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UW Botanic Gardens Newsletter, Vol 8 Issue 2, February 2013
(by Patrick Mulligan, WPA Education Supervisor) Please stop by the UWBG booth and say “hello” at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show this year. We’ve got a great corner spot at location 2304 in the Community Organizations area. New for this year, we’re combining forces with Seattle Parks & Recreation to create a “mega-booth” connected by a wedding arbor being built by the city’s carpenter crew. During the show, we’ll be highlighting our Rental Program, so look for lots of pretty pictures of events at our rental sites at the Center for Urban Horticulture and the Graham Visitors Center.
Come to the Miller Library to see Joan Bazaz Art Glass
Glass artist Joan Bazaz’s work will be on display at the Miller Library in February. Bazaz creates art pieces from a process she developed using crushed glass with copper wire and small glass bits embedded in layers of glass. She begins by drawing in her North Seattle garden and then takes the drawings to her studio to translate them into glass. Flat sheets of clear and colored glass are then cut, layered, painted or silkscreened to create patterns on the glass surfaces. When heated to 1400 degrees in a kiln, the layers fuse together and enameled images are permanently fired onto the glass.
A Glimpse Into the Past
February 2013 Plant Profile: Cyclamen coum
(by Soest Gardener Riz Reyes) Who says there isn’t much color in the landscape in winter time? The month of February is peak bloom time for Cyclamen coum, one of the most delicate yet tough plants in the winter garden. It hugs the ground with its rounded foliage, which is often mottled and marked with silver patterns. This prolific tuberous perennial sends out multiple buds that gently emerge and then suddenly burst into bloom.
What makes Cyclamen coum so charming is its diminutive size and the diversity of leaf color and patterns on the foliage. The vibrant colors appear on the ground as if a child had spilled a bag full of candy! It comes in wonderful whites, pinks, purples, lavenders with an occasional darker colored “eye” giving a bi-color effect.
Through the rigors of winter, whether it be gloomy wet or bitter cold, these delicate charmers are as tough as can be. Even with temperatures dropping down to -15°F, gardeners can enjoy these cheery flowers once the snow melts and the weather warms. They are wonderful under deciduous trees and shrubs or even scattered about in a lawn.
Common Name: Winter Cyclamen
Come join us at the Miller Library on Saturday, February 9, for the I Love Vegetables Story Program. Do you grow your own vegetables? These stories prove that you can learn a lot about science while you learn to garden, and have a great time in the process. Stories include Secrets of the Garden by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld, Bear and Bunny Grow Tomatoes by Bruce Kolscielniak and How Are You Peeling? Foods With Moods by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers. After the stories, make a vegetable portrait for someone special. Stories and activities start at 10:30am.
The folks at HistoryLink recently posted a couple of interesting articles on the early days of the Washington Park Arboretum. Even if you think you know the story, they've uncovered a lot of cool facts and tidbits.
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