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Washington Park Arboretum
Center for Urban Horticulture

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All parts of the Washington Park Arboretum, with the exception of the Japanese Garden maintained by Seattle City Parks and Recreation, are open to the public free of charge. The Graham Visitors Center has maps, restrooms, staff and Arboretum Foundation offices, a gift shop and meeting room. No matter what time of year you visit, you’ll find something of interest along the trails that wind through 230 acres of gardens, natural areas and wetlands.

At the Center for Urban Horticulture, you’ll find gardens, greenhouses and Union Bay Natural Area, plus UWBG’s headquarters, herbarium and horticultural lending library open to the public, all housed in a certified “green building.”

Dogs are more than welcome at both sites of the UWBG as long as they are on a leash and get picked up after.


The Washington Park Arboretum is free and open to the public daily from dawn to dusk.

The Center for Urban Horticulture gardens and grounds are free and open to the public daily from dawn to dusk.

Directions and Maps
Audio Tour of the gardens
Virtual tours available at VR Seattle 
Canoe rentals available from UW Waterfront Activity Center
Kayak rentals available from Aqua Verde Paddle Club

The Arboretum does not have boat launching sites. Please land non-motorized vessels at designated locations.

Suggested Activities

If you have 15 minutes

If you have 30 minutes or more

Getting hot outside?

When the weather’s not right for gardening

Relax in the Miller Library at CUH. Rainy days are a perfect time to browse the library’s collection and find inspiration for your future gardens.

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Wednesday, 18-May-2016 12:20:34 PDT