Originally published Feb. 6, 2015
By Nicole Tsong, former Healthy for Daily life writer
I Choose THE lushness of the Pacific Northwest for granted and recognize when I travel that not all areas have green, abundant foliage year-spherical. We have numerous parks and gardens dedicated to displaying the splendor of the place we dwell. Even all through the grayest of wintertime months, there is a lot of environmentally friendly, and pops of color and natural beauty close to the area in arboretums and botanical gardens.
Mix a go to to these beautiful parks with a brisk walk, a good and dependable kind of physical exercise. You can shift your legs whilst getting new inspiration and thoughts for your possess landscaping. Or simply just admire what our region’s grasp gardeners make, no matter the period.
Head out to a single of these lovely gardens (check their web-sites to start with, just to be secure), get in the foliage and get pleasure from a charming wintertime stroll.
Washington Park Arboretum
2300 Arboretum Travel E., Seattle
Fantastically taken care of by the College of Washington, the Arboretum is a treasure, and 1 of my favored sites in the metropolis to wander. With 230 acres, there are loads of pathways and nooks to wander by means of and new sights to see yr-round as the gardens improve with the seasons. In the winter season, bundle up and head to the Joseph A. Witt Wintertime Yard. Bouquets these as Chinese witch hazel and Cyclamen coum pop midwinter, while dogwoods show red and yellow bark. In the wintertime backyard, you can see plants decided on for their fragrance and other people with wonderful blooms. Or, basically wander by way of the grounds and value the care and thoughtfulness set into the park’s maintenance and style.
Bellevue Botanical Yard
12001 Key St., Bellevue
With 53 acres to explore, the Bellevue Botanical Garden is a lovely Eastside haven. The yard has several trails to shift your legs while using in a enormous wide range of plants and bouquets in a variety of themed gardens. The Indigenous Discovery Garden, for illustration, can inspire you with ideas of incorporating native plants in your landscaping. Or head to the Rhododendron Glen to admire Edgeworthia chrysantha, which blooms in the winter season.
9817 55th Ave. S., Seattle
Tucked away in South Seattle, Kubota Backyard is a 20-acre historic landmark that blends Japanese layout with Northwest landscaping. It’s an chance to head to the south finish of the town and explore a backyard dotted with paths, waterfalls and bridges. The backyard garden is a tranquil location to wander and get pleasure from options which include rock outcroppings, ponds and an abundance of crops and trees.
Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens
American Legion Memorial Park
145 Alverson Blvd., Everett
Although it is a smaller sized backyard garden, at 3½ acres, there is however a lot to see at the Evergreen Arboretum, with 10 themed gardens and pathways throughout. It’s acknowledged for its collection of Japanese maples and vibrant foliage in spring and slide, and you also can wander as a result of the Northwest Demonstration Yard calendar year-round for suggestions on how to landscape for color, texture, flowers and a lot more.
Rhododendron Species Botanical Yard
2525 S. 336th St., Federal Way
The Federal Way back garden offers more than 700 species of rhododendrons, which indicates plants bloom calendar year-round, with hardy rhododendron species that commence blooming in January. With 22 acres lined with gravel paths, it’s a beautiful place to wander and master about rhododendrons. February and March are two of the most effective months to take a look at the Rutherford Conservatory to see tropical plants and flowers. The nonprofit backyard garden, located on the Weyerhaeuser campus, updates its website with information on which flowers are in bloom.