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University of Washington Botanic Gardens


Washington Park Arboretum
Center for Urban Horticulture

Seattle Garden Club Fragrance Garden

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The Seattle Garden Club Fragrance Garden greets visitors with tantalizing smells and colorful flowers at the entry to the Center for Urban Horticulture. Robert Chittock's design transformed the former Entry Shade Garden to the Fragrance Garden in 2007.

This is a garden for the senses. Come sit on one of the garden's five benches and feel the afternoon light on your back. Watch songbirds splash in the basalt birdbath. Close your eyes and listen to the Soest Garden fountain cascade into its basin. Breathe deep and take in the garden's rich, diverse aromas.

Did you know?
Winter flowering plants, such as Sarcococcca and Edgeworthia, tend to be small-flowering. The low temperatures and low relative humidity of temperate climates (like Seattle) make it a physically punishing time to be a flower. You'll find that the visual cues on a small flower aren't so strong as on large-flowered plants like hibiscus. Plants use fragrance as a tool to overcome small flower size.

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Fragrance Garden seasonal highlights



Summer photo


Last modified:
Friday, 22-May-2015 15:41:48 PDT