Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the community to an open house at the Jefferson Horticulture facility from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 21. The Parks Natural Resource Unit is hosting this fun family event. Visitors can tour the greenhouse, learn about the heavy equipment and turf crews’ responsibilities, and meet the urban forestry team including the tree and trail crews. The facility is located at 1600 S Dakota St. on the east edge of Jefferson Park.
Staff will be on hand to creatively share and educate the community on what work is done from Jefferson Horticulture. This building houses many Parks work units including urban forestry, landscape crews, the Green Seattle Partnership, and Specialty Gardens, which cares for the Japanese Garden, Kubota Garden the Arboretum and the Conservatory.
The horticulture facility and staff are essential in our effort to keep Seattle parks green. The department has its own greenhouse and nursery facilities where more than 250,000 annual and woody plants are propagated and grown each year for use in parks and city landscapes.
The horticulture program has a long history at Seattle Parks and Recreation and has undertaken a number of horticultural renovation projects that have successfully restored Seattle’s natural ecosystems. Its heritage goes back to the beginning of the 20th century when the Park Commission invited the Olmsted Brothers landscape architectural firm to plan and design the park system for Seattle.