A Unique Northwest Garden
This four-acre public garden contains a unique blend of Pacific Northwest native plants and unusual exotics set in a naturalistic wooded setting. It may take multiple visits to see the more than 2,000 species, which include native and exotic conifers, hardwoods, rhododendrons, magnolias, ferns and groundcovers. Several trees are the largest or most rare in the state. Birdwatchers have identified more than 40 bird species while visiting the Garden.
Located in Shoreline, Washington, the Garden was founded in 1958 by Dr. Arthur Kruckeberg and his wife Mareen, botanists and horticulturalists who amassed the plant collection over 50 years in the gardens surrounding their home.
In 2008, the Garden became part of the City of Shoreline’s park system, preserving it for generations of public enjoyment. Operation and maintenance of the Garden are the responsibility of the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Foundation (KBGF), a nonprofit organization, in collaboration with the City of Shoreline.
The KBGF also operates the on-site MsK Rare and Native Plant Nursery, which carries native plants and hardy exotics that are well suited for a Northwest garden. Nursery proceeds and membership in the KBGF support Garden operations and programming.