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Another stunning Rhody

Rhododendron mcabeanum is one of the finest big leaved Rhododendron species and has received the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award Of Garden Merit.  It has large yellow/white flowers often blotched purple inside with an interesting bright pink stigma.  The leaves are a dark glossy green and about 1′ in length with a light colored indumentum on […] Read more->.

Posted on 19 April 2014 | 11:49 am

Education Team Honored at DSAs

Last Thursday, the UW Botanic Gardens’ Education Team was honored at the UW’s annual Distinguished Staff Award Reception held at the HUB Ballroom.  The team, seen posing above at the reception, was 1 of 11 teams nominated to receive this year’s DSA.  Both individual and team winners will be chosen in the coming month and […] Read more->.

Posted on 8 April 2014 | 4:06 pm

April Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

1)  Berberis x lologensis A natural hybrid of B. darwinii and B. linearifolia originally found near Lake Lolog, Argentina in 1927 If you can get past the thorns, enjoy the rich, spicy fragrance. Located in grid 14-6E near Arboretum Drive.     2)  Acer tegmentosum  ‘Joe Witt’ This striped-bark maple is named for former Arboretum […] Read more->.

Posted on 6 April 2014 | 10:38 am

It’s Rhododendron season

The Rhododendron occidentale is one of two NW native Rhododendron species (the other being our Washington State Flower, Rhododendron macrophyllum). Commonly called Western Azalea or Honeysuckle Shrub, it is found along the Pacific Coast from lower Washington to central California. This species shrub is tolerant of wet soils and can be found in wetlands and […] Read more->.

Posted on 5 April 2014 | 6:49 pm

Get Water Smart with Seattle Tilth and Jessi Bloom

  Grow great plants, conserve water, protect our watershed! Want to learn how to manage stormwater runoff while transforming your yard into a beautiful water smart landscape? Join Seattle Tilth and local landscape designer Jessi Bloom for a free educational workshop, and learn how to plan and construct rain gardens, plant buffers, pervious pavements, green […] Read more->.

Posted on 4 April 2014 | 9:26 am

Fiddleheads Forest School: Spring Dispatch from the Forest Grove

The word spring comes from the old English springen, meaning “to leap, burst forth, fly up; spread, to grow.” This is a marvelous description of what we’ve been seeing happen to the minds, hearts, and bodies of students in the forest grove these past few weeks. The new growth in the forest has paralleled a […] Read more->.

Posted on 2 April 2014 | 2:41 pm

A glimpse into the past: the early years of FlorAbundance

The first major plant sale in Seattle (now called FlorAbundance) was sponsored by the Arboretum Foundation as a fund raiser for what was then the University of Washington Arboretum. The sales were originally held in a small building called Floral Hall, which later burned down. Read more->.

Posted on 2 April 2014 | 10:58 am

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