19 February 2011

Walkabout No. 37

 Walkabout No. 37
Seatac Botanical Gardens
January 19, 2011

Covering a little over 10 acres the Seatac Botanical Gardens boast trails, woodlands & 3 acres of cultivated public gardens.  The garden is an urban oasis located about 1 miles north of Seatac Airport and is surrounded by the Seatac Senior & Community Center. 

 While to garden is free to the public and open daily the gates are only open between the hours of 7am - dusk.  

- Not having seen if for such a long time ... they giggled & squinted when it finally came out -
The garden gate is beyond beautiful - the rusted lace seems to suggest a timeless grace.  

I love the juxtaposition of the hard material and lines of the iron & the soft, intricate pattern of the gates & fence.

The rose garden features a covered walkway followed by a rose adorned grass path.  

Perfect for strolling.

In full bloom, I imagine, each rose begs us to slow down, close our eyes and breath in deeply.

To savor the fleeting sweetness of their blooms,  to feast upon their beauty &  marvel at God's work.

- Rose Walk -
Within the garden lies several distinct collection.  Beds of roses, iris & daylily, while still sleeping soundly this time of year, are maintained by volunteers from their respective societies during the Spring & Summer.

- someone woke early -

 Part of the garden's charm is it's slow evolution into being.   

The bits & pieces of the garden were pieced together due to the expansion of Seatac Airport (the adding of a Third runway).  Many of the area homes were condemned by Government because they were in the path of the new Third Runaway.

-   when a plane comes in for a landing you feel you are standing on the runway  -

Among the homes that were condemned and purchased by the The Port of Seattle were several outstanding gardens that were deemed worthy of being moved and given a second chance at life at Seatac Botanical Gardens.

Gardens, such as the Elda Behm's Paradise Garden, were literally dug up, plant by plant, by volunteers and relocated to the Botanical Gardens.  You can read more about Elda Behm here.

Another garden relocated to the Botanical Gardens was the Seike Japanese Garden (Click here to read more about the garden's historical significance). 


While these gardens grew individually they have now been sewn together by the hands of  many volunteers to create this very special public garden which it appears will continue to grow for many years to come.

This is a very nice garden and one that I hope we will revisit in the spring and/or summer when the plants are wide awake and blooming.

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1 comment:

  1. looks very interesting and beautiful!! Good to hear you are keeping up your walking. I have kept it up 5 days per week and am now running/walking I alternate between running as far as I can go and then walking. I have really discovered that it relieves a lot of stress and frustration and really helps clear your head until it has reached a really good place :)


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