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Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

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Address: 2525 South 336th Street, Federal Way, WA 98063
Phone Number: +1 253-838-4646
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: Twenty-two acres of year-round botanical splendor make up the Rhododendron...
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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Well designed nature area

In July we hadn't expected to find rhodies in bloom but we did see several summer bloomers. A very nice walk through the garden, peaceful and pleasant. And the Rutherford... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2015
Los Angeles
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

Go to the Bonsai display instead, it's free and really cool. The Rhody Garden is varied, but all looks the same out of bloom. Plus it costs $6

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

In July we hadn't expected to find rhodies in bloom but we did see several summer bloomers. A very nice walk through the garden, peaceful and pleasant. And the Rutherford Conservatory was quite interesting. And, not to be missed is the Bansai collection across from the entrance. Free, but we had paid for admission to the Garden. An outstanding selection... More 

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Federal Way, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Like any botanical park, it is best if all the flowers are blooming and by the 3d week in May, this year, most of them were done. Trails are nice and the Bonsai Garden is memorable at any time of the year. The 3d Thursday of every month the garden offers free admission.

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Federal Way, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

If you like nature, take a walk through this rhododendron garden to see both beautiful rhododendrons and a woodsy, peaceful setting. Easy walking, fun for families of all ages, birds singing, and butterflies and a pond to see, colorful plants of various kinds.

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Sammamish, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This is a wonderful garden for many reasons. The entrance embellished with two o three rare varieties of rhododendron delivers a great introduction. It is located in the middle of a small forest with tall trees (pine, spruce, fir??) which gives it a peaceful air all along the walk. A winding path leads you to an amazing variety of rhododendron,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

I think this place would be beautiful any time of year. We really enjoyed the Rhododendrons that were in bloom - just beautiful! The garden is quiet, relaxing, and peaceful.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

We missed the window of blooming of the bushes. Instead we saw 8 acres of green shrubs. Might h e been interesting to a botanists. The ticket seller should have told us the shrubs blue bloom Mid-Apri to mid-May, otherwise there is nothing to see. However e very garden and yard in Seattle, Tacoma and Olympia was awash with blooming... More 

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RSBG2, Manager at Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, responded to this review

There is so much to see throughout the 22 acres of Garden, no matter what season a visitor arrives. We are sorry that you were disappointed. Yes, if you want to see the most color from the species rhododendrons, then visit from mid-March to mid-May. When the hybrid rhododendrons found in many yards are in bloom, the species have moved... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

This is a lovely respite, tucked between Seattle and Tacoma with easy, easy access to I-5. The bonsais are artfully displayed and have plaques that give not only their species but their history. We were lucky enough to happen upon some of the staff carefully pruning and they took time to explain the process. Many of the Rhodys were in... More 

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Murrysville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Spent about 2 hours wandering the paths on May 3rd. Some areas were blooming beautifully and will probably continue to improve for the next several weeks. The gardens are quite extensive and I recommend if your party separates, you have an established meeting place or cell phone communication. It is more difficult than one would think to "find" each other... More 

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Kent, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

If you appreciate flora, you'll love it here. We visited in February, obviously not the ideal time of year, and still it was fascinating. The grounds are quite large and there's plenty to see.

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Address: 2525 South 336th Street, Federal Way, WA 98063
Phone Number: +1 253-838-4646
Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Federal Way
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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