Seattle’s gardens – sensory to glass
Posted May 21st 2018 in Latest News, News and Updates,
Seattle, known as the Emerald City for its vibrant natural forests and parks, has an exhibition of glass flowers and glass trees amongst its most celebrated gardens and is also developing a ‘sensory’ garden to open by the summer.
Dale Chihuly’s world acclaimed art is not only one of the leading attractions of Seattle, his works also adorn top hotels from Las Vegas to Dubai and the homes of the rich and famous. Its home in Seattle at Chihuly Garden and Glass features an elegant glass atrium of trailing glass flower vines reaching high across its ceiling in a setting reminiscent of London’s famous Kew Gardens.
New for 2018 – Seattle’s first Sensory Garden
The Seattle Sensory Garden is an expansion of Woodland Park Zoo Rose Garden on 1.3 acres of existing zoo property. This project will soon open a five senses garden by adding enhanced sight, touch and scent elements that will increase accessibility for all. Construction is due for completion early summer. https://www.seattle.gov/parks/about-us/current-projects/woodland-park-zoo-seattle-sensory-garden-development
Other top gardens in Seattle….
Gardens and salmon leap
Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Gardens is situated by the Ballard Locks which connect the Puget Sound to Lakes Union and Washington. 150,000 salmon leap through the ladders at these locks each year, and the gardens offer 7 acres of exotic trees and plants for the public to relax in and watch summer concerts. Transformed by Carl S. English, Jr over a 40-year period, the gardens have more than 500 species and 1,500 varieties of plants from around the world, including fan palms, oaks, Mexican pines and fine displays of roses. Retiring in 1974 Carl was named one of the Northwest’s leading horticulturists.
Open daily from 7am to 9pm free of charge. http://www.ballardlocks.org/carl-s-english-garden.html
Arboretum and Japanese sanctuary
The Washington Park Arboretum is a public park of 230 acres with plants that are often found only in the Pacific Northwest. With over 200 species and 3,000 individual conifers there is a tour for each season with flowers and plants blooming all year round. The public park offers many quiet locations for picnicking or relaxing, as well as a playfield and the Japanese Garden. This is a 3.5 acre urban Japanese sanctuary with winding paths, water, bridges, lanterns and animals. It is located at the south end of the Arboretum in the Madison Park neighbourhood and has an entrance fee of $8. See website for opening hours which vary throughout the year. https://www.seattlejapanesegarden.org/location-and-hours
Woodland Park Rose Garden
Originally established in 1922, the Woodland Park Rose Garden in adjacent to the Woodland Zoo and is maintained by the Woodland Park Zoo society. It is one of only two dozen certified American Rose Test Gardens in the United States and is at its best from May through to August. http://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/parks/woodland-park-rose-garden
Getting to Seattle
In 2018, two airlines launch new direct, non-stop routes to Seattle;
Aer Lingus launched 18 May with four flights a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday from Dublin to Seattle, with pre-clearance of customs and immigration in Dublin. Prices from 498 Euros return www.aerlingus.com.
Thomas Cook Airlines launches 27 May 2018 with two flights a week from Manchester to Seattle on Thursdays and Sundays, from £399 return www.thomascookairlines.com.
In addition, Seattle has direct non stop services from London Heathrow daily with British Airways from £411 return (www.ba.com) and Virgin Atlantic from £410 return (www.virginatlantic.com) and four a week with Norwegian from £349.80 return (www.Norwegian.com) from Gatwick. Icelandair provides services with one stop in Reykjavik.
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