Seattle's best gardens

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Plants and flowers are popping up all over Seattle, making it a great time to take a stroll in the local gardens. The city is known for being full to trees and parks, so it’s only right that gardens also be included in your pursuit of nature. AMLI’s Seattle apartments are surrounded by some of the Emerald City’s best gardens. Get ready to take in the beauty and wonder of everything “plant.”

Seattle Japanese Garden

1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E.

The Seattle Japanese Garden is 3.5 acres of urban sanctuary. Winding paths and benches invite you to view the gardens slowly and mindfully, in all of its detail—stones, water, lanterns, bridges, buildings, plants and animals. These gardens are located near the Madison Park neighborhood. Admission is $8 and $6 with a Seattle resident ID.

Highline Seatac Botanical Garden

13735 24th Ave. S.

This one-of-a-kind garden was created to preserve some of the area’s most treasured plants. It’s nestled near the SeaTac Community Center and resides on more than 10 acres. There are a variety of different gardens to explore when you arrive including, a rose garden, Japanese garden, paradise garden and many more. Admission is free for all visitors.

Chihuly Gardens and Glass

305 Harrison St.

Dale Chihuly, a Washingon native, has a long-term glass exhibition right in the heart of Seattle. Chihuly artwork is on display surrounding the gardens and plants in this beautiful exhibition. There are outdoor gardens that mingle with glass art as well as indoor galleries. Adult admission is $24 ($19 for King County residents).

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Seattle Spheres

2111 Seventh Ave.

Love ’em or hate ’em, Amazon’s got one of the neatest gardens in town. When the online commerce giant’s employees aren’t figuring out how to best sell you things on the web, the public is welcome inside on select weekends. Tours must be booked on the Spheres’s website in advance and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Woodland Park Rose Garden

750 N. 50th St.

Located adjacent to the Woodland Park Zoo, the Woodland Park Rose Garden is one of only two dozen certified American Rose Test Gardens in the United States. It’s picturesque from May through August, as the gardens display new rose hybrids before anyone else. Admission is free to all visitors.

Washington Park Arboretum

2300 Arboretum Drive E.

The Arboretum is a hidden gem on the shore of Lake Washington. It sits on 230 acres that contain a dynamic assortment of plants, some found nowhere else in the Northwest. Take a self-guided walk or arrange a tour through the Arboretum and discover this beautiful collection of vibrate flowers, plants and trees.

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Kubota Gardens

9817 55th Ave. S.

The stunning 20 acres of hills and valleys, the Kuboto Garden features streams, waterfalls, ponds, rocks and a rich collection of mature plants. This unique urban refuge displays over sixty years of vision, effort and commitment by the Kubota family. Admission is free to all visitors.

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Seattle's best gardens

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