For Teachers and students

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For Teachers and students

  • This resource can be used in science and it can be tied in to Environmental Education while being Culturally Responsive. Teachers and students will experience Japanese culture through different landscaping, building and events. Students will also explore many different plants from all over the world and attend many education programs at Pacific Connections Garden.

Seattle Japanese Garden

  • The Seattle Japanese Garden was designed in 1959-60 by Juki Iida, a designer of over 1000 Japanese gardens worldwide. This is one of the best examples of a Japanese-style garden in North America. Now more than 40 years old, the garden has aged beautifully. Stroll around the koi pond and enjoy the stylized pruning of conifers and the massive wisteria, which blooms in late spring

  • Where: 2300 Arboretum Drive East Seattle, WA 98112 and 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E. Seattle ,WA 98112

  • Cost: Arboretum free, Japanese Gardens have a special school price: with one adult paid entrance ($6) 5 students can go in free.

  • Contact: (206) 543-8800 / (206) 684-4725

Japanese Garden of Culture

  • Landscaping Design and Build

Japanese Garden of Culture

  • Experience Japan's rich tea culture in the tranquil setting of the Seattle Japanese Garden Shoseian Teahouse.

Experience Japanese culture

  • Performance of the Seattle Kokon Taiko drum group

Pacific Connections Garden

  • The Pacific Connections Garden marks the first major new exhibit in the Arboretum in nearly 50 years. The 14-acre garden will be located at the south end of the Arboretum and feature five eco-geographic forests representing Cascadian, Chile, New Zealand Australia, and China. The Arboretum Foundation’s Pacific Connections Campaign is an ambitious, multiphase fundraising effort to raise more than $15 million to create and maintain the new garden.

  • Location: Across Lake Washington Blvd. from the Japanese Garden

  • Contact: (206) 543-8616

Youth education programs

  • SEEDLINGS: Designed for children ages 3 to 5, this program teaches young students about wetland ecology and the life cycles of trees and plants through fun stories, games, and hands-on activities.

  • SAPLINGS: This program uses the Arboretum as an outdoor classroom to teach K-6 students about a diverse array of topics including forest ecology, native plants, wetland ecosystems, and plant biology.

  • SPRUCE: Students in grades 7 to 10 learn about plant evolution and adaptation in this innovative new program. They hone their fieldwork skills and learn how to make predictions about how plants will adapt to future environmental changes.

  • SUMMER CAMP: This new series of week-long environmental day camps in July is offered to 1st- to 6th-grade students. Each week the camp focuses on a new educational theme and outdoor adventure, with titles such as “Native Plants & People” and “Arboretum Detectives.”

Learn more

  • Arboretum foundation

  • Seattle Japanese Garden

  • Pacific Connections Garde


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