Campus Gardens

An Urban Oasis

Take a self-guided walking tour of the garden highlights that can be found on the Seattle University campus. Using this map and the accompanying guide, you can find these horticultural gems on our beautiful grounds.

Taqwsheblu Vi Hilbert Ethnobotanical Garden

This garden, created with the help of many people in the Seattle community, highlights plants used for food, utility and sacred uses by Indigenous peoples in the Northwest. The Ethnobotanical Garden is located south of the Library along 10th Ave to Cherry St. Click here to visit the official Taqwsheblu Vi Hilbert Ethnobotanical Garden website.

Kubota Gardens on the Seattle University campus

 View the horticultural tapestries that  garden designer Fugitaro Kubota created on campus in the 1950's and 1960's. Many of the trees are impressively large and majestic. Follow the link for locations and a brief description. 

Shakespeare Garden

Located at the front of the Fine Arts Building, this garden was a joint venture between the Grounds and Fine Arts Departments. William Shakespeare made many botanical references in his plays. This garden is a living tribute to those plants that Shakespeare obviously knew well. 

Biodiversity Garden

Completed in 2008, this space demonstrates a variety of principles used to increase local biodiversity, including displays of plants that attract beneficial insects and birds, shade tolerant native plants that are good alternatives for other groundcovers (such as English ivy), and the benefits of mulching and composting for increasing soil biodiversity.The garden is located behind Loyola Hall.

Japanese American Remembrance Garden 

Dedicated in 2006, this garden was designed by the Al Kubota, grandson of Fujitaro Kubota, to remember the Japanese Americans who lived in this area that were incarcerated  at camps during World War II.  Large rocks and plantings represent the experience of breaking apart and coming together again.  The garden is located between Hunthausen, 1103, and Xavier Hall.

Chardin Community  Garden and Broadway Community Garden

These raised beds in our p-patch style gardens are tended by members of the Seattle University community; including students, faculty, and staff. Organic methods are used to maintain the beds. 

The Chardin Garden was created in 2008 to provide a gardening opportunity for the students in Chardin Hall. In 2009, other students joined.  Staff and faculty were invited to participate in the 2010 season. The Broadway Garden was developed in 2013 and is now the homebase for the student club, Food With Spirit.

There are a total of 31 garden plots that can be tended by SU folks.

Campion Hall Japanese Tea Garden 

 This garden was originally created by Fujitaro Kubota. While not a traditional Tea Garden design, this space evokes the concepts of space, balance, and nature that traditional Japanese gardens possess.

Rain Gardens

Rain gardens capture and hold runoff in the specially engineered soil, slowly recharge the ground water, and protect storm drains from overflow during intense storm events.

The first engineered rain garden or bioretention swale at Seattle University grows in what was formerly a lawn in front of the 1103 Building. After an historical rain event in 2006 flooded the basements of 1103, Hunthausen, Xavier, and the Chapel, this garden was designed to capture runoff from Spring and Madison streets.

The rain gardens that surround the site of the Library Commons were designed as part of the LEED Gold certification for the Commons addition building.  View a diagram of this garden  Library Rain Garden

Wildlife Garden

Located at the northwest corner of the Union Green. These two beds and the bog between them are designed to attract beneficial insects, butterflies, birds, and other wildlife. Plants in these beds provide food in the form of seeds, nectar, and leaves for insects and birds. Throughout the growing season this garden is alive with activity.

Thinking Field

The lawn and row of katsura trees (Cercidiphyllum japonicum) south of the Chapel of St. Ignatius built in 1997. It is designed to complement the Chapel and reflecting pond in its simplicity. 

El Salvador Jesuit Martyrs Memorial Garden  

 This garden and memorial is located to the right of the front entrance to the Pigott Building.  Beautifully crafted, it serves as a memorial to the six Jesuit priests and two laywomen who were murdered in El Salvador in 1989.


Columbia Orchard

Located on the east side of the Columbia building, along 14th Avenue. Included in the design are apple trees, pear trees, hazelnut trees, plum trees and blueberry and current plants.  Neighbors and the SU community are invited to participate in the harvest.   Inspiration came from City of Seattle, Mayor McGuinn’s 2010: Year of Urban Agriculture initiative.