Point Defiance Park Summer Gardens


Summer’s always beautiful in Point Defiance Park, Tacoma, Washington. If you love flowers, you can take your choice as to which garden you want to enjoy. There are several located just within the park’s entrance, and all of them are connected to each other, except for the Native Garden. And now with the new traffic circle just completed at the entrance of the park, traffic flow has greatly improved and is safer for both cars and pedestrians entering and leaving the park. And as always, visiting the park is free!

Below are some photos of flowers in the garden that I took within the past week.

086Colorful Zinnias

091Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly on Zinnias

080Sweet Alyssums

081Zinnia and Sweet Alyssums

022Golden Leaf Fuchsias

033Acanthus and Japanese Painted Fern

043Pink Zinnia and Eryngium (Sea Holly)

057Blue Poppy

060Black and Blue Salvia


065Black Leaf Dahlia


070Rose Mallow Hibiscus



More flower varieties will be blooming throughout the season. Come visit Point Defiance Park this summer! There is something for everyone! There is a zoo and aquarium, hiking trails, a marina, a walking beach, kayaking, tennis courts, Fort Nisqually, and, of course, picnic areas.

All images property of Peggy A Thompson

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6 Responses to Point Defiance Park Summer Gardens

  1. Wonderful splashes of colour!

  2. Gunta says:

    I only wish Tacoma was a bit closer to visit! The brilliant colors are such a treat. We had an Acanthus at the previous house. I never did figure out what it was, but simply enjoyed seeing it. Thanks for the ID! The Blue Poppy and the Sea Holly are particularly impressive and exotic, I might add! Enjoyed seeing the butterfly. They are generally not the easiest subject to catch. It shows up particularly well with the red Zinnias.

    • Point Defiance Park was just listed as the best park in Washington State recently by a popular, national magazine. I don’t know why or how it got precedence over one of the national parks in the state. Weird!

      • tonytomeo says:

        You would think that one of the gardens in Seattle would have gotten precedence as well. Whether or not one garden is better than another, such designations are very often political.

        • It was actually MONEY Magazine that made the designation using a Yelp algorithm that processed the number of positive reviews partnered with the parks’ “business star ratings.” Given this info, I would take it with a grain of salt. How can a city park compare with the throngs of world visitors that go through Mount Rainier National Park or Olympic National Park? It doesn’t make sense! No way can you compare the grandeur of a 14,000 ft, snow capped mountains with a rose garden!

        • tonytomeo says:

          Well, if comparing only positive reviews, business star ratings and such, it would make sense. It would be like comparing apples and oranges merely in regard to their appropriateness for orange juice, but not apple pie.

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