Open 10am to 4pm
$8.00 General Admission
Closed Mondays $5.00 Seniors (65+) & Students (with school ID)
Closed on Thanksgiving,
Christmas Eve, Christmas Day,
New Year’s Day
Free! Children under 12 years, school groups, with ID: military personnel (active and retired), RSBG members and current Weyerhaeuser employees
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Located between Seattle and Tacoma, Washington. Map
Our street address is 2525 S. 336th Street, Federal Way, WA 98003 but this will map to an empty field, so please be sure to follow the clearly marked signs to the Rhododendron and Bonsai Gardens as this street address can be confusing. (Note: our mailing address is PO Box 3798, Federal Way, WA 98063)
From Seattle: Drive south on Interstate 5, take exit 143, turn left onto South 320th Street.
From Tacoma: Drive north on Interstate 5, take exit 143 and turn right onto South 320th Street.
Once on South 320th Street continue to Weyerhaeuser Way South and turn right. Drive until the road becomes a roundabout. Yield and proceed to the right, then take the second right out of the roundabout, which is a continuation of Weyerhaeuser Way South. Drive 1/4 mile to the east entrance of the Weyerhaeuser Corporate Headquarters. Follow the signs marked “Rhododendron and Bonsai Gardens.” Passengers may unload at the Visitor Drop-off which is on the left, or continue to the Garden Visitor Parking Lot (west lot) located on the right just past the pedestrian crosswalk.
From Kent-Auburn Valley / Highway 18: Driving west on Highway 18 take the Weyerhaeuser Way South exit. Go to the right and, at the stop sign, turn right. Go about a 1/4 mile to the east entrance of the Weyerhaeuser Corporate Headquarters. Turn left onto the corporate campus and follow the signs marked “Rhododendron and Bonsai Gardens.” Passengers may unload at the Visitor Drop-off which is on the left, or continue to the Garden Visitor Parking Lot (west lot) located on the right just past the pedestrian crosswalk.
Call (253) 838-4646 Ext. 140
Our knowledgeable and enthusiastic docents provide excellent tours! It’s a wonderful way to learn about the Garden and see the highlights. During peak season, we appreciate a 2-week advance registration and a minimum of 10 participants. Fees are $10 per person.
The tour schedule for March through June fills quickly so be sure to sign-up your tour group as early in the year as possible.
In addition to the docent tours, there is a self-guided tour sheet available online at Self-Guided Tours and at the Garden Gift Shop for your convenience .
Pacific Bonsai Museum
This magnificent bonsai collection is adjacent to the Garden and we share an entry courtyard.
This outdoor museum of living art features outstanding bonsai elegantly displayed in a beautiful woodland setting. The collection includes more than 100 bonsai from China, Canada, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the United States. Sixty bonsai are displayed at a time, which allows for a variety of trees to be presented at the peak of beauty. The collection is open to the public year round, free of charge, 10am-4pm, Tuesday through Sunday.
For additional information please visit their website at: Pacific Bonsai Museum or call (253) 353-7371.
Weddings & Special Events
For a garden wedding or special event, please contact our wedding coordinator at (253) 838-4646 Ext. 140. The Rutherford Conservatory Terrace accommodates gatherings of up to 100 guests, and an open meadow is available for larger groups up to 150. Allow us to offer a beautiful setting for your special occasion. For details check out Weddings/Events.
Facilities for Disabled Visitors
Restrooms – fully accessible.
The Visitor Center Shop and RSBG Nursery are fully accessible.
The accessibility path is level and covered with very fine, well compacted gravel. The route loops through our Rutherford Conservatory and adjoining terrace with nice benches to sit and enjoy being surrounded by nature and plants from around the world. The path continues through the Gazebo, another charming area to sit and gaze at the overview of the Garden. From there the path loops back around to the entrance, with a couple more benches along the way.
The rest of the Garden is partially accessible. Gravel paths and hilly terrain make the use of wheelchairs and walkers difficult through most of the Garden. Some people with walkers or motorized wheelchairs are able to travel down and back up some of our more gentle slopes.
When to Visit
“It’s different every week!”
Year-Round Features: Scenic beauty, Alpine Garden, Pond Garden, Woodland Garden, Hardy Fern Collection and Stumpery, Gazebo, RSBG Nursery, Garden Gift Shop.
Spring: Peak bloom time is mid-March through mid-May. Hundreds of Rhododendron species in bloom, as well as spring bulbs, perennials, emerging ferns, and flowering trees and shrubs. Meconopsis (Blue Poppies) begin blooming in May and continue into June.
Summer: Attractive new foliage, unusual late-blooming rhododendrons, perennials, carnivorous plants, hydrangeas, and ferns.
Fall: Spectacular fall color provided by azaleas, maples, sweet gums, fothergillas, and many other ornamental trees and shrubs throughout the garden.
Winter: Silhouettes of deciduous trees, our extensive conifer collection, swelling buds, and the beautiful flowers of early blooming rhododendrons and heather in January and February.
View our self-guided tour guides for more details about what to see during the different seasons.