One of the most beloved parts of the Pacific Northwest is its beautiful natural landscape. But there are some man-made environments that are just as stunning. Here are some of our favorite public gardens:
1. Ohme Gardens
Ohme, oh my! While this garden may not be the easiest park to get to, it's definitely worth the 2.5 hour drive east from Seattle. A favorite for weddings and special occasions, Ohme offers a luscious plant-filled oasis within Wenatchee's dry environment. Enjoy sweeping views of the Wentchee Confluence State Park and plenty of trees, pools, and waterfalls. Consider wearing sturdy shoes while visiting, as some longer trails can prove to be quite the hike.
3327 Ohme Road
Wenatchee, WA 98801
The gardens are open daily between April 15 and Oct. 15.
Take a trip to Holland by visiting RoozenGaarde, a five-acre display garden in Skagit Valley with more than 0.25 million tulips, lillies, and other flowers. Owned by the Roozen family, who has been growing tulips in the Netherlands and the U.S. since the 1700s, RoozenGaarde transforms northern Washington into a quaint European landscape. There's even an authentic Dutch windmill!
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15867 Beaver Marsh Road
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
If you're feeling like you need to stop and smell, head down to Point Defiance Rose Garden in Tacoma. With more than an acre of rose gardens, the oldest of which was planted in 1895, you'll be surrounded by beauty with every step. Be sure to check out the gazebo and the rose-covered arbors (not only are they beautiful, but they're the perfect spots for photo-ops!)
Point Defiance Rose Garden
5400 N Pearl Street
Tacoma, WA 98407
In the heart of the Washington Park Arboretum lies the Seattle Japanese Garden, a small but bountiful urban escape. Relax and unwind by surrounding yourself with tranquil pools, rich green forestry, and exotic wildlife. The garden also hosts unique events like moon viewings, tea ceremonies, and family craft days.
Seattle Japanese Garden
1075 Lake Washington Boulevard E
Seattle, WA 98112
All varieties of plant lovers will enjoy a trip to the Bellevue Botanical Garden. With 16 different environmental areas, there's bound to be something for everyone. Don't miss the Fuchsia Garden or the Dahlia Garden -- these two flowers thrive in sunny weather and will dazzle you with their exciting colors, shapes, and textures.
Bellevue Botanical Garden
12001 Main Street
Bellevue, WA 98005
On Bainbridge Island, the Bloedel Reserve is a quiet but magnificent hidden gem. Complete with a bird marsh, moss garden, and beautifully decorated guest house, the Reserve boasts a luxurious trip through nature. An interesting fact about the Reserve is that previous resident Prentice Bloedel was colorblind, and as a result there are more varied textures and shades of wildlife than there are colors.
7571 NE Dolphin Drive
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Further south, the International Rose Test Garden - Washington Park features 550 species of roses just minutes away from downtown Portland. On a clear day, take in views of Mount Hood and the Cascade Mountains while perusing through the garden's 4.5 acres. The garden gained international attention when the city began to serve as a safe haven for roses in World War I. Today, Portland is the only city in North America that can gain global merit for its rose collection.
International Rose Test Garden - Washington Park
400 SW Kingston Ave
Portland, OR 97205
If you visit the International Rose Test Garden - Washington Park, make a day of it by hopping on over to the Japanese Garden next door. Though still within the city limits, the garden offers a tranquil and serene oasis perfect for mindful wanderings, meditations, and tea tastings. The new Cultural Village offers even more opportunities for Japanese culture immersion through its architecture and design, as well as a cafe, gallery, and library.
Portland Japanese Garden
611 SW Kingston Avenue
Portland, OR 97205
Ahh... who doesn't love the smell of fresh lavender? Take an aromatic journey by visitng Pelindaba Lavender Farm on San Juan Island. Its fields are certified organic, and while touring the facilities you can learn how to distill essential oils, create lavender crafts, and harvest bouquets.
Pelindaba Lavender Farm
45 Hawthorne Lane
Friday HArbor, WA 98250
Step back in time by visiting the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens in Woodland, Wash., where a historic world awaits. An antique Victorian-era farmhouse is the main attraction of this garden, which features many rare trees and shrubs, and of course, a spectacular lilac collection.
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Hulda Klager Lilac Garden
115 S Pekin Road
Woodland, WA 98674
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