Remember this post? It was my first time shooting at the gorgeous Point Defiance Rose Garden and I still can’t believe how beautiful it is. In today’s post, I’ll be sharing tips for visiting Point Defiance Rose Garden!
How did I not know that such a picturesque place existed only 30 minutes south of Seattle? Once my cousin told me about it (because she lives near here), I knew I wanted to make a trip for photos. Being the loving Instagram husband Jeff is, he was game. The first time we stopped by at the end of June, none of the roses bloomed yet. It was a major fail for sure! So after this lesson learned, here are some tips for visiting the Point Defiance Rose Garden.
Tips for Visiting Point Defiance Rose Garden
- Go when the roses are bloomed: Make sure to visit when the roses are fully bloomed. Otherwise, it is just green under the tunnel and isn’t as breathtaking. Roses bloom when there’s a lot of sunlight and for Tacoma/Seattle, this is usually from June-August. However, with so much rain this year, June was definitely too early. I think the roses have also already fallen off now that we’re late in August. So the absolute best time to visit and see the fully bloomed rose tunnel is in July and early August.
- Lighting: The rose tunnel definitely blocks out a lot of light so keep this in mind when you’re shooting. We took these photos about an hour before sunset and I had to lighten up the photos a lot. I would recommend going 2-3 hours before sunset to get more natural light.
- It’s free: The Point Defiance Rose Garden is open to the public and free! It doesn’t get any better than that, right? When we went, it wasn’t too crowded but there were other people taking engagement and maternity photos there as well. Be patient and you’ll find yourself with plenty of moments where you’ll have the tunnel all to yourself!
- Explore other parts of the garden: We didn’t capture it in these photos but the garden also consists of other beautiful areas with gazebos, ponds, ducks, and other flowers that you can take photos with or simply to enjoy. After finishing up our photoshoot, we walked our pups around and they loved it! Point Defiance Rose Garden is such a lovely and peaceful place to spend time at!
- Be aware of weddings here: Note that people can rent out parts of the rose garden for their wedding. They can’t rent out the rose tunnel, but just keep this in mind if you’re planning to shoot in other parts of the garden.
Let me know if you are planning a trip out here and I hope you enjoy this dreamy place as much as I did!