Kurt Laidlaw will lead an outing to the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden (http://rhodygarden.org) in Federal Way on Monday, April 23, 2018. The garden is closed to the public that day, but Kurt has arranged for free access for TPS members to photograph the garden between 9AM-1PM. Rhododendrons are already beginning to bloom because of the mild winter, and the display should be spectacular in mid-April. The outing will be limited to 20 people. Feel free to bring tripods. There is a place for picnic lunches in front of the conservatory.
The Rhododendron Species Foundation & Botanical Garden is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the conservation, public display, and distribution of Rhododendron species. Home to one of the largest collections of species rhododendrons in the world, the garden displays over 700 of the more than 1,000 species found in the wilds of North America, Europe, and Asia, as well as the tropical regions of southeast Asia and northern Australia. Conservation has come to be a primary importance in recent years with the destruction of Rhododendron habitat in many areas of the world.
The garden is located on the Weyerhaeuser campus at the intersection of I-5 and WA-18. From Tacoma the access is from WA-18.
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.”
Participants should take the delivery Entrance road to the office area. There is a parking area outside the chain link fence. The 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.
Questions: Kurt Laidlaw email@example.com
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