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New Interpretive Signs Installed in the Arboretum at South Seattle College

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October 16, 2017

Prior to September 2017, only a few aged markers identified the gardens and habitats housed inside The Arboretum at South Seattle College. This month, thanks to a generous grant from the West Seattle Garden Tour, five new interpretive signs have now installed. 

The colorful new signage illustrates some of the Arboretum’s top features, with information on its history and decades of student-designed plantings. They mark the garden’s redwoods, the movement of wildlife and the outstanding Coenosium Rock Garden.

“This is a beautiful melding of the obsessive collector and the artist. This place is truly a work of art,” says David Olszyk, President of the American Conifer Society Western Region on the the Arboretum’s collection of rare and dwarf conifers.

Terrie Shattuck, a former Arboretum intern and graduate of South’s Landscape Horticulture program, created graphics and text for the signage, which SeaReach Ltd of Oregon fabricated. Members of the Arboretum’s advisory committee prepared the signage for installation by Brett Cureton to make the West Seattle Garden Tour’s gift possible.

The Arboretum at South is a public botanical garden destination enjoyed by students and community members all year round; bring the kids, walk the dog or just take some time out. Find the Arboretum at South Seattle College at the north edge of South’s north parking lot, on 16th Ave SW.