Last year, CBS Seattle ran an article on April 9th entitled Best Places to See Spring Flowers in Seattle.Since April is upon us (no fooling), we thought we’d share their insights with you to get you outdoors and into Seattle’s other-than-gray colors!

Azalea Way in the Washington Park Arboretum

Photo by Niall Dunne, Arboretum Foundation

Washington Park Arboretum
2300 Arboretum Dr. E
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 543-8800
www.arboretumfoundation.org 

Washington Park Arboretum explodes into color with the blooming of the rhododendron and azalea gardens. They start blooming in late April, and continue into June. Azalea Way is the most iconic feature of the Washington Park Arboretum.  Developed beginning in the late 1930s, it is a key feature of the original Olmsted Brothers design. It is a 3/4 mile long level walk through the heart of the Arboretum, featuring azaleas, flowering cherries, dogwoods, magnolias and companion plants, set against a backdrop of evergreen trees and second growth conifers. Through-out the arboretum, spring brings flowers and new growth on the plants and trees. The Japanese garden is on the southwest corner of the arboretum, and its display is includes a large pond with gardens in Japanese design. The trails through the arboretum give visitors views of Lake Washington, the various gardens, and beautiful stone bridges.


Yellow irises at the edge of Greek Lake in Seattle

Green Lake
7205 E. Greenlake Dr. N
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 684-4075
www.seattle.gov

Spring transforms Green Lake into a park filled with colorful blossoms. The mature blooming trees grace the gardens above the lower growing greenery and flowering plants. The yellow irises grow at the water’s edge, giving cover for wildlife. The lake is encompassed by a 2.5 mile paved trail that is a great place to walk, run, or skate. The bath house and the recreation building offer a contrast of brick structures against the vibrant natural surroundings. Most of the vegetation is mature trees and other plants.


Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Gardens

Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Gardens
3015 N.W. 54th St.
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 783-7059
www.nws.usace.army.mil

The Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Gardens sit above the locks, locally known as the Ballard Locks. The gardens were planted in the early 1900’s by Carl S. English, and are maintained today by the City of Seattle Parks Department. Spring in the gardens brings out a variety of blooming plants. The variety of plants range from magnolia trees to forsythia. This botanical garden focuses on trees, bushes, and green grass spaces. The pathway through allows visitors to see the variety of plants and local wildlife.

Related: Best WA Wildflower Hikes


University Of Washington
15th Ave. N.E. & 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98195
(206) 543-2100
www.washington.edu

Temperatures cold enough for snow in Seattle have delayed the University of Washington cherry blossoms that usually begin peeking out in late February. But don’t worry ― the trees are just enjoying a longer winter rest before the bustle of spring. The small flowers have started bursting from their buds, and full bloom for the trees in the Quad is expected the first weekend in April, said UW arborist Sara Shores.


The blooming trees show their color in the spring at Golden Gardens. Photo by Karen Ulvestad.

Golden Gardens
8498 Seaview Place N.W.
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 684-4075
www.seattle.gov

Golden Gardens park sits on the shoreline of Puget Sound, and nice spring weather brings people to the beach. The blossoming trees of pink and white contrast against the blue of the sound and distant Olympic Mountains. There is a paved walking path above the beach, and it goes through the blooming trees. The beach is sandy, and inviting to visitors of all ages. The gardens in the park fill with blossoms with the coming spring.

Related: Best Spring Break Stay-cations In Seattle


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