Graham Visitor Center Room Rental now 10% off

January 28th, 2013 by UWBG Communication Staff

Receive a 10% Room Discount*

Hold your event at the Graham Visitor Center between January and June 2013.

Please call 206-221-2500 now to reserve your next event and mention this promotion to receive 10% off your room fee.

*This promotional discount applies to one meeting or social event per customer.

Arboretum wedding photo

Perfect for an intimate party


January Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum
(Part II)

January 28th, 2013 by Pat Chinn-Sloan

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (January 21 - February 3, 2013)

“Scratch and Sniff”

1)  Abies amabilis (Pacific Silver Fir)

  • Pacific Northwestern native growing up to 250 feet tall in the wild, but is often short-lived in gardens.
  • Its crushed needles smell like orange peel.
  • The easiest of the Arboretum specimens to find is on the Upper Trail below the Peony bed.

2)  Cupressus goveniana var. pygmaea (Mendocino Cypress)

  • The “pygmy” stature occurs in this tree’s native habitat: infertile ancient sand dunes above the Pacific Ocean near Mendocino. In normal soil, it can exceed 100 feet.
  • The crushed needles smell like lemon peel.
  • It is located on Arboretum Drive near the south end.

3)  Laureliopsis philippiana

  • Native to Chile and Argentina.
  • Crushed leaves smell like orange.
  • It is located in the Pacific Connections Entry Garden and on Arboretum Drive in grid  9-4E.

4)  Morella pensylvanica (Bayberry)

  • Formerly Myrica, native to the east coast of North America from Canada to Florida.
  • The fragrant, waxy berries were made into candles.
  • Located in 43-B in the Arboretum’s Oak Collection.

5)  Pseudotsuga menziesii (Douglas Fir)

  • For Northwesterners, this is the essential smell of Christmas in the winter and the forest in summer.  It is native to the North American west coast and self-sows freely in the Arboretum.