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.
  • Looking from the edge of the Woodland garden, across the Japanese Maple Grove and into the Northwest Demonstration garden makes you want to wander down the path you see in front of you.
  • More of the hydrangea.
  • Looking up the trail past the woodlands bridge.
  • The woodlands Grotto.
  • More Grotto.
  • Pieris Japonica Mt. Fire at it's best aflame.
  • Knadhill & Exbury Azaleas in full bloom on Mothers day.
  • Come and see the new Arboretum sculptures.
  • 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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