South Sound Gardens


Whether you're looking for an amazing day trip or just a quiet afternoon stroll through a beautiful garden, South Sound Gardens has something for you. Scattered throughout South Puget Sound, these gardens offer an astounding array of diverse plant species, landscape, and size. Immerse yourself in one of six delightful gardens or make a day of it and enjoy them all.

W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory

The mission of the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory is to promote the connection between people and the natural world. Exotic tropical plants and seasonal floral displays await you at the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory in Wright Park. This historic glass conservatory, with its distinctive twelve-sided central dome, is listed on the City of Tacoma, Washington State and National Historic registers.

Soos Creek Botanical Garden

An Urban Oasis ... in the Heart of South King County

Enjoy 23 picturesque acres, over half of which are beautiful strolling gardens, nature paths and vintage buildings less than a mile from Highway 18. Tour the Soos Creek Plateau Heritage Center featuring local artifacts, photos and displays dating from the mid-1800s, and visit the peacocks, doves and other exotic birds at the aviary. The 'Red Barn,' located in a rustic, pastoral setting, seats up to 40 people, with adjacent parking. A variety of perennials, shrubs and trees as well as unique art work are available for purchase

PowellsWoodWithin 30 minutes of Seattle, PowellsWood is one of the fine gardens of the Puget Sound region. A true pleasure garden, PowellsWood is a unique celebration of the natural world. Open to the public,you are invited to come explore this oasis of beauty, rest, and inspiration.

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

The RSBG is home to the largest collection of species rhododendrons in the world! The garden’s enchanting botanical collection is nestled in a 22-acre Pacific Northwest forest and features rare, endangered, and interesting plants from all over the world. The RSBG conserves species rhododendrons and champions environmental stewardship through educational programs and collaboration with the global scientific community. Open year-round during visiting hours, our onsite nursery sells many plants that are growing in the garden. Stop by the Visitor Center and Shop to learn about the garden and browse an array of curated items, from gardening tools to jewelry, housewares, RSBG merchandise, and more.

Lakewold GardensLocated in Lakewood, Washington, Lakewold offers landscape architecture by Thomas Church surrounded by rare and native plants, State Champion trees, over 900 rhododendrons, 30 Japanese maples and stunning statuary. A Washington State historic landmark, Lakewold's Georgian-style mansion and historic architecture complete the 10 acres where visitors can step back in time to an elegant past or enjoy a relaxing moment to contemplate the future.

Lake Wilderness Arboretum

Lake Wilderness Arboretum, located in the heart of Maple Valley, is a sanctuary that inspires, educates and connects visitors to the natural world. Started in 1965 by volunteers dedicated to establishing an arboretum in south King County it is now made up of 42-acres of cultivated gardens and trails through a second growth forest in the midst of a rapidly developing area. Quite a change from the airplane landing strip for the local lake resort that they were given. The Lake Wilderness Arboretum features one of the largest collections of Rhododendron occidentale in the world along with a large collection of Japanese maples, vine maples, rhododendrons, hydrangeas and dwarf conifers.


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