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Address: 2525 South 336th Street, Federal Way, WA 98063
Phone Number: +1 253-838-4646
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Twenty-two acres of year-round botanical splendor make up the...

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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Unique--garden and great for a walk with your sweetheart

Meandering paths of native rhododendrons and related species--just wonderful in the spring. Great to slow down and enjoy especially in the blooming months of late spring. So many... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
Orting, Washington
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Orting, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Meandering paths of native rhododendrons and related species--just wonderful in the spring. Great to slow down and enjoy especially in the blooming months of late spring. So many fragrances and such floral beauty all around. Like that it is informal setting with native species not cultivars.

Thank Hunaryson
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We have been here many times and it is a nice place for a hour or two in the Spring. The rest of the year there is not much to see as it is primarily a Rhododendron garden. Also in May the Blue Poppies are blooming. I find the freeway noise a big distraction and for a company the size... More 

Thank GrandpaGrandma44
RSBG3, Manager at Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, responded to this review

So glad that you've been able to visit the Garden in different seasons of the year! Sorry to hear that the freeway was a distraction ... we try to imagine that we're hearing the rhythmic waves of the ocean! We'd like to clear up a common misconception ... the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden is NOT sponsored by Weyerhaeuser. We are... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

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

Thank joel r
Los Angeles
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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.

Thank fsdukejr
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.

Thank athomeinkansas
Honolulu, Hawaii USA
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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 

Thank daw808
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 

Coeur d'Alene
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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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