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February Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, February 8 – 21, 2015 1)  Pinus greggii This three-needle pine from northeastern Mexico is closely akin to P. patula but less ornamental.  Its oval-conical cone clusters stay closed on the branch for several years.  This specimen and the others described here can be found within Crabapple Meadow, […] Read more->.

Posted on 14 February 2016 | 12:09 pm

Glimpse into the past – Seeps and shifting soils

by John A. Wott, Director Emeritus Last month we discussed how rapidly trees grow and change the landscape.  It is interesting how physical landscapes also change and often actually shift and move due to changes in temperatures. Visitors to the Pacific Connection Gardens, specifically the New Zealand Forest, have seen the renovation of the Lookout […] Read more->.

Posted on 3 February 2016 | 11:18 am

Late January Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

Sleeping Beauties Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (January 25 – February 7, 2016) 1)  Oemleria cerasiformis                Indian Plum The Indian Plum adheres to Benjamin Franklin’s advice in Poor Richards Almanac: “Early to bed, early to rise. . . .”  This shrub goes to sleep early, beginning to slowly defoliate in late summer.  However, […] Read more->.

Posted on 31 January 2016 | 6:15 pm

The Weekend Warriors of Centennial Woods

Jon and Martha Diemer, the weekend warriors of Centennial Woods. Since the initial planting of Centennial woods in Union Bay Natural Area in 2007, in celebration of the first 100 years of the College of Forest Resource (now known as the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences), Jon Diemer and his wife Martha have become […] Read more->.

Posted on 23 January 2016 | 5:05 am

January Color Brings in the New Year at the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings from the Witt Winter Garden at the Washington Park Arboretum (January 11-24, 2016) Witt Winter Garden 1)  Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ Midwinter Fire Dogwood Though the species normally has red twigs and purple fall color, this outstanding cultivar has golden-yellow fall color followed by red-blushed, yellow twigs. This dogwood is native to northern […] Read more->.

Posted on 16 January 2016 | 4:30 pm

Coniferous Trees Highlighted in January Tours

When the Olmsted Brothers first came to the Seattle area in the early 1900s, they were impressed by the size, abundance and beauty of our native conifers. Thirty years later when they designed the collection placement for the Washington Park Arboretum, they made a point of not removing our native trees, but placing the arboretum […] Read more->.

Posted on 6 January 2016 | 9:47 am

Art Exhibit: Al Dodson Photography

Beautiful photographs on exhibit and on sale in the Miller Library Jan. 2 through Feb. 12th. Read more->.

Posted on 29 December 2015 | 11:34 am

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