The Bonhoeffer Botanical Gardens & Pilchuck Living History Farm are located right off the highway on exit 215 in the Stanwood area. It makes for a great rest stop break. The site cover 20 acres. It’s a great place to stretch your legs and explore.
The gardens have .75 miles of ADA accessible trails that wind their way around a lazy creek. You will find several kiosks along the route with information about the indigenous plants in the garden. All of the information features QR codes to easily learn more online. The kiosks are small pole sheds with butterfly gardens planted on their roofs. Keep your eyes peeled for glass art displayed throughout the garden.
Adjacent to the gardens is the Freeborn Lutheran Church and cemetery. A beautiful white stippled church surrounded by cemetery grounds.
Across the street is the Pilchuck Living History Farm. This is currently being developed. There are two historic buildings that now sit on the property Annie’s Cabin and a Chinese workers cabin. You will also find antique farm equipment and placards that explain their history.
The gardens are privately owned, but open to the public at no charge. You can make a donation to their nonprofit organization when you are their. Construction is underway for a Herbarium Coffee Shop. This site was gorgeous on a lack luster winters day, it must be the garden of Eden in the spring.