Entries from Postcards from the Trail tagged with 'SeattleGardens'

Lakewold Garden

Lakewold is our favorite garden in the region. It is wonderful early in Spring but a visit around Mother's Day is also a time for many surprises. We were hunting for the Embothrium coccineum and we were not disappointed....

Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden

The Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden is a little sleeper of a garden. It is located just under the take-off path north of SeaTac airport. The highlight of the garden is the Elda Belm's Paradise Garden. This is a re-creation...

Construction at Bellevue Botanical Garden

Seattle is a riot of color. The Spring weather has been typical, a little rain, a little sun but overall not too cold. But the biggest difference was the mild winter. Everything is in full bloom without any winter...

Bellevue Botanical Garden

We have a wonderful botanical garden here in Seattle. It is located in Bellevue and it is managed by the Northwest Perennial Alliance. They have recently (past couple of years) redone the perennial border. I have to admit - I...

Seattle Chinese Garden

The second garden we visited was the new Seattle Chinese Garden. It is located right next to the South Seattle Community College Arboretum. Here is an explanation of a what composes a Chinese Garden from their self-guided tour brochure:...

Aboretum at South Seattle Community College

Cool and damp weekend. We wanted to visit a couple of gardens. We discussed maybe the Rhododendron Species Foundation but decided we didn't want to go that far. We were going to go to the another garden when I...

Greenlake blossoms

After visiting the Ballard Market and the Locks, we headed to Greenlake. We have been trying to walk daily since I spend most of my time sitting at the computer. It has been hard to get back into a...

Springtime in Ballard

You probably know by now that Ballard is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Seattle. It used to be a neighborhood known for senior citizens and Scandinavian families. Many families from Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland settled in this...

Macadam Winter Garden

Another garden designed specifically to highlight the Winter season is the Macadam Winter Garden in Tukwila. It is a relatively new garden planted in 2007. We have been visiting the past couple of years and it has really started...

Winter in the Aboretum

Winter is the time to slow down and savor your garden. Select plants can enhance and bring interest into the garden in winter time. One of the best places to see what you can do with your garden in...

Late Spring

I was hoping for an early spring but March seemed to break all records. It was cooler than normal, wetter than normal and grayer than normal. Here it is the first of April and it feels like the beginning...

Bloedel Reserve - Part 2

Continuing with photos of springtime at Bloedel Reserve. My favorite area was just off the main estate house. Following down the waterfall, the path leads us to the Birch Garden and Rhododendron glen. It was a wonderland of wood...

Bloedel Reserve - Part 1

I don't know why it took us so long to visit Bloedel Reserve. Maybe because it is on Bainbridge Island and a ferry ride away. Maybe we did not like you previously had to reserve a visit. We known...

Rainy day at the locks

We needed to get out this weekend. We tossed around ideas and decided to go to the Ballard Locks. Maybe if we were lucky there would be a few items in bloom in the garden. The rain drops started...

Autumn in PowellsWood Garden

I returned to Powellswood Garden this weekend. I visited earlier this year on Mothers Day when the garden was just waking. I had good intentions to visit again this summer but days flew by. We were in the South...

Garden Conservancy Open Day - Garden #2

Yesterday I wrote about Edgewood Gardens which was open during the recent Garden Conservancy Open Days South Sound Garden Tour. The other garden I really enjoyed is Ernie and Julia Graham's garden in Puyallup. It is a one acre...

Garden Conservancy Open Day - Garden #1

The Garden Conservancy is a wonderful organization. It was established to recognize exceptional gardens. It helps preserve selected gardens and transition them to public gardens. The Chase Garden is a local garden that is in the preservation process. Saturday...

PowellsWood Garden

I finally had a chance to visit PowellsWood Garden in Federal Way. This is a relatively new garden. It has started to be open to the public more frequently than a few special days. There was a special open...

Lakewold Garden

We did not have any special plans for Easter Sunday so we decided to spend it in a garden. One possibility was to go to the Tulip fields again since they were in bloom but it would have been...

A Taste of Spring - Witt Winter Garden

I've been reading about the ugly weather that has been happening this week in California. Heavy rain, wind, thunderstorm - so typical of an El Nino year. The storms that normally swing farther north to the Pacific Northwest come...

Kubota Gardens

One of hidden gardens gems of Seattle is Kubota Gardens. Located on 20 acres in South Seattle, the garden is a testament to the endurance of Japanese immigrants and over 50 years of loving labor. The gardens were design...

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks

Boats waiting to enter the Locks Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, also known as the Ballard Locks, is one of my favorite places take out of town guests. I enjoy visiting it on my own throughout the year. Several fresh...

PhotoHunt: Lock

The Ballard Locks Lock has a wide variety of meanings - a lock of hair, enlocked arms, a means to secure something. But I couldn't pass by the meaning that has local significance: Lock: an enclosure (as in a...

Cherry Blossom Time in Seattle

The city seems to be exploding in blossoms. The weather has been cool and overcast. I look out my bedroom window and I see pink cotton candy puffs of flowering plum blooms over the neighborhood roofs. Pink flowering plums...

Fall walk in the Seattle Arboretum

The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn. - John Muir The weather continues to be glorious for October. I love...

Seattle Viewpoints - Kerry and Marshall Park

Seattle Vista from Kerry Park The best view of Seattle in my opinion is from Kerry Park. This viewpoint is located on the west slope of Queen Anne just north of downtown. The Queen Anne neighborhood is one of...

Volunteer Park Conservatory

Another great place to visit on a cloudy cool day is the Volunteer Park Conservatory. You are transported to a tropical jungle as you walk through the doors. There are 5 green houses varying in temperature and humidity to...

Northwest Flower and Garden Show

It is the time again - for the flower show. Time to dream and plan for this years garden. Our friend from Spokane joined us again this year. We got there about 10am on Friday and it was already...

Seattle Arboretum

It has been cold and frosty this past week. The lows have been getting down almost to 20 degrees. The low sun does not reach into the backyard and icicles are coming out of the ground. But usually the...

Bellevue Botanical Garden

Whenever we want a perennial fix, we make a trip to the Bellevue Botanical Garden . This is a relatively new garden which opened 1992. The Northwest Perennial Alliance worked with the Bellevue Parks Department to create the garden. The...

Lakewold Garden

We finally had a chance to visit Lakewold Garden, a well known Puget Sound garden just outside of Tacoma. I don't know why it took so long. The garden consists of 10 acres bordering Lake Gravelly near Fort Lewis....

Dunn Gardens

Sometimes you will find the most amazing surprises right in your backyard. Today we found the Dunn Gardens. I had heard of the garden but never really knew much about it. We stopped by their booth at the Seattle...

Witt Winter Garden

Witt Winter Garden One of my favorite gardens in Seattle is the Witt Winter Garden in the Washington Park Arboretum. It is a wonderful feast for both eyes and nose. Even on a rainy day it can brighten your...