Lake Wilderness Arboretum Plants


Links to plant stewardship sitesThis page contains a set of links to various parks, gardens, arboretums, organizations, and sites that all share an interest in the stewardship of plants. Follow these links to find gardens and parks to visit, to learn more about raising plants, to find volunteer opportunities, and to learn more about the plant stewardship community in general.

Links to Arboretums

Lake Wilderness Arboretum:  The Lake Wilderness Arboretum is located in Maple Valley, Washington adjacent to Lake Wilderness Park. In addition to its focus on Northwest native plants, the Arboretum features one of the world's largest collections of Western Azalea (Rhododendron occidentale). The Arboretum's urban forest and cultivated gardens provide the backdrop for educational and passive recreational opportunities that are readily available and free to the public.

Washington Park Arboretum:  Enjoy a virtual tour of this Arboretum located near the University of Washington and check out their educational programs and plant list.

Yakima Area Arboretum:  This arboretum contains many beautiful collections of various types (genera) of trees. Both deciduous and evergreen tree collections are included. If you are a tree lover, take an opportunity to get warm and visit this 46 acre site in Yakima. There are over 2,000 specimens in the Arboretum which adjoins the riparian habitat of the Yakima River.

United States National Arboretum:  This Arboretum located in Washington DC has research activities, an azalea photo gallery and an award-winning day lilies photo gallery.

Links to Seattle Area Gardens

Bellevue Botanical Garden:  Learn about their Living Lab and upcoming events. Print out a map before you go to visit.

Kruckeberg Botanic Garden:  The Kruckeberg Botanic Garden is a public garden containing a unique blend of Pacific Northwest native plants and unusual exotics in a natural setting in Shoreline, Washington. The Garden was founded in 1958 by Dr. Arthur Kruckeberg and his wife Mareen, who, over a period of fifty years, amassed the plant collection that now surrounds their home.

Kubota Garden:  Enjoy snapshots of the unique Kubota Garden which blends Japanese garden concepts with Northwest native plants.

Lakewold Gardens:  Located in Lakewood, Washington, Lakewold offers landscape architecture by Thomas Church surrounded by rare and native plants, State Champion trees, over 900 rhododendrons, 30 Japanese maples and stunning statuary. A Washington State historic landmark, Lakewold's Georgian-style mansion and historic architecture complete the 10 acres where visitors can step back in time to an elegant past or enjoy a relaxing moment to contemplate the future.

Rhododendron Species Foundation:  For information on rhododendrons, check out this site. Also, included are garden events such as concerts and their catalog.

Links to Other Organizations and Sites

American Public Gardens Association (APGA): This site includes a calendar of events and information on members' gardens as well as valuable information on understanding the replaceable value of plants.

Elisabeth C. Miller Library:  The Elisabeth C. Miller Library is located in the Center for Urban Horticulture, near the University of Washington campus in Seattle. The library is open to the public and houses over 15,000 books and 500 magazine titles. The library website is full of useful resources, including a Gardening Answers Knowledgebase featuring hundreds of questions (and answers!) received through the Plant Answer Line.

Garden Forever:  A wonderful collection of articles, tips and links to everything you would ever need to know about gardening!

Great Plant Picks:  This site gives specifics such as the outstanding qualities, culture, growing habits, and hardiness for plants chosen for the Great Plant Picks list.

King County Native Plant Guide:  This site provides a rich set of resources for landscaping using native plants.

King County Parks & Recreation:  Regional trails and King County parks are listed here along with an events calendar and volunteer opportunities.

Lake Wilderness Preservation Association:  Local citizens formed this organization to improve and promote the safety, health and environment of Lake Wilderness and its watershed.

Plant Amnesty:  Local Plant Amnesty's goal to "end the senseless torture and mutilation of trees and shrubs" has gained considerable local and national press as the organization strives to educate both the commercial and public sectors on responsible, appropriate pruning and landscape management practices, establishing a standard of quality care for the urban landscape.

Rainier Audubon Society:  Interested in bird watching? This site lists field trips and has a great photo  section.

Seattle Tree Fruit Society: STFS brings together amateur growers - beginners to experts - from the Greater Seattle area who share an interest in growing fruit and nut trees, berries, kiwis, grapes, and other fruit. They offer information on adapted varieties, up-to-the-minute growing techniques, and share their experiences growing fruit. They are a chapter of the Western Cascade Fruit Society.

SHADOW: "SHADOW" stands for "Save Habitat and Diversity of Wetlands." This organization was formed to preserve the unique peat bog and habitat surrounding the west and southwest sides of Shadow Lake.

University of Washington Herbarium:  The University of Washington Herbarium (also known as WTU) is an international resource for research into the diversity, distribution and ecology of Pacific Northwest vascular plants, non-vascular plants, fungi, lichen, and algae. Basically it has a bunch of really cool information about PNW plants!

Urban Forest Ecosystem Institute:  This site addresses the increasing need for improving urban forests and includes a SelecTree database of 1,483 trees with many photos.

Washington Native Plant Society (WNPS)They're dedicated to the appreciation, conservation and study of native plants. Their site has great photos of native plants.

Wilderness Awareness SchoolThe Wilderness Awareness School is an internationally-recognized leader in outdoor education. Their mission is to help children and adults cultivate healthy relationships with nature, community and self. They are based in Duvall, WA.

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