UW Botanic Gardens’ Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street) is holding a free "Green Building and Garden Tour" on Wednesday from 2:30-3:30pm.
We will look at the design features that make the Center for Urban Horticulture structure, opened in 1984, environmentally friendly, including solar power, sustainable building materials, and natural features such as rain gardens.
We will also tour the surrounding gardens, including the Soest perennial beds, the Fragrance garden, the McVay Courtyard and more.
The Center for Urban Horticulture is part of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens. It includes a 16-acre landscaped site with buildings and gardens, and the 74-acre Union 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.
Merrill Hall was the first certified “green building” on the UW Seattle campus, and houses the UW Botanic Garden headquarters, the Elisabeth C. Miller Library and the Otis Douglas Hyde Herbarium.