Some things that you may be wondering….
Peak bloom time is mid-March through mid-May. Enjoy hundreds of Rhododendron species in bloom as well as spring bulbs, perennials, plus flowering trees and shrubs. We hope you’ll come back for a visit at other times of the year – there’s always something to enjoy! See what’s Blooming Now.
So sorry, no pets are allowed in the Garden except for service dogs in identifying blankets. During warm weather we ask that you please do not leave animals in your car. We appreciate your understanding!
Restrooms – fully accessible
Garden Gift Shop – fully accessible
Garden – partially accessible. The main paths to the Rutherford Conservatory and Gazebo are level and covered with fine, compacted gravel. Our Garden is 22 acres, and people of differing abilities can certainly enjoy various portions.
Gravel paths and hilly terrain make the use of wheel chairs difficult through most of the garden.
One option is to enjoy the level areas together and then let those in wheelchairs rest comfortable at the Rutherford Conservatory and Terrace while the explorers in the group adventure farther afield.
We allow picnics only on the Rutherford Conservatory Terrace. Please be mindful to use the trash cans provided.
No, but the Garden Gift Shop offers snacks and beverages as well as apparel, plants, gifts for all ages, and books.
Yes! Some of the plants you see in the garden can be found in the RSBG Nursery which is located near the entrance to the garden. The Nursery is well-stocked year-round with unique, rare, and also much-loved species rhododendrons, as well as hybrids and companion plants. Garden
admission is not charged for those who are only coming to shop.
Yes! For a Garden wedding or special event, please contact our wedding coordinator at (253) 838-4646 Ext. 140. The Rutherford Conservatory Terrace is available for gatherings 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. Check the Weddings /Events page for details.
We are not a part of the Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection, but that collection is free of charge.
Yes! We are an independent, non-profit botanical garden. We rely on admission fees, memberships, and donations for support. Your admission fee helps us maintain the garden and conserve species rhododendrons from around the world.