THE COENOSIUM ROCKGARDEN
AT SOUTH SEATTLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
In 1995 Dianne and I were at the Farwest Show in Portland, Oregon. It is a nursery trade show sponsored every year in late August by the Oregon Nursery Association. We met a gentleman named Steve Nord, a horticulture instructor at South Seattle Community College. The horticulture program was expanding at the college and one of its important aspects was a developing arboretum where students could learn and practice various horticultural skills.
Steve had discovered dwarf conifers and had heard of us and Coenosium Gardens. He asked if we would consider donating dwarf conifers to be used in the arboretum as part of a dwarf conifer garden.
Since Dianne and I have always valued education and have spent our adult lives as educators, we agreed to work with Steve and the college to donate a dwarf conifer garden, provided the bulk of the work was performed by students as part of their educational program.
The history of this garden is described in four sections. Just click on a hyperlink to read more.
South Seattle Community College Arboretum Web Site
Conception and Planning
Phase One: Planting the Border
Phase Two: The Main Garden
Phase Three: The Water Feature and Its Plants
Dedication of the Coenosium Rock Garden
Tour of the Coenosium Rock Garden Plantings, Spring, 2005