Next up in our parade of gorgeous flowers in the rhodedendron, the state flower of Washington and a gorgeous shrub occurring in many colors that is native to the Pacific Northwest! But where to see rhodendrons near Seattle? Here’s your answer!
When do rhodedendrons bloom?
Different colors bloom at different times but the red ones are first and usually start in March. The other colors come along later and are generally abundant around Seattle until late May or even June. The wild ones on the Olympic Penninsula at higher elevations don’t generally bloom until June.
Where can I see them?
You really can see rhodedendrons, or “rhodys” as they are known here all over town in people’s yards. It’s likely that you’ll see them all over your neighborhood. But if you really want to dive into rhodys, here are a few suggestions in and close to Seattle:
- Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle: We’ve previously discussed the arborteum, and it has a lots of rhodys! A walk along Azalea way will show you lots of gorgeous spring flowers!
- Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island: A lovely garden to visit any time of year, but especially beautiful with spring flowers.
- Rhodedendron Species Botanical Garden in Federal Way: an impressive garden with 700 species of rhodies!
If you want to get a little further away and see rhodies in a more wild setting, many hikes on the Olympic Penninsula have incredible forests of rhodies along the lowland wooded parts. A couple of great hikes on which to see them include Mt Zion and Mt Townsend. In addition, Rhodedendron Park on Whidbey Island has some trails and even a campground in the rhodys! These generally don’t bloom until June.