July 11th, 2013 by UWBG Communication Staff
by Dr. John A. Wott, Director Emeritus
The invitation sent in 1984 to the opening celebration for the Center for Urban Horticulture.
The opening of the Center for Urban Horticulture was an event that captured international attention. The words on the official opening invitation stated,
“This is the first department of its kind in the country. Pioneering research on plants used in cities benefits urban landscapes everywhere. The department’s teaching and public service programs are valuable resources for the Northwest. The Center’s fifty-two acre campus is being built entirely by private donations.”
Shown in the photograph are several parts of the official invitation for its formal opening on September 27, 1984. Note that it was hand-written by Mrs. Pendleton (Elisabeth Carey) Miller, who was the prime organizer of the event. Also noteworthy are the guests who were listed on the invitation. They are Governor John Spellman, renowned plantsman Peter Coats, UW President William Gerberding, Provost George Beckman, Retired UW President Charles Odegaard; Director Harold Tukey; and Noted Arboretum Director Richard Howard. This was one of the first grand parties which Betty Miller and her friends held as the new Center for Urban Horticulture developed.
The Miller Library is one of the finest in the USA, and at one time the public outreach program (on all sites) had the second largest number of public contacts in the UW system (besides UW football). It continues to employ exceptional faculty and staff. It also continues to produce graduate students of the highest caliber and alumni are now listed in the “Who’s Who of Horticulture”. Over the years, CUH and the Washington Park Arboretum have become recognized throughout the horticultural world, and the system was copied across the USA as well as internationally. After 30-plus years, it still proudly carries on its mission.
June 6th, 2013 by UWBG Communication Staff
Artist Suze Woolf meditates on climate change and forest fires with her series of paintings known as Burnscapes. Recent work from this series will be on exhibit in the Miller Library June 6 through August 30th.
June 6th, 2013 by UWBG Communication Staff
Junior Summer Camp Guides at the Arboretum learn leadership skills and environmental knowledge.
We need your help! We depend on volunteers to keep our gardens looking beautiful, our plant records up to date and the kids programs running smoothly.
Want to get involved, get some work experience, meet new people, have fun? Apply online today!
- WPA Junior Summer Camp Guides are high school or college students who teach the little kids about the environment and help keep summer camp running smoothly. Junior Garden Guide Job Description (doc).
- Plant Records Assistant help with documenting and mapping our living plant collections at the Washington Park Arboretum.
- Arboretum Visitor Center Front Desk Assistant greets visitors and answers questions. Share your passion about the Arboretum in this position.
These positions and many more are listed on the UWBG Volunteer page.
April 30th, 2013 by UWBG Communication Staff
Many of us know of Henry Yesler, one of Seattle’s forefathers, but what is Yesler Swamp on the east side of the Center for Urban Horticulture? And why are the Friends of Yesler Swamp trying to restore this natural area on the edge of the Laurelhurst neighborhood?
Read this facinating history to find out.
Photo by Jean Colley
April 8th, 2013 by UWBG Communication Staff
Beginning as soon as the week of April 15, WSDOT will perform geotechnical investigations in the Union Bay Natural Area (UBNA). Crews will be taking soil samples and installing monitoring well equipment in and around the parking area to study soil and groundwater conditions. The information gathered helps us better understand the composition and characteristics of the ground in this area to prepare for future wetland mitigation work.
What can you expect?
- Monitoring well installation will begin as soon as April 15, 2013, and last up to one week. The wells will be in place through summer 2014.
- Work will occur on weekdays between 7 a.m.and 6 p.m.
- The primary impact will be temporarily reduced parking (up to four spaces per well) during drilling and monitoring well installation.
More information: April 2013 SR520_UBNA_Fieldwork_Flyer
Call WA DOT at:
SR 520 Fieldwork Hotline: 206-708-4657
Join the e-mail update list by sending a message to:
March 12th, 2013 by UWBG Communication Staff
By Andrew Fraser
Preparing the area to be planted with native grasses and flowers near Shoveler’s Pond
If you have walked around Shoveler’s Pond in the Union Bay Natural Area (Montlake Fill) this month you have seen the area undergoing a flurry of activity from plowing to bulldozers moving dirt. This is all part of the ESRM 473 restoration project. Each winter quarter, students in the class design and implement a restoration project in the Union Bay Natural Area. Previous year projects have included mound construction and prairie plant installation around Shoveler’s Pond, trimming the willows and clearing up the area around the large central pond, wetland construction and prairie conversion of the E5 parking lot.
Planting native grasses near Shoveler’s Pond.
This year is the first of a multi-year process of converting the non-native grassland of UBNA into that of the local South Puget Sound Prairies and Gary Oak Savannas. Students have selected, propagated and purchased a large quantity of plants and seeds of native flora and have begun installing them this week. The goal of these projects is to help our native flora to get a leg up over the large number of non-native plants in the area and provide an easy view location of some of the beautiful local native grasses and wildflowers. Within the next two years, this year’s project site will change from an open gravel and sand patch to a prairie landscape covered with native grasses such as Idaho Fescue, Blue Wildrye, and Tufted Hairgrass with wildflowers such as Common Camas, White Fawn lily, Chocolate lilies, Prairie lupine, Scarlet Paint Brush, and Broad-leafed Shooting Start blooming in the area from Early Spring to Early Summer.
Please forgive our mess and come see the next stage of UBNA’s transformation from the Montlake Dump to a premier Seattle natural area.
February 25th, 2013 by UWBG Communication Staff
Saturday, March 9, 2013 9am – 3pm
Find elusive spring ephemerals for sale at the NHS Plant Sale
Come get your early blooming plants at the Northwest Horticultural Society Spring Plant Sale. This annual event features dozens of vendors and lectures by gardening experts, including Dan Hinkley.
Dan Hinkley will be speaking twice at the sale. Tickets go on sale at 8:30 for $5. At 10am his topic is Foliage First – Building the foundation of your garden. At 1pm the topic is The moment at Windcliff – Winter gives way to early spring.
Also, at 11:30 there will be a free experts Q&A session with Lorene Edwards Forkner, Richie Steffen & Marty Wingate.
The sale is free, but tickets for the lectures cost $5.00. Proceeds benefit the Miller Library.
3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98195
February 22nd, 2013 by UWBG Communication Staff
The students involved with UW Restoration Ecology Network need the public’s help restoring degraded natural areas in urban sites. Join a work party to rip out invasive weeds, build trails, spread mulch and many more invigorating tasks.
Richmond Beach Saltwater Park
Click for work party details
Yesler Swamp Trail
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.
Perfect for an intimate party
October 11th, 2012 by UWBG Communication Staff
Autumn in the Soest Perennial Garden
When - Saturday, November 3, 2012, 10am – 12pm – Cancelled
Where - Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle, WA
Cost - $25; $30 after October 28th, registration required.
Join the Soest Garden gardener Riz Reyes for this hands-on workshop on fall perennial garden care. Walk the extensively planted beds and learn about which plants to cut back now, and which ones to leave until spring. Learn how to divide and transplant specific types of plants, and some tricks and techniques for maintenance practices that create visual appeal for the dormant season. Riz will also share his favorite “tried and true” selections for fall interest.
Participants should bring their own hand-pruners, gloves, and hori-hori soil knife, and dress for the weather.