Grounds and Landscaping

Grounds and Landscaping

  • Seattle University's Grounds Department has been a leader in sustainable landscape management practices since 1986. The Grounds staff is committed to stewarding an  environmentally friendly campus that provides educational opportunities for students, that functions as an urban wildlife sanctuary, and that serves as a safe and inviting space for the campus and our surrounding community.  


    Mid Summer in the Gardens

     A walk around the SU grounds will reveal a world of busy pollinating insects, from hefty bumblebees to tiny native wasps. We plant species that are a food source for pollinators and provide good habitat. It can takes years to establish a healthy habitat so the older, established gardens on our grounds are very valuable.

     Here's a sampler of pollinating insects.

    bumble bee honeybee      bees on sunflower  

     Check out the Xerces Society's website for information  about protecting pollinators.

    Our Beautiful Campus Grounds

    A place to wander, study, sit and enjoy a landscape that uniquely describes the Pacific Northwest.

     studying at the Union Green

    ceanothus in bloom


    Current Projects

    Learn about current projects and changes happening in Seattle University's gardens.

    Touring Our Grounds

    Would you like to know more about our landscapes and how we maintain them? We offer tours  throughout the year, and would be happy to set one up for your group. Tours can highlight the history of the SU landscape, the sustainable practices we use in our pesticide-free maintenance program, or our in-house compost operation.  We can customize a tour around your interests and can assist you in visiting any of our award-winning specialized gardens on campus. Email Janice Murphy or David Clausen.

    pollinator's heaven

    Gardening Articles

    Articles on a variety of subjects Garden Articles

    Awards and Recognitions 

    • 2010 Runner Up Award for Green Washington Award from Seattle Business Magazine's annual Green Washington Awards.  This program recognizes organizations on the forefront of making Washington a greener place to live and work.  Seattle University was a runner up for its post-consumer compost program.
    • 2008 Green Washington Award from Washington CEO Magazine for SU's sustainable landscape practices and pre-consumer food waste composting program.
    • 2006 Washington Toxics Coalition's "Hall of Fame" for grassroots activists working on toxics issues in Washington State
    • 2003 Certificate of Recognition from the Governors Award for Pollution Prevention and Sustainable Practices
    • 1994 Business in the Green recognition from King County's Greenworks program for SU's pollution-preventing grounds practices
    • featured Seattle University Ground's compost efforts in their University Compost Spotlight series.   
    • The Metropolitan Field Guide - ideas, thoughts and resources for the design of urban wildlife habitat also an article about Seattle University gardens and grounds. 


  • Contact Us

    Grounds and Landscaping
    901 12th Ave
    Seattle, WA 98122
    Grounds Department Office: 206.296.6440