Highline Botanical Gardens Walking Tour

Self-guided walking tour of the gardens

Highline Botanical Gardens Walking Tour

SeaTac, Washington 98168, United States

Created By: Highline Botanical Gardens

Tour Information

Highline Botanical Garden was formed when two extraordinary private gardens were scheduled for demolition to make room for the flight path of SeaTac Airport’s third runway. Recognizing the cultural and recreational value of the Elda Behm Paradise Garden and the Seike Family Japanese Garden, hundreds of community members came together to find the land, funding and labor to relocate these gardens to their new home.

Since those early years, the garden has grown to incorporate a romantic rose garden perfect for weddings, species collections of fuchsias, daylilies and iris, a greenhouse and potting benches, with future additions coming soon (a native plant garden and a spectacular peony collection), and other gardening plans for the future.

To date, about 5 of the 11 potential acres of development have been cultivated. Find out more about our future plans on the Gardens Page. Highline Botanical Garden is largely funded by donors – your gift can help bring some of these additional garden spaces to reality.

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What You'll See on the Tour

The Highline Botanical Garden was opened to the public in 2003. The Foundation changed the Garden's name to honor the relationship with the City of SeaTac to the Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden in 2005. That relationship has grown from the... Read more
Over 200 local volunteers, the Port of Seattle, and the City of SeaTac worked together at the end of 1999 and into the spring of 2000. They moved plants including trees and shrubs from Elda’s home to a holding area. The ground and soil we... Read more
The Iris garden is supported by the King County Iris Society which is an active group of gardeners growing many types of irises. The collection here highlights the various types of iris that grow in our area, including newer and older varie... Read more
The Puget Sound Daylily Club, a member of the American Daylily Society Region 8, provides the public with a collection of daylilies that demonstrate their beauty, versatility, longevity and easy maintenance. The display bed invites garden g... Read more
The Seattle Rose Society is a non-profit organization founded in Seattle, Washington in 1913. We promote rose interest through membership meetings, a monthly newsletter, The Rose Petals, our annual rose show, educational programs, and other... Read more
This beautiful event lawn is located next to the rose garden. This lawn is a perfect spot for weddings, parties, and other celebrations. The event lawn is a sprawling green space that is meticulously maintained and surrounded by rose covere... Read more
The Seike family learned in 2004 that the Port of Seattle wanted to purchase the nursery. Eventually, the nursery structures, the home, and Japanese Garden on the property would be demolished. Toll, the middle Seike son who died in World Wa... Read more
City of SeaTac's community garden is located in North SeaTac Park adjacent to the botanical and Japanese gardens.  The community garden has small garden plots available to SeaTac residents for rent (March 1-November 30). Plants grown on th... Read more
Here you will find the Fuchsia Garden, which is contributed by the Western Species and Puget Sound Fuchsia Societies. Most people will recognize this plant from those beautiful hanging summer baskets. While they are popular in hanging baske... Read more
Pergola and Water Feature: This garden plays on the concepts of shade, sunlight, and water. You’ll often forget how close we are to the airport until a plane flies overhead. From Spring through Autumn you can enjoy the blooming perennials... Read more
Next to the Paradise Garden, exists the Woodland Shade Garden which encompasses over 10,000 square feet of property. With the assistance of a group of Highline High School Seniors the garden was added in the early 2000s. To the East of this... Read more
Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden is a growing and changing garden. With 6 acres of undeveloped property in our footprint, we have plans for some exciting upcoming gardens, and space to build them. With your help, we can continue to create g... Read more


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