UW Botanic Gardens Announces 2019 Urban Natural Areas Seminar

The University of Washington Botanic Gardens is pleased to announce the 2019 Urban Natural Areas Seminar.

The seminar, “Stewardship Required: The Power of Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Long-Term Function of Urban Areas,” will be held 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Jan. 30-31 2019 at the Center for Urban Horticulture, NHS Hall, 3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, WA 98105.

The seminar is $95 for one day or $175 for the full event. Discounts available for students and corps members. See website for details.

Program information and registration available here.

Most people expect established natural area landscapes to be low maintenance. That concept comes back to haunt us when the realities of invasive weeds, aggressive native species, and plant encroachments demand immediate attention. As the fox said in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, “You become responsible forever for what you have tamed.” And so, for all the urban natural area plantings we create: stewardship is required.

Taken out of the context of wilderness areas, urban natural areas demand attention to the details of plant selection, site design, and maintenance standards to keep them functioning well. The significant costs of deferred maintenance that have been documented for urban trees and landscapes apply equally to urban natural areas. With proactive and timely collaboration between researchers, city planners, site managers, landscape designers and engineers, field crews, volunteer stewards, and others, we have the power to improve and protect this valuable environmental resource in our communities. Join us for this rare opportunity to exchange information across the mix of professions responsible for creating and maintaining urban natural areas.

Professional credits pending: APLD, CPH, ecoPRO, ISA, LA CES, NALP/WALP.