Ever since Weyerhaeuser announced they are selling their Federal Way campus and moving to Pioneer Square, I've been worried about the impact on the Rhododendron Species Foundation and the Pacific Bonsai Museum. Will they survive in their present location?
Here's the latest - a reassuring press release from the RSF:
"With the surprising news of the impending relocation of the headquarters of the Weyerhaeuser Company from their Federal Way corporate campus to their new site in Seattle in 2016, many people are expressing concern over the fate of two of the Pacific Northwest’s finest public gardens – the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden (RSBG) and the Pacific Bonsai Collection. Both of these independently funded, 501c3, non-profit organizations currently lease land on the Weyerhaeuser campus and both are Puget Sound institutions, each featuring a world-class collection and beautiful display gardens.
The good news is that these two organizations and their display gardens are NOT moving, will not be moving, and have no reason to move. Weyerhaeuser spokesperson, Anthony Chavez says,
“The Bonsai and Rhododendron Gardens will not be affected by the announcement of moving our corporate headquarters to Seattle.” They are both completely independent of the Weyerhaeuser Company and so will still be located in the exact same place where you have enjoyed them for so many years, in Federal Way at the intersection of Highway 18 and I-5. The hours are the same, the gardens are the same, nothing has changed and they are open for business!
The RSF Conservatory in autumn....