Elisabeth C. Miller Library

Covid-19 Update

UW Botanic Gardens grounds are open to visitors. However, all buildings are closed.

The Library is closed to in-person patrons until further notice. We will continue to answer reference questions via email or the online form. Email is preferred for questions involving plant identification.

The Library book drop has reopened, so you may return your borrowed materials any time. We are now offering contactless pickup of holds. In order to place holds, you will need to return all the items you borrowed before the library closure. To place a hold, select Search the Catalog from the tabs at the top of the library’s home page, and log into your account (contact us at hortlib@uw.edu if you need help with logging in). Search for the books you would like to borrow and place a hold. You will be notified by email (or phone if you do not use email) when the item is ready, and we can schedule a time for you to pick it up.

Sorry, we cannot accept book and magazine donations until further notice.

UW Botanic Gardens continues to follow all advice and directives set forth by the University of Washington, which are detailed at length on the UW Novel Coronavirus Information Page.

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Visit Us

Open to everyone. Open hours.
Address: 3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, WA, 98105
Location: Center for Urban Horticulture. CUH Map.

Contact Us

Your Library Account  Email: hortlib@uw.edu
Plant Answer Line: 206-897-5268  General Questions: 206-543-0415

November Virtual Exhibit: Birds and Trees – Prints by Molly Hashimoto


We are thrilled to announce that acclaimed Seattle artist and teacher Molly Hashimoto will be giving back to the Miller Library once more with her 2020 virtual exhibit, opening this week. During the month of November, she will donate twenty percent of the proceeds of card and print sales to the Miller Library. Buyers can arrange no-contact pickup directly from the artist, or may request shipping.

Molly’s work draws on her experience at the North Cascades Institute, with iconic landscapes and animals interpreted in paintings, block prints and etchings. Many of the bird prints appear in her 2019 book, Birds of the West: An Artist’s Guide, a part of our Pacific Northwest Connections Collection. In addition to this virtual exhibit, Molly will participate in December’s virtual arts and crafts exhibit to benefit the Miller Library.

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November 2020: Tracy Mehlin reviews The Scentual Garden by Ken Druse.

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November 2020: Laura Blumhagen reviews Wild Child: Coming Home to Nature by Patrick Barkham

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