SOUTH SEATTLE COLLEGE ARBORETUM

Did you know South Seattle College had an arboretum? It is small and lovely and free. The college has a master gardener program. You may bump into some very informative people as you wander the pretty paths. It has an ambitious Chinese garden (The Seattle Chinese Garden) with a wonderful fish sculpture and a peony garden. From the hilltop one can look north at downtown Seattle. The arboretum is open dawn to dusk.

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(Photo courtesy of The American Conifer Society)

A walking map of the arboretum.

Directions to the arboretum.

From the South Seattle College website:

The purpose of the Arboretum:

  • To provide an outdoor laboratory for landscape students
  • To provide an outdoor classroom for the entire college
  • To provide a garden sanctuary for the community-at-large

Highlights:

  • The Arboretum’s Coenosium Rock Garden contains one of the best collections of dwarf conifers in the United States
  • The Coenosium Rock Garden was inducted into the Gardens for Peace program in 2010
  • The Landscape Horticulture facilities, including the Arboretum, were awarded a “5-star” Environstar rating in 2010
  • The Arboretum became a National Wildlife Federation Urban Wildlife Sanctuary in 2012
  • The Arboretum has been “pesticide-free” since 2008
  • Articles about the Arboretum have appeared in the Seattle Times, The News Tribune, Washington Park Arboretum Bulletin, Conifer Quarterly, and Crosscut.

Gorgeous pictures and a similar article to this!

Article about the Peace Garden from The West Seattle Blog.

IF YOU LIVE OUTSIDE OF SEATTLE OR CANNOT MAKE IT TO THIS ARBORETUM, VISIT A GARDEN, CONSERVATORY, OR ARBORETUM NEAR YOU. TELL US WHERE YOU WENT IN THE COMMENTS!

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