Called “one of the ten most beautiful gardens in America,” the Chase Garden is a 4 ½- acre garden that artfully combines Japanese and midcentury design with the naturalistic look of a Pacific Northwest woodland landscape. Chase Garden is in Orting, Washington, located near Graham, about one hour south of Seattle and just a short drive from Tacoma.
Sitting on a bluff overlooking the grand vista of the Puyallup River Valley, forested Cascade foothills, and an unforgettable view of Mount Rainier, the Chase Garden is the perfect destination.
For over forty years, starting in the 1960’s, Emmott and Ione Chase built a creative interpretation of the natural landscape, with drifts of rock garden plants inspired by Mount Rainier’s storied “Paradise” wildflower fields.
In addition to native shrubs, carpets of trillium, fawn lilies, and vanilla leaf, in the woodland of second-growth Douglas fir trees, you will find an artful patchwork of unusual groundcovers and perennials against a backdrop of Japanese maples, colorful rhododendrons, and conifers.
The Chase Garden, was bequeathed to the Garden Conservancy in 2010 to ensure its preservation, and to share the Chase’s vision with the public.
Open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, from March 5th to early November, closed Easter Sunday and Independence Day. The Chase Garden, a Garden Conservancy preservation partner, is located at 16015 264th St. East, Orting, WA 98360. Adult admission is $8; tour groups $6 per person by prior arrangement; retired or active military with valid ID may bring one friend or family member free with each paid admission; children 12 and under, free. Tour groups and special events are always welcome