It has been 25 years since University House Wallingford was built on Stone Way N, just south of N 45th (4400 Stone Way N). It is an independent and assisted living facility where seniors have apartments and can take their meals in a dining hall. It is a part of the ERA Living chain and is associated with the UW Retirement Association. It has been a real asset to the community, hosting events open to the public in a large assembly hall. Hidden from public view but adjacent to the dining hall in a courtyard mostly surrounded by the building is a remarkable garden. As a part of its 25th Anniversary celebration, University House is hosting a tour of the garden next Sunday, November 13th.
The beautiful garden is in the four-season Classic-style. It has been said that the garden “is an engineering and architectural achievement; built on top of the garages in 2-3 feet of soil.” Full sized trees grow in 8’ metal containers. The UW declined requests to do something similar on top of Red Square at the time the Central Plaza Garage was built, saying that the water-laden soil necessary to create a lawn or a useful garden would just be too heavy to be supported by the garage.
The garden was designed by award-winning UW Professor of Landscape Design, Thomas Berger. Iden Zamia, then Director of Design for ERA also contributed to the design and implementation of the garden. Several focal points of classic garden art, such as ‘Mid-Night Column’ by PNW sculpture-artist Gerald Tsutakawa are among the plantings.
If you are interested in a garden tour, please contact University House Wallingford by email ([email protected]) or call 206-545-8400. The first garden tour is scheduled for Sunday, November 13, 2022 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM. It will be limited to 6 persons for best viewing. If there is enough interest, another garden tour will be scheduled in the Spring.