April Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

April 6th, 2013 by Pat Chinn-Sloan

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (April 1-15, 2013)

1) Azara dentata

  • Native to temperate and subtropical Chile.
  • Bears gold spring time flowers.
  • Located in the Pacific Connections Chilean Entry Garden.

2) Liriodendron chinense

  • A smaller Chinese version of the North American native tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera).
  • Known for its unique leaf shape and tulip-shaped flower.
  • Located in the Magnolia Collection.

3) Rehderodendron macrocarpum           

  • A small deciduous tree native to China.
  • Bears white spring flowers and kiwi-shaped fruits in the fall.
  • Several specimens located along Arboretum Drive and Azalea Way.

4) Viburnum carlesii

  • Native to Korea and Japan.
  • Bears clusters of 2-3″ fragrant white flowers.
  • Located in the Viburnum Collection.

5) Viburnum bitchiuense

  • Native to Korea and Japan.
  • Very similar to V. carlesii, possibly more heat tolerant.
  • Located in the Viburnum Collection.

2013 Earth Day Events

April 6th, 2013 by Heidi Unruh, UWBG Communications Volunteer

Are you ready for Earth Day? Here are just a few Earth Day activities happening this month:

The Seattle Conservation Association (SCA), the University of Washington Botanic Gardens (UWBG), and Seattle Parks and Recreation have a fun day of projects planned for Earth Day on Saturday, April 13th.  They will be working on a variety of projects around the Washington Park Arboretum. Something for everyone!

group photo

Happy students having fun at the SCA 2012 Earth Day event

Join Wilderness Awareness School on April 20th from 10am-1pm at the Washington Park Arboretum for a free, fun-filled afternoon of nature connection activities to celebrate Earth Day. Bring yourself, your buddies and the whole family for nature games that will expand your senses and enrich a deeper connection to the earth.

April story time at the Miller Library will celebrate Earth Week with stories celebrating Mother Earth and some of the ways we can help preserve our planet’s green beauty for future generations. After the stories, peer at a scoop of compost under a magnifier to see and sketch some of the life there. Saturday, 4/27, 10:30 – 11:15 am.