UW Botanic Gardens Newsletter, Vol 9 Issue 5, May 2014
Attend the Sixth Annual Urban Forest Symposium
The tour theme for May is Flower Power. In
May when most plants are in blossom, how could we feature any other
topic than "Flower Power?" Our tour will wind among the many flowering
plants in the Arboretum. The guides will discuss some of these and also READ MORE.
in the Library: UWBG Student Poster Exhibit
Wonder what goes on in the labs of Merrill Hall or in the study
plots sprinkled throughout Union
Bay Natural Area?
Find out at the annual UW Botanic Gardens' graduate student research review May 9 - June 13
in the Library. Want to meet the researchers? Then join us for the public
reception May 9 from 5 - 7pm. Light refreshments will be
Still Time to Register for the Sixth Annual Urban Forest Symposium!
you haven’t registered to attend the 2014 Urban Forest Symposium, there
is still time! The event takes place at the Center for Urban
Horticulure on Wednesday, May 28 from 9am to 4:30pm. The cost is $75.
This year’s Urban Forest Symposium takes an in-depth look at climate
change and considers the impact to the urban forest. Learn about the
climatic changes our region can expect and strategies that can be used
to plan and manage for a healthy and resilient urban forest. Presenters
will discuss the expected changes to the climate, urban forest
responses, and what urban foresters and advocates can do to prepare.
Presentations will be relevant to urban foresters, landscape
professionals, restoration ecologists, tree care professionals,
consulting arborists, sustainability professionals, urban planners,
landscape designers, landscape architects, municipal managers, and tree
advocates. You can register HERE.
Yesler Swamp Boardwalk Construction Has Begun
first phase of construction has begun on the boardwalk in Yesler Swamp. The
attached photo shows the crew from the Washington Conservation Corps (WCC)
setting “diamond pier footings” and inserting metal pins to hold the
footings in place, in preparation for installing the cedar
boardwalk. The crew is working on the west side of the swamp, so if you
want to stop by, you can see how they are doing. They were setting the
pin piles in the deepest portion of the west trail before the April 15th
cut-off date set by the Army Corp of Engineers. The WCC was diverted to
help recover the victims of the mudslide and will return in June to
install more footings and then lay down the cedar boardwalk itself. READ
The Hardy Fern Foundation's Annual Sale is Coming
Hardy Fern Foundation’s Annual Fern Festival and Sale is coming up on
Friday, June 6 from 12 noon to 6:30pm. The sale will feature hundreds of
fern species as well as a large assortment of other shade-loving
plants. Experts will be on hand to answer fern questions and help you
select the best ferns for your garden. The event will be held at the
Center for Urban Horticulture.
This photograph, taken on April 4, 1950, is
located somewhere to the left of the location of the Lookout Shelter. It points
southwest. Originally, the hillside held a large collection of Ceanothus, but they were killed during severe winters and never replaced. If one looks closely you can see
“tracks” on Azalea Way, the outline of Arboretum Creek, and East Lake
Washington Boulevard. READ MORE.
May 2014 Plant Profile: Paeonia suffruticosa
(Rockii Group) – Joseph Rock’s Peony
Joseph Rock’s Peony has been prized by gardeners and avid collectors for decades. Botanist and plant explorer Joseph Rock earned the honor of having this exquisite flower named after him.
Peonies are divided into two basic types: the bush or herbaceous peony and the so-called tree peony. Their flowers are similar, but they bloom at different times and have distinctive growth habits. READ MORE.