5400 N. Pearl St.
Tacoma, WA 98407


About the Rhododendron Garden

Designed as a natural display of rhododendrons in the wild, this garden is nestled in a stand of old growth forest.

Trails wind through the forest and intersect the garden. The nearly five-acre site was established in 1968 in cooperation with the Tacoma Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society, which continues to provide support.

The garden contains more than 500 plants, including 198 cultivated varieties and 75 species of rhododendrons.

Volunteer in the Rhododendron Garden

Garden Club Volunteers are vital to help maintain the botanical gardens in Point Defiance Park. Regardless of your expertise, if plants are your passion, we’d love to have you join us in nurturing ours.


Richard Madison
(253) 202-5978

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