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Earth Day 2014   On Saturday, April 12th, over 220 people joined together at Washington Park Aboretum to celebrate Earth Day with SCA!  The day began with Seattle mayor Ed Murray, SCA founder Liz Putnam, current SCA student Diana Furukawa, and others celebrating the day and imploring volunteers to consider the effects of climate […] Read more->.

Posted on 24 April 2014 | 2:42 pm


A mature western hemlock, Tsuga heterophylla, is scheduled for removal on Wed, April 30.  It is located in Rhododendron Glen, north of the Glen pond. Fungal conks seen growing on the trunk is an indicator that a rot inducing pathogen is present. Its hazard potential is great due to extensive internal decay. A wild-life snag […] Read more->.

Posted on 24 April 2014 | 2:04 pm

Trees of Life Art Exhibit and Opening Reception

Trees of Life:  14 artists honor the beauty and mystery of Emerald City’s trees as a Seattle Tree Ambassador graduate hosts local art show reception Opening reception: Friday, April 25 5 – 7 pm University Friends Meeting Social Hall Art Gallery 4001 9th Ave NE, Seattle Free; light finger food provided For more information, contact […] Read more->.

Posted on 21 April 2014 | 4:52 pm

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

1)   Melicytus angustifolius This southern hemisphere Violaceae relative thrives in rocky places in mountains or on coasts, or in evergreen forests. Is ‘dioecious’ or ‘of two houses’ in Greek translation; male and female flowers are present on separate plants. 2)   Erica arborea var. alpina Found along the southern end of Arboretum Drive, this is one […] Read more->.

Posted on 20 April 2014 | 10:09 am

Another stunning Rhody

Rhododendron macabeanum is one of the finest big leaved Rhododendron species and has received the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award Of Garden Merit.  It has large yellow/white flowers often blotched purple inside with an interesting bright pink stigma.  The leaves are a dark glossy green and about 1′ in length with a light colored indumentum on […] Read more->.

Posted on 19 April 2014 | 11:49 am

Education Team Honored at DSAs

Last Thursday, the UW Botanic Gardens’ Education Team was honored at the UW’s annual Distinguished Staff Award Reception held at the HUB Ballroom.  The team, seen posing above at the reception, was 1 of 11 teams nominated to receive this year’s DSA.  Both individual and team winners will be chosen in the coming month and […] Read more->.

Posted on 8 April 2014 | 4:06 pm

April Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

1)  Berberis x lologensis A natural hybrid of B. darwinii and B. linearifolia originally found near Lake Lolog, Argentina in 1927 If you can get past the thorns, enjoy the rich, spicy fragrance. Located in grid 14-6E near Arboretum Drive.     2)  Acer tegmentosum  ‘Joe Witt’ This striped-bark maple is named for former Arboretum […] Read more->.

Posted on 6 April 2014 | 10:38 am

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