Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, Shoreline

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Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
The Kruckeberg Botanic Garden (1.6 ha / 4 acres) is a botanical garden located at 20312 Fifteenth Avenue NW, Shoreline, Washington. It is currently a private residence, open to the public at designated hours which alternate seasonally. It is also open for tours, by appointment, and for horticultural workshops.

The garden was first begun in 1958 by Prof. Arthur Rice Kruckeberg, University of Washington, and his wife Mareen Schultz Kruckeberg. A foundation was formed in 1998 to preserve their garden, and in 2003 it received an easement to preserve the garden in perpetuity.

The garden contains a mix of native species with non-native specimens, mainly from China and Japan. It includes exotic conifers (larches, sequoias, pines, firs, spruces, and hemlocks); hardwoods, especially oaks and maples; rhododendrons, magnolias, a unique wingnut, and many other woody plants, as well as notable displays of ferns, cyclamens, wood sorrel, and inside-out flower.

The garden contains four State Champion trees: Tanoak (Lithocarpus densiflorus), mutant Tanoak (Lithocarpus densiflorus 'Attenuato-dentatus'), striped-bark maple (Acer davidii), and Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana). It also contains various rare trees of interest, including Caucasian Spruce, Brewer's Spruce, Chilean fire tree (Embothrium coccineum), and Eucryphia glutinosa.

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  • A hidden gem in Woodway. A great place to visit with children. We enjoyed exploring the grounds and loved the sculpture.  more »
  • You don't expect to find a botanic garden tucked away in a neighborhood. When we arrived on Mothers Day they were having a plant sale. Their nursery produces a multitude of native and exotic plants...  more »
  • Visited the first time in mid August. Because of this even if it might be flowery at other times was not for us. Still lovely walk, nice plantings, and water feature. Nice walk to take your kids on, it that special someone you want to hold hands with. Your dog can go with you, but be responsible leash and scoop applies. You will like this one.
  • Kruckeberg botanical garden is a hidden gem in Shoreline. I was surprised by how large the garden was. At first glance, I was thinking it would be quite small especially considering there were maybe 10 total parking spots and the first area you visit with the nursery is pretty small. However, there is a path that leads downhill that reveals a large portion of the garden with a wide variety of local bushes, shrubs, and trees. There is a nice water feature with calm waterfalls and plants. Another surprise was the rather large wooden and copper statue in the garden. It looks almost like a T. rex skull but I believe is a sculpture of wooden with copper pieces installed in different pieces. It begs to be climbed but has quite a smooth surface so I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it. I spent almost an hour here but could spend even more time if I just wanted to relax and enjoy the serenity of the garden. I hope to return and explore more gardens in the Puget Sound area.
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