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Bonhoeffer Botanical Gardens

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Bonhoeffer Botanical Gardens

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Kat S wrote a review Jul 2019
Arlington, Washington539 contributions176 helpful votes
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What a beautiful little oasis. The wooden boardwalk runs through a huge variety of native plantlife, creating a quiet and serene walk just off I-5. I plan to return in the Spring to see everything in bloom!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Heloisia wrote a review May 2019
Lopez Island, Washington48 contributions21 helpful votes
This lovely Northwest native plant garden is a hidden gem. East to find as it is right after you get off I-5 at exit #215 and turn right. You can't miss the bright red buildings at the entrance. The gardens are bordering ponds and stream so there are many water plants as well as dry land ones. The entire walk is on raised walkways, perfect for little ones and the handicapped. A wonderful surprise were the gorgeous glass bowls, and objets de art, mounted on pedistals in the ponds...artists mainly from the world renown (think Dale Chihuly!) Pilchuck Glass School just 3 miles away. About a dozen informative kiosks tell the stories of the plants and trees, glass artists and holcaust history. Bonhoeffer was held in a Nazi prison camp during WW2. I am so glad I took the time to explore...allow at least an hour for a visit.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Linda H wrote a review Apr 2019
Bellingham, Washington10 contributions3 helpful votes
For plant viewing, best to go in the summer when more plants/flowers are visible, but educational displays can be enjoyed year round. The displays also include beautiful glass artwork, but additional glass art in the water is placed in the spring/summer. Of particular interest are the native plants that seem to have disappeared from the PNW. This garden gives one much to think about in regard to nature and how mankind is altering it, and man’s inhumanity to mankind. The nearby Heritage Park is also worth visiting. Both Bonhoeffer Gardens and the Heritage Park are works in progress. Accessible to all ages and abilities. Also, easily found next to I-5.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Jeanne J wrote a review Mar 2019
Bellevue, Washington, USA382 contributions126 helpful votes
Disappointing mostly because of the roar of traffic noise. It is right next to I-5. Take the exit going east, turn south on the frontage road and the garden is on your left. There are a couple parking areas off the frontage road and more if you go east up the hill and then turn in before the church. Looks like there is a picnic area and play equipment out in the summer. Portapotties there also. From the frontage road parking it is a level walk to the level boardwalk, good for wheelchairs and strollers. The boardwalk winds around over water channels cutting through the garden. There are 16 kiosks. Each has a roof planted to attract and provide for a particular butterfly. Each also has one or two glass objects displayed with info about the artist. There are also glass objects displayed on small platforns in the water. Each kiosk also has information about plants, about a disciple or martyr from the Christian faith, and about the Holocaust in WW II as well as about what they call the Holocaust of plants (the dying out of some plant species). Way too many topics and all mixed together. The research is great on the butterflies and plants, and that would be sufficient as a focus for the gardens. Terrific labels for the plants, possibly more helpful with a picture of a leaf rather than the code for your smart phone to look it up. Could do without the bridge to nowhere “after Monet” and the bears. Somewhat kitschy overall. Unfortunate location next to highway with distracting noise, the opposite of what I want from a garden. Free.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Cowboy wrote a review Oct 2018
Stanwood, Washington456 contributions121 helpful votes
Great place to take a nice walk and enjoy the beautiful gardens. Neat spot for a picnic or prayer/meditation, I saw it from the freeway and had to stop and investigate.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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