I’m not a shopper, but if Curtis drags me out, I prefer University Village in Seattle. It isn’t the stores; it’s the plants and gardens that attract me to the outdoor shopping center.
It was brunch with Curtis’s parents that pulled us out to U Village Sunday morning. Exhausted from a long hike Saturday, and a lack of morning coffee, I was a bit cranky. After eating, Curtis wanted to hit a few stores, so I let him go and pulled out my phone and started shooting photos.
My mood improved considerably when I discovered there’s real gardening at U Village. I already knew it had outstanding plants. What I learned is U Village makes the financial and physical effort to nurture a garden. Many of Seattle’s commercial districts sport beautiful hanging baskets full of annuals or ornamental perennials. U Village has some of the best.
What is different is the willingness to create garden space in areas that most facilities leave empty. A hillside usually left bare is full of perennials, a shady spot has unique hanging baskets, and I found not-so-commercial permanent residents including Lavender, Bear’s Breeches and ornamental grasses. All of those are in my garden.
If you aren’t much of a shopper and your significant other is, go to U Village. At least you can enjoy the outstanding gardens.