Wetland and Greenhouse Plants

UW Bothell/ Cascadia College Guided Plant Tour

A student scanning a plant tag

On the UW Bothell and Cascadia College co-located campus you can use your smart phone with a QR code reader to scan arboretum plant tags. Once scanned, the code will take you to an online plant profile to learn more about each plant species. Tags are mostly concentrated along the North Creek Trail, the Campus Promenade, the garden beds at the Sarah Simonds Green Conservatory, and in the SSGC greenhouse. Go on a scavenger hunt to find them all!

Students, trail users, and visitors can interact with nature on their own, without a guide, and still have access to high quality information by scanning the plant tags with their phone. This is great for students studying on their own and trying to complete ecology or plant assignments for class. Plant reports were written and edited by students, staff, and UW Bothell Herbarium volunteers. They include photographs, plant specs (what the plants look like), how they can be used in restoration or benefit the environment and wildlife, and how the plant may have been used by local native tribes or used commercially.

This project is managed by the UW Bothell Herbarium and was funded by Caren Crandell and the Office of Research. If you have any questions please contact Sarah Verlinde-Azofeifa at severlin@uw.edu.

Having troubles?

Most phones can use their camera to scan the QR code. The QR code will bring up the internet browser on your phone and show you more information about the plant. For individuals who do not have that capability, we recommend downloading QR Code Reader a free app that works well for Android phones.

Tags are left out year-round. About a tenth of the plants will die back completely every year and will not be found between September and March. Look at the bloom time on the tag as a clue to show you when the plant is at its peak.

Plant Profiles

Greenhouse plants

Conifer Trees

Deciduous Trees and Shrubs

Emergent plants