COVID-19 Update

UW Botanic Gardens grounds are open to visitors. Building access is limited.

UW Botanic Gardens continues to follow all advice and directives set forth by the University of Washington, which are detailed at length on the UW Novel Coronavirus Information Page

Washington Park Arboretum: The Graham Visitors Center (GVC) is now open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., with the Arboretum Gift Shop open 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Please note, due to limited staffing these hours are subject to change. GVC restrooms are open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, accessible only from the exterior of the building. Other restrooms are available at the bus turnaround in the Pacific Connections Garden, Washington Park Playfield and Seattle Japanese Garden (south end of the Arboretum).   Washington Park Arboretum closures are coordinated with Seattle Parks and Recreation. For more information about all Seattle Park closures, visit SPR’s Parkways blog

Tour Programs: All public and private Tram Tours and Walking Tours are suspended at this time. We will continue to make decisions about future tours as we have more information.

Center for Urban Horticulture: All Center for Urban Horticulture buildings are closed to the public until further notice.

Elisabeth C. Miller Library: The Library is closed to in-person patrons until further notice. We will continue to answer reference questions via email or the online form. Email is preferred for questions involving plant identification. The Library book drop has reopened, so you may return your borrowed materials any time. We are now offering contactless pickup of holds. In order to place holds, you will need to return all borrowed items. Learn how to borrow books and schedule a pickup.

UW Farm: The UW Farm continues to operate, growing food for the community under strict protocols with critical staff only at this time. All students are required to work remotely and our volunteer program is suspended at this time.

Adult Education Programs: Many in-person classes and workshops have been rescheduled, cancelled, or moved online, and registrants have been emailed with details. We will continue to make decisions about future programs as we have more information.

Youth & Family Education Programs:

  • Family Nature Classes: We will open registration as soon as we are safely able to run programs again. In the meantime, check out our Self-Guided Adventures to do with your family!
  • Fiddleheads Forest School: Fiddleheads Forest School in-person programming is closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. We are offering virtual programming and resources to our participant’s families.
  • Arboretum Summer Camp and Fiddleheads Summer Sessions: We are watching this situation closely and will make updates to our summer camp as appropriate. We are currently planning on running summer camp as we normally would and the usual refund policy is in place. In the event that UW Botanic Gardens cancels a camp, we will notify registered families about available options for refunds or rescheduling