Looking nondescript throughout most of the year, the "Christmas cactus" puts on a tremendous show during the holiday season with little care. Read more
Reflections on the essence of Fiddleheads and experiential, nature-based learning. Read more
Winter classes are here! Beekeeping, sustainable gardening, tours, plant ID, free classes and more... Read more
From Dec. 5th to Dec 23rd, the Miller Library will have a selection of locally made arts and crafts available for purchase. Read more
Wonder if your favorite tree is growing in the Arboretum? Now anyone can search a map and learn all about plants in the collection. Read more
An historic document connected to the early “life” of the Washington Park Arboretum has been found. It is the (believed) first design for the Arboretum, prepared in 1934 by Frederick Leissler, landscape architect in the Seattle Department of Parks. Read more->.
Posted on 3 December 2014 | 3:53 pm
UW Botanic Gardens Horticulturist Neal Bonham has been gardening at the Washington Park Arboretum for years. When asked if he had any rules for home gardeners for optimal tool use he grew philosophical, "I'm reminded of the anecdote of someone asking a Taoist butcher how often he sharpened his knife. He answered 'I never sharpen it. I only cut between the joints.'" Read more->.
Posted on 3 December 2014 | 11:40 am
The Fragrance Garden at the Center for Urban Horticulture is being refreshed with help from partner the Seattle Garden Club. The declining stripe bark maple will be removed and new scented plants will be added. Manager of Horticulture David Zuckerman said the Acer capillipes has been declining for years. David explained: “it may have […] Read more->.
Posted on 3 December 2014 | 11:02 am
Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (November 24 – December 7, 2014) 1) Araucaria araucana (Monkey Puzzle) Native to Chile, no other conifer quite like it! Seeds are used to make an alcoholic ceremonial drink called mudai. 2) Picea glauca (White Spruce) Native to northern temperate forests of North America. Captain Cook made […] Read more->.
Posted on 29 November 2014 | 2:04 pm
Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (November 3 – 16, 2014) 1) Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii ‘Profusion’ (Beautyberry) Native to western China. Ornamental purple berries on display in autumn months. Specimen located north of the Wilcox Bridge by the parking lot. 2) Gaultheria mucronata ‘Rubra’ Native to southern Chile. Formerly known as […] Read more->.
Posted on 10 November 2014 | 12:56 am
By Audrey Wennblom An artist’s rendering of one of the bridges on the Arboretum Loop Trail. Image courtesy the Berger Partnership At long last, the Arboretum Loop Trail (ALT) appears to be just a few months away from the start of construction. “Right now, it looks like the tentative start date would be late spring […] Read more->.
Posted on 5 November 2014 | 9:15 am
For many years, Lake Washington and correspondingly, Union Bay, had quite variable levels throughout the year. Read more->.
Posted on 4 November 2014 | 5:20 pm