The SER-UW Native Plant Nursery is located just south of the Douglas Research Conservatory at the Center for Urban Horticulture on the UW-Seattle campus. The nursery has raised over 10,000 native plants since its establishment in 2013, including individuals from over 100 different species. Over 1,000 of these plants have been installed at various on-campus restoration sites, including Whitman Walk, Kincaid Ravine, and the Union Bay Natural Area. Another large chunk of nursery “graduates” have been installed at a variety of off-campus restoration sites throughout the greater Seattle area, including parts of Warren G. Magnuson, Titlow Park, & North Creek Forest.  Several hundred more have been purchased by local community members during our biannual fundraiser  plant sales, which are hosted at the Douglas Research Conservatory every spring and autumn.

Every quarter, dozens of UW students & local community members enjoy participating in weekly work parties held at the SER-UW Native Plant Nursery, where they learn about general horticultural practices and the value of native plants in urban and wild landscapes. See the SER-UW calendar for opportunities to get involved, or email us at


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Meet the SER-UW Nursery Team for 2019-2020!

Check out the Native Plant Nursery video created by Narisa Lin from the Communications Department during Spring of 2018.

Management Objectives for 2019-2023

— Goal 1: Produce high-quality native plants wile maintaining the genetic diversity of Puget Lowland flora:

–  Produce and sell 5,000 quality plants in 2019, and increase that number incrementally by 500 plants every year until 2023.

–  Produce 100% of all plant material needed for Restoration of North American Ecosystems (ESRM 473) for the next five years.

– Produce at least 90% of all container plant material needed for the REN Capstone series (ESRM 462-4) by 2020.

–  Produce restoration-ready plants for use in the Union Bay Natural Area and Yesler Swamp.

–  Host two public plant sales every year for the next five years.

– Build onto existing partnerships and establish new partnerships with community organizations in need of native plant materials.


— Goal 2: Provide a unique, hands-on learning experience for UW students and other local community members:

–  Offer internships to at least 6 undergraduate students every year for the next five years.

–  Offer service learning opportunities through the Carlson Center to at least 9 undergraduate students every year for the next five years.

–  Acquire a minimum of 1000 volunteer hours every year for the next five years.

–  Partner with the Native Plant Production (ESRM 412) course every spring quarter for the next five years.


— Goal 3: Use an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach:

–  By using an IPM approach, the nursery will use fewer chemical pesticides, reducing carbon pollution and limiting negative impacts to the surrounding ecosystem.

–  An IPM approach will help reduce production costs for the nursery, and it will help to ensure long-term survival of native plants after outplanting.


— Goal 4: Advance environmental, social, and economic sustainability:

–  Continue to uphold the GOLD standard of the UW Green Dawgs RSO Certification indefinitely (see Appendix C).

–  Research and improve best nursery practices in order to lessen environmental impacts of plant production and to share this information broadly.

–  Impart our knowledge of sustainable practices to students, to the native nursery production community, and to the Greater Seattle region, while also emphasizing the need to maintain genetic diversity in native plant production.

–  Secure the financial resources that will allow the nursery to support its production goals and educational mission indefinitely.


— Goal 5: Increase marketing of the SER-UW both on-campus and within the Greater Seattle area:

– Work with ESRM, ENVIR, L ARCH, & BIOL faculty to improve student interest in the nursery

–  Increase our social media presence

–  Create permanent signage at the hoophouse, at SER-UW project sites, and around the UWBG.


Management Objectives for 2017-2018

– Grow native plants for targeted projects, including: a Master of Environmental Horticulture (MEH) student project, Restoration Capstone projects, and campus restoration sites.

– Provide the surrounding community with native plants to purchase during the Fall and Spring Native Plant Sale.

– Provide education to students and community members about native plant care and methods of how to extract invasive plant species.

– Provide internships during Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters to students who are interested in management practices of the nursery.


Management Objectives for 2015-2016

– Grow native plants for a selection of targeted projects, including: a Master of Environmental Horticulture (MEH) student project and a campus capital development project.

– Grow a general suite of native plants for the UW Restoration Ecology Network (UW-REN) Restoration Capstone course, the North American Restoration course, Yesler Swamp (View Full Proposal for Yesler Swamp), Kincaid Ravine, and Whitman Walk.

– Manage quarterly interns as they assist with marketing and outreach, collating propagation protocols, and general nursery upkeep.

– Identify and secure additional sources of funding, helping to ensure the continued support of the nursery and associated positions well into the future.

SER-UW and its student-run nursery help to restore areas of campus

SER-UW Nursery Helps to Restore Amphibian Corridor