|This 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.
Enjoy snapshots of the unique Kubota Garden which blends Japanese
garden concepts with Northwest native plants.
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.
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
This site includes a calendar
of events and information on members' gardens as well as valuable
information on understanding the replaceable value of plants.
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.
A wonderful collection of articles, tips and links to everything you would
ever need to know
Great Plant Picks:
This site gives specifics such as the outstanding qualities, culture,
growing habits, and hardiness for plants chosen for the Great Plant
King County Native
This site provides a rich set of resources for landscaping using native plants.
Parks & Recreation:
Regional trails and King
County parks are
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
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" stands for "Save Habitat and Diversity of Wetlands." This organization was
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!
This site addresses the increasing need for improving urban
forests and includes a SelecTree database of 1,483 trees with many
Native Plant Society
(WNPS): They're dedicated to the
conservation and study of native plants. Their site has great photos of
Wilderness Awareness School: The 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.