The Urban Arboretum
The Urban Arboretum, maintained by Amazon Horticulture, provides a nature-focused, positive influence on Amazonians and others in the community. When planning for the landscape around The Spheres and neighboring blocks, our team saw a unique opportunity for creating an outdoor botanical landscape that reflects the uniqueness and diversity of the plants inside The Spheres.
As you walk through Amazon's Puget Sound headquarters, you will experience an urban botanical garden with plants from different geographic regions, suited to our Pacific Northwest climate. Most of the plants are not typical for downtown Seattle, let alone commercial landscapes. When we designed the arboretum, we wanted to create a unique experience for each block and give each building a distinct identity. For example, many of the plants outside The Spheres come from Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and South America. These plant species resemble those found inside The Spheres. We strive to make each section of our landscape visually harmonious and environmentally sustainable which includes selecting plants appropriate for the location, that attract and provide habitat for beneficial insects such as native pollinators.