Our tour guide, Helen Weber, encouraged us to look, touch, taste, and deeply breathe in the alternatively sweet, fresh, sharp, and often indescribable scents of the plants. Not surprisingly, the garden is loved by hummingbirds and bees.
Out of the 80 or so species at the garden, my favorites included:
- the ultra soft leaf of the Lamb’s Ear,
- the pretty white flower of the Garlic Chives (which also smelled and tasted like garlic),
- the peanut butter scented leaf of the Peanut Butter Plant,
- the curry scented leaf of the Curry Plant (Helen assured us the taste was awful and nothing like curry),
- the refreshing scent of the Lemon Scented Geranium leaf,
- the full-bodied chocolate scent of the yellow flower of the Chocolate Flower, and
- the soothing, fresh scent of Roman Chamomile.
Check out their website for tour dates and times.
Other fragrant gardens in Seattle include the University of Washington (UW) Center for Urban Horticulture, the Joseph A. Witt winter garden in the Washington Park Arboretum near the Graham Visitors Center, and the UW Campus Medicinal Plant Garden. There is also the Fragrance Garden near Ferndale, WA adjacent to the Hovander Homestead historical site and its gardens.
So don't wait! Enjoy the loveliness of a fragrant garden today!