The horticulture department has over 12,000 square feet of growing space which includes two large greenhouses. The greenhouses act as a lab space for students to get hands on experience growing plants from seed, cuttings and divisions and following them through to our annual spring plant sale.
At over 52 thousand square feet, our study arboretum contains the entire Washington State Nursery and Landscape Associations plant list of northwest ornamental plants. Students spend their mornings studying how to identify, prune and care for the many plants in the arboretum. The arboretum Over 300 species of plants are available for student and public viewing daily whenever main campus is open.
A vegetable garden consisting of student build raised beds and hoop houses, along with an orchard and berry field make up our edible garden. The area has been created and maintained by students since it's creation in fall of 2010. Food generated in the garden is donated to Hope Link, a local non-profit food bank.
Rain Garden and Catchment System
Rain water is collected off our greenhouse roof into a 3,500 cubic foot rain cistern that lies beneath our permeable paver patio. The over flow from this tank is then diverted into our new rain-garden. The water that is collected is then piped back into the greenhouse to be used to water student grown plant material. This projected was completed by students and local contractors in the fall of 2010.