Sunday, May 16, 2010

Washington Park Arboretum

We've been working hard these last two weeks, getting our spring gardening done. Plants in the pots, seeds in the garden, repair of steps and pathways, planting perennials, cleaning and placing yard furniture, getting the watering system up and running, edging and weeding, it's all almost done. Well, a garden is never done, but we're coming to the end of the heavy work, so we took yesterday off.
We headed into the city to visit an open garden from the Northwest Perennial Alliance yellow book, after first stopping at Jake's to deliver and plant his tomatoes. Then, since we were in the neighborhood, we headed to the arboretum.
Washington Park Arboretum is a park owned by the city, full of plants owned by the University of Washington Botanic Gardens. Located in the heart of the city, it is an oasis of green and beauty, especially in the spring.
We started at the Visitors Center.
The first destination is Azalea Way, a lower level walkway running the length of the park.
This golden tree is an oak, maybe the only one of its kind.
About here we detoured over to the Japanese Garden, which will be another post. Then we took the high road to return back through the park.
Here you look up at the rhododendrons, and you walk under them.
We're in tall timber, studded with gems of color.
The Japanese maples were glorious in their fresh foliage.
The big leaf maples stand tall and proud.
Two hours later we were back at the visitors center, tired but refreshed, and ready to return home for a late lunch on our own patio.
To top it off, at 4:00, we parked in our recliners in front of the TV to watch the Sounders play an away match in New York. We got the win!
Today we'll do laundry, a little house cleaning and a little puttering in the yard before heading to Whidbey Monday morning for a couple of days.


  1. That is such a gorgeous place and your photos are breathtaking! Looks like a very fun day! Thanks for sharing the beauty! Enjoy your day!


  2. Isn't this just the most BEAUTIFUL state? I never knew how lovely until we moved here two years ago. And now I get to see so much more by visiting my blogging friends, like you. Enjoy your Whidbey Island vacation, and I look forward to the Japanese garden pictures next. :-)

  3. I've been there just last year and it was beautiful. sounds like you are enjoying yourself even with the yard work.

  4. Now that is a perfect day! What a beautiful garden to explore. Just gorgeous.

  5. So much abject beauty. And you're right -- the garden is never done -- always something to move...plant...prune...

  6. Beautiful pics as usual, Linda. I wonder how many gardeners are employed there.

  7. Now I know, May is the month to visit Seattle,

  8. You have THE most incredible rhododendrons in your area!

  9. Thanks for sharing this account and your great photos! I linked to it on UW Botanic Gardens page on Facebook so more may enjoy.


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