The Center for Urban Horticulture is managed by the UW Botanic Gardens. Merrill Hall is a certified “green building” and houses the administrative offices, as well as the Elisabeth C. Miller Library, a horticultural lending library, and the Hyde Herbarium, which are open to the public. The grounds include display gardens and natural areas that are free and open to the public during daylight hours. The Union Bay Natural Area is situated on the north shore of Union Bay of Lake Washington and is a premier birdwatching site in the City of Seattle.

Suggested Activities

If you have 15 minutes

Visit the Soest Garden and learn how to select plants appropriate to common soil and light conditions in Pacific Northwest urban gardens.

If you have 30 minutes or more

Grab your binoculars and head to the Union Bay Natural Area. You never know what birds you’ll see on a lunch break or in an entire afternoon.

When the weather is not right for being outdoors

Relax in the Miller Library. Rainy days are a perfect time to browse the library’s collection and find inspiration for your future gardens.


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