The Burke Museum Project

…even modest increases in the native plant cover on suburban properties significantly increases the number and species of breeding birds, including birds of conservation concern. As gardeners and stewards of our land, we have never been so empowered to help save biodiversity from extinction, and the need to do so has never been so great.”  – Doug Tallamy, Professor of Entomology, University of Delaware


About the Project

We need native plants everywhere, including in urban environments. Oxbow is proud to be producing 70,000 native plants for the landscape of the New Burke Museum, on the campus of the University of Washington in Seattle.

View of the New Burke from the UW Campus. (Courtesy of the Burke Museum/Olson Kundig/Stephanie Bower Architectural Illustration.)

The grounds, designed by GGN (building designed by Olson Kundig), will provide museum visitors with a meaningful and interactive experience with two of Washington’s most iconic and beautiful ecosystems: the Douglas fir forest and the Puget Sound camas prairie. Opening in fall of 2019, the New Burke landscape seeks to connect people with the floral heritage of Washington State in a way that inspires appreciation and personal action.

Oxbow has been collecting seed and growing plants for the project since 2015, and the plants will be an active element of the New Burke’s outdoor exhibit space. The plants will educate tens of thousands of museum visitors annually about native Washington plants, while also providing healthy habitat for wildlife in an urban Seattle setting.


Contact us

Native Plant Nursery Contact

Bridget McNassar
Native Plant Program Manager
Phone: 425-788-1134 ext. 4
Email: bridget@oxbow.org

Media Contact

Jess Eskelsen
Communications Manager
Phone: 425-788-1134
Email: jess@oxbow.org


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