Washington Park Arboretum
2300 Arboretum Drive E
Seattle, WA 98112 (map)
UW Botanic Gardens
Seattle, WA 98195-8010
Directions and Maps
Note: Arboretum Drive is closed to traffic: (exceptions: cars carrying people with physical limitations, emergency and service vehicles, and park permit holders. (per SMC 18.12.210))
The Arboretum is a hidden gem on the shores of Lake Washington. Jointly managed by UW and the City of Seattle, its 230 acres are a dynamic assortment of plants found nowhere else. The Graham Visitors Center contains an information desk and a gift shop managed by the Arboretum Foundation. The Japanese Garden, located at the south end of the Arboretum has an entrance fee and is managed by the City of Seattle.
Have a question about the Arboretum or one of the plants growing there? Contact the Miller Library's PLANT ANSWER LINE.
Take a Virtual Walk in the Arboretum
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Photo slideshow by Art Wolfe featuring the WPA and Union Bay Natural Area.
Plant Collection Notes
- ASIATIC MAPLES Acer
- BIRCHES Betula AND POPLARS Populus, Liriodendron
- CAMELLIA FAMILY Theaceae
- HAWTHORNS Crataegus
- HOLLIES Ilex
- HYBRID RHODODENDRONS
- AZALEAS Rhododendron
- JAPANESE MAPLES Acer palmatum
- LARCHES Larix
- LEGUMES Pea Family
- LINDENS Tilia
- MAGNOLIA FAMILY Magnolia
- MOUNTAIN ASHES Sorbus
- OAK FAMILY Fagaceae
- TRUE ASHES Fraxinus
- WALNUT FAMILY Juglans
- WITCH HAZEL FAMILY Hamamelidaceae
The City of Seattle owns the land and the University owns all of the trees and plant collections. In terms of care, maintenance and management, the City takes care of the park-like functions (trails, benches, garbage) and the UW Botanic Gardens takes care of the gardens, trees, and plant collections. The Japanese Garden is managed and maintained by the City.
The Arboretum and Botanical Garden Committee (ABGC) advises the University of Washington, City of Seattle and The Arboretum Foundation on the management and stewardship of the Washington Park Arboretum for the benefit of current and future generations.
Tuesday, 22-Oct-2013 10:09:00 PDT