The Center for Urban Horticulture, opened in 1984, is part of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens. It includes a 16-acre landscaped site with buildings and gardens, and the 74-acreUnion Bay Natural Area, which provides publicly accessible wildlife habitat (more than 200 bird species have been sighted there) and an outdoor laboratory for UW research. The UW Botanic Gardens’ administrative offices are housed in Merrill Hall, along with associated faculty and research laboratories and greenhouses. The UW Botanic Gardens is a unit within the School of Environmental & Forest Sciences.
Over sixty horticultural and environmental groups meet at the Center, which has meeting rooms, event venues, and greenhouse space available for rental to the general public. The rebuilt Merrill Hall, the first certified “green building” on the UW Seattle campus, houses the Botanic Gardens headquarters, the Elisabeth C. Miller Library and the Otis Douglas Hyde Herbarium.
Gardens at the Center for Urban Horticulture Learn more
Autumn color in full glory delight visitors to the McVay Courtyard.
Visitors enter the main Center entry via the Soest Herbaceous Display Garden.
The Goodfellow Grove is a transition garden moving from intensive planting to natives in a natural design.
The Seattle Garden Club Fragrance Garden enchants visitors with scent throughout the year.