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UW Botanic Gardens Newsletter, Vol 9 Issue 2, February 2014

Check Out Our New Look

Upcoming Events

2/8 Orchard Mason Bees
2/8 Love Your Veggies Story Program
2/12 Wednesday Walks with John Wott
2/13 Master Pruner Series: How to Prune & Renovate Overgrown Landscape
2/15 Urban Foraging: Weeds and Wild Foods
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Weekend Walks 

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. winter garden walk

On Exhibit 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.

Juliet Shen

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Introducing Our New Look!

seen this cone 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. READ MORE.

Stop By the UW Botanic Gardens Booth at the Flower & Garden Show

2014 F&G 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

summercampkids 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

2012 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 books!

A Glimpse Into the Past

interlaken towards Rhody Glen 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

Helleborus-x-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.


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