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July and August are two of the best months to visit gardens. Below are some of the best gardens to visit in the Pacific Northwest.

Washington

Lakewold Garden - This new garden is in Tacoma. Roses, annuals, ferns and hydrangeas are summer highlights. I have not seen the garden, but comments from those who have visited are complimentary. Reservations are required and can be made by writing ContactUs@lakewoldgardens.org or by calling 1-888-858-4106. The garden is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, April through September. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors, students and military.  Members and children 12 and under are free.

Bloedel Reserve - This is a pleasant garden and woodland setting on Bainbridge Island. The 150-acre garden at the former _ residence . of the Bloedels includes a visitors center, a Japanese garden, a moss garden, a reflection garden, the Glen, the Woods and a bird refuge. Reservations are required and can be„ made by calling 842-7631. The garden is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. It is closed on all federal holidays. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for seniors.

Seattle - Woodland Park, rose test garden; University of Washington Arboretum, Washington Park; Volunteer Park Conservatory, Capitol Hill; Carl English Botanical Gardens, Hiram Chittenden Locks, Ballard; Freeway Park, downtown Seattle over Interstate 5; Ethel Dupar Garden for the Blind and Handicapped, Light House for the Blind, south Seattle. `

Tacoma - .Point Defiance Park, west Tacoma; Seymour Conservatory, Wright Park.

Olympia - Conservatory, Washington State Capitol; Sunken Gardens also at the Capitol.

Spokane - Manito Park Conservatory; Duncan Gardens; Joel Ferris Perennial Gardens; Rose Garden and Japanese Garden, south Spokane.

Wenatchee - Ohme Alpine Gardens, north Wenatchee.

Carnation - Carnation Farms and Gardens.

Blaine - Peace Arch Park, at the border.

Oregon

Portland - International Rose Test Garden and Japanese Garden in Washington Park; Peninsula Park (roses), north Portland.

British Columbia

Victoria, B.C. - Butchart Gardens, 17 miles north of the city; Fable Cottage Estate, 10 miles north; Crystal Garden, downtown. ,

Vancouver, B.C. - Queen Elizabeth Park, Arboretum and Bloedel Conservatory; Stanley Park; VanDusen Botanical Gardens; University of B.C. Asian Gardens; Rose Garden; and Nitobe Japanese Gardens.

Chilliwack, B.C. - Minter Gardens, 10 minutes east of city.

Richmond, B.C. - Fantasy Gardens, Highway 99 at Richmond.

There are also many smaller gardens and parks that merit visits spring, summer and fall.

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