Rhododendron Species Foundation & Botanical Garden

Federal Way

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Sprawling outdoor garden and arboretum features more than 700 species of rhododendrons, as well as azaleas, orchids, magnolias, and trees

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  • $8 for single-day admission for two (a $16 value)
  • $16 for single-day admission for four (a $32 value)
  • $25 for a one-year family membership (a $50 value)

The family membership includes unlimited free admission for two adults and children under 18 years of age living in the same household, as well as discounts, seasonal plant catalogs, and an annual year-in-review magazine. Click here to view the full list of membership benefits.

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.

Customer Reviews

Beautiful even when the Rhodys are not in bloom.
Kathy B. · July 14, 2016
A charming, serene 22-acre sample of temperate rain forest tucked away on the grounds of Weyerhaeuser Corporation's former international headquarters. If you enjoy bonsai or rhododendrons (180 species here, and counting), it's well worth MapQuesting this quick detour off of I-5 and Highway 18 in Federal Way.
Michael M. · March 3, 2016
Go out to lunch and then come and walk off the calories at this gorgeous forested rhododendron botanical garden...it's huge, and beautiful! Breathe in fresh air while you walk through flowering blossoms everywhere. Extremely natural-looking surroundings, and well kept up. You won't believe the varieties, and you get to see amazing huge 100 yr old Bonsai Trees too next door!
Donna L. · February 26, 2016
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    2525 South 336th Street

    Federal Way, WA 98001


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