Smack dab in the middle of Seattle is the Washington Park Arboretum, a 230 acre botanical reserve managed by the University of Washington and the City of Seattle. The horticulturalists among us will say that an arboretum is living outdoor museum for the “cultivation, care and study of plants.” We just think it is a great place to enjoy a quiet walk and take in the awesome collection of over 10,000 plants from around the world. The park includes woods, wetlands, and one of the nation’s best woody plant collections.
If you want to learn more about the Arboretum, you can join one of their guided tours, or download their audio tours to your iPod before you head out. You could also print out one of their trail maps before you head out for your hike, and plant geeks will want to read up on all of the plant collections on display.