July Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

July 6th, 2013 by Pat Chinn-Sloan

Chile in Seattle

Selected cuttings from the Chilean Gateway Garden in the Washington Park Arboretum (July 1 - 15, 2013)

Selected cuttings from the Chilean Gateway Garden in the Washington Park Arboretum (July 1-15, 2013)

1)  Alstroemeria sp.

  • Commonly called Peruvian Lily or Lily of the Incas.
  • The genus was named after Swedish baron, Claus von Alstroemer (1736-1794) by his close friend, Carolus Linnaeus.
  • Beautiful drifts grace the Chilean Gateway.

2)  Gunnera tinctoria

  • Sometimes referred to as Chilean rhubarb or dinosaur food.
  • The leaves can grow up to 2.5 meters across.
  • Several large clumps dot the Chilean Gateway hillside.

3)  Lobelia tupa

  • Its latex is used as an hallucinogen, which may explain its common name, Tobaco del Diablo.
  • The flowers are red, tubular and two-lipped and are produced in a sympodium pattern.
  • This wonderful perennial is in full bloom in the abundant Chilean Gateway Garden.

4)  Calceolaria integrifolia

  • Its puffy flowers give it its common names Slipperwort, Pocketbook Plant, Pouch Flower or Lady’s Slipper.
  • Can be transient in the garden because it is somewhat tender.
  • One big poofy plant is blooming profusely in the Chilean Gateway.

5)  Luma apiculata

  • Also known as Chilean myrtle. The Mapuche Native Americans call it “Kelumamull” or Orange Wood.
  • It is a slow-growing, evergreen tree with abundant white flowers and beautiful orange-grey bark.
  • We are fortunate to have several nice specimens in the Chilean Gateway planting.

Lavender Escape!

July 1st, 2013 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant

It’s Lavender Season, and the flowers are in full bloom!

Beautiful blooms!

Beautiful blooms!

On July 17th, come with us and escape to the quiet beauty of Woodinville Lavender. Master Gardener Tom Frei will tell us a little about all things lavender, including history, botany, selection, care and uses.

Just sit back and take it in.

Just sit back and take it in.


In addition, Tom will lead us on a tour of his sustainable and organic gardens, which he and his family have been working on since 2008. To top it all off, we will relax with a refreshing lavender scented cold beverage and snack!

A delicious shortbread Lavender cookie!

Don’t those lavender cookies look good?

The cost of the tour is $20, or $25 after July 10th. Register online or call (206) 685-8033.

Space is limited, so register today!

We will meet at the Woodinville Lavender Farm, in Redmond, on July 17 at 1pm . The talk and tour will last until 2:30.

More information about the farm.

All photos courtesy of Woodinville Lavender.