Spring has come early to Seattle. The sun has been shining. Birds have been chirping. And Twitter is chock-full of flower photos.
After a dark winter, nothing lifts the spirit like a bed full of seasonal blooms. We asked some of our senior gardeners for the best places to spot splashes of color in our parks.
Grab your iced coffee and stop by to smell the daffodils, camellias, flowering cherry trees… well, you get it.
Go because: There’s a heady scent of Daphne and Sarcococca in the air. Follow your nose and be lead to tucked-away beds full of blooming camellias, flowering quince and Dawn Viburnum. If it rains, you can always pop into the Volunteer Park Conservatory and warm up surrounded by tropical flowering plants from around the world.
Recommendation from: Jody Blecksmith, Senior Gardener, Volunteer Park
Hamilton Viewpoint Park
Go because: The park offers spectacular views of Elliott Bay and downtown Seattle, and the garden landscape features Kousa dogwood, flowering cherry, rhododendron and seasonal color display beds full of daffodils in the spring.