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Wednesday, May 1 • 10:00am - 1:00pm
Washington Park Arboretum + Japanese Gardens Tour

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COST: $25 per person

STARTING LOCATION & TRANSPORTATION: Attendees will meet at the Graham Visitors Center at the Arboretum (2300 Arboretum Drive E).
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Attendees are responsible for their own transportation after the tour.

Meet at the Japanese Garden for a tour of the grounds, then continue your guided walk throughout the neighboring Washington Park Arboretum. These private educational tours are tailored for Living Future attendees and will cover history, programs, and plant collections, highlighting plants and gardens of seasonal interest as well as sustainable care practices.

Open to the public since June 1960, the Seattle Japanese Garden is one of the most highly regarded Japanese-style gardens in North America. Tucked within a vast arboretum in a fast-growing city, the garden attracts over 100,000 visitors annually and is beloved both locally and by garden-lovers from over 30 countries around the world. Gardens in Japan have long been regarded as an important art form that’s essential to life. This 3.5-acre garden features a style developed in the late-16th to early-17th centuries known as stroll gardens. Following a winding path around a central pond, stroll gardens invite visitors to journey through the varied landscapes of Japan – mountains, forests, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, islands and the sea. Along the journey, varied landscapes are hidden and then revealed. Renowned landscape designer Juki Iida planned the Seattle Japanese Garden faithful to the principle of shinzensa, the essence of nature. He used both traditional Japanese plant materials and Pacific Northwest natives that have spread gracefully over time. Iida also famously travelled to the Cascades to scout for and select a large number of granite rocks to install near the waterfall. With each passing season, the elements he specified long ago combine to reveal new colors, shapes and fragrances. Seasonal changes are constant, and every visit refreshingly unique.

The Washington Park Arboretum holds a world class collection of woody plants that can be explored. All year round, you’ll find something of interest along the trails that wind through 230 acres of gardens, natural areas and wetlands. Early May will be a great time to take a walk along historic Azalea Way, a 3/4 mile path through the heart of the Arboretum lined with flowering cherries, azaleas and dogwoods. Also of interest, the Loderi Valley area features large-leaved, fragrant rhododendrons sheltered by magnolias and the Pacific Connections Garden encompasses flora from all five eco-geographic regions along the Pacific Rim.

Wednesday May 1, 2019 10:00am - 1:00pm PDT
Washington Park