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Volunteer Spotlight: Heidi Lennstrom

Heidi volunteers at the Hyde Herbarium, working with pressed plants and the plant database.  She holds a PhD in archaeology, specializing in paleoethnobotany–the study of plant remains from archaeological digs.  She spent many years at the Bishop Museum in Hawaii, where she was also a science educator and creator of an ethnobotany garden and webpage.[…] Read more->.

Posted on 29 April 2016 | 10:45 am

Earth Day Celebrates Nursery Expansion

  A pair of dedicated and highly organized graduate students succeeded in obtaining a grant to significantly expand the Society for Ecological Restoration-UW’s (SER-UW) native plant nursery at the UW Botanic Gardens.  The SER-UW nursery provides low cost plants to the Arboretum, UW planting projects and many restoration efforts on campus initiated by SER-UW. Anna […] Read more->.

Posted on 26 April 2016 | 11:24 am

“Story Time” at the Washington Park Arboretum

The stories of people and plants are intricately intertwined.  The plants of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens have many stories to tell, and here are just a few to wet your whistle.  Explore our website at to look up and locate plants in the Arboretum and learn more of our stories. 1)  Abies grandis[…] Read more->.

Posted on 25 April 2016 | 12:38 am

Staff Spotlight: Catherine Moore Nelson

Catherine began volunteering to lead adult tours and youth programs for the UW Botanic Gardens in 2006 and in 2011, she received the Brian Mulligan volunteer of the year award. More recently, she became employed part-time as a Tour Program Assistant, leading tours, training and coordinating volunteer guides, and contributing to the UW Botanic Gardens […] Read more->.

Posted on 22 April 2016 | 10:45 am

Glimpse into the past – Trees need Tractors

By John A. Wott, Director Emeritus Managing a large garden requires large equipment. Often tractors and trucks can be kept in great working order for many years, but eventually they too will need to be replaced. Shredders, mowers, and machinery with many working parts need to be replaced every few years. Machinery costs were once […] Read more->.

Posted on 20 April 2016 | 12:29 pm

Student Spotlight: Emma Relei

In Emma Relei’s extensive list of “favorite” plants, one of them is the simple crocus, meaningful for her because of its prominence in a much-loved children’s tale, The Runaway Bunny;  another is Ponderosa pine, because “it smells like vanilla!” Emma’s energy and enthusiasm for all things extends in many directions, including her work with […] Read more->.

Posted on 15 April 2016 | 10:45 am

April Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, April 4 – 17, 2016 1)  Acer mandshuricum                Manchurian Maple The Manchurian Maple is native from Eastern Siberia into China and strongly resembles Acer griseum and Acer triflorum. This species is located in the Asian Maples Collection. 2)  Distylium racemosum                Isu Tree The flowers of Distylium racemosum[…] Read more->.

Posted on 11 April 2016 | 12:15 am

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