Washington Park


If you haven’t been to the Washington Park Arboretum lately, now is the time. This is arguably the best time of year to stroll the UW Botanic Gardens grounds—autumn at the Arboretum is truly a vision. The fall colors are abundant, illuminating the gardens in seasonal shades that will soon fade away for winter. These gorgeous visitor photos barely do it justice!

Check out the Arboretum’s events calendar for fall workshops, classes and garden tours.

Check out these fall-tastic Madison Park events coming up in November!

November 2: Gardening with Dogs
6:30-7:30pm | Washington Park Arboretum
Learn the best practices for gardening with dogs in this lecture by a professional landscaper. Create a dog-friendly garden that will keep your plants and man’s best friend happy! This class is free with an optional donation at the door.

November 9: The Birds of Winter
7-8:30pm | Washington Park Arboretum
Master birder and author Constance Sidles will discuss birds’ survival throughout the coldest season in this Birds of Winter lecture. Learn about our feathery friends and how they make it through the winter. Register here.  

It’s time to get back to school! Enjoy these Madison Park events coming up in September.

September 9: Back to School!
McGilvra Elementary School
After a nice long summer it’s time to get back to school. McGilvra Elementary begins on Wednesday, September 9th, so be sure to drive extra carefully around school zones.

September 10-13: UW Botanic Gardens Kayak Tours
Various times | Washington Park Arboretum
See the Arboretum’s lush wetlands by boat during the UW Botanic Gardens kayak tours, an end-of-summer tradition. No kayaking experience is necessary and tours are limited to 12 people (in two-person boats).

September 14: Respect for Elders Day
10am – 7pm | Seattle Japanese Garden
Celebrate Respect for Elders Day, a Japanese national holiday, at the Japanese Garden with a stroll through the serene grounds. Visitors over the age of 65 receive free admission.

September 17: Cabling, Bracing, and Staking Trees Class
8am – 12pm | Washington Park Arboretum
Learn techniques and tips for maintaining trees in this cabling, bracing, and staking trees class taught by a UW Botanic Gardens arborist. Participants will observe work on large trees and become more prepared to execute this type of work in their own yards.

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Bring Dad to Madison Park for a lovely Father’s Day in the neighborhood! Here are some ideas for what to do with the family this Sunday, June 21st:

Father’s Day Brunch

Start your day with a hearty meal! Check out our favorite Madison Park brunch spots.

Walk around the Arboretum

Take a family walk through the beautiful Washington Park Arboretum, where you can go from the woods to the waterfront to flowerbeds in a few short strides. On Father’s Day, there will be a guided weekend walk from 1-3pm. This free tour will explore the Pacific Connections Garden with plants from China, New Zealand, Australia and Chile.

Happy Hour at Luc

Madison Valley’s beloved neighborhood restaurant offers a wonderful daily happy hour from 4:30-6:30pm. During the month of June, Luc and sister restaurant Loulay will be participating in the #86AIDS campaign with restaurants around the country, donating a portion of each purchase to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. A special Luc RED appetizer and drink will be served with every purchase:

  • Bing Cherry Gazpacho: Washington bing cherries, celery, cucumber, pickled shallot
  • CuRED: tequila, Pama pomegranate liqueur, muddled lime, pineapple juice

Hang out at the beach

Take a dip or simply soak in the view at Madison Park Beach. Official beach hours begin on Saturday, June 20th at 11am with lifeguards on duty. Bring a Father’s Day picnic and make it a beach day!

Grab a treat

Treat dad to ice cream at Scoop Du Jour Ice Creamery. This friendly, family-owned shop is best known for its delicious milkshakes made from an array of yummy flavors. A favorite local hangout, you can grab ‘n go or stick around and sit outside on the sidewalk just a few blocks from the beach.


Featured photo via Luc Facebook @sushirina