My Favorite Public Gardens for Fall Color

Many people have asked me what gardens have the most fall color. Certainly oranges, reds, burgundy, and gold are the colors of changing leaves, but fall color also can be seen in tree bark, shrub branches, and ornamental grasses. This is a list of gardens in Washington State that I believe have the most interesting color in fall and early winter (September-December).
(photos by Angie Narus, copyright 2014)
The Washington Park Arboretum (Seattle) – open year-round, guided tours offered on weekends
The Seattle Japanese Garden (at the Washington Park Arboretum) – open March through  November
The South Seattle College Arboretum (West Seattle) – open year-round
The Bellevue Botanical Garden (Bellevue) – open year-round
Lakewold Gardens (Lakewood) – open year-round
The Kubota Garden (Tukwila/South Seattle) – open year-round
Dunn Gardens (Shoreline) – open April to early October by guided tours
Kruckeberg Botanic Garden (Shoreline) – open year-round
The Bloedel Reserve (Bainbridge Island) – open year-round
The Lake Wilderness Arboretum (Maple Valley) – open year-round
The Yakima Area Arboretum (Yakima) – open year-round
The Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden (Federal Way) – open year-round
The West Sound Home and Garden and Pacific Horticulture websites are other great sources of information for gardening in the Pacific Northwest.
*I am a contributing blogger to the WSHG website. Click here to see my blog posts on that site.
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