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Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

2525 S 336th St, Federal Way, WA 98003-7825
+1 253-838-4646
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Special botanical garden that is off the beaten path but worthy of attention for plant lovers

This garden is about 15-29 miles from Seattle toward Tacoma. It offers a broad collection of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Fred G
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Nice stroll with a very knowledgable docent

Allow a couple of hours to see everything and, if possible, do it on an escorted tour. The indepth... read more

Reviewed 7 June 2017
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Twenty-two acres of year-round botanical splendor make up the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden. It is home to one of the largest collections of species rhododendrons and azaleas in the world. The RSBG continues to support the conservation, preservation, distribution and display of the rhododendron species. Some rhododendrons in the collection no longer exist in their wild habitat.Wild rhododendrons have a great diversity of size and shape with flowers that range in color from white to soft pink, clear yellow, brilliant red and into deep purple. Rhododendrons can range in size from ground hugging alpines to 100 foot trees. The RSBG collection consists of species from North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.A visit to the garden will increase your knowledge of these extraordinary plants that are growing among a forest of conifers and deciduous trees. Exploring the Rutherford Conservatory will provide you with a showcase of tropical rhododendrons as well as many other tropical plants. Hundreds of these beautiful tropical plants are set along a stream with a waterfall and towering boulders. There are over 10,000 rhododendrons in this woodland garden. A newly-renovated gazebo in the center of the Garden gives an expansive overview of the landscape. Travel the garden paths to the Victorian Fern Stumpery, Alpine and Pond Gardens and the breathtaking Blue Poppy Meadow (Meconopsis. After enjoying this show come and browse the Garden Gift Shop and Nursery. Many of the plants found growing in the Garden are for sale in the Nursery or through our on-line catalog.
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2525 S 336th St, Federal Way, WA 98003-7825
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This garden is about 15-29 miles from Seattle toward Tacoma. It offers a broad collection of Rhododendron species to visitors. Many of these have not been seen before. This garden is quiet, not heavily traveled by tourists or locals. But the shame is the beauty...More

Thank Fred G
Reviewed 7 June 2017

Allow a couple of hours to see everything and, if possible, do it on an escorted tour. The indepth explanations of species, origins, and subtle differences between different rhodies is fascinating. The indoor exhibit includes orchids. This is a totally pleasant walk and learning experience....More

Thank Sungron
Reviewed 21 May 2017

This is a great place for gardeners to see lots of different species of Rhodies as well as a number of other mostly Northwest plants. If you aren't into gardening, the walk is nice, but it would probably rate a meh. Kids would be bored....More

Thank dpayton59
Reviewed 16 May 2017

If you like gardens this stop in Federal Way is excellent. The Bonsai Museum is a few steps away. There is a self guided outside walk to see the beautiful rhododendrons and other plants. Set in a stand of trees this garden is quite peaceful...More

Thank TravelforSports_Beer
Reviewed 11 May 2017

About 10 miles south of SEATAC airport, if you've beaten traffic through town and are looking for a good stroll, this would be the place. There are dozens of different Rhododendron types (hence the rather odd word "Species" in the name) so you'd find something...More

Thank David R
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

This was well worth the visit. I suggest going in May so you can make the most out of your visit. So many great photo opportunities. I'm pretty addicted to flowers, trees, and nature. This trip fulfilled my thirst for all of that.

Thank Elizabeth C
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Decided to go this past Sunday, the sun was shining, the birds were singing, the bees were bumbling. It can be hard to find if you are using the Waze app, I just turned it off and tried to figure out how to get there...More

Thank Caryn899
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Glad we stumbled upon this place. The rhododendron seemed to be in a natural setting and growing wild. I must have seen over 30 variety. They also as an azalea garden. Very nice.

Thank RRla
Reviewed 14 October 2016

This garden is amazing if you love Roadies (our state flower). Not only have they gathered every known species. But they have cross pollinated many exotic species to create unique one of a kind mixes.

Thank daxdad
Reviewed 7 September 2016

If you enjoy walking through Pacific Northwest forests and meadows, if you'd like to see how this serene (but for the sounds, at times, of traffic on Highway 18 and I-5) 20-acre facility has integrated over 700 species of rhododendrons from North America, Eurasia and...More

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9 January 2016|
Response from RSBG3 | Property representative |
Yes! March is an excellent time to visit as the Rhododendrons start blooming in mid-January and the quantity continues to build. March and April are peak bloom times, with a nice quantity of blooms into May. If you are on... More
Michel G
16 July 2015|
Response from RSBG3 | Property representative |
Thanks for asking! Admission rates are as follows: Adults: $8, Seniors and students with school ID: $5; children under 12 and military are free.