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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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Bonsai and Rhodys in Bloom

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 8, 2015
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Coeur d'Alene
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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19 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
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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Coupeville, Washington
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137 reviews 137 reviews
28 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
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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107 reviews 107 reviews
45 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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188 reviews 188 reviews
52 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
17 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
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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