Did you know South Seattle College had an arboretum? It is small and lovely and free. The college has a master gardener program. You may bump into some very informative people as you wander the pretty paths. It has an ambitious Chinese garden (The Seattle Chinese Garden) with a wonderful fish sculpture and a peony garden. From the hilltop one can look north at downtown Seattle. The arboretum is open dawn to dusk.
(Photo courtesy of The American Conifer Society)
A walking map of the arboretum.
Directions to the arboretum.
From the South Seattle College website:
The purpose of the Arboretum:
- To provide an outdoor laboratory for landscape students
- To provide an outdoor classroom for the entire college
- To provide a garden sanctuary for the community-at-large
- The Arboretum’s Coenosium Rock Garden contains one of the best collections of dwarf conifers in the United States
- The Coenosium Rock Garden was inducted into the Gardens for Peace program in 2010
- The Landscape Horticulture facilities, including the Arboretum, were awarded a “5-star” Environstar rating in 2010
- The Arboretum became a National Wildlife Federation Urban Wildlife Sanctuary in 2012
- The Arboretum has been “pesticide-free” since 2008
- Articles about the Arboretum have appeared in the Seattle Times, The News Tribune, Washington Park Arboretum Bulletin, Conifer Quarterly, and Crosscut.
Gorgeous pictures and a similar article to this!
Article about the Peace Garden from The West Seattle Blog.
IF YOU LIVE OUTSIDE OF SEATTLE OR CANNOT MAKE IT TO THIS ARBORETUM, VISIT A GARDEN, CONSERVATORY, OR ARBORETUM NEAR YOU. TELL US WHERE YOU WENT IN THE COMMENTS!