Seattle University--Gardens and Landscaping
First Hill--the campus is between Madison, Broadway, 12th Avenue, and Jefferson
Japanese maple on the 12th Avenue campus entrance
One of Seattle’s lesser-known treasures is the campus of Seattle University. The campus offers several features that make it worth exploring.
- The Chapel of St. Ignatius (one of our Top 30 attractions)
- The Dale Chihuly tower installation in the Albers Pigott Building
- Splendid gardens and general landscaping
In this article, we will discuss the campus landscaping. The landscaping and gardens are a notable feature of the campus.
One note about the landscaping is that Fujitaro Kubota, the gentleman who designed the splendid Kutoba Garden, also designed the horticulture on the campus in the 50’s and 60’s and selected many of the elegant trees that add visual interest to the campus.
The campus landscaping is composed of a number of individual gardens that are tied together by the campus walkways. The entire campus is only 50 acres so a walk to see all of the campus is not a major undertaking.
The landscaping is lovely any time of the year but spring foliage and the soft lighting of the spring sun combine to offer a delightful visual treat. When school is in session, you can go into the Albers Building, buy an espresso, and enjoy the yellow and red Dale Chihuly tower installation.
The lawn adjacent to the Administration Building and the Pigott Building
The campus entrance from Madison going between Hunthausen Hall and the Lynn Building
The lawn on the Campus Walk south of the Chapel of St. Ignatius
The El Salvador Jesuit Martyrs Memorial Garden adjacent to the Pigott Building
Detail from the sculpture in the Jesuit Memorial Garden
The highlight of the campus landscaping is the large garden behind the Administration Building, an area bounded by Broadway and Madison. You can enter the garden on the walkway by the Administration Building or by the entrance on Broadway that will lead you down steps to the garden. This garden is absolutely serene and is a visual treat. A walking path circles the garden. In May, the pink flower petals that fall on the ground in front of the shrine to Mary offer a colorful treat. The following photos are scenes from this garden.
The lovely shrine to Mary with spring flower petals
The University has detail on their web site about their gardens. Please click here to go to their web site.
Please click here to see a map of the campus.
Please click here to go to our web site article about visiting the Chapel of St. Ignatius.
Please click here to go to our Seattle Alphabetical Index.