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UW Botanic Gardens Newsletter, Vol 8 Issue 9, September 2013

The Official New Zealand Forest Opening is September 15

Upcoming Events

9/14 Fall Fireworks Garden Design
9/14 Park In The Dark!
9/17 Fiddleheads Parent/Child Classes
9/18 Wildlife Habitat Garden Design
9/19 Tony Avent - Miller Memorial Lecture

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Weekend Walks 

NZ Garden WalksThe arboretum is proud to be opening our newly planted New Zealand Forest in the Pacific Connections Garden. Our tour this month will feature the new forest and the native plants typical to New Zealand. Learn more.

On Exhibit in the Library

An artisan tile is like a colorful hybrid of sculpture and painting. The Artisan Tile NW group will have handmade tiles on exhibit in the Miller Library from September 4 to October 28th 2013. E-Flora readers are invited to a free reception on Friday, Sep. 13th from 5 to 7pm.All the tiles will be for sale with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Library.
2013 tile samples

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Come help us celebrate the grand opening of the New Zealand Forest!

NZForest The Arboretum Foundation, UW Botanic Gardens, and Seattle Parks and Recreation invite you to join us on Sunday, September 15, to celebrate the opening of the New Zealand Forest in the Washington Park Arboretum’s Pacific Connections Garden. Enjoy ribbon cutting and dedication ceremonies, live music and performances, tours and family activities, refreshments, and more. FREE admission and parking!

Tony Avent is the 19th Annual Miller Memorial Lecturer

tony avent Join us on Thursday, September 19 at 7pm for the FREE 19th Annual Miller Memorial Lecture. This year's featured speaker is Tony Avent, renowned plantsman and horticulturist. Mr. Avent will speak on So Many Plants, So Little Time: Little Known Perennial Favorites to Delight & Excite!  Read more.
To request a free ticket, email info@millergarden.org

Planning an event? Join us for the 3rd Annual UW Botanic Gardens Vendors Showcase!

EatDrink in Merrill Commons Join us at the Center for Urban Horticulture for our Third Annual UW Botanic Gardens Vendor Showcase on Wednesday, September 11 from 2:30-6:30pm. The event will feature nearly 40 vendors who have served our rental clientele over the years. We will showcase caterers, photographers, entertainers, rental companies and more throughout the many indoor spaces and outdoor grounds of the venue. Taste the edible creations of Cameron Catering, Veraci Pizza and Ravishing Radish. Enjoy the entertainment of Greensleeves Harp and Bugsie Productions and talk to the many other vendors, such as Dani Weiss Photography and British Motor Coach, showcasing their services and products. Whether planning a meeting, wedding, graduation, bar/bat mitzvah, auction, memorial or party, the Center for Urban Horticulture is the perfect place to host your event! (photo courtesy of Tracie Howe Photography)

Rain Garden Training for Professionals

raingardens 3Functional and attractive, rain gardens are becoming popular with homeowners and businesses because of the benefits they bring such as reducing water pollution and flooding and increasing property values and appeal (plus government incentives). Learn how to design and install these gardens in our upcoming 2-day workshop for professionals to tap into a new and growing customer base. The 2 day workshop is October 23-24, 8:30am-4:30 pm at the Center for Urban Horticulture 3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, WA 98105. Register Online or call 206.685.8033. (photo courtesy of 12,000 Rain Gardens)

A Glimpse Into the Past

(A monthly column by Dr. John A. Wott, Director Emeritus) In mid-September, we will dedicate the “The New Zealand Forest”, the largest-ever built garden in the Washington Park Arboretum. It is one of the new gardens in the ever growing “Pacific Connections” area. On November 21, 1993, which was a rainy blustery Sunday afternoon, we dedicated “The New Zealand High Country”, the first Arboretum garden of New Zealand natives. Read more.

September 2013 Plant Profile: Osteospermum ‘Whirligig’

African Daisy The unique African Daisy is probably the most asked about plant in our seasonal container plantings. It is both eye-catching and remarkably easy to grow. ‘Whirligig’ is referred to as a “spoon” type of hybrid where the tip of each petal is scalloped and rounded in shape. Read more.


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