There is no question that we’re pretty spoiled by nature here in the PNW. There might not be a better example of that than the plethora of gorgeous botanical/public gardens in and around Seattle that the public can explore.
From Japanese-style traditional gardens to sanctuaries filled with colorful flowers and rare plants, Seattle is full of natural oases of all sorts. Let’s take a look at 11 of the most beautiful botanical gardens you can find in or near Seattle.
Located on the north end of South Seattle Community College, this 4.6-acre garden includes some absolutely stunning views. We’re talking downtown, the Cascade Mountains, and even Elliot Bay. Don’t forget your camera!
Where: 6000 16th Ave SW
Want something big to explore? Bainbridge has you covered. The Bloedel Reserve is 150 acres of forest/garden that houses an incredible amount of lush nature. This is a true getaway.
Where: 7571 NE Dolphin Dr, Bainbridge Island
Sitting on 3.5 acres of winding paths and gorgeous scenery, this urban sanctuary is the perfect escape from the city within the city.
Where: 1075 Lake Washington Blvd E
Not only does this Seattle botanical garden have a bird-watching area, but it also has a public library. After all, books and nature go together like pancakes and syrup.
Where: 3501 NE 41st St
There are 13 different gardens in and around the Seattle University campus and trust us when we say that all of them are worth a visit. Whether you’re taking a study break or just craving some nature, you’ll find a perfect spot at any of these locations.
Where: Various locations at Seattle University
A well-known landmark in Seattle, the Volunteer Park Conservatory has become one of the crown jewels of Seattle’s garden community. The gorgeous Victorian-style greenhouse is actually modeled after London’s Crystal Palace, so expect to feel some regal-nature vibes when you’re here.
Where: 1400 E Galer St
Another public botanical garden in Seattle that is free to visit daily, Highline boasts one of the world’s most unique gardens.
Where: 13735 24th Ave S, SeaTac
For the serious nature lovers, Bellevue Botanical Garden features everything from woodlands to meadows, to wetlands and display gardens.
Where: 12001 Main St, Bellevue
20-acres of lush Japanese gardens right in the heart of Rainier Beach. As far as botanical gardens in Seattle go, this one is hard to beat.
Where: 9817 55th Ave S
Although this is technically a private residence, the garden itself is open to the Seattle public during designated hours.
Where: 20312 15th Ave NW, Shoreline
This free botanical garden is a perfect separator from the bustle of Seattle. There are 7 acres containing 500 species of exotic trees and plants that are all worth an Instagram picture or two.
Where: 3015 NW 54th Street
There you go, nature lovers! Now get out there and explore some of the best botanical gardens Seattle has to offer. Enjoy!