Showcasing northwest plants since 1963

Referred to as Snohomish County's 'treasure', the Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens is both a place of beauty and education and is free to the public. Located on 3 ˝ acres in Everett Washington, its ten themed gardens include the Urban Tree Walk, Entrance Garden, Rock Garden, Northwest Native Plant Trail, Rain Garden, Japanese Maple Grove, Northwest Demonstration Garden, Viewing Mound, Woodland and Conifer Gardens as well as the 200' Snohomish County Master Gardener's Demonstration Border and sculptures throughout. Weaving through these gardens are ADA approved pervious pathways in most areas. There are countless ways to experience and enjoy all that the Evergreen Arboretum has to offer; docent-led tours, free educational classes, the annual plant sale and volunteerism. Come witness the beauty that every season holds. The Arboretum is open from dawn until dusk.

Trevor Cameron, Arboretum President 
& GM at Sunnyside Nursery, 
picks his favs for 2017!


Itoh Peonies

These are fabulous crosses of herbaceous and woody peonies bred over decades in Japan.  More and more flavors hit the market each year and all have been excellent growers.  Well drained soil, full sun to part shade, 3 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide, good fall color and showy seed pods.  They bloom May and June and do not need staking like tree peonies.  Some have light fragrance as well.

Baby Cakes Blackberry

New dwarf and THORNLESS gourmet blackberry for garden use or container growing out of Fall Creek breeding program.  Easy to grow and harvest large berries without bleeding in late summer each year.  Grows 3 to 4 feet with arching canes.

Boulevard Clematis

Newer cultivars out of the renowned Raymond Evision breeding program in England.  All cultivars are extremely floriferous and bloom on new and old wood from May through September.  They are good choices to grow in pots as well and are more manageable in height.  Lots of colors to choose from to use in sunny and partly sunny garden locations.


More of these beauties keep coming each season!  For shady spots ry the new Seaside Serenade Series out for compact growth and heavy summer bloom on new wood for easy pruning.   For full sun try the new varieties of PG Hydrangea for long summer bloom.  Both Candied Apple and Diamond Rouge have large flowers and grow 4 to 5 feet tall and wide.  Candied Apple opens lime green then fades too white and finally pink over the summer while Diamond Rouge is the first one that turns to a nearly red color and is a stunner.  Al PG’s bloom on new wood so again pruning is simplified for the gardener.


New roses come out each year and there are a few good ones for 2017.  A new climbing rose is Tropical Twist, a orangey bloomer with creamy striping that will reach 10 or 12 feet and has nice glossy foliage with moderate fragrance.  A great new shrub rose is Edith’s Darling from the BBC Downton Abbey collection.  This compact shrub rose has heavy fragrance and a nice apricot color with excellent disease resistance. 

Hyperion Dogwood

This is the latest release out of the Rutgers University breeding program.  These hybrids offer superior disease resistance over American or our Pacific Dogwoods.  You will see reliable flowering and much cleaner foliage without spraying.  Hyperion is covered in large white flowers in May and June and sports a nice red berry for the birds in the fall.  These will ultimately reach about 20 feet tall and 20 feet wide.

New Annuals

Fuchsia ‘Frosted Flame’ (white sepals and hot pick corolla) and ‘Blush of Dawn’ (white sepals and silver blue corolla) sport vibrant annual color.  Both need shade and are excellent for flower power in hanging baskets or containers.  Petunia ‘Night Sky’ is a unique color with fabulous white splashed on dark purple for a truly night sky look.  Utilize for baskets, containers and borders in full sun.

New Perennials

Lupine West Country Series – awesome bicolor Lupines with big old bright flowers in an array of colors.  These were bred in the UK and are simply stunning in bloom.  Look for other colors out as well this year.

A couple of Hostas that aren’t brand new but are more available to gardeners are Praying Hands and Curly Fires.  Both will surprise you with their cool and unique Hosta leaves.  Both do best in partial shade, are drought tolerant once established and also do well in containers.


Our next Class: Rediscover Rhododendrons!

Date:Saturday, March 18, 2017 Noon-1PM

Come and learn the right Rhododendrons for your garden. The class will include planting, care, fertilization, pruning, and pests/diseases for both Azaleas and Rhododendrons.  We will be doing some live demonstration as well by planting some new specimens in the Arboretum.  Our focus will be to not only select a bloom we like but to also discover the diversity of sizes and foliage of these northwest beauties. RSVP: 425-257-8597. FREE

Instructor:  Trevor Cameron, Sunnyside Nursery manager & Arboretum President

Meet at the Evergreen Arboretum at Arboretum Front Entrance





The mission of the Evergreen Arboretum Foundation is to create and maintain an inspirational arboretum and gardens accessible to all, internationally-acclaimed and locally-enjoyed for its plant diversity, original art and educational opportunities.
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