Went to the "Rhody" Botanical Garden in Federal Way last weekend while in town for a wedding. The paths made for an enjoyable walk, and the numerous species & varieties of flora made for something to see at just about every turn, but this isn't the ideal season to view rhododendrons. Only a few species were in bloom, and just a couple were in their glory.
The Bonsai collection, though, was to DIE for! They had SO MANY, LARGE & small, evergreen & deciduos -- even BLOOMING bonsais (one designed from a bougainvillea, of all things!!) The bonsai collection was simply spectacular, and the weather/season had no effect on that.
If you are a local, I hear it's worth a visit just to buy their fantastic specimens for really reasonable prices. We're from Montana, so if a rhody does survive the weather, it won't survive the deer :(
So, I went for the rhodies, but would return again the very next week just for the bonsai.