Point Defiance Park is one of the most beautiful places in Tacoma, Washington, and that’s saying a lot. It’s a huge city park (708 acres) on a point sticking out into Puget Sound, with a zoo, a waterfront promenade and beach, a replica of a historic fort, extensive gardens, and expanses of old-growth forest laced with hiking trails.
I had a meeting in Tacoma yesterday afternoon, and afterwards I decided to go walk the promenade, enjoy the gardens, and take some photos. Here’s a selection:
An iconic western Washington view — the Pt. Defiance-Vashon Island ferry making its run across Puget Sound.
Shaded in the foreground to the right is the waterfront promenade walk at Pt. Defiance. In the background is Mt. Rainier.
It’s the time of year for dahlias, and the dahlia test garden at Pt. Defiance is in full bloom. This is my favorite kind of dahlia, known as a ball dahlia.
This dahlia looks like a peppermint stick.
These white dahlias were bigger than my outspread hand. Some of the dahlias on display were bigger than my head.
One of a dozen rows of dahlias in the test garden.
This pretty walkway lined with yellow rudbeckias, white Japanese anemones and hostas in lots of shades of green, is near the dahlia garden.
Pt. Defiance also has a huge rose garden, which is still going strong now in late August. I don’t know what kind these are, but they’re profuse.
This is my favorite color of rose, kind of an orangey salmon.
And here’s a view of part of the rose garden with its gazebo, which is popular for summer weddings, and for good reason.