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Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

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Address: 2525 South 336th Street, Federal Way, WA 98063
Phone Number: 253-838-4646
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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 gazebo in the center of the garden gives an expansive overview of the landscape. Travel the garden paths to the Fern Stumpery, Alpine and Pond Gardens and the breathtaking Meconopsis Meadow (Himalayan Blue Poppy.) After enjoying this show come and browse the gift show and Plant Sale Pavilion.
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Beautiful and large`

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
Arthur B
Kent, Washington
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Kent, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

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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Coupeville, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

A Lovely Way to spend an hour or two during Spring, though I imagine it is a nice place to visit at anytime. It is so close to the highway that you cannot quite escape the freeway sounds but it is a nice little escape anyway and the specimens are well marked throughout. The ferns are interesting as well. Bonsai... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Beautiful during each season, perhaps autumn is the best for its tiny leaves changing color. I've enjoyed this experience by myself, with my sweetheart, and well as with family and small children. Sometimes we bring a picnic or hot chocolate.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

What a wonderful garden! We went on a somewhat drizzly September day on our way back to town from Tacoma. The scope of this botanical garden is amazing! A number of roadies we had never seen or heard of before and though a lot of them were not in bloom, it was well worth the slow walk through to view... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014 via mobile

May and June are the best times to view the gardens! The Rodies are beautiful! Such as refreshing time of year, nice trails, let's breath the fresh air! Even nice when it is raining! Just dress for the weather!

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Kent, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Even though it is near the Interstate, the walk through the woods is very relaxing. Well worth the visit anytime through the Spring, Summer, and early Fall - best to go in early afternoon, and take a relaxing stroll - they lock the gates promptly at 4 and if you arrive in late afternoon, you are going to feel rushed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We bought a family membership to the gardens this year. We've made it a point to visit every 4 to 6 weeks throughout the year. There are always plants in bloom or at interesting stages. Most folks only visit the gardens in April to May. However, species rhododendrons are blooming as early as February. It's the hybrid rhododendrons most people... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We visited in late Summer so only saw a few of the many Rhododendrons in bloom. Even then it was worth a walk through the trails with the huge douglas fir and many other plants and exhibits. Very peaceful except for the Interstate sound which is only 3 or 4 hundreds feet away. There is also a greenhouse which displays... More 

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Sky Valley, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We arrived too late in the afternoon to visit. It cost money to get in, and gal did not want to wave fee for late visit, wouldn't let us in..too bad too sad..it looked very beautiful and I would have liked to see more

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

Our hours are 10am to 4pm, Tuesday through Sunday. If visitors arrive too near to closing time we do not offer a discounted admission. Our gates lock at 4pm and all visitors need to have exited the 22 acre Garden by that time. We are sorry for the inconvenience and disappointment that this may bring. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

stopped here on our way south from Seattle. What a beautiful garden. Well laid out with an amazing variety of rhodies. Easy to tour and nicely done Info on each species. Worth a visit while in Seattle

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