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UW Botanic Gardens Newsletter, Vol 9 Issue 4, April 2014

Earth Day and the Upcoming Urban Forest Symposium

Upcoming Events

4/5 Garden Lovers' Book Sale
4/8 Curator Talks
4/9 Spring Ephemerals at the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden
4/9 NHS Wednesday Evening Lecture Series
4/10 Master Pruner Series: The Shearables, the Hackables and the Untouchables
4/10 Master Pruner Series: Rehabilitative Pruning with UW Botanic Gardens and PlantAmnesty
4/12 Beautify That Boulevard! Inexpensive Steps to a Striking Strip
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Weekend Walks 

The tour theme for April is Rum Dum Rhodies. This month's walk will feature some of the over 1800 Rhodedendrons in the UW Botanic Gardens collection, both species and cultivars. READ MORE.

Rhodedendron april walk

On Exhibit in the Library: 7th Annual Pacific Northwest Botanical Artists’ exhibit

As spring revives our parks and gardens, come and enjoy an exhibit of botanical art at the Elisabeth C. Miller Library. Visit this display of original paintings and prints from April 4 through May 3. Artwork, prints and cards will be for sale, with a portion of the sales benefiting the Library. READ MORE.

NW Botanical Artists illo

Give a gift today!

Mark Your Calendar for the 2014 Urban Forest Symposium on May 28

2014 urban symposiumAnnouncing the 6th Annual Urban Forest Symposium! Registration is now open for this year’s symposium, focusing on Climate Change and the Urban Forest. Learn about the climatic changes our region can expect and strategies that can be used to plan and manage for a healthy and resilient urban forest. Presenters will discuss the expected changes to the climate, urban forest responses, and what urban foresters and advocates can do to prepare. READ MORE.


Celebrate Earth Day With a Work Party at the Arboretum!

SCA2014EarthDayJoin the Student Conservation Association for our annual Earth Day service event on April 12 from 9am to 2pm. We'll also be celebrating the 30th anniversary of SCA’s conservation leadership youth program in Seattle! Attending will be Liz Putnam, SCA’s Founder and the first conservationist to receive the Presidential Citizens Medal—the nation’s second highest civilian award! Following a short program in the meadow, volunteers will prune back overgrown vegetation, remove invasive plant species, and re-vegetate areas with native plants. READ MORE.


The Annual FlorAbundance Spring Plant Sale is returning to Magnuson Park

FlorAbundance 2 Remember that the Arboretum Foundation's Annual FlorAbundance Spring Plant Sale is coming up on April 27 & 28. This year, the event is returning to the newly renovated Building 30 at Magnuson Park. See Doctor Wott's article below for a historical overview of the sale. And if you can't wait for the big sale, you'll want to attend the Early Bloomer's Plant Sale on April 12 at the Washington Park Arboretum. READ MORE.


A Glimpse Into the Past

florabundance line-up(by Dr. John A. Wott, Director Emeritus) The first major plant sale in Seattle (now called FlorAbundance) was sponsored by the Arboretum Foundation as a fund raiser for what was then the University of Washington Arboretum. The sales were originally held in a small building called Floral Hall, which later burned down. As the plant sale grew, it was moved to the small cluster of buildings on the northern end of the Arboretum. READ MORE.

Come to the Garden Lovers' Book Sale on April 5!

book sale shoppersLove gardening, plants, trees, flowers or growing food? Can't pass up a bargain? Then you won't want to miss the 9th annual GARDEN LOVERS' BOOK SALE of used books at the Center for Urban Horticulture. This important benefit for the Elisabeth C. Miller Library funds the purchase of new books and magazine subscriptions. Beautiful art will also be for sale from the Pacific Northwest Botanical Artists. The sale is free to the public on Saturday, April 5 from 9am to 3pm.


April 2014 Plant Profile: Convallaria majalis 'Striatum'

Convallaria majalis -Striatum-(by Riz Reyes, Soest Gardener) Spring flowers are in abundance in April, but very few possess the charm and delightful scent of the infamous lily-of-the-valley. Known to be a thug in the garden once established, a variegated selection appeared that seemed to not grow as quickly. Still quick to spread in rich, moist soil and capable of competing with neighboring plants, the thin yellow striping along the leaf is quite unusual and can light up shady areas both before, during and after bloom. READ MORE.



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