Happy New Year!
Start the New Year right with a relaxing stroll in the beautiful Washington Park Arboretum ( http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/visit/directions.shtml#directionswpa).
We'll begin on forest path leading from the Graham Visitor Center and quickly come to the Witt Winter Garden (http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/gardens/wpa/witt_winter.shtml). It appears we are in luck! Some hellebores are in flower and one super fragrant specimen each of daphne and witchhazel are in bloom. Also a few camellias.
After pausing to enjoy the winter garden, we'll proceed on through the upper paths of the arboretum. Scattered throughout our walk there will also be chances to spot white snowberries and purple beautyberries. We'll make it almost to the new Pacific Connections Garden, but there is construction going on there, so we'll turn around in Rhododendron Glen. Our return path will follow the paved (and closed to traffic) Arboretum Dr. E.
All dogs ON-LEASH, please!
Total mileage: Around 1.5? miles
Elevation: not much - suitable for young and creaky-knee-ed alike - BUT one railroad tie staircase of perhaps 15? steps and no hand rail (please feel free to ask for assistance on the stairs if needed)
Time: 1-1.5 hours? Yes, you should be able to make it home for the Rose Bowl.
Parking: Plenty of free parking in the lot behind the Graham Visitor Center
Important Notes: Because it is a holiday, the Graham Visitor Center will not be open, but you can access their restrooms from the outside. There is never a charge for visiting the arboretum (except for the Japanese Garden - where dogs are not allowed). If you plan to come early/stay late to explore more of the arboretum, note that the lower trails (i.e. Azalea Way) and trails on Foster Island beyond the 520 underpass can be pretty mucky this time of year.