Travel Tacoma + Pierce County have come up with a wonderful itinerary of gardens to visit. We've shared them here for you to consider.
Day 1: Begin your tour at Chase Gardens and enjoy the gorgeous scenery of the Orting Valley and Mount Rainier. With more than four-and-a-half acres of gardens to view, it's easy to get lost in the native Pacific Northwest plants, Douglas fir trees and Japanese-inspired ponds. Make sure to view the meadow of rock garden plants and you'll feel as if you were transported to the tranquil wildflower fields of Mount Rainier National Park.
A short 10-minute drive from Chase Gardens, our next stop is The Old Goat Farm, where you can interact with dozens of animals, including goats, turkeys and peacocks. Stroll through the nursery and take home your favorite flowers and plants for your own garden.
Day 2: Begin your day by visiting Lakewold Gardens located on beautiful Gravelly Lake in Lakewood, Wash. This 10-acre garden is a charm and boasts nearly 900 rhododendrons each year in addition to 30 Japanese maples and a variety of Champion trees, which signify they are the largest known specie of tree.
Next, visit the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory located in Wright Park. The conservatory has more than 250 individual plant species, including more than 200 orchids and between 300-500 blooming plants during all four seasons. It's easy to see why the conservatory was voted "Best Place to Relax" in Tacoma by readers of the Tacoma Weekly.
Our final stop takes us to Point Defiance Park to view their variety of gardens. There are three gardens to visit at Point Defiance Park including a Japanese Garden, a Rose Garden and a Northwest Native Garden to offer visitors a wide variety of garden experiences.
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