Highline Botanical Garden
is a community botanical garden
located at 13735 24th Avenue South, SeaTac, Washington
. It is open daily without charge.
The garden started as the private plantings by Elda and Ray Behm on a site. Their property was slated for demolition in the mid-1990s for the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
's proposed third runway. In 1999 an agreement was reached to relocate their existing plantings onto vacant land to form a new botanical garden adjacent to the North SeaTac Community Center. Starting in 2000, about 85 to 90% of the plants were transplanted by some 200 volunteers to form the garden's initial .
The Paradise Garden features a stream which empties into a 7,000 gallon pond, a rustic log pergola, and an astounding assortment of trees, shrubs and perennials. Peak of blooming season is around Mother's Day, but the Paradise Garden holds interest throughout the year.
In 2003 the King County Iris Society planted a display bed of bearded iris, which also reaches peak bloom around Mother's Day.
The Seattle Rose Society and Puget Sound Dayliy Club both joined the garden in 2004. The daylily bed features over 100 different cultivars and is an official display garden of the American Hemerocallis Society. A variety of plant combinations and companion plantings are showcased, bisected by a spine of Asian pottey.
The Celebration Rose Garden was designed by Greg Butler, Lori White, Debbie Caton, and Nikki Fields. The rose garden features a large open lawn... Read More