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UW Botanic Gardens Newsletter, Vol 7 Issue 2, February 2012
Northwest Horticultural Society's Spring Plant Sale
Mark your calendars! The Northwest Horticultural Society is having their Spring Plant Sale on Friday March 9th from 9am to 4pm. It takes place at the Center for Urban Horticulture and will benefit the Elisabeth C. Miller Library. Famed plantsman Dan Hinkley, a dedicated supporter of the library, has again agreed to give two lectures at the sale. Workshops will address specific gardening issues, specialty nurseries will offer their beautiful plants, and a selection of very special connoisseur’s plants will be offered. An enlarged horticultural display will spotlight those plants which are striking in the late winter landscape. And the library will be open to help you find that special book or answer any gardening questions you might bring.
This year we will explore the virtues of ephemerals, and answer that burning question, “Just what are ephemerals, and how can I use them in my garden?” We will also study trees and shrubs notable at this time of year. Dan’s ability to entertain while informing always makes for a delightful time.
Entrance to the plant sale is free. Dan Hinkley lecture tickets will be on sale an hour before each lecture for $5.00 per lecture. For more information, go here.
Biodiversity Conference Registration Open
There’s still time to register for the upcoming conference Conserving Plant Biodiversity in a Changing World: A View from NW North America to be held at UW Botanic Gardens, March 13-14. Act now so you don’t miss the chance to raise questions and find solutions to protect endangered plant communites. Program sessions include Climate Change: Observed Effects on Plants and Plant Communities and Recovery of Rare Species and the Restoration of Their Habitat. Mingle with experts from around the Northwest and hear keynote speakers Dr. Peter Raven, President Emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden and Dr. Joshua Lawler, Associate Professor of the University of Washington.
Northwest Native Plant Botanical Illustrations and Photos
A botanical art exhibit and contest will be held in conjuction with the Plant Biodiversity Conference. Botanical illustrations and photographs of native flora from NW North America will be on display in the Elisabeth C. Miller Library from March 1st - 29th.
2012 Japanese Garden First Viewing now set for March 4
The 2012 First Viewing of the Seattle Japanese Garden at Washington Park Arboretum was originally scheduled for Sunday, February 12th. However, a burst water main on 26th Avenue East has caused significant flooding on the garden paths and in the parking lot. As a result, Seattle Parks and Recreation are postponing the garden's season-opening special event until Sunday, March 4. Parks and Recreation is working hard to resolve the problem, and does hope to open the garden as scheduled on Tuesday, February 14, for its regular late-winter season. For more information and updates, visit the Seattle Japanese Garden website or call 206-684-4725.
Spotlight on Graduate student Ilana Calvert
The UWBG is fortunate to have UW Graduate students doing some incredible work in our collections. Ilana Calvert is a first-year student in the Master of Environmental Horticulture program. She is working on the collection of plants of global conservation concern at the Arboretum. Take it away, Ilana:
“I feel, in my work done so far, that I have become acquainted with the Arboretum’s collection on a level much more intimate than many people would experience. I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to work on a project that has such significant value not just for the Arboretum, but in the area of species conservation as well.”
Plant profile: Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’
(by Soest Gardener Riz Reyes) This month’s plant profile showcases one of the showiest and most reliably fragrant winter blooming shrubs. According to Great Plant Picks, it is a “tough shrub (that) grows best in full sun to light or open shade. It prefers well-drained soil, but will tolerate sandy sites or clay if the drainage is adequate. It is drought tolerant once established, but flowering will be more profuse if it receives occasional water during dry weather. Little pruning is needed to maintain an attractive plant."
Still time to sign up for these classes
There is still room in these garden-related classes being offered through the UWBG:
Introduction to Landscape Tree Identification Saturday, February 18th at the Graham Visitors Center
Introduction to Mosaic Sunday, February 19th at Bedrock Industries
Pruning Woody Plants - ProHort Tuesday, February 21st at the Graham Visitors Center
Introduction to Digital Photo Editing Saturday, February 25th, Isaacson Classroom, Center for Urban Horticulture
Plant Identification Series Tuesday, March 6th, UW Campus
Orchard Mason Bees Wednesday, March 21st, Douglas Classroom, Center for Urban Horticulture
The UWBG Grounds crew went to some heroic measures to save two signature oaks that toppled over during the recent snowstorm (see the "before" shot at right). Look at this article in UW Today for the full story and a dramatic slideshow.
Interested in helping out in Yesler Swamp Trail? There are regularly scheduled work parties on the second Saturday of each month through May, 2012. They will go from 10 AM till noon. If you want to join in, just show up or contact Fred Hoffer at firstname.lastname@example.org
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