Friday, May 19, 2017

Washington Park #Arboretum - #Seattle - #SaturdaySnapshots

Although I've lived in the Seattle area for thirteen years, I had only visited the Arboretum once and that visit was brief. Last week, however, the senior group hiked all over the garden's paths. [Click on photos for a closer look.] 

The garden's entrance gave a taste of what we'd see inside.
The pink flowers are a type of primrose; the blue ones are ajuga.
Blooming trees put on quite a show.
This dogwood is from Mexico. Strange blooms.
I should have written down the botanical name.
Tulip tree.
Magnolia blossom reminds me of Georgia O'Keeffe.
Spectacular evergreen.

Rhododendrons and azaleas bloomed everywhere in a wide range of colors. Many of the rhodies were tree-size.

I could have parked myself on a bench and spent the whole afternoon just breathing in the beauty of the Japanese garden.
Because of excavation work (new plantings!) we had to detour off our intended route, but then we came across this totem pole - "Origin of the Eagle Clan!"

Beautiful spot for our lunch break.

I'd like to go back again this summer to see what's blooming then. I'm sure it's lovely in autumn too, when the leaves turn.

More info about the University of Washington Botanic Gardens HERE.

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Brona Joy said...

What a beautiful garden. I love the magnolias in spring. Lovely to see your blossoms as we head into autumn and winter here 🍁

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Such a lovely retreat! I can imagine sitting there all day, taking it in, and reading a book.

Thanks for sharing, and here are MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOTS

Lynne Spreen said...

As I saw this in my email inbox, I thought, "I'll bet there are flowers in bloom in this one." You rewarded me! What a treat. And a reminder that such an activity (walking in nature with friends) is restorative for the busy mind. Inspiring.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I wish my post could include the scents of some of the flowers. This garden appealed to all my senses.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

There's no charge for visiting the Arboretum, but there's a small fee to enter the Japanese garden. It was well worth it. I really could have spent the whole day in that section alone.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

My hiking and walking experiences with this group have been a positive change in my life, and I'm lucky to have a local senior center that supports and encourages them. I'm glad you enjoyed the photos.

Susan in Texas said...

Wow. We have a Seattle trip in the works for October. But I wanna go now! Thanks for sharing this.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

You're welcome! There's lots to see and do in my part of the world. I hope you have a great trip this fall.

carol said...

Looks lovely!

Klara S said...

So many beautiful pictures here! I like close-ups the most.