Self-Guided Garden Tours

We are excited to offer a series of self-guided tours highlighting some of the unique and note-worthy trees & plants in our collection.

Created by Walt Bubelis, professor emeritus of horticulture from Edmonds Community College, these tours will feature seasonal themes and topics to pique your interest!

Each featured tree or plant will have a sign with a QR code, simply scan the code with your smartphone or visit our Self-Guided Tours page here.

Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
March - October: 10am-5pm
November - February: 10am-3pm
Admission is free, but a donation is appreciated!

20312 15th Ave NW, Shoreline, WA 98177

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions


Online resources

In addition to our workshops and events at the Garden, we are dedicated to providing learning opportunities for gardeners, botanists, and anyone else with a green curiosity.

Whether here in the Garden or at home, these online resources are available to you wherever you are.

These resources were created by local organizations around the Pacific Northwest and beyond such as Wilderness Awareness School, Accessible Gardens, and Oregon State University, to name a few. Please use and share these resources according to the copyright guidelines listed on their websites.

Gardening for Birds!

Check out these bird-friendly gardening tips to learn what you can do to be a better neighbor to your feathered friends!

Gardening Resources

  • Pollinator Garden Toolkit- This handy toolkit from teaches you about the benefits of creating a pollinator garden and offers handy tips on how to create your own.
  • Garden Learning LibraryThis resource database from the National Gardening Association offers countless resources for gardeners across the country including plant care guides, a Q&A forum, and much more!
  • Soak It Up Rebate Program – The Surface Water Utility offers rebates up to $2,000 for Shoreline home or business owners to install a rain garden or native vegetation landscaping on their property. These features are part of a natural approach to storm water known as low-impact development, which seeks to mimic forested conditions by allowing rainwater to soak into the soil.
  • Rain Garden Handbook for Western Washington – Interested in learning how to make a rain garden? Created by the Washington Department of Ecology, Washington State University, and Kitsap County, this guide has all you need to know to design, install, and maintain your own rain garden.

Online Learning and eCourses

Community Science Projects

  • Bumble Bee Watch – help track native bumblebees, one of our most important pollinators, across North America with this fun and easy to use website created by Wildlife Preservation Canada and the Xerces Society of Oregon.


  • Phenology Friday – Join IslandWood educators for a weekly exploration of seasonal changes in our natural world.
  • The Secret Language of TreesJust over 4 minutes, this amazing video explores the mycorrhizal network, an underground web of fungi that help trees exchange nutrients and even talk. Created by Suzanne Simmard and Camille Defrenne for TedEd.
  • Trillium Tour 2020This 6 minute video by John F. Williams and Salish Magazine explores the iconic trilliums of the Pacific Northwest.

Nature & Wellness

  • There is extensive evidence on the benefits of nature on our physical and emotional health. In a recent study, it was found that just 20 minutes outdoors can have a positive impact on our perceived well-being. Now, more than ever, we must look to nature for respite, reflection, and re-connection.
  • Self-guided Forest Bathing This is a simple activity for individuals or groups to slow down and relax in outdoor spaces. It is based on studies of forest bathing (Shinrin-yoku) which have shown positive health and wellbeing impacts to participants. Created by JP Sauerlender.
  • Sowing Seeds of HappinessAs if we needed another excuse to garden! A new study published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning concluded that home gardening has a positive impact on well-being (happiness) similar to that of walking, biking, and dining out.

Get Outside!