We would like to share our go-to resources within the area. These are places we often visit, online references, and trips taken to learn more about plants. We recommend the following resources:


Websites AND APPS We Like

Great Plant Picks - for great plant selections appropriate for our growing area.

Missouri Botanical - for detailed botanical information on plant species.

Washington Wildflowers App - developed by the University of Washington, Burke Museum, for both iOS and Android devices. This is useful for plant identification while on hikes in Washington, with more than 1,000 species pictured, maps, and more.

Burke Herbarium Image Collection - This website has over 60,000 images and descriptions of both vascular plants, mushrooms and other fungi. Happy browsing!

Trees Pacific NW or Trees PNW App. This app is developed by Cliff Cantor, a Sammamish resident. It’s a good reference for tree identification while on hikes in our part of the world.


Local Gardens

Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main Street, Bellevue, WA - For long walks in a quiet setting in the heart of Bellevue. A good selection of curated plants and various gardens. Stop by the coffee shop and the Trillium Gift Store.

Dunn Gardens, 13533 Northshore Road NW, Seattle, WA. - a beautiful old garden started in 1915, designed by the Olmsted Brothers. The spring display of Erythronium revolutum (Fawn Lily) is outstanding.

Elizabeth Carey Miller Botanical Garden, Seattle, WA - limited availability to visit, but worth the effort. This was Betty Miller’s private residence, an avid plant collector and designer. She was a leader in establishing the Center for Urban Horticulture.

Powellswood, 430 S. Dash Point Road, Federal Way, WA - a wonderful restored 40-acre property created in 1993, previously a logged, unhealthy landscape. The transformation is amazing.

Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle, WA - a botanical garden for long walks near the University of Washington, designed for delight in all seasons. Enjoy the Japanese gardens. Learn more about plants around the Pacific Rim.

Heronswood, 7530 NE 288th Street, Kingston, WA - a “resurrected” garden on the Kitsap Peninsula, brought back to its former glory by the Port Gamble S’Klallam NW Native American tribe. This property was originally owned by Dan Hinkley and Robert Jones.

Bloedel Reserve, 7571 Dolphin Drive, Bainbridge Island, WA - An exceptional garden of 80 acres with many gardens contained within. Don’t miss the Moss Garden, something to appreciate in our Northwest climate.

For further exploration, we recommend the book The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour, by Donald Olson.


Societies & Garden Clubs

Northwest Perennial Alliance - This is an organization for all interested gardeners. Members are able to tour private gardens throughout the area with the Open Gardens offerings from May through September each year. The NPA also developed and maintains the renowned perennial border at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, as well as sponsoring educational opportunities.

Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs - Many local garden clubs (including the list below) are part of a state-wide and national group of gardeners. Join a club today to gain knowledge and meet other avid gardeners!