The Seattle Garden Club Fragrance Garden greets visitors with tantalizing smells and colorful flowers at the entry to the Center for Urban Horticulture. In 2007 the former Entry Shade Garden was transformed to the Fragrance Garden.  The garden was renovated and refreshed in 2014-2015, and continues to be a special project of the Seattle Garden Club.

This is a garden for the senses. Come sit on one of the garden’s five benches and feel the afternoon light on your back. Watch songbirds splash in the basalt birdbath. Close your eyes and listen to the Soest Garden fountain cascade into its basin. Breathe deep and take in the garden’s rich, diverse aromas. Fragrance Garden Map

Fragrance Garden peonies


Did you know?

Winter flowering plants, such as Sarcococcca and Edgeworthia, tend to have small flowers. The low temperatures and low relative humidity of temperate climates (like Seattle) make it a physically punishing time to be a flower. You’ll find that the visual cues on a small flower aren’t so strong as on large-flowered plants like hibiscus. Plants use fragrance as a tool to overcome small flower size.

Pinterest boards of plants

Fragrance Garden seasonal highlights


  • Sarcococca species
  • Camellia sasanqua cultivars
  • Viburnum species and cultivars
  • Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’
  • Edgeworthia chrysantha
  • Hamamelis cultivars
  • Helleborus cultivars
  • Chimonanthus praecox
  • Berberis (Mahonia) x hortensis ‘Arthur Menzies’ and ‘Winter Sun’


  • Rhododendron species and cultivars
  • Viburnum species and cultivars
  • Narcissus
  • Hyacinthus
  • Crocus
  • Philadelphus ‘Belle Etoile’
  • Magnolia virginiana ‘Moonglow’
  • Syringa cultivars
  • Camellia cultivars
  • Osmanthus delavayi
  • Paeonia cultivars
  • Pieris japonica cultivars



  • Gardenia cultivars
  • Hosta plantaginea
  • Lilium species and cultivars
  • Magnolia laevifolia
  • Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’
  • Trachelospermum asiaticum
  • Calycanthus x raulstonii ‘Hartlage Wine’
  • Hedychium cultivars
  • Daphne x transatlantica ‘Eternal Fragrance’
  • David Austin roses


  • Osmanthus fragrans
  • Camellia sasanqua cultivars
  • Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’
  • Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna


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