Waterwise and Native Plant Gardens to Visit
When you are planning your own waterwise or native plant garden, it is helpful to visit
other established gardens. Michael Laurie has put together this list of gardens to visit in
Western Washington. The hyperlinks were current as of March 20, 2015. If any are broken
when you visit, please send a note to [email protected]
Bellevue Botanical Garden - Waterwise Garden
Your landscaping choices play an important part in protecting Puget sound's water resources and the
wildlife that depend on it.
Learn new practices and plantings that conserve water, lower chemical use, reduce runoff, and preserve habitat.
This award-winning display offers rich possibilities for your home garden and a healthier environment.
Bellevue utilities sponsors this garden. http://www.bellevuebotanical.org/waterwise.html
Bradner Gardens in Seattle
Winding paths connect the many features of Bradner Gardens Park. Stroll past seven ornamental theme
gardens of the Master Gardener border:
butterfly & hummingbird, fragrance, sensory, shade, xeriscape, winter interest and northwest native. http://www.seattle.gov/Parks/park_detail.asp?id=401
Delbert McBride Ethnobotanical Garden in Olympia
Native species garden at the State Capital Museum and Outreach Center in Olympia is features more than 30 species
of native plants. http://www.washingtonhistory.org/visit/scm/mansion
Eastpointe Native Plant Demonstration Garden Part of project of NATIVE (Native Appreciation through
at Eastpointe), this garden uses volunteers to educate the public about native plants and their environmental benefits.
In Bellevue, call (425) 296-6602 for directions.
Erna Gunther Ethnobotanical Garden at the Burke Museum of Natural History ? Ethnobotany is the study
of the plant lore of a people.
Gunther Garden displays many of the most useful plants in the Northwest; plant labels indicate traditional uses,
as well as natural habitats
and suggestions for use in wildlife enhancement, land reclamation, or waterwise gardens.
Corner of 17th Avenue NE and NE 45th,
Seattle, (206) 543-5590 http://www.burkemuseum.org/exhibits/browse/ethnobotanical_garden
Ethnobotanical Garden at Daybreak Star Cultural Center ? The Bernie Whitebear Memorial
Ethnobotanical Garden is a learning garden that contains
a treasure of over 60 species of native plants. These plants are key to supporting the health, welfare, and traditions
of the Coast Salish and other
indigenous people of the Pacific NW. 3801 West Government Way, Seattle (206) 285-4425
Evergeen Arboretum in Everett
A place that has a large variety of plants, labeled and growing with compatible plants; a place that you can go to
for inspiration for your own garden.
Northwest Native Plant Trail that makes use of low water use, native plants. http://www.evergreenarboretum.com/
Evergreen State College teaching gardens in Olympia
Teaching gardens with themes including ethnobotany, native plants, and waterwise pollinator garden
The Highline Community College Native Plant Garden in Des Moines has a Washington native plant
habitat garden. Divided into four regions, eastern Wash, coastal, NW forest, and subalpine. They have about 100
South 240th St and Pacific Highway South, Des Moines, WA 98198. Phone: 206-878-3710
Kul Kah Han Demonstration Gardens near Port Townsend
Kul Kah Han is designed to educate the public, of all ages, about native plants and their benefits toward the health
of salmon and people.
There are sections in the garden featuring native plants of the following habitats: Damp Forest, Dry Forest,
Edgeland, Meadow, Montane,
Subalpine, Wetland. http://nativeplantgarden.org/
Kruckeberg Botanic Garden
The four-acre plant collection has been amassed over many years and contains native plants of the Pacific Northwest.
20312 15th Ave NW, Shoreline, WA www.kruckeberg.org
Lake Hills Greenbelt Ranger Station Backyard Habitat Demonstration
The Lake Hills Greenbelt is a wetland corridor encompassing more than 150 acres of diverse wildlife habitat
including forests, wetlands,
streams and lakes. Amenities include trails, community gardens and pea patches, picnic areas, blueberry farms
and seasonal produce stands. 15416 SE 16th, Bellevue. http://www.bellevuewa.gov/lake_hills_greenbelt.htm
Olympic Sculpture Park ? Transformed nine-acre industrial site into open and vibrant green space for art.
This new waterfront park
gives Seattle residents and visitors the opportunity to experience a variety of sculpture in an outdoor setting with
while enjoying the incredible views and beauty of the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound. Admission is free.
2901 Western Avenue, Seattle, (206) 332.1377
Point Defiance Park ? Thematic gardens, including a Japanese Garden, Rose Garden, Dahlia Trail,
Fuchsia Garden, Herb Garden, Iris Garden, and Northwest Native Garden provide a wide variety of horticultural
experiences for visitors.
Tacoma Garden Club currently maintains the Northwest Native Plant Garden that offers visitors the chance to see
in cultivation, including rarities that the general public rarely sees. 5400 N Pearl St, Tacoma, WA, (253) 305-1010
Redmond Stroll Garden The garden design roughly mimics a native northwest stream system, using plants,
mounded planting beds, large rocks, benches and signage. The plants themselves were selected to attract beneficial
that salmon and birds like. The soil is amended to support native plants and vegetation that adapt easily.
Seattle Tilth in Seattle
Techniques in the garden include year-round vegetable gardening, fruit producing trees and shrubs, drought tolerant
ornamental plantings, Permaculture design, rain water harvesting, a green roof on our greenhouse, yard waste and
food waste composting,
soil building techniques, Pacific NW native plants, food bearing perennials, and a NW rain garden.
Skagit Display Garden in Mount Vernon
Native Plants are one of the display areas
Tacoma EnviroHouse and Garden
The City of Tacoma EnviroHouse is a permanent model home showcasing green building and natural landscape ideas,
materials and techniques to create a healthy home and planet.
Tribal Life Trail at Lake Wilderness Arboretum
22520 SE 248th Street, Maple Valley, WA Explore and learn about the native culture and plants
here in the Pacific Northwest.
This Master Gardener project showcases plants native to our area.
UW Botanic Gardens
The north end of the arboretum features representative native trees and shrubs and a nature walk. Seattle.
Botanic Gardens http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/