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December 2015 Plant Profile: Euonymus europaeus ‘atrorubens’

Traditionally, this plant’s stems were used to make spindles to twine wool and flax into yarn. Learn more about this month's featured plant. Read more->.

Posted on 26 November 2015 | 10:00 am

Glimpse into the past – a Surplus of Cedar

1937, WPA splitting cedar fence uprights By John A. Wott, Director Emeritus One of the four primary forest trees of the Pacific Northwest is Thuja plicata, or the Western red cedar. There are “giants” of this species still growing after hundreds of years in protected sites in this state, but most were logged in […] Read more->.

Posted on 24 November 2015 | 5:19 pm

Introducing – Free First Thursday Tram Tours

Photo by Cit-E-Car electric vehicles We are excited to announce the arrival of a new 13-passenger tram at the Washington Park Arboretum. This tram will allow visitors with limited mobility to explore more of the Arboretum, and will offer all riders the chance to travel from the Graham Visitors Center to the Pacific Connections Garden […] Read more->.

Posted on 23 November 2015 | 4:49 pm

“Happy Thanksgiving!” Native Plants of Cape Cod

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, November 16 – 29, 2015 1)  Arctostaphylus uva-ursi                                                   ‘Vancouver Jade’            Kinnikinnick or Bearberry Broadleaf evergreen and creeping groundcover with circumpolar distribution in northern hemisphere often found growing in association with Pitch Pine If there were still bears on Cape Cod, it would be a favorite food source for […] Read more->.

Posted on 23 November 2015 | 12:47 am

November Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (November 2 – 15, 2015) 1)  Berberis fortunei             Fortune’s Mahonia Native to China, this shrub sports deep-red new growth when grown in sunnier locations. The mature size is 6-12 feet tall and just as wide. This specimen is located in the Sino-Himalayan Collection (Grid 25-1W). 2)  Buxus […] Read more->.

Posted on 11 November 2015 | 11:29 pm

Glimpse into the past – Remembering Joan Pirzio-Biroli

by John A. Wott, Director Emeritus Joan Pirzio-Biroli On August 19, 2015, one of the original staff members of UW Botanic Gardens (Washington Park Arboretum) left this earth to tend to her new garden “in the sky.” Joan Pirzio-Biroli, known to everyone as “Jan” or “JPB” was officially employed as a research/extension program assistant at […] Read more->.

Posted on 26 October 2015 | 2:06 pm

October Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum (Part II)

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (October 19, 2015 – November 1, 2015) 1)  Cupressus (Hesperocyparis) bakeri                               Modoc Cedar A moderately-sized coniferous tree with greyish-green scale-like foliage that is dotted with white resin. It is native to the Siskiyou and Sierra Nevada Mountain ranges. A slow growing tree, usually under 90 feet over many […] Read more->.

Posted on 20 October 2015 | 3:59 pm

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