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UW Botanic Gardens Newsletter, Vol 13 Issue 6, June 2017

June E-Flora: Keep Learning this Summer

Upcoming Events

6/8-6/10 Family Nature Class: Squirrels
6/9 Twilight Tram Tour
6/10 Free Family Weekend Walks: Native Plants


Free Weekend Walks
6/12-14 ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Course
6/12 A Guide to Seed Saving
6/13 Art Exhibit: Drawings from our Edible Gardens by Susan Lally-Chiu
6/14 Gardening with the Seasons: Summer
6/15-6/17 Family Nature Class: Wetlands
6/15 Bird Babies
6/17 Useful Plants Story Time
6/17 Free Family Weekend Walks: Native Plants
6/18 Free Weekend Walks
Manageable Maintenance
Free Family Weekend Walks: Native Plants
Free Weekend Walks
6/29 More Conifer Pests and Diseases
6/29-6/30 Family Nature Class: Fun In The Sun
7/1 Forest Therapy Walk
Free Family Weekend Walks: Birds
7/2 Free Weekend Walks
7/6-7/7 Family Nature Class: Wind and Air
7/6 First Thursday Tram Tour
7/6 First Thursday Center for Urban Horticulture Tour
7/7 Twilight Tram Tour
7/8 Free Family Weekend Walks: Birds
7/9 Free Weekend Walks
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Free Public Tours at the Washington Park Arboretum 

FWW-2017-June-Pacific Connections

Our Free Public Tours include First Thursday Tram Tours and Free Weekend Walks. Weekend walks offer programming for families with children on Saturdays and adult audiences on Sundays.


On Exhibit in the Miller Library

Susan Lally-Chiu art

June 13-July 28: Susan Lally-Chiu's art work celebrates the diversity of locally grown vegetables and fruits through elegant large scale drawings, colorful watercolor sketches with pen, delicate linocuts and a series of sketchbooks.


New Books in the Miller Library

Witness Tree_Lynda Mapes



School's Almost Out - But Keep Learning This Summer!

Summer Soest Garden

Nature provides an outdoor classroom that stimulates the senses and opens the mind for observation and learning. We are offering several exciting classes for adult audiences this summer, with a focus on gardening with the seasons, bird babies, and a variety of new tours and art courses. Read all about the benefits of learning and playing outdoors in a recent article, "Celebrate Summer’s Therapeutic Benefits in Nature".

Family Nature Classes

Turtle Family Nature Class

Family Nature Classes are a great way to get outside with your preschooler, foster curiosity and explore the natural world. Each week, we will explore a new topic, from bats and reptiles to fun in the sun! Summer classes will be held on Thursday and Friday mornings at the Center for Urban Horticulture. Pre-registration is required.

Twilight Tram Tours

Twilight Tram Tour 2017

Our popular Twilight Tram Tours are back for another season! These Friday night tours are scheduled for dusk and are led by expert guides. Get a behind-the-scenes look and see our exciting plants and animals in a whole new light.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream…in the Park!

ArbFest 2017 Invitation

Experience the Arboretum in a unique way at the second annual ArbFest summer party, hosted by the Arboretum Foundation on Thursday, July 20, 6-10pm. Inspired by Shakespeare’s immortal comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this year’s party promises to be a magical adventure! RSVP by July 11!

June 2017 "Plant" Profile: Discovering Slime Molds

Fuligo septica by Scot Nelson

Photo by Scot Nelson / Flickr

This month, instead of profiling a plant, we profiled a completely different kind of organism... slime molds! There are over 500 species of slime molds, eukaryotic single-celled organisms, which can live freely as single cells and spend most of their time in this state. When their food becomes scarce, they emit a chemical trigger and they begin moving toward each other to aggregate and form a multi-cellular reproductive structure - a large, jello-like “blob” that lives for about a day producing stalks with fruiting bodies. Hence the name, slime mold!

Learn more about this interesting group of organisms in this month's profile.

Common Name: Dog vomit slime mold, scrambled egg slime, or flowers of tan
Scientific Name: Fuligo septica


Glimpse into the past - the Master Gardener Plant Sale

Master Gardener Plant Sale

One of the largest and longest-running annual plant sales held at the Center for Urban Horticulture, the King County Master Gardener Plant Sale and Garden Market started up shortly after our facility opened. Director Emeritus John Wott reminisces about the origins of that sale and reflects on its growth over time. The sale looks different today than it did back then, but some things (like the tomato tent!) never change.

Read all about it in this month's Glimpse into the past.



Regular visitors to the Elisabeth C. Miller Library will want to mark their calendars with the new summer hours. June 19 - August 28 the library will be open 12-8 pm Mondays and 9am-5pm Tuesday - Friday.

Now hiring: We're seeking early-childhood and school-age educators for a variety of program areas, both in summer and school year programming.

Looking for a beautiful space for an upcoming meeting or event? Our facilities were recently highlighted by Meeting News Northwest as a premier outdoor venue. Learn more about our event spaces.

Seattle's Child magazine highlighted some favorite Seattle story times, and our own Miller Library's story time made the list! Read the article and join us for our next story time on June 17.


The programs of UW Botanic Gardens are supported in large part by private donations. Please consider supporting our work with a gift.

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