With our climate, Seattle has no shortage of fabulous gardens. The Kruckeberg Botanic Garden in Shoreline is a fantastic example.
Art Kruckeberg, a botany professor at the UW, and his wife Mareen started the garden on a 4-acre plot in Shoreline in 1958. Art and Mareen grew every plant from seed or cutting, combining native species with unusual plants that they collected from around the world. The result of the decades-long hobby became a unique Pacific Northwest garden in a beautiful wooded setting. Though Dr. Kruckeberg still lives next door to the garden, he passed it on to the City of Shoreline and the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Foundation so that the public can enjoy this garden for many years to come.
The garden is open to the public on Friday-Sunday, as well as for scheduled events and tours. Check their website for hours and directions, and contact them first if you are looking for a tour outside of the regular hours.
They’ve also got an onsite nursery where they sell exotics from the Garden’s collection and native plants from around the Pacific Northwest. The nursery opens in a couple of weeks to get you prepped with your spring bulbs and ephemerals.