September through October is our window of opportunity before fall rains begin to commence development and improvement work in the Holly collection. Scope of work during this period will focus primarily on construction of the southernmost Eurasian clade berm located at the north end (near Boyer Ave). See photo of Iain Robertson’s conceptual Holly collection plan – Eurasian clade berms are pink.
- In-house tree removals – 4 small undesirable Bigleaf maples and 4 maple stump sprouts
- Contract tree removals – 6 cottonwoods and 1 Western red cedar
- Also, removal of 4 collection hollies in very poor condition in existing Eurasian berms
During this project work, area will be cordoned off to public and if needed, pedestrian detours will be established.
Project info will be posted at work site and at the Graham Visitors Center.
Beginning in late October 2010, regional Qwest corp, will begin a new partnership with UW Botanic Gardens and Seattle City Parks and Recreation. Under the guidance and training of UWBG horticulture staff, Qwest volunteers, known as Pioneers, will ultimately “adopt” the Holly garden for a year in all facets of horticulture care and maintenance. Initial tasks will focus on:
- Finishing southernmost Eurasian clade berm construction if weather permits - grubbing, grading, soil work
- Modification of northernmost Eurasian clade berm – adding more soil to raise profile and improve drainage
- Plant and care of several new holly collections, mostly Eurasian clade members
- General maintenance (weeding, mulching and edging) of the entire Holly garden, including native restoration sites
We look forward to our new partnership with Qwest Pioneers and a marked improvement of our Holly garden.A project sign will be installed on-site in the next few weeks by Seattle City Parks and Recreation.