(full story here!) Riz Reyes, who works part time as a gardener with the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, claimed the top prize at the Pacific Northwest Flower & Garden Show this week. Reyes, who earned his bachelor’s in environmental horticulture and urban forestry from the UW, owns RHR Horticulture in Shoreline.
Since it opened in 1934, the Washington Park Arboretum has been home to thousands of plant collections and species, each with a meticulously kept record and history. A computerized database for record keeping was established in the early 1990s but more than 55 years of the earlier records have remained preserved solely on paper, scribbled on grid maps or recorded in countless handwritten notes. The University of Washington Botanic Gardens started work last August on a two-year project to digitize those records and create an interactive geographic information systems map for the entire park. Read more here!
A UW doctoral student composes a musical installation now playing at the Washington Park Arboretum, “Paths II: The Music of Trees”, heeding the call by UWBG‘s Director Sarah Reichard for UW students to incorporate the Arboretum in their art. Learn more about it, and then go enjoy it!
–Updated 10/02/12: UW News has written a lovely story on this art project.
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