W., Shoreline; free; parking limited (206-546-1281 or www.kruckeberg.org).
Macadam Winter Garden
Tukwila Showcase for winter- blooming plants, daylight hours daily, South 144th Street and Macadam Road, Tukwila; free (206-768-2822 or www.ci.tukwila.wa.us/recreation/pkmacadam.html).
SeaTac Seike Japanese Garden, the Elda Behm Paradise Garden, trees, streams, Accessible Garden, 7 a.m.-dusk daily, 13735 24th Ave. S., SeaTac; free (206-391-4003 or www.highlinegarden.org).
Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden
Federal Way One of the largest collections of rhododendrons and azaleas in the world in peak bloom through May, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays-Wednesdays, Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, 2525 S. 336th St., Federal Way; $3-$5, ages 11 and younger free (253-661-9377 or www.rhodygarden.org).
Lake Wilderness Arboretum
Maple Valley 40-acre forest with trails through native forests, display gardens, dawn to dusk daily, adjacent to Lake Wilderness Park, 22520 S.E. 248th St., Maple Valley; free (425-413-2572 or www.lakewildernessarboretum.org).
Nishiyama Japanese Garden at Everett Community College
Everett Designed as a compressed world of mountains, forests, lakes, rivers and meadows, open for self-guided tours whenever classes are in session, Everett Community College, 905 Wetmore Ave., Everett; free (425-388-9195).
Tacoma Featuring hyacinths, tulips, cyclamen, orchids and azaleas through February, gift shop, in Victorian-style domed conservatory, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, Wright Park, 316 S. G St., Tacoma; $4 donation suggested (253-591-5330 or www.metroparkstacoma.org).
Lakewood Fern and alpine rock gardens, hundreds of rhododendrons, Japanese maples, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays-Sundays, 12317 Gravelly Lake Drive S.W., Lakewood; $5-$7 (253-584-4106 or www.lakewoldgardens.org).
Bainbridge Island Forest trails, bird refuge, meadows, Japanese garden, moss garden, waterfall, azaleas and visitors center, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, 7571 N.E. Dolphin Drive, Bainbridge Island; $4-$12 (206-842-7631 or www.bloedelreserve.org).
Mount Vernon Some daffodils blooming in fields and display garden, cut flowers, retail shop, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Roozengaarde, 15867 Beaver Marsh Road, Mount Vernon; free (360-424-8531 or www.tulips.com).
Compiled by Madeline McKenzie