The Arboretum is under the care of Seattle City Parks Department and the University of Washington. The land was originally set aside as an arboretum in 1934. Many improvements have been made over the years, and we found it lovingly cared for. Autumn is a wonderful time to visit.
In the Winter Garden the Witch Hazels turn lovely colors.
Camellias seem to have many seasons.
Buff toned beauty of bracken fern.
Japanese Maples at their best.
We sat here quite a while. It was a hard spot to leave.
There are steps and pathways going every which way. One could walk for hours and never travel the same path.
Less groomed parts of the arboretum are more natural. It's like going for a walk in the woods.
Trunks of old rhododendrons make a filigree screen to views beyond. We really should come back when these old giants are blooming.
New steps lead to a recent addition.
It's a New Zealand Garden surrounding the old gazebo.
Oh, wow. Pink and orange! What a wonderful combination! I remember when this was a fashion statement in the 60's.
The seeds of Euonymus europeaus were a real treat on the far reaches of our stroll.
But by now, several hours into the walk, our breakfast had worn off, and we were in need of sustenance. We took the straight path back up Azalea Way and back to the parking lot.
We really do need to visit this treasure more often.