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Autumn Is Amazing

The Liquidambar styraciflua, or Sweetgum, is one of autumn’s most brilliantly colored trees, its leaves showing off every color in the spectrum. The Liquidambar was wide spread, existing all over the Northern Hemisphere during the Tertiary Period (250-65 million years ago), but mostly disappeared due to glaciation during the ice age. Now this tree […] Read more->.

Posted on 18 October 2014 | 4:06 pm

October Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (10/6/14-10/19/14)                     1)   Franklinia alatamaha Close-up photo of Franklinia flower Native to the Alatamaha River, Georgia, and discovered in the late 18th. Genus contains just one species, and has long been extinct in the wild. Today’s plants […] Read more->.

Posted on 10 October 2014 | 6:25 pm

Annual United Way “Day of Caring” made a huge impact at the Washington Park Arboretum

United Way Day of Caring volunteers. Photo courtesy of the Arboretum Foundation. Over 100 volunteers teamed up on September 19th on six projects that included sp 218 yards of mulch, salvaging 150 sword ferns and grubbing out truckloads of invasive blackberry. Thank you to every one involved in the Day of Caring! 2014 United Way […] Read more->.

Posted on 30 September 2014 | 2:45 pm

A glimpse into the past – Lookout rockery renovations

One of the most interesting rockeries in the Washington Park Arboretum is located just below and north of the now restored Lookout. Read more->.

Posted on 30 September 2014 | 11:15 am

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

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (September 22 – October 6, 2014) 1)    Alnus glutinosa ssp. betuloides Birch-leaved Alder Native to the mountains of eastern Turkey. Listed as a threatened species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Autumn brings pendulous male catkins and the mature female cones.   2)   Catalpa x erubescens[…] Read more->.

Posted on 28 September 2014 | 4:12 pm

Washington Park Arboretum Soil is More Than Dirt

This past April the Camellia area of the Washington Park Arboretum was paid a scientific visit by UW SEFS professor Dr. Darlene Zabowski and students from her Advanced Soil Genesis and Classification course (SEFS 513). Read more->.

Posted on 26 September 2014 | 12:04 pm

September Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

The State of the Arboretum Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (September 8 – 21, 2014) 1)   Liriodendron tulipifera        Tulip Tree The state tree of Indiana. The Western Hemisphere representative of the two-species genus Liriodendron, and the tallest eastern hardwood. 2)   Pinus resinosa                 Red Pine The state tree of Minnesota. It is a […] Read more->.

Posted on 15 September 2014 | 12:53 am

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