Spring is finally here in Seattle and the flower buds are just beginning to bloom.
If you long for the warmer spring weather and views of the city’s colorful blooms, click through the gallery above and read on to see the best parks and gardens to visit this spring.
1. Kubota Gardens: Beautiful Japanese architecture is nestled among peaceful streams, idyllic waterfalls and ponds in this hidden gem of a park that holds a rich history for the Japanese community in Seattle. The high-arched moon bridge, surrounded by blooming flowers, makes for a photo op that is both calm and perfect for spring.
2. Azalea Walk in Washington Park Arboretum: This mile-long walk features bright azaleas, rhododendrons, flowering cherries, dogwoods and magnificent magnolias amidst an evergreen forest backdrop. As one of the most iconic features of the Washington Park Arboretum, the strip of land has a history that dates back to the 1890s when it was the slip road that the surrounding forest was cut down.
3. Rosengarten forest park: Adjacent to the Woodland Park Zoo, the rose garden with 200 varieties of fragrant, colorful roses is every gardener’s dream. Sit on a bench or stroll through the well-tended 2.5 hectare land, which is home to over 3,000 individual plants.
4th University of Washington: UW’s iconic cherry blossoms add color to the campus and are one of the city’s first signs of spring. The pretty pink trees on the quad are special as they are Yoshino cherry trees, a species that lives around 100 years old and grows taller than the average cherry tree. Just don’t expect a serene setting to admire the flowers – the annual bloom is a popular event attended by thousands of tourists and locals alike. Peak flowering usually occurs in late March.
* Given Washington’s current social distancing guidelines, UW made a livestream of the cherry blossoms so you can still see their beauty.
5. Parsons Gardens: The beautiful, manicured greenery and flowers of this secluded public park make it a perfect place to sit on the lawn and admire the spring blooms on a sunny day. Hydrangeas that bloom in early summer line the park’s paths with blue and white flowers. Parsons Garden was a gift to the city from Reginald H. Parsons’ family in 1956, and the picturesque Queen Anne oasis is often used for ceremonies.
6. Bellevue Botanical Garden: Escape the city and surround yourself in nature in Bellevue’s beautiful 53 acres of manicured gardens, woodlands and wetlands. Her Rhododendron Glen contains 50 different rhododendrons, while her Fuchsia Garden, which usually blooms in summer, is often visited by hummingbirds. A quiet Japanese garden with lively azaleas and viburnums, which usually smell in early spring, is also a must.
7th Highline Sea-Tac Botanical Gardens: When Elda and Ray Behm’s house and gardens were due to be demolished in 1996 to build a new runway for Sea-Tac Airport, the city gathered to convert the grounds – which included many native species – into one new regional region to relocate garden. Stroll the colorful rows of Elda’s paradise at this South Seattle sanctuary today.
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