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UW MEDICINAL HERB GARDEN
Butterfly Weed
The UW biology department’s two-and-a-half-acre medicinal herb garden was founded by the UW pharmacy school in 1911.
monkey statues
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UW MEDICINAL HERB GARDEN
The formal entrance to the garden is “guarded” by two monkey statues, representations of the Hindu deity Hanuman.
whorled chilean nettle
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UW MEDICINAL HERB GARDEN
Whorled Chilean Nettle
Nearly 1,000 species of plants known for curative powers are arranged in seven garden rooms at the UW Medicinal Herb Garden.
white butterfly
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UW MEDICINAL HERB GARDEN
FInd out how to visit the UW Medicinal Herb Garden by visiting biology.washington.edu/mhg
blue angel gentian sage
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UW MEDICINAL HERB GARDEN
Blue Angel Gentian Sage
Interested in learning more? UW Medicinal Herb Garden Manager Keith Possee has a blog at uwmedicinalherbgarden.org
soest herbaceous display garden
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SOEST HERBACEOUS DISPLAY GARDEN
A gift of two devoted gardeners, Orin and Althea Soest, this formal display garden is one of the specialty offerings at the Center for Urban Horticulture. Over 280 herbaceous plants are grown to show the effects of the Northwest’s climate and loamy soil; the garden’s raised beds, small trees, and water-wise irrigation techniques demonstrate how plants adapt to urban settings. depts.washington.edu/uwbg
parsons garden seattle
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PARSONS GARDEN
Donated to the city in 1956, the former family garden of Reginald H. Parsons has grown into a popular venue for small weddings. With its wisteria bower, open grassy lawn, comfy benches, and flowering trees, Parsons Garden is a placid oasis tucked in a corner lot on the west edge of Queen Anne Hill. seattle.gov/parks
bradner gardens
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BRADNER GARDENS PARK
This city park, completed in 2003, wouldn’t exist if not for a determined group known as Friends of Bradner Gardens Park, who fought the city and raised money to complete their vision. bradnergardenspark.org
bradner gardens park
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BRADNER GARDENS PARK
The lush wildlife habitat includes over 50 types of trees, a children’s garden dotted with kid-crafted mosaic stepping stones, and a leaf-shaped pavilion designed by the UW architecture department. bradnergardenspark.org
south seattle community college arboretum
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SOUTH SEATTLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE ARBORETUM
Five acres of greenery, modern wood bridges over babbling brooks, and the Coenosium Rock Garden highlight this American Conifer Society reference garden capping a bluff on the SSCC campus. With views of downtown Seattle, Elliott Bay, and the West Duwamish Greenbelt alongside perennial borders, rhododendrons, and ornamental grasses, the arboretum has flourished despite heavy soil and poor drainage since its birth in 1978. southseattle.edu/arboretum/default.aspx
seattle university shakespeare garden
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SEATTLE UNIVERSITY SHAKESPEARE GARDEN
“…Where the wild thyme blows, / Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows…
” The Bard may not have anticipated SU’s Shakespeare Garden when he wrote A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but the joint production of the grounds and fine arts departments has lulled many a student into Titaniaesque slumber with its lush bed of herbs and flowers found in Shakespeare. seattleu.edu/grounds/gardens
bloedel reserve
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BLOEDEL RESERVE
This 150-acre eden on Bainbridge Island breeds serenity from the first step into the opening meadow through the final stop at a hedge-lined reflection pool. Experience walking trails through forests and bogs, formally landscaped French- and English-style gardens, and a uniquely northwestern celebration of moss. bloedelreserve.org
streissguth gardens
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STREISSGUTH GARDENS
The one-acre hillside sanctuary at the north end of Capitol Hill began as two private gardens that grew together when their owners, Ann and Dan Streissguth, married in 1968. The couple tended to the urban oasis for 30 years, filling it with year-round plantings of phlox, azaleas, and rhododendrons. And then, in 1996, they just gave it to the city. streissguthgardens.com
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ELIZABETH C. MILLER BOTANICAL GARDEN
When Betty Miller acquired the land now known as the Elisabeth Carey Miller Botanical Garden in 1948, the land was overrun with fir trees. With the aid of gardeners under her direction, she slowly cleared swaths of land on which to cultivate her collection of native as well as nonnative plants found across the globe. Only 500 people are allowed to visit each year, and tours for 2014 are already booked, so mark September 12 in your calendar to reserve a tour for summer 2015. millergarden.org
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