Grounds and Landscaping

Current Projects

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    Gardens are never static and the Grounds Dept. always has something new and interesting going on.

    Farm Days

    We took advantage of our limited access to campus during Orientation Days in July by volunteering at two local community farms. CitySoil Farm is our own SU venture managed by the Environmental Studies program in conjunction with King County. It provides fresh healthy food to Renton area  food banks. Seattle Community Farm is on the grounds of Rainier Vista Housing and provides fresh produce to the Rainier Valley food bank and local members who donate time at the farm. we helped with irrigation, harvesting, pruning and staking. Two 80+ F days!

    CitySoil Farm  CitySoil Farm irrigation project Hot summer day at City Soil summer 2015  Seattle Community Farm Seattle Community Farm volunteer day SC Farm
     


    Venerable Old Sawara Cypress comes down

    This spring, we had to remove the Sawara Cypress that had graced the east face of the Pigott building for many years. It developed a dangerous lean and was a hazard to passersby. Bartlett Tree Experts did a masterful job of bringing the large tree down wit out incident.

    Sawara 2015 Going gone



    New plantings near the Quad

    new plantings  Quad plantings

     A beautiful shade tolerant and pollinator-friendly landscape in now installed in the bed on the west side of the Quad. Gardener Laura Schiltz and crew placed some good-sized rocks in the landscape. One is a perfect place to stop and enjoy the beauty of the leafy Upper Mall.

    Chardin Hall entrance landscape gets a makeover

     new planting at Chardin Chardin renovation

    Gardener Ben Williams has been carefully planning the renovation of the front entrance to Chardin Hall. New plant additions are chosen for their habitat value, their drought tolerance and their beauty! It's being done in phases, with the help of our awesome students to completely change the experience of entering the residence hall.