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“Stop by if in the area to "kill time"”

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden
Ranked #4 of 19 things to do in Federal Way
Certificate of Excellence
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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 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.
Reviewed December 11, 2012

This place is worth a stop if you are trying to "kill time." I enjoy the trails more and the fact that I can walk my dog in the open areas . It is very pretty and well kept. Just takes about 15 minutes to see the garden. Not sure if this is Weyerhauser grounds or not.

Thank nano262
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RSBG2, Manager at Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded December 12, 2012

Many visitors spend well over an hour to just walk along all of the trails within our Garden and discover all of the beautiful display areas including the Victorian Stumpery, pond garden, gazebo, alpine garden and the Rutherford Conservatory which is filled with tropical wonders. The Garden Gift Shop hands out maps to our visitors so that they can explore and follow a self-guided tour which helps the visitor learn about the various plants which our plant hunter/explorer has brought back from around the world.

We hope that you'll visit again during the different seasons of the year and learn more about the Garden.

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Reviewed July 22, 2012

Interesting place. Easy to get to, seems a worls away yet right off of freeway. Even my 5 year old enjoyed it.

1  Thank Sally N
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Reviewed May 18, 2012

A beautiful park with great flowers. And we loved the
gift shop! Easy walking trails. A great family trip for
a spring afternoon.

Thank sixspencers
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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.

Thank Marca G
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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'.

2  Thank Quiltdreamer10
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