Native Berry Patch


Welcome to the campus’s native berry patch. This short walk, on mostly level ground, is east of the S Building. The colorful area hosts a collection of the most common berries found in the Pacific Northwest. Access the native berry patch from parking lot 7 or the fourth floor of the parking garage. This collection has berries that are tasty and others that are dangerous for human consumption. Never consume a berry unless you can identify it with 100% certainty. Luckily, berries are not only pretty, but also a fantastic way to attract native wildlife. Starting at the north end of the patch and walking south, Sugar Maples surround the entrance and Western Red Cedars flank the stairs headed west and downslope to the S building. These trees were planted in 2009 when the S building was opened. On the left, at the top of the stairs, stands a large Big Leaf Maple. When do you think this tree first sprouted? Under the Sugar Maple a beautiful ephemeral planting of spring bulbs and a patch of bearded iris adds some early spring color. On the right, the row of native berries begins. Starting in mostly shade, to full sun, then into part shade, this showcases that berries in the PNW can survive in a variety of light conditions. How many berries can you find this time of year?  

Last Updated March 10, 2023