A visit to the Witt Winter Garden in the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle between late November and early March is an opportunity to experience plants that shine at that time of year. A short walk from the Graham Visitors Center, the Garden features a central lawn encircled by tall cedars and firs and a tremendous assortment of smaller trees, shrubs and perennials. Jointly managed by the University of Washington Botanic Gardens and the City of Seattle, the Arboretum’s 230 acres are a dynamic assortment of plants, some found nowhere else in the Northwest. The Arboretum is open to the public every day, dawn to dusk, free of charge. More information can be found at the UW Botanic Gardens website: botanicgardens.uw.edu
The gardens at the Center for Urban Horticulture, part of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, contain many winter flowering plants including viburnums, witch hazels, daphnes and hellebores. The gardens are open free to the public every day, dawn to dusk. Learn more at: https://botanicgardens.uw.edu/center-for-urban-horticulture/
The Bellevue Botanical Garden includes many plants that provide winter interest, including flower and fragrance. Its 53 acres are open free to the public every day, dawn to dusk. Learn more at www.bellevuebotanical.org
A listing of other PNW public gardens can be found on the Elisabeth C. Miller Library website: depts.washington.edu/hortlib/resources/hort_web_sites/wp-arboreta.php
Great Plant Picks is a valuable resource for Pacific Northwest gardeners, where more detailed information on many of these winter bloomers can be found, as well as about 1000 other plants that do well in our Northwest gardens. Great Plant Picks is the primary educational program of the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden.