Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens was founded by Ann and Max Meerkerk in the early 1960's. Enchanted by Whidbey Island, they began the Gardens with 13 acres. Together, they visualized creating a Pacific Northwest style woodland garden enveloped by a forest preserve. The Rothschild's Exbury Gardens in England, Max's life in Asia, and Washington's native Rhododendron macrophyllum influenced the Meerkerks.
The Meerkerk's legacy of fifty three acres of inspirational woodland gardens and a forest preserve offer over 4 miles of trails to breathe in the serene beauty and nature. A special feature at Meerkerk Gardens is the retail nursery staffed on weekends by knowledgeable master gardens and specializing in the rhododendrons that are showcased in the Spring. The Gatehouse Chalet provides entry to a Pacific Northwest garden with English flare, paths flanked with benches where visitors may spend time appreciating the landscape and visiting with friends.
Garden paths are maintained to facilitate strollers and assistance vehicles. All ages and abilities may enjoy nature year-round at Meerkerk Gardens.