Master’s Project by Kathern Nowell (2015)
With over 3,000 different species in 190 plant families, the University of Washington Botany Greenhouse’s living plant collection represents over 1% of the earth’s known botanical diversity and is one of the university’s most unique and beautiful assets. In the summer of 2016, the UW Botany Greenhouse will be demolished and the collections will temporarily move off campus as the university begins construction of a five-story Life Sciences Complex on that site. When finished, the Life Sciences Complex will include a new energy efficient, state-of-the-art Botany Greenhouse facility. The purpose of this thesis project was to carry out a rich user-oriented planning process to create an Interpretive Master Plan for the UW Botany Greenhouse that defines flexible educational initiatives to carry forward to the new facility. When the collections return to campus, the Interpretive Master Plan will serve as a guide to place and present them in a designed manner that best meets the needs of UW students, faculty, and the public. An Interpretive Master Plan for the University of Washington Botany Greenhouse was created in cooperation with the University of Washington Botany Greenhouse Planning Committee.
Keywords: project, interpretation, interpretive planning, arboreta, Class of 2015
Nowell, K. (2015). An Interpretive Master Plan for the University of Washington Botany Greenhouse. Unpublished master’s project, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.