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UW Botanic Gardens Newsletter, Vol 13 Issue 9, September 2017

September E-Flora: Fall Festivities Begin

Upcoming Events

9/7 Art Exhibit: Wildflowers of Chelan County by Sarah Horowitz
9/7 First Thursday Center for Urban Horticulture Tour
9/7 Lecture by Anna Pavord: Landskipping - A Celebration of our Landscape
9/10 Free Weekend Walks
9/12 A Closer Look: September Tour
9/16 Free Family Weekend Walks
9/17 Free Weekend Walks
9/20 Adapting Old Gardens for New Times
9/20 Gardening with the Seasons: Fall
9/21-9/23 Family Nature Class: Bugs and Slugs
Free Family Weekend Walks
Free Weekend Walks
Keeping a Field Journal: Tools, Techniques, and Tips
9/26 Botanical Drawing
9/28-9/30 Family Nature Class: Crazy Camouflage
9/30 Free Family Weekend Walks
9/30 Bee Friendly Story Time
10/1 Free Weekend Walks
Meet Seattle's Urban Beavers
10/5 More Decay Pathogens
10/5 First Thursday Tram Tour
10/5 First Thursday Center for Urban Horticulture Tour
10/5-10/7 Family Nature Class: Cool Chemisty
See all events »

Free Public Tours at the Washington Park Arboretum 

September 2017 Free Weekend Walks

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

Sarah Horowitz Art

This month, the Miller Library welcomes a new exhibit featuring handcolored original etchings and watercolors by Sarah Horowitz. Join us for an evening reception with the artist on Thursday, October 12, from 5 to 7 pm.

New Books in the Miller Library

NW Coastal Explorer

Family Nature Classes Return for the Fall Season

Family Nature Class

Our Family Nature Class series offer science-based exploration and outdoor play for preschoolers and their caregivers. Weekly themes this fall include bones and skeletons, mushroom mania, falling leaves, and more. Learn more and register


Farm to Table Dinner - October 25

2017 UW Farm to Table Dinner

Mark your calendars for our fourth annual Farm to Table Dinner in support of the UW Farm! Eat delicious food, celebrate the harvest with friends, and help steward this great community-oriented resource for people who want to learn about building productive and sustainable urban landscapes. Keep an eye on the UW Farm website for more details.


Fall Plant Sale Season is in Full Swing

Fall Color Oakleaf Hydrangea

Fall is the best time for planting your favorite trees, shrubs, and perennials in the Pacific Northwest. This Saturday ushers in the Arboretum Foundation's FallAbundance Sale, officially kicking off fall planting season. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Washington Park Arboretum. And there's more fun to be had in the weeks ahead - check out the Miller Library's Garden Tours & Plant Sales calendar for events throughout our region.


September 2017 Plant Profile: Clethra fargesii

Clethra fargesii

When it comes to outstanding summer flowering shrubs for Pacific Northwest gardens, one should not overlook the genus Clethra. The stunning Clethra fargesii, a.k.a. Chinese Clethra, is native to Central China prefers partial shade and moist woodland soil conditions for peak flowering and fall color performance. Learn more about this month's featured plant.

Common Name: Chinese Clethra (English); cheng kou qi ye shu (Chinese)
Location: Three specimens at the Washington Park Arboretum; Accessions 280-61*B & C located on map grid 15-2E and 307-42*A on map grid 3-1W. Use our interactive map link to pinpoint specimen locations.
Origin: Central China Eastern Sichuan, western Hubei and parts of Guizhou, Hunan and Jiangxi provinces at 4,000 to 7,800 ft. elevation. Introduced in 1900 by Ernest Wilson.
Height and Spread: 10' x 6' (mature)
Bloom Time: Summer July through August


Glimpse into the past - Duck Bay and Shoreline Restoration

Duck Bay Shoreline Restoration

The water level in Lake Washington dropped an average of nine feet in 1916, when the complete set of canals and locks for increased shipping were completed. Much more land around the edges of Union Bay was then exposed, all of it soft and boggy. This month's history post chronicles the history of the Arboretum's shoreline, and its 2004 restoration. Read more



This summer, the Miller Library supported our School Age Programs with curated book selections to match weekly summer camp themes. Read about this exciting partnership on our blog.

From Seattle with Love: On September 7, the Arboretum Foundation is offering a free lecture on Partnering With Russian Cities to Advance Environmental Education and Botanical Knowledge. More information

Fall education classes are getting started. Find out what's new in our online class catalog.

Looking for a beautiful space for an upcoming meeting or event? Learn more about our event spaces.

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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