Vi Hilbert Ethnobotanical Garden

Established in 2006 by Seattle University Anthropology Professor Rob Efird, our taqᵂšǝblu Vi Hilbert Ethnobotanical Garden showcases the relationship between Lushootseed language-speaking peoples and the native plants of our southern Salish Sea region.

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taqᵂšǝblu Vi Hilbert Ethnobotanical Garden

Come wander our garden and learn about the native plants that have been cultivated for food, ceremonies and housing materials for centuries. The garden is roughly divided into four eco-regions representing the Pacific Northwest: alpine, lowland forest, wetland and prairie. Begin your visit to the garden at its northwest entrance, across the concrete walkway from the Arrupe Jesuit Residence. The garden invites you to learn more about this intimate, sustainable relationship and encourages you to cultivate your own caring relationship with our native plants. 

You are also welcome to download our list of Lushootseed plant names

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Please contact Rob Efird at if you have questions about the taqᵂšǝblu Vi Hilbert Ethnobotanical Garden.

The garden cooperative project included Facilities, Grounds, University Faculty and King County Urban Forestry Spring of 2005. Partners are Seattle University students and facilities staff, Washington Native Plant Society.