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Trees, Grounds, Landscaping

A Category Archive

Saving Trees is Second Nature

A tree is a terrible thing to waste. Jeff Hughes, grounds and sustainability manager at Seattle Children’s, is constantly saving or recycling trees displaced by construction around our campus. The latest example: six trees that must be removed from the median on Sand Pont Way NE near 40th Avenue NE where we’re installing a new traffic light and bike/pedestrian crossing. 

Hughes will dig up three cedar trees and replant them in a nearby site on our campus. Three pin oaks, which wouldn’t survive being transplanted, will be cut down but their wood will be saved to create benches.  Read full post »

A Second Serving of Tree Trivia

Waldo’s recent blog about trees made us wonder how many different kinds of trees grow on our campus. The answer: 409. There are 143 evergreen species, 241 deciduous species and 25 species of fruit trees. The oldest tree is a Douglas fir that’s likely more than 100 years old, said Jeff Hughes, grounds and sustainability manager. Read full post »

A Tree-mendous Transplant

Here at Seattle Children’s, we have lots of experience performing transplants, but we’ve never worked with a patient weighing 130,000 pounds before. That’s the weight of a scarlet oak tree we moved last week using a crane and a flatbed trailer. Read full post »

Displaced Trees Head to New Old Digs

After waiting more than a year to sink their roots again, seven trees we salvaged from the Building Hope construction site are returning to their former environs. The trees will be dispersed around the grounds – mostly on the north side of the building. The trees – three quite large – will be prepped for their move from our tree storage area Tuesday, May 29. Over the next two days, a crane will lift them on and off a trailer that will haul them to their new old digs. All work will occur within the construction site and generate little if any noise.

 

A Tale of Two Benches

Some people would look at vegetation covering a construction site as something to chop down and haul away. Not Jeff Hughes, grounds and sustainability manager at Seattle Children’s. When site preparation began for our Building Hope expansion, Hughes saw the property’s trees, shrubs and plants as something to rescue and replant elsewhere on the hospital campus. Read full post »

Landscaping Continues to Take Shape Around Construction Site

Lots of work is underway on various landscaping features surrounding the existing and new hospital buildings.

Along the west side of the existing building, crews are grading for the fire lane which consists of a concrete walkway and retaining wall. Concrete and pump trucks and other equipment will be onsite to complete this work by mid-February.

Crews are also working to install the retaining wall and concrete stairs at the southeast corner of the site. Read full post »

Connecting the Hospital and Our Community Is Like a Walk in the Park

An element of the Building Hope campus designed for both the hospital and surrounding community is the pocket park and garden walk.

This informal park is a place for families to enjoy the outdoors, including colorful plantings, inviting walkways and a custom piece of art. The park is a cozy gathering space where people from both the hospital and the surrounding community can pause and relax. Read full post »

The Color of a Promise: Green

With Jeff Hughes, Grounds & Sustainability Manager at Seattle Children’s

We all care about our homes, our streets, where we raise our children, property values and how neighborhoods and communities are built. That’s a good thing! Great neighborhoods and cities come from that. At Seattle Children’s, it’s incredibly important for us to be a great neighbor. Read full post »

Garden Tip From Jeff Hughes: Peanut Butter Bushes

Guest blog by Jeff Hughes, Grounds & Sustainabililty Manager at Seattle Children’s 

Look for plants that will bring surprises to your garden –like a “Peanut Butter Bush,” or Clerodendrum trichotomum. 

Shut your eyes, rub the soft, green leaves between your fingers and enjoy the rich, creamy scent of peanut butter! The surprisingly realistic fragrance is a joyful surprise for some, while others can’t even smell it.  Read full post »

2030: A (Jeff Hughes) Space Odyssey

Guest Blog by Jeff Hughes, Grounds & Sustainability Manager at Seattle Children’s

I have so many hopes for this campus! Twenty years from now, when our Building Hope expansion is complete, I’m hoping that:

a.) I’ll be retired,

b.) we’ll have the greenest, most sustainable hospital in the U.S.

Here are just a few favorites from my wish list … it’s a big list, but I’m hoping we can shoot for it: Read full post »