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Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Garden

Carl S. English, Jr. made a garden by the Locks which join Puget Sound to Lakes Union and Washington. In 1931, he was hired by the Corps. His vision and expertise as a horticulturist and botanist transformed the grounds from a graveled extension of a construction site into a lovely English estate style garden. Carl retired in 1974 as one of the Northwest's leading horticulturists. He is credited with the discovery and naming of three rare plants -Talinum okanoganense (fameflower), Lewisia rupicola (bitter root), and Claytonia nivalis (spring beauty). Carl also helped to develop the waterside plantings along the Fremont and Montlake Cuts that are part of the Lake Washington Ship Canal. The style of the planting design is gardenesque.

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, 3015 NW 54th Street, Seattle, Washington, USA, WA 98107

All year. Open 7am to 9pm.

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  • over 2 years by Janice Luck 2 / 5

    I use to go the concerts and walk the flower gardens But I am not sure if the budget cuts came early to the Carl S English Jr. Garden but from the looks of things the gardenders have all been sent home.

    In the past they use to burst with colors and seemed so fresh even during our glooming winter and rainy spring. Today I saw dead branches and some nice helibores and the lawn was still there. It is still free, guess you get what you pay for.
    Thanks for the old memories, Hope that a gardener cab be rehired.

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Promenade, Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Garden Photograph © U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Garden, Washington Photograph © U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Rhododendron, Carl S. English Jr. Botanical Garden Photograph © U.S. Army Corps of Engineers