Our Favorite Seattle Gardens
July 11, 2016
Seattle has gardens and parks galore, and these are some of our favorites that are accessible from the Green Lake area. Most are historical sites, making them perfect for nature and history buffs alike.
As the sun peeks through the clouds more and more on these sunny summer Seattle days, take advantage of all the rain-soaked greenery the city has to offer!
Rose Garden at Woodland Park
This serene rose garden is very close to Greenlake Guest House, located next to the Woodland Park Zoo’s south entrance on N. 50th St. and Fremont Ave. N. Created in 1924, the 2-acre garden has a wide variety of different types of roses as well as a gazebo and a fountain and is a popular spot for outdoor weddings.
Seattle Japanese Garden
Celebrate the Japanese culture by wandering this beautiful garden located in the Washington Park Arboretum. The water features, lily pads, and foliage make for a pleasant walk through the garden, and its changing colors through the seasons make for a different experience each time.
The garden also hosts cultural events like tea ceremonies, an autumn moon viewing festival, and haiku day.
Ballard Chittenden Locks
The Ballard Locks are both an iconic piece of Seattle history and an important location for commercial navigation: 50,000 boats go through the century-old locks every year. Within the locks is the Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Garden, a stunning park with perfect grassy spots for lounging in the sun and watching the boats go by. You can also wander down to the fish viewing area, where salmon and steelhead climb the fish ladder to get to the freshwater side of the locks.
We like to take drinks and sandwiches down to the Locks and have a picnic lunch!
Take a day trip out to The Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island to immerse yourself in peaceful woods and gardens. Its mild climate lets a variety of plants thrive, and the different gardens like the Moss Garden and Reflection Pool make this 150-acre park a treat to explore. A waterfall outlook on the northeast side peers over flowering shrubs and rhododendrons.
The Reserve can be accessed with the Colman Dock ferry in downtown Seattle.