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“Botanical Garden a must see” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden
2525 South 336th Street, Federal Way, WA 98063
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Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Federal Way
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Owner description: 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.
Helena, Montana
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“Botanical Garden a must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

The Weyerhaeuser grounds are park-like and impressive. The headquarters building is very eco-friendly looking and natural in its surroundings. The Rhody garden is a stroll through beauty and very informative. Be prepared to be impressed! This is located outdoors and can be very rainy, so come prepared with rain gear and good walking shoes.

Visited March 2012
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Marysville, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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“Spectacular Gardens of Washington”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

We have visiting the RSBG many times and each time is a surprise. There is always something blooming. The people working or volunteering there are knowledgeable and helpful. The macrophylum is Washington's state flower and is represented here. The gardens represent plants from all over the world, and were collected at peril in many instances. The colors will astound you! If you visit western Washington and you are a gardener, this is a 'must see'.

Visited July 2011
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“a jewel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2011

Lived in the area for years and finally visited this, this year. Wow. So much to see. Nice walkway amongst the many rhododendrons but also many, many other trees, plants, ponds etc. Would definitely recommend to others.

Visited June 2011
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Olympia, Washington
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Gorgeous gardens!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2011

I can`t believe that there aren`t many reviews of this place. It is so beautiful. Like 20 acres of well maintained gardens, beautiful fall colors (we went on Halloween :-) ), they have a pretty big bonsai exhibitions as well, and a large glass house with other plants. We will visit again, easy walking around, lots of nice plants and colors to see, even in October! :-)

Visited October 2010
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Anchorage, Alaska
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205 helpful votes 205 helpful votes
“fabulous collection, well cared for, worth a stop”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2007

we came from alaska to view the fabulous rhododendron/bansai collection, and wow. all in bloom, and much to come in late april. very quiet and well tended to. worth a visit. Being from alaska, my wife had read about this amazing place, and just oohed and ahhed while we walked about the 22 acres, seeing ponds, and all.

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