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Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

Open Now: 10:00 - 16:00
Open today: 10:00 - 16:00
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I visited out of season but still loved it (surely 5-stars in the spring)

I visited during the first week of July and had a great time strolling around the gardens... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2018
Jim L
Tustin, California
Wonderful place for Plant Lovers - esp. in early May

We had a wonderful time at the Botanical Garden 5/22/18. The skies were blue, clear, and it... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2018
Bellevue, Washington
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The Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, located between Seattle and Tacoma, is a 22-acre woodland garden featuring the largest collection of Rhododendron species in the world. With a Victorian stumpery, the Rutherford conservatory, a pond garden...more
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2525 S 336th St, Located in former Weyerhaeuser Campus off of I-5 between Seattle and Tacoma., Federal Way, WA 98003-7825
+1 253-838-4646
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Reviewed 30 August 2018

I visited during the first week of July and had a great time strolling around the gardens. Although there were a few leftover blooms it was obvious to me that I had missed the peak time for the colors. No worries, I spent lots of...More

Thank Jim L
Reviewed 21 August 2018

Okay, to be truthful, we ended up not actually going into the gardens. We came for that, but upon noticing the rhododendrons on the walkway outside the main gate were dormant we decided to not pay the price to go in. That said, it looks...More

Thank GeenaG4me
Reviewed 23 May 2018

We had a wonderful time at the Botanical Garden 5/22/18. The skies were blue, clear, and it couldn't have looked more beautiful. The rhododendron species are so numerous, and nicely labeled, and the variety is stunning. In the greenhouse/conservatory area there are more rhododendron species,...More

Thank paloma54
Britt B, Public Relations Manager at Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 8 June 2018

Thanks for the review - so glad that you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 12 February 2018

I have been there several times. the plants are well marked and easy to see. It's adjacent to the Bonsai Gardens too - so you can see both in one stop. Has places to sit and a nice gift shop, too. Not too big, so...More

1  Thank Pam C
Reviewed 2 December 2017

There are so many rhododendrons to view in such a fantastic garden. My wife and I walked around and around for nearly 4 hours -- we did a few areas twice. We would recommend going multiple times to catch all the different plant blooming times....More

1  Thank denniseh129
Reviewed 11 November 2017

We visited here actually before the rhodi's were in full bloom. Was still a great walk and had a great time. A nice relaxing walk and the place was not too crowded.

Thank publiussulla
Reviewed 2 October 2017

There are so many different Rhody and they are all beautiful and in the forest setting. Nice walking area and a variety of Rhodies

Thank Diana H
Reviewed 14 September 2017

I often joke that people in the Seattle metro area never awaken Saturday mornings thinking they should go to Federal Way! But after visiting the Rhododendron Botanical Garden I've change my mind! Who knew this place was such a rare gem? We even became members!!...More

Thank Joe D
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

This was a roadtrip stop along with the Bonsai garden next door. It is $8 for adults to get in. I was hesitant knowing that the rhododendron weren't in bloom, but glad I went. This was a great way to see some local flora as...More

Thank Abby_Mapes
Reviewed 1 July 2017

This garden is about 15-29 miles from Seattle toward Tacoma. It offers a broad collection of Rhododendron species to visitors. Many of these have not been seen before. This garden is quiet, not heavily traveled by tourists or locals. But the shame is the beauty...More

1  Thank Fred G
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9 January 2016|
Response from RSBG3 | Property representative |
Yes! March is an excellent time to visit as the Rhododendrons start blooming in mid-January and the quantity continues to build. March and April are peak bloom times, with a nice quantity of blooms into May. If you are on... More
Michel G
16 July 2015|
Response from RSBG3 | Property representative |
Thanks for asking! Admission rates are as follows: Adults: $8, Seniors and students with school ID: $5; children under 12 and military are free.