UW Botanic Gardens Newsletter, Vol 9 Issue 2, February 2014
Check Out Our New Look
Our February tour theme is The Witt Winter Garden.
The Arboretum's winter glory of blossoms and scents will be featured
in February's tour of the Witt Winter Garden. It is good to see flowers in
the middle of winter and enjoy the variety of fragrances in the air.
Also featured in the garden are gorgeous colored barks and usually a few
Anna's Hummingbirds. READ MORE.
in the Library: A Wetlands Affair, Drawings by Juliet Shen
Artist Juliet Shen has adopted the Union Bay Natural Area as her
outdoor studio, drawing there from her small folding stool through all
four seasons. Her drawings of the area will be on display at the Miller
Library from February 22 – March 31, 2014. Please join us for the
artist’s opening reception on Friday, February 28, from 5pm to 7pm.
A portion of the proceeds from artwork sales benefit the Library.
Introducing Our New Look!
Much like our varied and extensive collection of woody and herbaceous
plants, our organization has evolved and grown over time. Throughout
this growth, we have always striven to enrich the lives of students and
the public through our education programs, outstanding collections and
natural areas. Our two locations, the Center for Urban Horticulture and
the Washington Park Arboretum, remain treasured destinations that
provide an urban escape, accessible and free, in the heart of Seattle.
Stop By the UW Botanic Gardens Booth at the Flower & Garden Show
As we “go to press”, the 2014 Northwest Flower and Garden Show is in
full swing. It continues through February 9 at the Washington State
Convention Center. Stop by the UW Botanic Gardens
educational booth (#2401) to say hello. You'll also be able to explore the multiple
opportunities we offer to bolster your spirit, energize your body, grow
your own food, and develop exciting new skills in the years to come.
While at the Flower & Garden Show visit the display garden presented by
our friends at the Arboretum Foundation. Plants from that garden will be
sold at the Graham Visitors Center on
February 15th from 10am to 1pm.
Join One of Our Summer Camp Programs
Summer camp at the Washington Park Arboretum is bounding into its fourth
year with more weeks and new programs offered. Come join us for a week
(or more!) of fun and educational adventures in our 230 acre outdoor
classroom located in the heart of Seattle. Our day-camp curriculums are
designed in support of our mission: to promote environmental
conservation through education and recreation. READ MORE.
Donate Books Now for the Miller Library Annual Garden Lovers' Book Sale
Mark your calendars for the Miller Library Annual Garden Lover's Book Sale. It is
coming up on April 4th and 5th. And if you need to make some space on
your bookshelf, the Library is accepting donations of gently used gardening
A Glimpse Into the Past
Today it is difficult to find much open space when you walk about the
Washington Park Arboretum. Often you have trouble seeing the sky. I have
often heard visitors remark, “How I love the Arboretum, it never
changes, only seasonally.” Several years ago, I had a gentleman tell me
that he drove through the Arboretum daily and it had not changed a bit
in 25 years. It is interesting how subtly plants go up and around us,
without us realizing it – that is, until we need to prune or remove
them. READ MORE.
February 2014 Plant Profile: Helleborus x ballardiae Gold Collection® Merlin
Hellebores are very popular winter-blooming perennials, and plant breeders are
responding to the high demand for easy maintenance and colorful blooms during
the gloomiest time of the year. The Gold Collection® is an assortment of species
and modern hybrids selected for vigorous growth and prolific blossoms year after
year. ‘Merlin,’ a Ballardiae hybrids (H. niger x H. lividus),
is simply magical: it opens as a soft pink with a deeper pink reverse and a hint
of lime green. READ MORE.