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Summer 2004 | Volume 26, Number 7 | Campus

SPU Welcomes 1,000 Visitors to Campus for Second-Annual Garden Tour

PEOPLE VISIT SEATTLE PACIFIC UNIVERSITY for a variety of reasons — lectures, music, sports, theatre — but on June 5, the day of SPU’s Queen Anne and Magnolia Garden Tour, it was all about gardening.

More than 1,000 people attended the second-annual event, which began with a gardening lecture by Seattle Post-Intelligencer columnist Marty Wingate. Afterward, SPU Head Gardener Jeff Daley led tours of the University’s historic gardens, including the Alexander perennial border, the vintage Rose Garden and the Science Building’s top-floor greenhouse.

Guests also had the chance to view six select Magnolia and Queen Anne residential gardens, one of which had been featured in Better Homes and Gardens. While making their way through each garden, visitors were treated to complimentary coffee and cookies, courtesy of event sponsors Starbucks Coffee and Cascadia Restaurant, and they heard performances by Seattle Pacific student musicians. Before the day’s end, SPU Welcomes 1,000 Visitors to Campus for Second-Annual Garden Tour guests returned to campus for a lecture by Debra Prinzing ’81 titled “Finding God in the Garden” (see My Response).

“This is one of my favorite events of the year,” says Alumni Director Doug Taylor, who co-chaired the Garden Tour with Prinzing. “We love sharing our campus gardens with our neighbors. It was wonderful to see so many first-time visitors to campus — and it didn’t even rain!”


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