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Center for Urban Horticulture

Center for Urban Horticulture

Green Features of Merrill Hall

Merrill Hall was the first LEED™ Silver certified building on the UW Seattle campus. Green Design Flyer

  • Solar panels
  • Natural light
  • Recycled building materials
  • Sustainable wood
  • Bamboo floor
  • Low VOC finishes

Seattle Green Power - Solar Project, including link to live data

Case Study by GreenSource

Archtects Miller Hull

The Center for Urban Horticulture, opened in 1984, is now part of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens. It includes a 16-acre landscaped site with buildings and gardens, and the 74-acre Union Bay Natural Area, which provides publicly accessible wildlife habitat (more than 200 bird species have been sighted there) and an outdoor laboratory for UW research.

CUH Grounds mapOver sixty horticultural and environmental groups meet in its buildings, which are also available for rental to the general public. The newly rebuilt Merrill Hall, the first certified “green building” on the UW Seattle campus, houses the UW Botanic Garden headquarters, the Elisabeth C. Miller Library and the Otis Douglas Hyde Herbarium . Greenhouse space is also available for rental.

At the Center for Urban Horticulture you may stroll through the:

Directions and Maps
Audio Tour of the gardens

Last modified:
August 25 2016 11:36:04