Join us on our off-island bus tour!
On May __ 2024, we will travel to the Highland SeaTac Botanical Garden. This is a one-of-a-kind location showcasing some of the area’s most treasured gardens including the Seike Japanese Garden, the Celebration Rose Garden, and the Elda Behm Paradise Garden. Their mission is to connect the community to nature through a diverse and beautiful collection of historical gardens.
Next, we will drive to Fonda la Catrina for a tasty Mexican-style lunch. For a fun dessert option we will go next door and explore Frans Chocolates! Once we re-board the bus we will venture to the fabulous Rosso Family nursery for your shopping needs.
Meet at the Lutheran Church parking lot 8:00am sharp and we will carpool to the ferry. (Field trip fee $25 per person)
The Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden is a one-of-a-kind heritage location that was created to preserve some of the area’s most treasured gardens, including the Seike Japanese Garden, the Celebration Rose Garden, and the Elda Behm Paradise Garden. Our mission is connecting the community to nature through a diverse and beautiful collection of historical gardens. The garden is open daily from Dawn to Dusk, and admission and parking are free. The Garden is situated on approximately 11 acres adjacent to the North SeaTac Community Center. Included are two gardens that were physically moved to prevent their demolition during SeaTac Airport’s third runway project.
The History of Rosso Gardens
Founder Julius Rosso came to Washington state from Italy as a child, arriving in Ronald, Washington. When he was unable to get a gig in the coal mines, he walked to Seattle to find work. He picked up a job in the flower industry, and later began working for Seattle Flower Growers, eventually becoming the owner of the business. But after selling it, he and his wife, Ada, opened the original location of Rosso Gardens in Georgetown in 1958.
Julius was ahead of his time, flying live flowers across the country for customers (before FTD had even sprouted), making national news for sending WWII servicemen flowers as thanks for their service. An all-in-the-family affair, the business grew from a mostly wholesale business, selling their potted plants and flowers to local grocery stores and box store chains, into one that also included a public-facing retail operation. Now located in Tukwila, the Rosso family continues to make life beautiful for Seattle’s residents.