Established by the Central District of the Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs in 1967, the Yakima Arboretum & Botanical Garden is a nonprofit organization supported by its members and sponsors. It displays a beautiful 46 acres of land filled with over 1000 specimens of trees, shrubs, gardens, forbs, and natural areas.

This urban green space seeks to demonstrate and inspire appreciation of native and adapted non-native plants in a beautiful atmosphere where you can relax, walk, take gardening classes, study, and have private events, among other things. The Yakima Arboretum advocates sound arboricultural practices, community participation, and sustainable gardening.

Located between the Yakima River and Interstate 82, the Yakima Arboretum showcases various plant species throughout the display gardens and the themed areas. It also contains a variety of tree collections: Most are labeled so visitors can learn as they stroll through this unique place. Besides the cultivated gardens, there is a vast natural area along the rivers, ponds, and wetlands.

The Yakima Arboretum also allows you to ‘tie the knot’ in front of their beautiful Japanese Garden Getaway, next to the Rose Garden’s lovely gazebo, or, if you don’t like these options, you can always choose to say your “I do” in a different area within this 46-acre unique arboretum. After the ceremony, you can escape with your now official partner to take cute pictures together as newlyweds in any of the breathtaking areas available to use as a backdrop. And when it’s time to celebrate with your loved ones, you can use the Solarium and Gardenview reception rooms, the expansive Founders courtyard, or the atrium. The scenic Founders courtyard can accommodate up to 250 guests, and it has a beautiful pergola that you can decorate however you like.

Needless to say, if you ever find yourself in Washington, visit the Yakima Arboretum and Botanical Garden and discover by yourself why it is a treasured part of the Yakima community and one of the most beautiful and magical places in central Washington.