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UW Botanic Gardens Newsletter, Vol 8 Issue 6, June 2013
It's time again for our Park in the Dark series at the Washington Park Arboretum. Night time is special at the WPA – the people and cars are gone, and the nocturnal animals move about. Night hikes are a chance for us to explore our senses, search for crepuscular and nocturnal movements in the forest and learn about night-related animal adaptations. The hikes are geared to children ages 6 to 12 and their families.
June 8 8:00-9:30pm
See Suze Woolf's Burnscapes at Miller Library
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 June 6 through August 29th. The piece at right is the remnants of a Pino Sagrado. For a further samples of her work, visit her website.
A Glimpse Into the Past
The reason for construction was not recorded. It is surmised that it was to be reminiscent of an English Gatekeeper’s Cottage at the entrance to a prominent estate or garden. It is built of massive walls, with little inside light. This often leads to dampness. It is basically one large room with a small front ante-room, a tiny kitchen and a bath. No vehicles have dented either the cottage or the large cedar tree at its front door step over its 77 years of existence.
June Plant Profile: Lilium 'Tiger Babies'
With striking elegance, vigor and remarkable hardiness, this lily has withstood the test of time. It is considered a classic among lily growers worldwide. ‘Tiger Babies’ is a complex hybrid that was bred from the often virus-infected ‘tiger lily’ (Lilium lancifolium). Breeding has made it virus free. Every year it is a welcome summer-flowering bulb.
Common Name: Tiger Babies Asiatic Lily
Sign up for a Class or Lecture
Sharing Nature with Your Children Saturday, June 8, 9 – 11am Graham Visitors Center, Washington Park Arboretum
Grow Your Own Organic Food Saturday, June 8, 1 – 3pm Center for Urban Horticulture, Douglas Classroom
Walk with The Conscientious Gardener Saturday, June 29, 9 – 11am Graham Visitors Center, WPA
The Hardy Fern Foundation has a sale coming up at the Center for Urban Horticulture on June 7 (noon to 6:30pm) and June 8 (9am to 2pm). This sale offers hundreds of species of ferns as well as a large assortment of other unique, shade loving plants! There is also a lecture on Friday night at 7pm featuriing Sue Milliken and Kelly Dodson of Far Reaches Farm. They will speak on “Ferns and the Other Plants of Western China”. The event is free.
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