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Rhododendron Species Foundation & Botanical Garden

2525 S 336th St., Federal Way

One General Admission or Family Membership to the Rhododendron Species Foundation & Botanical Garden

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  • Huge array of rhododendrons
  • 22 acres of plant life
  • Alpine & Pond Gardens
  • Supports conservation efforts

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Nancytop reviewer
8 ratings6 reviews
September 5, 2012
We waited too long and missed the Rhododendron's in bloom, but the foliage was still pretty and peaceful. What really made it worthwhile though was the Bonsai Garden - it was lovely!
Jentop reviewer
7 ratings5 reviews
June 4, 2012
Beautiful gardens, very friendly staff
mitchelltop reviewer
16 ratings8 reviews
June 13, 2018
The bonsai alone is worth the price of admission!
Brandyhelpful reviewer
5 ratings4 reviews
January 17, 2018
Beautiful gardens, even in the middle of winter. Can't wait to go back in warmer weather when more things are in bloom. Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Excellent outing to get outdoors and enjoy some beautiful scenery.
Irenetop reviewer
15 ratings13 reviews
December 14, 2017
Awesome place Beautiful flowers
Kristitop reviewer helpful reviewer
34 ratings26 reviews
December 6, 2017
I loved the Bonzi exhibit, I plan a trip in the spring when everything is blooming, if your a plant enthusiasts you will enjoy...
7 ratings1 reviews
November 15, 2017
Cathytop reviewer
39 ratings23 reviews
October 29, 2017
Had a wonderfu time. Beautiful place to visit.
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About This Deal

Without plants to generate oxygen, humans would have to retrieve it from scuba tanks and the minty breath of local supermen. Keep the air alive with today's Groupon to the Rhododendron Species Foundation & Botanical Garden, located on the Weyerhaeuser campus in Federal Way. Choose between the following options:

  • For $4, you get one single-day general admission (up to an $8 value).
  • For $25, you get a one-year family membership (a $50 value).

Spanning 22 acres of horticultural brilliance, the Rhododendron Species Foundation & Botanical Garden houses a massive collection of rhododendrons, many of which can no longer be found in the wild. With an eye on conservation, the foundation has collected more than 600 species of this firecracker-flower-sporting plant, many of which originate in the wilds of Asia, Europe, and the moon's Copernicus crater. Waves of floral fragrance energize budding botanists as they make their way through this tranquil environment, also home to ferns, heather, and perennials. Visitors can peep at tropical blossoms in the Rutherford Conservatory, high-altitude greenery in the Alpine Gardens, and lethargic Ents basking in the Himalayan blue poppies of the Meconopsis Meadow.

A one-year family membership includes unlimited admission for a household of two adults and any children under 18 and a subscription to the foundation's quarterly newsletter. A 10% discount at the gift shop and plant pavilion invites green thumbs to frolic through a range of potted flora and seeds, as well as educational nature books that explain that most plants wilt from overwatering but not loving back massages.

General admission to the Rhododendron Species Foundation & Botanical Garden is free for children under 12, military personnel, and current Weyerhaeuser employees. Those choosing the membership option must activate their membership within 30 days.

Fine Print

Expiration varies. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Must activate membership option by 8/5/11, membership expires 1 year from activation date. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

In March 1964, Dr. Milton Walker began his tour of England with one mission: to send cuttings from public and private British gardens back to his native America. Though he was enchanted by several flowers, he knew that none of these cuttings could be imported directly to the United States. So he had them sent through Canada. Over the next several years, staff from the University of British Columbia filtered through these samples, sending one of each plant on to the United States—and to their permanent home—at the Rhododendron Species Foundation. Today, this non-profit organization conserves 700 of the more-than 1,000 species of rhododendrons found around the world and the two species found inside the earth's molten core.

More than 10 botanical gardens house these brilliant seasonal blooms and their natural companionate flora. Guided and self-guided tours usher visitors down pathways where colorful plantings abound in gardens dedicated to alpine flowers, azaleas, a magnolia grove, and a tranquil pond filled with predatory cattails. In addition to flowers, these gardens also host seasonal events such as special plant sales and staff lectures, as well as classes on topics ranging from plant photography to gardening. Pack a picnic to spread out across the new picnicking area, open during warmer months.