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.
Seattle Chinese Garden
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
Seattle Japanese Garden
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
Center for Urban Horticulture
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
Seattle University Gardens
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
Volunteer Park Conservatory
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
Highline SeaTac Botanical Gardens
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
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Bellevue Botanic Garden
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
Kruckeberg Botanic Garden
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
Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Garden
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!
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