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Washington Park Arboretum Walking Tour

July 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm


Join UW Botanic Gardens and the Friends of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks at Washington Park Arboretum for walking tours of Seattle’s Olmsted Brothers parks and parkways this summer!

The city first acquired Washington Park from the Puget Mill Company in 1900. By 1904, the city hired the Olmsted Brothers firm to prepare drawings for a roadway alignment through the park. Plans for how a “pleasure drive” would connect Lake Washington Boulevard to the university campus through Washington Park evolved quickly over the next several months.

The Olmsted Brothers firm would not address Washington Park design again until the 1930’s, when James Dawson was hired to provide a master plan for creating an arboretum within the park. Features of the Olmsted Brothers’ plans that are most evident today include Lake Washington Boulevard, Azalea Way, the Stone Cottage and Stone Overlook, and the pond in the Japanese Garden.

Space for this tour is limited, please purchase tickets from UWBG here!


Washington Park Arboretum
2300 Arboretum Drive East
Seattle, 98112
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University of Washington Botanic Gardens
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