Witch Hazels are in bloom

February 4th, 2013 by Catherine Nelson, Adult Tours Program Assistant

Hamamelis There are several species of Witch Hazel, genus Hamamelis, featured in the Witt Winter Garden, which is in all its glory this month. The colors range from yellow to orange to red and their scent is incredibly heady.
The plant’s common name comes from the Old English word “Wych” which means “pliable”. The pliable branches of this plant were used for water dowsing, which was a way to find underground water, hence this activity also is known as ‘water witching”.
The Witch Hazel and many other winter blooming plants are featured on the Free Weekend Walks held each Sunday at 1:00 pm.

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Save the Date: Urban Forest Symposium 5-13-13

February 4th, 2013 by Jessica Farmer, Continuing Education Coordinator

photo2013 Urban Forest Symposium

What: 5th Annual Urban Forest Symposium: Trees and Views

When: May 13, Monday from 9 am to 4 pm

Where: University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Center for Urban Horticulture,3501 NE 41st, Street, Seattle, WA 98105

Cost: $75 per person. Lunches are available at a cost of $15. Free lunch for the first 100 registrants.

Contact: Jessica Farmer at urbhort@uw.edu or 206.685.8033. 

Hosted by: UW Botanic Gardens and PlantAmnesty

TREES AND VIEWS

The issue of trees vs. views is a contentious one, pitting view seekers against tree lovers on hillsides facing mountains and water, up and down both coasts. This symposium, the first of its kind, is entirely devoted to an in-depth look at the issue. Topics include: The Aesthetics of Views; Municipal View Policies; View Covenants and Ordinances; Trees, Views, and Slope Stability; How View and Tree Values Are Determined; View Pruning; as well as case studies from the trenches. This symposium will be of interest to communities, HOAs, municipalities, arborists, lawyers and prosecutors, planners, developers, tree advocates, and individuals dealing with this complex issue.

Speakers include landscape architect Kathleen Day, tree law experts Barri Bonapart of Bonapart & Associates and attorney/certified arborist Randall Stamen, Elliott Menashe of Greenbelt Consulting, Seattle Parks Senior Arborist Mark Mead, Bellevue Natural Resource Manager Dan DeWald, King County Tax Assessor, Windermere Real Estate Agent, I-tree spokeswoman and others.

ISA Credits Available: 6

 

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