Located on the waterfront, the Elliot Bay Park Rose Garden features stunning views of the Puget Sound, Olympic Mountains and of course, the roses. The garden is small and contains several benches around the perimeter. Adjacent to the garden is a small outdoor workout area where plenty of locals workout beneath the summer sun. This is one of the most photogenic areas on the Elliot Bay trail.
Located on 15th Avenue East, Volunteer Park is one of Seattle’s most beloved public spaces. This park has a true European flare, and with it’s history, it’s no wonder why locals love this green space. The city bought the land in 1876 and by 1901 the reservoir was built to hold water piped from the Cedar River. Here, you’ll find plenty of flowers blooming around the park, but the Conservatory, a Victorian-glass greenhouse, hosts a variety of art, educational and musical events. Entry fee required. On a clear day, the park features small views of the Olympics. The Asian Art Museum is also located at Volunteer Park.
Located on the magnificent West Highland Drive, Parsons Garden is a small, cornerstone garden that is in bloom year-round. This is my favorite park in Seattle because the scenery looks like a scene from a magical fairy-tale. From the hydrangeas to the magnolias to the rhododendrons, this is a popular spot for weddings during the summer, which the public cannot (or morally should not) enter during ceremonial times. This used to be the personal park of Reginald Parsons and was given to the city in 1956.
A P-Patch is a place where locals rent a plot to grow vegetables or flowers. Located at 2520 Elliot Avenue, the P-Patch is a block away from the waterfront ferry docks. Born in 1995, the P-Patch is a floral oasis located amidst a concrete jungle. The garden is a treasure chest of seasonal surprises, which attracts locals and tourists alike every year. Please do not pick anything from the garden.
This small, Neighborhood Park sits between some of the most beautiful streets in the city. Roanoke is a 2.2 acre grassy space that blooms with tulips, daffodils and fruit trees. It’s cute, quaint and quiet. It’s not the most impressive park in the city, but the surrounding area and homes is a spectacular site to see.
Adjacent to the zoo is the Woodland Park Rose Garden. Established in 1922, the rose garden is one of two-dozen certified American Rose Test Gardens in the US. This 2.5 acre park features approximately 3,000 roses, of over 200 different varieties. This rose garden prides itself on being pesticide-free, which means everyone can stop and smell clean roses. One reason for cultivating pesticide-free petals is that it becomes zoo food, specifically for the gorillas.
Located adjacent to the Ballard locks is this notable botanical garden. This seven acre garden is the labor of love of the late Mr. English. The garden features 570 species of and 1,500 varieties from around the world.
What's your favorite flower garden in Seattle? With so many parks and gardens in the area, there are endless opportunities to explore the natural landscape. Stay tuned for the upcoming blogs on the best parks in Seattle!
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