University of Washington Botanic Gardens
3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA

University of Washington Botanic Gardens

3501 NE 41st St
Box 354115
Seattle, WA 98105
Neighborhood: University District
3501 NE 41st St
Box 354115
Seattle, WA 98105
Neighborhood: University District

Maximum Capacity: 200 people
Availability
The Washington Park Arboretum is a spectacular urban green space on the shores of Lake Washington, just east of downtown Seattle and south of the University of Washington. Washington's official State Arboretum contains internationally recognized woody plant collections on 230 acres. Noteworthy are North America's largest collection of Sorbus and Maple, the second largest collection of species Hollies and significant collections of oaks, conifers and camellias.

The Center for Urban Horticulture offers several spaces for meetings, lectures, and social events. Surrounded by 5 acres of gardens and the 70-acre Union Bay Natural Area, the Center offers an unparalleled setting in the heart of Seattle. Featuring comfortable rooms, plentiful off-street parking, and beautiful, park-like surroundings, the Center is a great place to get away from urban stresses without leaving the city

The Graham Visitors Center is located at the north end of the Washington Park Arboretum. Its location and design combine for an especially delightful location for many different types of events. The Graham Visitors Center has rental spaces that are available for meetings, conferences, social events, exhibits, and shows. Nestled within the 230 acres of the surrounding Arboretum, the Graham Visitors Center offers a unique rural setting for your event.

The Washington Park Arboretum displays one of the premier collections of landscape plants in the United States. More than 5000 different kinds of trees, shrubs, and vines cover its 230 acres, nurtured by the mild maritime climate of the Puget Sound Area.
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University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle — We have two spaces available for rental; a spacious meeting room for larger events and another conference room for smaller groups. All of the room preparation and cleanup is handled by UW staff and charges for these services are included in the rates. Set-up and reset performed by UW staff will include table and chair placement, vacuuming, and garbage/recycling. The kitchen, as well as collection of all garbage and recyclable materials, is the responsibility of the rental party. There are no restrictions on catering; alcohol is permitted with authorization by the Superintendent of Parks, a simple process which we can advise you on should you decide to hold your event at the Graham Visitors Center. The renting party agrees to be responsible for parking arrangements and policing of such. If necessary, a traffic supervisor should be designated by the renting party.

Photos published with permission of University of Washington Botanic Gardens

University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle — We have two spaces available for rental; a spacious meeting room for larger events and another conference room for smaller groups. All of the room preparation and cleanup is handled by UW staff and charges for these services are included in the rates. Set-up and reset performed by UW staff will include table and chair placement, vacuuming, and garbage/recycling. The kitchen, as well as collection of all garbage and recyclable materials, is the responsibility of the rental party. 
 
There are no restrictions on catering; alcohol is permitted with authorization by the Superintendent of Parks, a simple process which we can advise you on should you decide to hold your event at the Graham Visitors Center.  The renting party agrees to be responsible for parking arrangements and policing of such. If necessary, a traffic supervisor should be designated by the renting party.University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle — The Graham Visitors Center is located on the north end of Arboretum Drive East in the Washington Park Arboretum, which is located south of the University of Washington campus, on the south side of the Montlake bridge, adjacent to the Broadmoor neighborhood in nearby Madison Park. The Graham Visitors Center has rental spaces that are available for meetings, conferences, social events, exhibits, and shows. Nestled within the 230 acres of the surrounding Arboretum, the Graham Visitors Center offers a unique rural setting for your event.


If your group or organization is interested in using the facilities of the Graham Visitors Center at the Washington Park Arboretum, now or in the future, please contact the Facilities Office at (206) 221-2500 or send us an email. We will be happy to assist with program planning and arrange a tour, by appointment. Click here to send us an email.University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle — To schedule an event in the park outside of the Graham Visitors Center, you must contact the City of Seattle Outdoor Event Permit Office at (206) 684-4081. For questions about the Japanese Garden, please contact them directly at (206) 684-4725.University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle — Birds spotted in late winter: 

Bald Eagles
Flycatchers 
Anna's Hummingbirds
Bewick's Wren
Northern Flickers
Hawks 
Dark-eyed Juncos 
Stellar's Jays 
Song Sparrows 
Black-capped chickadees 
Robins 
Great Blue Heron
Buffleheads Wood Ducks 
Mallards 
Ring-necked Duck 
Pied-billed Grebes 
American Coots Northern Shoveler 
Green-winged Teal? 
ScaupUniversity of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle — January Seasonal HighlightUniversity of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle — July Seasonal Highlight

July: Stewartia, eucryphia, hydrangeas, maackias.University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle — August Seasonal Highlight

August: Eucryphias, hydrangea, sorrel trees, crabapples(fruit).University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle — Seasonal highlight for September
September: Franklinia, Japanese maples, sorrel trees.University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle — Seasonal Highlight for October
October: Fall Colors: Japanese maples, witch hazels, sourgums, sorrel trees, buckeyes, strawberry trees, mountain ash.University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle — February Seasonal Highlight

February: Daphne, dogwood, chimonanthus, heather, hellebore, holly, rhododendron, sarcococca, witch hazel, the Winter Garden.University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle — March Seasonal Highlight

March: Camellia, flowering cherry, corylopsis, daphne, forsythia, heather, hellebore, magnolia, rhododendron, witch hazel.University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle — April Seasonal Highlight
April: Azalea Way, barberry, camellia, flowering cherry, halesia, maple, madrona, magnolia, rhododendron, serviceberry.University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle — May Seasonal Highlight
May: Crab apple, dogwood, magnolia, mountain ash, rhododendron, red bud,serviceberry.University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle — November Seasonal Highlight

November: Hollies, callicarpa, mountain ash, viburnumUniversity of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle — June Seasonal Highlight

June: Rock roses, brooms, Korean dogwood, rhododendrons, stewartia, styrax.University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle — Location & Driving Directions
Two hundred thirty acres extending from 40th Avenue East and East Madison on the south, to Highway SR-520 and Lake Washington on the north. 
From downtown Seattle: drive east on Madison St. to Lake Washington Blvd. E; turn left into the Arboretum. 
From Interstate 5: take exit 168 (Bellevue-Kirkland) onto Hwy. 520; take first exit to Lake Washington Blvd. E., and follow it into the Arboretum. 
From east of Lake Washington: drive west on the Evergreen Point Bridge (Hwy. 520) to the first Seattle exit (Lake Washington Blvd. S.); from the ramp turn left into the Arboretum. 
Buses: 11, 43, and 48 run near the Arboretum.University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle — Free Arboretum Tours on First and Third Sundays
Guided walks, held the first and third Sundays of each month at 1:00 p.m., highlight the plant collections, seasonal beauty and history of Washington Park Arboretum. The 60- to 90-minute walks are led by trained volunteers and are free of charge. Walks begin at the Graham Visitors Center, 2300 Arboretum Drive East, in Seattle. Call ahead to ensure availability, at 206-543-8800 or email: uwbgeduc@u.washington.edu 


Scheduling Adult Tours
The Washington Park Arboretum Education Department coordinates 60-90 minute tours of the Arboretum, led by trained guides, for groups of 10 or more for a $3.00 per person fee. Choose a favorite collection or topic such as seasonal interest in the Arboretum, the ecology of Foster Island or native plants and ethnobotany.

To reserve a guided tour, please call the WPA Education Department at (206)543-8801University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle — Spring Azaleas  
Seasonal Tours: 

Spring Seasonal : Take a walk along historical Azalea Way lined with flowering Cherries, Azaleas and Dogwoods. Loderi Valley features large-leaved Rhododendron trees sheltered by Magnolias. Other collections: Rhododendron Hybrid Garden , Magnolias, Crabapples.University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle — Witch Hazel in Winter

Seasonal Tours: 

Winter Seasonal : Visit the Joseph A. Witt Winter Garden to enjoy the fragrances of Honeysuckle and Witch Hazel, admire Paperbark Maples and watch for hummingbirds as you stroll through this amazing winter room in the forest. Other collections: Hollies, Camellias.University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle — Japanese MapleUniversity of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle — Lower Trail

Seasonal Tours: 

Summer Seasonal : Enjoy summer interest in the Arboretum. See stunning Hydrangeas, Magnolias and Sorrel trees. Enjoy the fragrance of the Linden trees and warmth of the sun filtering through tall native trees.University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle — Visitor's Center

Year-round Tours: 

Foster Island Ecology : Visit the plants and wildlife that live at the Arboretum's shores. Take a walk to Foster and Marsh Islands where great blue herons, turtles and beavers reside. Along with a multitude of birds that call this area their home, you'll see an eagle's nest, and learn about the unique plants that comprise this wetland habitat. 
Native Plants and Ethnobotany : Visit the Arboretum's Native Knoll and upland forest to learn native plant ID and Puget Sound Salish uses of native plants. 
For a custom tour scheduled specially for your group please contact WPA Education.University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle — The Graham Visitors Center is managed by the nearby Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH). For information about the rental of the CUH facility, you can call 206-221-2500. Please note that both the Washington Park Arboretum Graham Visitors Center and the Center for Urban Horticulture are part of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, and bookings for either location are handled by the same office.University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle — Fall Woodland Garden

Seasonal Tours: 

Fall Seasonal : Celebrate fall with a stroll through the beautiful Woodland Garden to view one of the largest collections of Japanese Maples in North America . Enjoy the vivid fall colors of Sourgum, Buckeye, Witch Hazel and more. Autumn delights also include: Oak Collection, Walnut Family, Franklinia, and renowned Mountain Ash collection.University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle — The Graham Visitors Center is open to the public for viewing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week. Please call ahead to make sure the room is not being used during the time you plan to visit. As the Graham Visitors Center is a City-owned facility, certain curfews apply. Weekday events must conclude by 11:00 p.m. Weekend events must conclude by 12 a.m. All guests must vacate the premises by these times.
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The Elisabeth C. Miller Library is the most important horticultural library in the Pacific Northwest. It houses 15,000 volumes and offers a variety of free services to the gardening public as well as to the UWBG academic community.
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  • Special Features: · The Elisabeth C. Miller Library is the most important horticultural library in the Pacific Northwest. It houses 15,000 volumes and offers a variety of free services to the gardening public as well as to the UWBG academic community.
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