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Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

Puget Sound and Islands

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Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area
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This garden comprises 22 acres of native forest intermingled with numerous other plant species, most notably rhododendrons. This living museum is crisscrossed with walking paths that guide visitors past the many attractions like a magnolia grove, an azalea collection, an alpine garden, a stumpery (full of dead wood covered in mosses and ferns) and a conservatory. This garden also includes a Pacific Bonsai Museum showcasing some truly impressive trees.

There is a price for admission with discounts for seniors and students and free admission for certain groups including young children and military.

 

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

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Co-ordinates: 47.2958, -122.3011 Open map in new window

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Puget Sound and Islands -- Seattle-Tacoma Area

Rhododendron Species Foundation

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Getting There

From Southbound I-5:
Take exit 143 for South 320th Street toward Federal Way. At the end of the off-ramp, turn left onto 320th for 0.5 mile. Turn right onto Weyerhaeuser Way for 1.0 mile, then at the traffic circle take the second exit to stay on this for another 0.3 mile. Turn right onto Weyerhaeuser Road for about 0.8 mile, then turn into a large parking area on your right. Park here and walk to the the garden.

From Northbound I-5:
Take exit 142A and merge onto Highway 18. Immediately take the first exit on the right for Weyerhaeuser Way. At the end of this off-ramp turn left onto Weyerhaeuser Way for 0.4 mile. At the traffic circle stay on this for another 0.2 mile, then turn left onto Weyerhaeuser Road for about 0.8 mile, then turn into a large parking area on the right. Park here and walk back toward the garden entrance.

 

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