Amazing Photos from Art in the Park Kids

July 31st, 2012 by Lisa Sanphillippo

We haven’t even begun our Digital Photo Contest (starts TOMORROW! August 1st), but thought we would share some of the photographs taken by the Art in the Park Campers here at the Arboretum.

These 4th – 6th graders are studying photography, art in nature – sculpting with natural objects, music, painting and using food to make art. Yesterday they took photos and learned a bit about Ansel Adams and today they learned a bit about Andy Goldsworthy and making art using natual objects.

We are so lucky to have these budding artists on our grounds. Here are some of their photos.

If you are between 4 and 16 – or know someone who is – don’t forget about our Digital Photo Contest starting tomorrow. For more information visit our calendar pages.

Digital Photography Contest for Kids

July 27th, 2012 by Lisa Sanphillippo

Hey, Kids! If you are between 4 and 16 get out your digital cameras, visit the Arboretum, take some awesome pictures and send them to us between August 1st and 31st. We’ll announce winners and prizes by September 5th.

You retain ownership of your work, but by entering this contest, you give UWBG rights to use your work on it’s website and in promotional materials.

Upload your photos to our Flickr Group.

Contact Information: or call 206-543-8801

July Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

July 26th, 2012 by Pat Chinn-Sloan

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum from 7/23/12 - 8/5/12

1)   Berberis darwinii

  • Vigorous, upright evergreen shrub with spine-toothed, glossy leaves and spherical blue-glaucous fruit.
  • This specimen is located along the Pacific Connections Meadow Loop Trail within the Chilean Entry Garden.
  • First discovered by Charles Darwin in 1835.

2)   Hydrangea serrata ‘Bluebird’

  • Compact, erect deciduous shrub with flattened corymbs containing a few pink or blue sterile flowers and numerous fertile flowers within.
  • A vigorous and hardy variety native to Japan and South Korea.
  • Located along the east side of Arboretum Drive south of the double lot.

3)   Lomatia myricoides

  • Evergreen shrub with lanceolated leaves and creamy-white inflorescences native to southeastern Australia.
  • Located on Arboretum Drive at the entrance to Pacific Connections Gardens.

4)   Maackia chinensis

  • A member of the family Leguminosae, Maackias are a genus of deciduous trees named after Richard Maack, a Russian naturalist who died in 1886.
  • Located along Arboretum Drive, this ever-leaning specimen is currently showing its cylindrical, downy racemes, densely-crowded with flowers.

5)   Sorbus rehderiana

  • With elongated glossy leaflets and crimson fruits, this small tree native to Tibet is a handsome member of our Sorbus Collection.

The Montezuma Pine

July 8th, 2012 by Catherine Nelson, Adult Tours Program Assistant

Our free Weekend Walks topic for the month of July is conifers, therefore it seems appropriate to feature one of my favorite trees in the arboretum collection: the Montezuma Pine located in crabapple meadow. The Pinus montezumae var. lindleyi is a stately tree with defined, tiered branches which droop down and then rise back up in a “J” shape at the end where the clusters of needles 10-12” long drape elegantly. It reminds me of a waterfall. This tree was added to the collection in 1965 and is native to Mexico and Central America, where it is called the ‘Ocote’ tree.

One of the websites I visited while researching the Montezuma Pine featured a full picture of our very own arboretum tree!  (my camera could not do it justice).

Please join us on a free Weekend Walk this month to see this and other amazing conifer trees in our collection. Walks meet at Graham Visitors Center at 1 pm every Sunday.

July 2012 Plant Profile: Lathyrus odoratus (Sweet Peas)

July 6th, 2012 by Soest Gardener, Riz Reyes

This is the first time we’ve selected an ANNUAL for our monthly plant profile!

Over the past few years, we’ve refrained from planting annuals (except for seasonal containers) because they typically require more maintenance and we would have to replant them each year.

For the Seattle Garden Club’s Fragrance Garden, however, we needed more height, extended color, and, of course, delicious scent for visitors to enjoy! So, I recommended we erect three sets of three stakes, arranged into a tepee,  and flank them with climbing sweet peas. They’ve taken their time getting going, but July looks to be an absolutely stunning display of powerfully fragrant blooms that will stop visitors from their path just so they can inhale their magnificent perfume.



Common Name: Sweet Peas
Location: Fragrance Garden
Origin: Garden Origin
Height and spread: 18″- 6 o7ft. high (dwarf to standard varieties) and about 12″ wide.
Bloom Time: Early to Mid-Summer.