Chase Garden

Chase Garden Fall Foliage Weekend
Saturday, October 21, and Sunday, October 22
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


UPDATE, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20:  Due to forecasts of severe rain, strong winds, and a high risk of falling trees, Chase Garden will 
not be open on Saturday, October 21.
We still plan to open the garden as originally scheduled for Foliage Weekend on Sunday, October 22, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
We apologize for any inconvenience.


Visit Chase Garden, which will open on these two days so that visitors can enjoy this iconic Pacific Northwest garden in all of its autumn splendor. This weekend is timed for peak fall color and will be the first public opening since early summer.

Come to enjoy the beautiful property on your own, take in fall color while strolling through the woodland and meadow gardens, and admire the view of Mt. Rainer. Take a guided tour with the garden’s lead horticulturist Will Clausen at 2 p.m. on either Saturday or Sunday. Garden Conservancy staff will also be onsite.

Also visit nearby Old Goat Farm, a unique nursery in Graham, WA, which will be open especially for this weekend. Meet the owners and shop for late-season plants!

Chase Garden will be open to the public on Saturday, October 21, and Sunday, October 22, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day. Admission to the garden is free; no registration is required.

Chase Garden is located at 16015 264th Street East in Orting, WA.

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The regular public schedule at the garden has been suspended as of July 1, 2017, but the Garden Conservancy plans to open the garden for public events as possible. Meanwhile, we are continuing to care for the garden in keeping with Ione and Emmott’s vision and exploring a number of sustainable models for the future of the garden, including transfer of ownership to a local entity. We are also expanding and strengthening the conservation easement to provide greater protection in perpetuity for the entire property and taking steps to fully document the garden.


The Garden of Emmott and Ione Chase

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.

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 For more info, email info@gardenconservancy.org.