The Washington Park Arboretum, jointly managed by the University of WA and the City of Seattle, includes 230 acres of some of the most beautiful plantings in Seattle. I often head down during the summer months and am especially fond of walking along the waterways of Union Bay. But for some reason I never think to head to the Arboretum during the winter months. Well, as I recently found out, I’ve been missing out. My hiking buddy, Paula, and I met at the Arboretum a couple of weeks ago and found that the park has its own magic in winter. The deciduous trees stand out starkly against white clouds, the air is crisp, and there’s quiet peace as opposed to the bustling activity of the warmer months. There’s even a garden devoted solely to winter, the Joseph A. Witt Winter Garden, featuring plants that are especially attractive during the winter months and includes strongly scented witch hazel and a crazy looking barberry hybrid that has striking, long finger shaped clusters of flowers. A treat to behold all year long, the Washington Park Arboretum is certainly one of Seattle’s gems.
2300 Arboretum Drive E
Seattle, WA 98112