Woodland Garden and Fernery


The Woodland Garden and Fernery is located on the west boundary of the arboretum, in the filtered shade of a grove of large conifers. There is a seating area and patio, designed as a meeting place and functioning as a garden room. The main pathway through the garden crosses a dry stream bed by way of a wooden footbridge. The woodland shade garden features plants that thrive in the shade beneath the large Douglas-fir canopy above. Look for both native and ornamental ferns, shrubs, trees and perennials to provide color and form in the garden. The area includes several of the Japanese Maples in the arboretum collection. The garden was installed in 1999 by volunteers from the Snohomish County chapter of Washington Association of Landscape Professionals. Most plants have been donated by local nursery professionals. Stone blocks for the patio were recycled from a Seattle building project.
  • Enjoy a spring walk through the Woodland Garden.
  • Brunnera "Jack Frost" This perennial has highly frosted and veined heart shaped leaves and blue spring flowers.
  • Camillia japonica An old unnamed rose form Camillia blooms late in the winter to the delight of visitors.
  • Rhododendron "Horizon Monarch" Blooming in early May with gigantic creamy yellow trusses this is an outstanding new Rhododendron.
  • Rhododendron "Taurus" This is an old favorite blooming in mid April with glowing red flowers
  • The new ADA accessible bridge was completed in the summer of 2019 as an Eagle Scout project.
  • Hydrangea macrophylla "BloomStruck" This is one of the newest additions to the Endless Summer Series and provides blooms all summer.
  • Pieris Japonica Mt. Fire at it's best aflame.
  • Knadhill & Exbury Azaleas in full bloom on Mothers day.
  • Leucothoe fontanesiana Facinating leaf coloration begins in the fall while fragrant white flowers form in May.
  • Epemedium rubrum Red-edged leaves in the winter followed by small red flowers.

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