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

July 18th, 2013 by Pat Chinn-Sloan
Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (July 15 - 31, 2013)

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum   (July 15-31, 2013)

“Quirky Oaks”

1)   Quercus x bushii ‘Seattle Trident’
(Seattle Trident Hybrid Red Oak)

  • Cultivar of a Black Oak and Blackjack Oak hybrid.
  • Developed in Sir Hillier Gardens and Arboretum in England from scion wood collected at Washington Park Arboretum.
  • Located in the Oak Collection, northwest of Azalea Way service road intersection.

2)   Quercus dentata     (Daimyo Oak)

  • Asian native (China, Korea, Japan, Mongolia)
  • Develops an unusually large leaf; occasionally used as a vegetable in native range.
  • Located in the Oak Collection on hillside near Foster Island Road.

3)   Quercus macrocarpa       (Bur Oak)

  • Native to Eastern and Midwestern U.S.
  • Develops a distinct broad canopy as tree matures.
  • Located in the Oak Collection along ridge west of Azalea Way.

4)   Quercus muhlenbergii      (Chinquapin Oak)

  • Broad, native range spanning from New England to northeast Mexico.
  • Large, slow growing tree with chestnut-like foliage.
  • Located in the Oak Collection along ridge west of Azalea Way, north of the Bur Oak.

5)   Quercus pontica      (Armenian Oak)

  • Native to the Caucasus Mountain region of Eastern Europe.
  • Shrubby oak: leaves on new wood remain evergreen, yet older wood becomes deciduous.
  • Located in the Oak Collection near entrance to the Graham Visitor’s Center.

Take Back Your Backyard!

July 18th, 2013 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant
Removing Ivy on a Steep Slope

Removing Ivy on a Steep Slope

Overgrown yard got you down?

Does the dog keep getting lost in the ivy?

Are you tired of not being able to see to the end of the yard?

Learn how to take control of your unruly backyard in this Saturday class. Instructor Rodney Pond will introduce you to the invasive species commonly found in Seattle yards, and show you how to get rid of them (permanently!). In addition, you will learn about what plants will be safe to add to your backyard to return it to the oasis of peace and relaxation it once was.

Are you intimidated by the idea of working on your unruly ravine? This class will also teach home and property owners how to safely remove plants from and work on steep slopes.

Join us for Backyard Restoration!
Saturday, July 27 from 9:30am-2pm
UW Botanic Gardens, Center for Urban Horticulture, Douglas Classroom
3501 NE 41st, Seattle, WA 98195

Cost: $50; $60 after July 20th
Register Online or Call us at (206) 685-8033



Get crafty with our upcoming Garden Craft Series!

Garden Craft: Hanging Glassglass art1
Saturday, August 24, 9-11am
Cost $55; $60 after August 17

Learn how to create reclaimed glass works of art in this introductory class. Use stained glass and wire to create whimsical pieces for any garden or window and take with you not only your creation, but the knowledge of how to do it at home.



potato printGarden Craft: Potato Printmaking
Saturday, September 7, 10am-12pm
Cost: $25; $30 after August 31

Think printing with potatoes is just for kids?  Well, kids do enjoy it, but now adults can too! Learn how to print on cloth or paper with any type of potato. Cheap and elegant gifts are at your fingertips! This is an introductory class; all levels and ages are welcome.