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UW Botanic Gardens Newsletter, Vol 8 Issue 8, August 2013

Tussock grass, hebe, silver beech: 10,000 New Zealand Forest plants on display

Upcoming Events

8/10 Park In The Dark!
8/13 Fiddleheads Parent/Child Class
8/15 Aquatic Weed Management
8/24 Garden Craft - Hanging Glass
8/31 Park In The Dark!
9/7 Garden Craft: Potato Printmaking
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Weekend Walks 

skunk cabbageThis month our tour topic will be Native Plants. Explore the variety of plants in the park & learn how they were used by the native Salish peoples.Learn more.


On Exhibit in the Library

suze woolf pino sagrado
Artist Suze Woolf meditates on climate change and forest fires with her series of paintings known as Burnscapes. Recent work from this series will be on exhibit in the Miller Library through August 30th.

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Celebration marks the opening of New Zealand Forest September 15.


  • Sunday, September 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Pacific Connections Meadow, Washington Park Arboretum
  • FREE admission and parking

Join us for live music, Maori dance performances, dedication ceremonies, and much more!

The Arboretum Foundation, UW Botanic Gardens, and Seattle Parks and Recreation invite you to join us as we celebrate the opening of the New Zealand Forest in the Washington Park Arboretum’s Pacific Connections Garden. More information.


Planning an event? Don't miss the UW Botanic Gardens Vendors' Showcase!

event lawn 2012Join us at the Center for Urban Horticulture for our 3rd Annual UW Botanic Gardens Vendor Showcase on Wednesday, September 11, from 2:30-6:30pm. The event will feature nearly 40 vendors who have served our rental clientele over the years. We will showcase caterers, photographers, entertainers, rental companies and more throughout the many indoor spaces and outdoor grounds of the venue. Taste the edible creations from such caterers as Cameron Catering, Veraci Pizza and Ravishing Radish. Enjoy the entertainment of Greensleeves Harp and Bugsie Productions and talk to the many other vendors, such as Dani Weiss Photography and British Motor Coach, showcasing their services and products. Whether planning a meeting, wedding, graduation, bar/bat mitzvah, auction, memorial or party, the UW Botanic Gardens is the perfect place to host your event! (Photos by Tracie Howe Photography)
NHS vendors showcase

Looking for adventure? Travel to Cuba with Sarah Reichard

 Director Sarah Reichard is leading a UW Botanic Garden excursion to Cuba in February, 2014. The last two visits yielded some incredible experiences and stories. This time around, the trip will include Havana, the National Botanic Garden and the Zapata Peninsula, among other sites. This will be the last trip to Cuba for awhile, so don’t miss this incredible opportunity. Read more.



photoDo you have a friend, neighbor, or family member in Seattle who has room for trees? The Trees for Neighborhoods program helps Seattle residents plant trees around their homes. Participants in the program receive free trees (up to 4 per household), watering bags, training on proper planting and care as well as ongoing care reminders and workshop opportunities.Visit Seattle reLeaf for more information.

root tileThe September art exhibit at the Miller Library will be a group show. Artisan Tile Northwest will have an assortment of handmade tiles on display and for sale. The show will run from September 4 to October 8. There will also be a reception on Friday September 13 from 5 - 7pm.


There are a number of opportunities in August to join an Azalea Way Stewards work party. They are happening on August 6, 13, 17, 20 and 27 from 9am to noon. If you'd rather help out the Pacific Connections Stewards, they have work-parties on August 8, 15, 22 and 29, again from 9am to noon. Please contact Rhonda Bush at 206-941-2550 or visit the Arboretum Foundation website for more information.


August 2013 Plant Profile: Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldsturm'

(previously featured in 2009)

Beginning in late August, Black-Eyed Susans, begin to burst into bloom atop stiff, upright stems that are perfect for cutting or leaving on the plant as the dried stems and remaining seedheads are not only striking to look at in the winter landscape, they provide food to various birds and other wildlife.

Location: Bed 8 and South Slope
Family: Asteraceae
Origin: Eastern North America
Height: 2.5-3 ft.
Spread: 3 ft.
Bloom Time: August-September
Bloom Color: Deep Yellow
Sun: Full Sun
Water: Medium-Low moisture. Various soil conditions.

Read the complete profile.



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