Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, Federal Way: Hours, Address, Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden Reviews: 4.5/5

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, located between Seattle and Tacoma, is a 22-acre woodland garden featuring the largest collection of Rhododendron species in the world. With a Victorian stumpery, the Rutherford conservatory, a pond garden, extensive fern collection, rock garden, and a blue poppy meadow, visitors will experience a diverse collection of plants in a Pacific Northwest forest setting. The garden is also home to beautiful companion plants, including the famous Himalayan Blue Poppies, Camellias, Magnolias, Japanese maples, and many rare plants. Many of the plants found growing in the Garden are for sale in the Nursery or through our on-line catalog. RSBG is dedicated to the conservation, research, acquisition, evaluation, cultivation, public display, and distribution of Rhododendron species.
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paula t
Port Orchard, WA754 contributions
This is such a charming walk and display area. This is a place to re charge. Bring your self plus, perhaps, paints or a camera.
This is a slightly hilly woodland garden with a variety of blooms and trees. In May, the blooms are spectacular.
Written 27 May 2022
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Emily G.
Washington107 contributions
Within Federal Way this garden just invites you to explore it. I can attest to it's restoring appeal by the fact it gave me new life on a day I didn't feel my best. And if you come here on a Sunday in May, like I did, you'll definitely feel the rebooting effect last through to your work week. Make sure you come during the spring though, or you'll miss the flocks of poppies, rhododendrons, and azaleas blooming! It's a photographer's paradise, a painter's sanctuary, and a family's getaway. Don't take my word for it though, it's all there to see for yourself.
Written 25 May 2022
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the road111 contributions
Quite charming, and better than I expected. Was there on a Mothers' Day expedition. I was expecting a formal garden, but this is like a woodland in a hilly area with trees, shrubs, and of course flowers - not just rhododendrons but viburnum and azaleas and lots of others. It would be lovely even when nothing is in bloom.

The bonsai museum next door is spectacular. The individual bonsai trees are beautiful, but it's also put in the context of WWII and the incarceration of US nationals of Japanese origin. Very nicely done. (It's free, but they suggest a donation of $10 per adult.)

We spent about 2.5 hours altogether. Very worthwhile.
Written 12 May 2021
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Helen C
Renton, WA820 contributions
Couples
The gardens close at 4pm. We managed to cover the grounds in 1.5 hrs. Love the many colorful species of rhododendrons but wish there were more in different families. They have lots of parking, a satisfactory restroom, a sales section and gift shop.
Written 3 May 2021
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Sarah
Portland, OR4 contributions
An outstanding public garden that knocks us out every time we are lucky enough to visit. The best rhododendrons, magnolias, azaleas and other plants you can find in such a convenient location next to an interstate! Worthy of our support in an era when the unique and precious greenspace that was Weyerhaeuser HQ is about to get destroyed in favor of more warehouses.
Written 2 May 2021
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Jason Hennig
Renton, WA223 contributions
The garden is beautiful, hands down. It's deceptively large, given how crammed together it appears on first entrance. The entrance fee of $8 a person is maybe a tad steep for a garden, so if you're on a tight budget and this is a secondary spot on your list, it might be worth going to a different, free garden.

However, if you're interested in this garden specifically, or rhododendrons more broadly, the price tag is worth it. The parking lot is a short walk away, so be prepared for that.
Written 1 August 2020
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Hayley B
Seattle, WA936 contributions
Friends
My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit here. The grounds were beautiful and informative with many different species besides rhododendrons. Nice to combine this with the free bonsai museum next door.
Written 18 June 2020
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Tony K
Los Angeles, CA211 contributions
I didn't think any would be in bloom this time of year but several were on the last weekend of February. This is a beautiful walk!
Written 5 March 2020
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393normam
4 contributions
Really incredible place to see the flowering rhodies in the spring time. Easy trails to wander throughout the gardens.
Written 8 October 2019
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MrSmitcher
Surprise, AZ451 contributions
Couples
Beautiful setting with rhododendron cultivars from all over the world, some of them 25 feet tall. Easy trails to walk through, a selection of plants for sale, plus a nice shop for tools like hori hori, and all handicap accessible. Feb. & March are probably the best time to see rhodies in bloom, but it seems that even if you visit in the fall, there is something in bloom. (We also saw a red fox out in the meadow.)
A must see if visiting the area.
Written 29 September 2019
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