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University of Washington Botanic Gardens


Washington Park Arboretum
Center for Urban Horticulture

Center for Urban Horticulture Rentals

The Center for Urban Horticulture, which is located on the northeastern edge of the University of Washington campus across from University Village, offers several spaces for meetings, lectures, classes, and social events. Surrounded by 16 acres of gardens and the 74-acre Union Bay Natural Area, the Center offers an unparalleled venue in the heart of Seattle. Featuring comfortable rooms, ample off-street parking, and beautiful, park-like surroundings, the Center is a great place to get away from urban stresses without leaving the city.

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Reservation Process

  1. Call or email the Rental Program Office to inquire about date availability: 206-221-2500 or uwbgfac@uw.edu.
  2. You will then be required to submit an online Use of University Facilities(UUF) Form directly to the University of Washington, which is reviewed by the Use of University Facililties Committee.
  3. Once your reservation is approved, you will receive a written confirmation/contract of your reservation. We must receive the 25% partial payment deposit 14 days after your confirmation/contract is sent to continue reserving your space.
  4. The remainder of your quoted rental fee and damage deposit is due 14 days prior to the beginning of your reserved date.
  5. In the case of last minute reservations (30 days or less, if space is available), full payment is due at time of booking.

At any time during the reservation process, please feel free to call or email us should you have any questions.

Forms & Additional Rental Information

Please contact the UWBG Rental Program Office at 206-221–2500 for reservation information and to schedule a tour.

Facilities & Services

There are several spaces available in a variety of combinations to accommodate small to large events.

Northwest Horticultural Society Hall, CUH
NHS Hall floor plan

NHS Hall


McVay Courtyard, CUH
Isaacson Hall, CUH

Isaacson Boardroom

  • Seats 12 around a rectangular conference table
  • Large white board and screen
  • Windows overlook the Soest Herbaceous Display Garden
  • Entry foyer with small sink and counter space for catering
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Issacson Boardroom

Isaacson Classroom

  • Seats 24 with tables and 45 with chairs only
  • Large white board and screen
  • View of conservatory and lakeshore
  • Opens onto McVay Courtyard
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Isaacson Classroom floor plan
Douglas Classroom and Conservatory, CUH
Douglas Classroom

Douglas Classroom

Each room has at no charge:

Available for Additional Charge:

Audio Visual and Wi-Fi must be requested before your event begins. 

For evening and weekend events, we have an on-site Event Staff Assistant that is responsible for set-up/breakdown (CUH-owned tables and chairs only), vacuuming. They also provide assistance for any facility-related issues including AV equipment troubleshooting and security.

Outdoor Rental Space

Goodfellow Grove

The Knoll

Soest Garden

Usage Restrictions

Rental AV equipment

Please request these items on the Room Reservation Request form when reserving space. Wi-Fi is free and available upon request at CUH and GVC.

Cancellation policy

Greenhouse Space

The UW Douglas Research Conservatory Greenhouse at the UW Botanic Gardens provides an excellent place to grow your plants. Our greenhouse offers year-round controlled heat and lighting. Growing medium, pots, and weekend watering are included with your rental fee. Pest control is included and administered by a certified pest control operator on the UW staff in coordination with you. Plus, hassle-free parking and easy access to the greenhouse make the facility user-friendly.

Greenhouse bench space is available by the month with a minimum of one unit (12 square feet) for $60. Space is rented by the month in unit increments of 12 square feet. There is a one-time orientation fee of $50. To inquire, contact Stephanie at 206-685-1706 or by email. Immediate occupancy is available. Happy Growing! RENTAL INFORMATION FOR UW STUDENTS & FACULTY.


The bee yard at the Center for Urban Horticulture sits within the Research Grounds, a secure area to the south of Douglas Research Conservatory. Traditionally, beekeepers paid land rent for their hives with honey, but at the University of Washington a formal rental agreement is required and the charge is $10 per month for a 6’ x 8’ parcel. The newly established apiary is for independent hobbyist beekeepers who are interested in developing skills in hive management such as queen rearing and mating. The CUH apiary is well located facing east and south for the preferred full sun. It also offers an abundance of nectar and pollen sources. To inquire about the UWBG apiary at CUH, contact Stephanie Brown, Facilties & Rental Program, at 206-685-1706 or browns99@uw.edu

Rental Information for the Washington Park Arboretum

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Thursday, 16-Jul-2015 11:46:58 PDT