Spring comes to western Washington with the alacrity of a three-toed sloth. Drooling skies and dripping clouds cling stubbornly to the landscape, wearing out their welcome. But on a crystal-clear day in April when the Washington state flower is in full bloom, spring’s Radiance la Rhodie is worth the wait.
The magnificient, multi-hued Rhododendron comes from a Greek word meaning “rose tree.” Affectionately dubbed “Rhodies” by the locals, these rose trees are referred to as the King of Shrubs because they’re considered the best flowering evergreen plants for the state’s temperate landscape.
One of the best places to view these beautiful blooms is at the Rhododendron Botanical Gardens in Federal Way, a few miles south of Seattle.
This place is a photographer’s paradise! We took oodles of photos. I can’t fit them all in! But here are some of my faves! Whatcha think?
Home to one of the largest collections of species rhododendrons in the world, the garden displays over 700 of the more than 1,000 species found in the wilds of North America, Europe, and Asia, as well as the tropical regions of southeast Asia and northern Australia.
The beautiful blooms meander through 22 acres of well-maintained trails that include a garden pond, meadow, gazebo, and Conservatory. The grounds also house the Pacific Bonsai Museum.
The Rhododendron Botanical Gardens is a wonderful place to reconnect with nature, luxuriate in bright blooms and the joy of spring, and savor some deliciously fragranced Northwest breezes. It’s also a great place to rest up a bit and regain some sanity after fighting Seattle traffic. (Just sayin’.)
Can’t wait to go back!
10 am – 4 pm
Tuesday – Sunday
Closed : Thanksgiving,
Christmas Eve, Christmas
Day, New Year’s Day
$8.00 General Admission
$5.00 Seniors (65+) &
Students (w/ school ID)
Free: Children under 12 years, school groups, with ID: military personnel (active and retired), RSBG members and current Weyerhaeuser employees
For more information, click here.