Stormwater Garden gets new plants

May 23rd, 2014 by Heidi Unruh, UWBG Communications Volunteer

McVay_Stairs_DesignPacific Coast Hybrid Irises, Yucca Filamentosa, and many varieties of Hebe are just a few of the plants you’ll see in the newly planted beds around the Stormwater Garden. The garden is irrigated from an underground cistern fed by roof runoff as well as from filtering and stormwater collection pools at the bottom of the garden.

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The garden is located just off the McVay courtyard at the Center for Urban Horticulture and features a solar fountain. Come check it out!

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Gabion walls allow water to drain while retaining the slope soil. Pacific coast hybrid irises are charming perennials that flower in May.


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$1 Seed Packets at the Miller Library

May 23rd, 2014 by Heidi Unruh, UWBG Communications Volunteer

photo(1) Did you know that the Miller Library has  fresh seed packets collected from Hardy Plant Society of Washington member gardens? And that they are only $1 per packet? And that proceeds benefit the Miller Library? Come get them before they are gone!

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Garden Lovers’ Book Sale & Preview Party

March 17th, 2014 by Heidi Unruh, UWBG Communications Volunteer

IMG_7190The annual Garden Lovers’ Book Sale is coming up. This is your chance to build your gardening library at bargain prices!

Join us for the preview party to enjoy wine and light refreshments while getting first dibs on the book sale bargains. Please purchase tickets in advance, $20.00, by calling 206-543-0415.

This important benefit for the Elisabeth C. Miller Library funds the purchase of new books and magazine subscriptions.
Beautiful art will also be for sale from the Pacific Northwest Botanical Artists.

Location:  Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle, 98105

Preview Party:  Friday, April 4, 5 – 8pm

Free Public Sale:  Saturday, April 5, 9am – 3pm

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NHS Spring Plant Sale – March 7

February 28th, 2014 by Heidi Unruh, UWBG Communications Volunteer

1912242_712998182064027_770195739_nJoin us for the Spring Ephemeral Plant Sale on March 7 with selections from  more than 20 local nurseries. Dan Hinkley will present a special lecture, “Favorite Vignettes of Spring:  Noteworthy Plant Combinations for the Pacific Northwest.” Tickets to the lecture ($5) go on sale at 8:30 am.

The sale runs from 9am – 3pm at the Center for Urban Horticulture. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Elisabeth C. Miller Library.



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Now accepting book donations for the annual Garden Lovers’ Book Sale

January 29th, 2014 by Heidi Unruh, UWBG Communications Volunteer

booksale1Save the date:  the Miller Library annual book sale is coming up on April 4th and 5th. And if you need to make some space on your bookshelf, we are accepting donations of gently used gardening books!

 

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Art Exhibit: A Wetlands Affair, Drawings by Juliet Shen

January 29th, 2014 by Heidi Unruh, UWBG Communications Volunteer

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Artist Juliet Shen has adopted the Union Bay Natural Area as her outdoor studio, drawing there from her small folding stool through all four seasons. Her drawings of the area will be on display at the Miller Library from February 22 – March 31, 2014.

Please join us for the artist’s opening reception on Friday, February 28, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

A portion of the proceeds from artwork sales benefit the Library.

 

 

 

 

 

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Five Great Holiday Gift Ideas

November 21st, 2013 by Heidi Unruh, UWBG Communications Volunteer
Monoprint card by Roberta McDaris Long

Monoprint card by Roberta McDaris Long

The holidays are upon us, and we have many opportunities for unique gifts that will delight your friends and family, all while supporting a good cause!

Support local artisans at the Holiday Art, Craft and Gift Sale, December 6-21 at the Miller Library, where you’ll find:

  • Nature-inspired prints, cards and calendars by watercolor artist MOLLY HASHIMOTO
  • Woven textiles, scarves, and wraps by textile artist LINNEA DONNEN
  • Lovely handmade tiles by members of ARTISAN TILE NORTHWEST
  • Botanically-inspired ceramic mugs, bowls, and vases by KATIE MURPHY, UWBG alumna
  • Botanically themed monoprint cards by ROBERTA MCDARIS LONG, shown above*
  • Glass art by JOAN BAZAZ

Join us for the opening reception and sale Friday December 6 from 5-8pm. 25% of proceeds benefit the Miller Library.

For a truly unique, one-of-a-kind gift, consider a framed herbarium specimen, collected from our very own plants at the UW Botanic Garden. These professionally framed pressings artistically showcase beautiful plants in flower or in fruit. Proceeds directly support the Otis Douglas Hyde Herbarium.

Make a gift to the UW Botanic Gardens in someone’s name. You can give a general gift to the the Director’s Fund, or choose from nine different priority gift funds, such as Rare Plant Care and Conservation Fund or the Union Bay Natural Area Fund.

The UW Botanic Gardens offer a variety of education programs for everyone. Give the nature lovers in your life a gift certificate for one of our Public, Professional or Youth and Family classes. Contact Continuing Education at urbhort@uw.edu or 206-685-8033 to order.

Visit the Arboretum Gift Shop to find a delightful selection of gardening and outdoor books, plant-themed jewelry, natural body products, tools for green thumbs, and much more. Proceeds benefit the Washington Park Arboretum.

 

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Molly Hashimoto Exhibit at the Miller Library

October 4th, 2013 by Heidi Unruh, UWBG Communications Volunteer

Molly HashiCrow and Moon copymoto’s nature paintings and prints will be on display at the Miller Library from November 1, 2013 – December 28, 2013.  Hashimoto’s art depicts local flora and fauna, taking inspiration from our very own Union Bay Natural Area as well as other locations around Washington.

2014 Nature's Peace Calendar

2014 Nature’s Peace Calendar

We will also have copies of her 2014 calendar, “Nature’s Peace”, available for sale. With twelve paintings by Hashimoto and twelve quotations from John Muir, this calendar offers an homage to Earth’s wild realms, where nature reigns supreme.

You are invited to the opening reception on Friday November 8th, 5 – 7 pm.

Hashimoto’s artwork will also be available at the Holiday Art, Craft, and Gift Sale on Friday, December 6th, from 5 – 8pm.

 

 

 

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19th Annual Miller Memorial Lecture

August 16th, 2013 by Heidi Unruh, UWBG Communications Volunteer

tony-aventJoin us for the FREE 19th annual Miller Memorial Lecture, featuring Tony Avent, renowned plantsman and horticulturist. Mr. Avent will speak on So Many Plants, So Little Time:  Little Known Perennial Favorites to Delight & Excite!

Tony Avent is the owner of Plant Delights Nursery and the Juniper Level Botanic Garden in Raleigh, North Carolina. Mr. Avent is a well-traveled botanical explorer, author, plant breeder and an exceptional plantsman. His travels have included Mexico, China, Korean, Argentina, Taiwan, and Vietnam to name a few along with extensive exploration of the rich floral communities of the southeastern United States.

 

DETAILS

  • Thursday, September 19, 2013
  • 7:00 pm (d0ors open at 6:15), followed by free reception with refreshments
  • Meany Hall on the UW campus
  • Email:  info@millergarden.org for a free e-ticket!
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Summer Hours at the Miller Library

June 12th, 2013 by Heidi Unruh, UWBG Communications Volunteer

summersunSummer is just around the corner, and with it comes summer hours at the Miller Library. The library will be opening at noon on Mondays (instead of 9am) starting June 17. Monday morning hours resume on September 23. We will be closed Saturdays, starting July 6. Saturday hours will resume September 7. We will also be closed July 4th and 5th for Independence Day.

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