Schedule a private tour of the Washington Park Arboretum and have an experience tailored just for your group.

Submit your tour request online or contact us at 206-685-8033 or!

Tours last 60-90 minutes and are led by trained guides. Available tour themes focus on a variety of interest topics. Three weeks’ advance notice is required for scheduling, and advance payment is required. Read our policies.

2018: Available start times are 10:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm, Monday through Saturday.

Tram Tours Catherine Nelson leading a tram tour in the Arboretum.

Learn about current seasonal highlights, new plantings, Arboretum history and educational programs from the comfort of a 13-passenger tram.

2018: $100 fee. Maximum group size is 13.

2019: $225 fee. Discount for senior living facilities, senior centers & UW student groups: $165. Maximum group size is 13.

Walking Tours

2018: Pricing is based on group size:1-10 people: $50; 11-15 people: $75; 16-20 people: $100

2019: $175 fee. Discount for senior living facilities, senior centers & UW student groups: $130. Maximum group size is 20.

Available Walking Tour Themes

Seasonal Theme

  • Cherries blooming in the ArboretumWinter Seasonal:  Visit the Joseph A. Witt Winter Garden to enjoy the fragrances of Honeysuckle and Witch Hazel, admire Paperbark Maples.
  • Spring Seasonal:  Take a walk along historical Azalea Way lined with flowering Cherries, Azaleas and Dogwoods. Loderi Valley features large-leaved Rhododendron trees sheltered by Magnolias.
  • Summer Seasonal:   Explore the five eco-geographic regions of the Pacific Connections Garden. See stunning Hydrangeas and Magnolias.
  • Fall Seasonal:  Celebrate fall with a stroll through the beautiful Woodland Garden to view one of the largest collections of Japanese Maples in North America. Enjoy the vivid fall colors of Sour Gum, Witch Hazel and more.

Native Plants Theme

Ethan_Welty3163The Pacific Northwest is home to an amazing variety of plant life from our towering conifers to the subtle and delicate Western bleeding heart (Dicentra formosa). We are fortunate that the Olmsted Brothers who designed the Washington Park Arboretum collection valued our native species and felt they were vital to the arboretum. On this tour, you will visit the Native Knoll and upland forest to learn native plant identification. Information about ethnobotany and Puget Coast Salish uses of native plants can be added if desired.

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If your group is larger than 20 people, please plan to divide into smaller groups and pay per group at the above rates.

Advance payment is required within one week of scheduling a tour. Education staff will call the group contact once the date is scheduled to collect payment.

The tram is equipped with lap-only seat belts, which all passengers are required to use throughout the ride. We cannot accommodate child restraint systems or passengers under 40 pounds (except in cases of emergency), in accordance with Washington State law.

Cancellations: Refund requests must be submitted in writing and postmarked, faxed, or e-mailed one week prior to the tour date. E-mail requests will receive an e-mail confirmation within two business days. If you do not receive an e-mail confirmation, please call 206-685-8033 to inquire about the status of your request. Cancellations more than one week prior to a tour are subject to a 15 percent processing charge (minimum $10). Cancellations with less than one week’s notice are non-refundable. If a program is cancelled by UW Botanic Gardens for any reason, a full refund will be made to all enrollees. Refunds may take four weeks to process.

Late arrival: If your group is running late, please call 206-685-8033 to let us know. Tour guides will be available to meet groups up to 15 minutes after the scheduled arrival time. After that, your tour fee will be forfeited.


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