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The Washington Park Arboretum was established in 1934 by an agreement approved by both the University of Washington (Board of Regents) and the City of Seattle (City Council/Mayor). The City of Seattle held title to a 200+ acre park known as Washington Park located in a central portion of the city. It agreed that the University could design, construct, plant, and manage an Arboretum and Botanical Garden in this park.
Among the Arboretum's 20,000 trees, shrubs and vines, more than 10,000 are catalogued in collections. 4,600 different species are cultivated varieties from around the world, and 750 of the taxa were collected in the wild. 139 plants in the Washington Park Arboretum on the endangered species list. 95% of the Arboretum's collections are on display. Collections include rhododendron, azalea, mountain ash, pine, spruce, cedar, fir, crabapple, holly, magnolia, camellia, and Japanese maple.
2300 Arboretum Drive, East,
Seattle, WA 98112
From I-5: Take Exit 168-B (Bellevue-Kirkland) onto Hwy 520. Immediately take the first exit (Montlake Blvd) from 520. From the exit ramp, go straight across Montlake Blvd onto E Lake Washington Blvd and follow it into the Arboretum.
From westbound 520 (Evergreen Point Floating Bridge): Take the first Seattle exit (Lake Washington Blvd. S). At the stop sign, turn left into the Arboretum.
The Graham Visitors Center is located near the north end of the Arboretum Drive E, the "upper' (eastern) Arboretum road. To reach it, turn left at the "Y" in the road as you enter the Arboretum, then right onto Arboretum Drive E.
The Washington Park Arboretum is open from dawn to dusk seven days a week. The gates on the north and south end of Arboretum Drive East are closed during non-open hours. The Graham Visitors Center is open from 10:00am to 4:00pm seven days a week. Admission to the Washington Park Arboretum is free.
The Japanese Garden is open Tuesday - Saturday, except for June, July and August when it is open 7 days a week. The admission fee is $5.00; for information, including events , please call 206-684-4725.