UW Botanic Gardens Newsletter, Vol 7 Issue 9, September 2012
We had one of those unique Arboretum moments on Tuesday, August 14. A four month-old heron had fallen out of his nest on the UW campus and broken his leg. He was taken in by PAWS for rehabilitation. On the morning of the fourteenth, he was released back into the wild down by Duck Bay.
A Glimpse Into the Past
(A monthly column by Dr. John A. Wott, Director Emeritus) A large area south of the greenhouse was used as a nursery for growing on plants before they were placed into the Arboretum. This photo, taken November 21, 1946, shows the row of hemlocks which were planted for screening along the nursery. Today these are large trees and several have been removed and/or are showing decline due to the poor planting site. These were not collection plants, but planted for screening. Note the November snowfall. (Photo from UWBG Archives).
Come Out to the FlorAbundance Plant Sale
It's already time for the Arboretum Foundation's FlorAbundance Plant Sale! Our greenhouse and nursery will have a huge selection of trees, shrubs and perennials to offer, as well as many unusual species and varieties--all at unbeatable prices. All greenhouse plants will be 25% off! There will also be specially priced discounted plants on the nursery's sales table.
Join Us For the Apple For the Teacher Story Program
Since September is here, it means the return of Story Programs at the Miller Library. The first program is entitled An Apple for the Teacher. A crisp autumn morning is the perfect time to enjoy a little homemade applesauce and hear some new stories about fall's crunchiest fruit. The featured books are Apple by Nikki McClure, The Apple Doll by Elisa Kleven and Apple Pie ABC by Alison Murray. The programs are geared towards children ages 3 to 8 and their families, but all are welcome. Swing by the library at 10:30am on September 29!
September 2012 Plant Profile: Hesperantha (Schizostylis) coccinea
(by Soest Gardener Riz Reyes) This delightful but seldom grown corm from South Africa looks better than it ever has in the Soest Garden here at the Center for Urban Horticulture. It has been in bloom since early July and there are more buds to come. This particular species is known for its late summer/autumn flowers, which are always valuable in the landscape as fall rolls around.
It’s commonly known as Schizostylis in the trade (Pronounced “Skizo-sty-lis” OR “shizaw-stalis”), but Hesperantha is the correct name. It’s in the Iris family and related to the similar looking Gladiolus, Crocosmia, and Freesia. This particular selection is a lovely one called ‘Torero’, which was developed in Oregon. It prefers moist, but well draining garden soil and full sun. It is spectacular amongst ornamental grasses. A mature clump can remain in bloom from late summer and into the winter depending on how severe our cold weather is here in the Pacific Northwest.
Common Name: Cape Lily, Crimson Flag
There are still tickets available for the 18th Annual Elisabeth C. Miller Memorial Lecture. Dr. Peter H. Raven, President Emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden, will give a talk entitled Conserving Plants in a Changing World. The event is September 13 at 7pm at Meany Hall. The lecture is free, but you have to procure tickets by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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