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A glimpse into the past – Leissler’s 1934 design for the Arboretum

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

Tool rules from a seasoned horticulturist for home gardeners

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

Fragrance Garden renovation enters phase two

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

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

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

November Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

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

Arboretum Loop Trail nears construction start

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

A glimpse into the past – a very low tide on Foster Island

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

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