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“One is the loneliest number…”

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (July 25 – August 7, 2016) The University of Washington Botanic Gardens is home to truly one of a kind plants.  In botanical nomenclature, a monotypic genus refers to the case where a genus and only a single species are described.  These plants are often “living fossils”, comprising […] Read more->.

Posted on 29 July 2016 | 1:43 pm

Staff Spotlight: Jessica Farmer

Jessica Farmer is one of those fortunate individuals who, through a combination of foresight, focus and possibly a bit of luck, ended up in her dream job. “Just outside my office door at the Center for Urban Horticulture is Yesler Swamp,” she enthuses, “a quiet, shady oasis that provides me with instant wonder and relaxation.”[…] Read more->.

Posted on 29 July 2016 | 9:37 am

Glimpse into the past – Honoring a Legend and Looking to the Future

by John A. Wott, Director Emeritus Dr. Kruckeberg at Snoqualmie For every creature – plants, animals, or people – there is a season. They are germinated/born, develop from juveniles into adults, usually produce progeny, grow into old age, and then succumb. In the plant kingdom, there are various ways in which plants reproduce, both sexually […] Read more->.

Posted on 26 July 2016 | 11:39 am

Volunteer Spotlight: Carolyn Scott

At the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, we rely on volunteers–over 500 of them– to keep daily operations afloat. Volunteer Carolyn Scott works in the administrative heart of the Gardens, helping Manager of Administrative Services Carrie Cone with record-keeping, mailing, filing and data entry. Born in 1921, Carolyn came to Seattle from Virginia in her […] Read more->.

Posted on 22 July 2016 | 9:37 am

Silent Invaders

Imagine you see that a campfire has ignited some of the dry leaf litter nearby and no one but you is around.  Most of us would know enough to either try to put the fire out, or quickly alert officials to get to the scene.  With such early detection and quick action, it is quite […] Read more->.

Posted on 20 July 2016 | 6:44 pm

July Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (July 11 – 24, 2016) 1)  Colutea orientalis                Bladder Senna This deciduous native of northern Iran has delicate bluish-green pinnate leaves. The orange flowers are followed by surprising translucent bladder-like fruit pods. You can find Colutea orientalis in the Legume Collection along Arboretum Drive. 2)  Hydrangea macrophylla  ‘Mme. […] Read more->.

Posted on 15 July 2016 | 1:02 am

Summer Arrives at the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, June 27 – July 10, 2016 1)  Cunninghamia lanceolata                (Chinese Fir) Bluish evergreen foliage contrasts nicely with its scaly bark. This evergreen tree from China is an important timber tree in its native area. In 1701, James Cunningham (one of the first European plant hunters to visit China) […] Read more->.

Posted on 3 July 2016 | 9:14 pm

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