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.
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.
Check out the Xerces Society's website for information about protecting pollinators.
A place to wander, study, sit and
enjoy a landscape that uniquely describes the Pacific
Learn about current projects and changes happening in Seattle University's gardens.
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.
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