Gardeners of the Northwest are spoiled. With so many plants thriving here in our mild climate, we are spoiled for choice when it comes to designing our gardens. In the western parts of the states, a combination of mild winters that rarely get below 15 degrees F and summers that rarely get above 100 degrees F keeps our gardens lush and green.
Tucked away in a corner of Federal Way, Washington near the shores of Puget Sound is a gem of a garden and a must-see for any garden lover and a welcome escape from the sometimes overwhelming sensory overloads that come with a big city. Owners Monte and Diane Powell and their family have created a true urban oasis.
The family-run, three-acre garden sits alongside a borrowed view of an additional 35 acre greenbelt property. The garden offers visitors a chance to really wander… many different rooms offer many different styles of gardening to inspire any gardener. The overall theme is a Northwest garden – featuring the wide variety of plant life that grows so well in the mild climate of the Pacific Northwest. It includes a few themed gardens such as a woodland garden, a sunny border garden bursting with color, a spring garden, and a shade garden. A gardener’s must-see item on any visit to the Northwest, or anyone looking to find a place of peace and tranquility just a little off-the-beaten tourist path.
PowellsWood is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 am to 3 pm, April 1 through October 31. Last self-guided tour to start at 2:30; garden gate closes at 3:00. No reservations are needed for individual visits. The garden is closed on all major holidays except Mother’s Day.
Admission to the garden is free for Members ($30 individual or $45 family.) Adult admission: $7. Child Admission (12 & Under) Free. Exact cash/check only, no credit cards.
430 S. Dash Point Rd, Federal Way, WA
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Leave your pets at home, but feel free to bring your camera and do some amateur photography of the plants you discover. You may bring in a lunch as long as you leave no trace and pack it out with you.