Garden Design's Self-Guided Day Trip to the Greater Seattle Area
Without a doubt, Seattle is a gardening Mecca, and for this transplanted Brit that was one of the deciding factors when we moved to the Pacific Northwest many years ago. Whether you are seeking a tranquil walk through mossy woods, historical Asian gardens or a botanical extravaganza to inspire your creativity, you will find an abundance of ideas on this adventure, all with the backdrop of snow-capped mountains and sparkling waters.
This day trip begins on the "Eastside" at a remarkable urban botanical garden. From there you will cross Lake Washington via a floating bridge, passing marinas and houseboats made famous by the movie Sleepless in Seattle to reach a renowned Japanese garden set within an expansive arboretum.
Yet to truly experience Seattle you need to get on the water, so the final stop of the day will take you to Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride from downtown. Once aboard, be sure to take in the iconic view of the Seattle skyline and snow-capped mountains.
Pack your camera - and a rain jacket - and explore some of my personal favorite treasures.