South Seattle Community College now has a Peace Garden

October 9, 2010 at 3:32 am | In Gardening, Puget Ridge, West Seattle news | 7 Comments

(Photos by Ellen Cedergreen)
The South Seattle Community College Arboretum‘s Coenosium (“plant community”) Rock Garden is five years old – but it has a new designation as of this weekend. On Friday afternoon, garden volunteers and other supporters gathered for its dedication as a Garden of Peace. There to help lead the celebration, Dr. Laura Dorsey, founder of Atlanta-based Gardens for Peace, whose mission is “to identify and link gardens throughout the world, to foster respect for the environment and a climate of peace among all peoples” :

In our photo, Dr. Dorsey is dedicating the garden while its co-founders Bob and Dianne Fincham (who run a dwarf-conifer farm in Pierce County) and SSCC Arboretum Volunteer Coordinator Claire Hendrickson (seated, in black) look on. Applying to have the garden included in the international network was Hendrickson’s idea. The garden’s story is told here.

The garden runs heavily on volunteer power; Friday’s event was a chance for some of them to take a break and mingle. But more help is needed, Hendrickson says, every second Saturday at the garden between 9 am and noon. She can be reached at or by calling 206-764-5323.


  1. Is the arboretum opened to the public? It doesn’t mention any hours on the website so I’m assuming it’s only for students and rentals.

    Comment by Lou — 8:41 am October 9, 2010 #

  2. It is absolutely open to the public and is FREE. I highly recommend it!

    Comment by ellenater — 9:21 am October 9, 2010 #

  3. Lou,

    SSCC arboretum is open to the public.

    Comment by jwws — 9:51 am October 9, 2010 #

  4. Beautiful….John Lennon would of loved it…as do I .

    Comment by RJB — 1:11 pm October 9, 2010 #

  5. The Arboretum at South Seattle Community College is a beautiful 5 acre site on a bluff overlooking the city of Seattle. It is nestled close to the Duwamish Green Belt. There is much to see. It is a peaceful and lovely place to spend time outside of our busy city lives. Please come and visit.
    It is free, open to the public 7 days a week.

    Comment by Arboretum — 10:58 pm October 9, 2010 #

  6. very nice

    Comment by W.S. mavrick — 7:41 am October 10, 2010 #

  7. Come in and see the fall colors… Enjoy the fish in the pond… View Seattle from the Gazebo!

    Very nice place to drink tea, read a book, smell the last of the rose blooms, or meet a friend or bring someone from out of town.

    Comment by Cathy in WS — 11:08 am October 11, 2010 #

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