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South Seattle College Arboretum Needs Your Help!

Thursday, September 27, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Breanne Chavez
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South Seattle College Arboretum Needs Your Help!


South Seattle College's arboretum recently received a $5000 grant from the WSNLA Scholarship & Research Charitable Fund. Grant funds will work to support The ARBs larger mission of promoting the Arboretum as a visible invitation for a career in the Green Industry, as well as a public garden for the community at large.  Currently the entry is blocked from view, this project will daylight the entry, install hardscaping and plant material, and replace its aging kiosk with a new communication hub. 

Directly adjacent (but behind a chain link fence) lies the site for the landscape renovation to be completed prior to the installation of a new communication hub kiosk. The daylighting of the Arboretum’s entrance will welcome visitors to the newly named WSNLA Entry Garden. The project includes demolition of an existing landscape berm, currently obscuring the entrance.



Can You Help With This Project?


WORK PARTY DATE: A Saturday or Sunday in mid to late October, depending upon availability of volunteers.


# OF VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Equipment operator, tree removal crew (3), clean-up crew (4-5), installation crew (4-6).

Landscaping Needs

  • 40’ x 20’ bermed landscape bed with mature plants and remove and dispose (on site disposal) of landscape materials, including: 


  •  Remove/dispose of 2-3 yards topsoil (on site disposal)
  •  Move & reset (3) two person rocks
  •  Prep/grade substrate for pavers & crushed granite
  •  Install approximately 40 sq. ft. interlocking pavers
  •  Install crushed granite
  •  Install assorted 1-2 gal. ornamental grasses


Removal of the following plant material from sight:

  • (1) 8’ Pinus thunbergii
  • (1) 12’ P. aristate
  • (1) 10’ P. mugho
  • (3) 12’ Arbutus unedo
  • (3) 4’ Berberis thunbergii
  • (3) 5’ Euonymus alatus
  • (8-10) Assorted ornamental grasses



Equipment Needs


Front end loader or Dingo/Bobcat with capacity for removing/transporting and dumping soil; chainsaws, loppers, clean up tools (SSC Landscape/Horticulture program has hand tools/wheel barrows, etc. on site)

Susan Hanley, CPH * * 206-512-9185 

Alternate contact: Mark Pollock, Arboretum Coordinator *

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