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!

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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.

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UW Student Restoration Ecology Program featured in BGjournal

March 8th, 2013 by Heidi Unruh, UWBG Communications Volunteer

BGjournal 10.1The January 2013 edition of BGjournal features an article on the restoration work UW students have accomplished as part of the Restoration Ecology Capstone course sequence. The capstone works with community partners to accomplish restoration projects in and around Seattle. Capstone projects have helped to restore 15 acres of the Union Bay Natural Area, a former landfill.

To learn more, read the full article:

BGjournal 10.1

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Amphibian Monitoring at the Arboretum

March 8th, 2013 by Heidi Unruh, UWBG Communications Volunteer

Oregon spotted frog, Rana pretiosa

The Woodland Park Zoo, in collaboration with several other local organizations, is working with volunteers to survey amphibian egg masses in local ponds and wetlands, including the Arboretum. Volunteers began 2013 monitoring in February. Already they have discovered loads of live Tree Frog eggs and possible Northern Red-legged Frog eggs in the upper pond of the Woodland Garden area! To read more about the program, scroll down to the “Amphibian Monitoring 2013″ story on this page.

 

 

 

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520 Bridge Mitigation Projects in the Arboretum

February 7th, 2013 by Heidi Unruh, UWBG Communications Volunteer
Photo Credit:  Ethan Welty

Photo Credit: Ethan Welty

Say goodbye to the “ramps to nowhere.” As part of the new 520 bridge construction project, the ramps will be coming down. As announced in a recent press conference, WSDOT will pay Seattle Parks and Recreation  $7.8 million for mitigation projects in the Arboretum.  These projects include the design and construction of a 1-mile multi-use trail, as well as improvements to Azalea Way Pond, parts of Arboretum Creek, and Foster Island. Learn more about this groundbreaking agreement at the Arboretum Foundation  cite and read the full press release here (PDF).

In the Media:

Arboretum Says Goodbye Highway Ramps, Hello Bike Trail
Arboretum Gets $7.7 Million for New Trail, Improvements
520 “Ramps to Nowhere” To Be Demolished
Arboretum Trades Empty Ramps for New Trails
520 Ramps to Come Down

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7th Annual Handmade Tile Festival

October 4th, 2012 by Heidi Unruh, UWBG Communications Volunteer

Artisan Tile NW presents:

7th Annual Handmade Tile Show and Sale

Sponsored by Artisan Tile NW and UW Botanical Gardens

The theme for this year’s Handmade Tile Festival is botanicals. The 2012 festival will feature a juried show with botanical themed tiles. Enjoy meeting the artists, tile making workshops, the tile sale, door prizes, and garden art and see tile pictures from around the world.

The festival will also be celebrating Iris and Bob Jewett of Wilburton Pottery this year. Wilburton pottery produces amazing botanical tiles, and the  Jewett’s are the founders of the Bellevue Botanical Garden.

The festival takes place at the Center for Urban Horticulture with an opening reception November 2, from 7 – 9 pm. The show and sale is November 3, from 10 am – 5 pm.

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Paths II: The Music of Trees now playing

September 25th, 2012 by Heidi Unruh, UWBG Communications Volunteer

We’ve been closely following the progress of Abby Aresty’s “Music of Trees” project, a sound installation project in the Arbortetum. We’re pleased to report that the installation is up and running. Aresty describes the project as “a series of sound installations that explore the layers and permutations of acoustic space in seven sites throughout Seattle’s Washington Park Arboretum. Each installation creates a sonic dialogue with its acoustic and physical space. The striking forms of the trees and plants, as well as their relationship to the surrounding environments, provide a unique opportunity for the artistic and physical exploration of sound in space.” 

The installation will be running in October on Wednesdays from 3 to 6pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm throughout October.

Abby in the media

Click this trail map to learn the location to Music of Trees.


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Save the date: CUH work party on 9/15

August 13th, 2012 by Heidi Unruh, UWBG Communications Volunteer

UWBG invites our friends and neighbors to join NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, to a work party to spiff up the Center for Urban Horticulture. Projects include invasive plant removal, small construction projects, painting, planting and much more. The transformation starts at 6:30 am on Saturday, September 15.

IT’S EASY AS PIE TO VOLUNTEER FOR NAIOP 2012 Community Enhancement Project/SEPT 15/CUH:

  • Register w/ NAIOP anytime from 6:30am or sleep in and join us later in the day
  • Registration located north side of NHS Hall
  • You or your group will be assigned to one of the 17 work projects throughout CUH grounds and gardens, including UBNA!
  • Grab a T-shirt and gloves!
  • Public transportation, carpooling, biking… all recommended, as parking may be difficult, especially if you’re not an early bird.
  • Community Service Hours honored!
  • Breakfast treats and BBQ lunch provided!

Come one, come all and help your CUH take on a fresh new look!  Projects include:

  • New Stairway from central courtyard to events lawn!!
  • New landscape along 41st St planting strip!!
  • New gravel along entire length of UBNA loop trail
  • New pavers to replace gravel paths in Soest Garden
  • 2 newly refurbished hoop houses
  • Newly painted sheds
  • Invasive weed removal
  • Mulching and weeding in Goodfellow Grove
  • And MORE!!!!
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Plan your event at the 2012 Vendor Showcase

June 19th, 2012 by Heidi Unruh, UWBG Communications Volunteer

The 2nd annual vendor showcase is coming up in July! Are you planning to attend? You can now RSVP via Facebook.

Nearly 50 caterers, rental companies, photographers, entertainers, florists and many other vendors will be on hand to showcase their specialties. Our lawns, outdoor patios, large hall and classrooms are available for events such as  business meetings, conferences, graduations, weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, auctions, memorial services and parties.

Event Details:

When:  Thursday, July 26, 2012 from 3 – 7 pm.

Where:   Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St. (directions).

RSVP:  Via Facebook, by phone 206-221-2500, or email uwbgfac@uw.edu with your name and # attending.

Price: Free

Questions:  Contact Lauren S. Fortune, UWBG Facilities & Rental Program,  206-685-1706, laurenf@u.washington.edu

See many more photos of last year’s Vendors Showcase at photographer Lauren Kahan’s website.

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Otis Douglas Hyde Herbarium

May 29th, 2012 by Heidi Unruh, UWBG Communications Volunteer

photo Have you ever stopped in to visit the Otis Douglas Hyde Herbarium here at the Center for Urban Horticulture? This amazing resource is home to over 20,000 plant specimens and focuses on horticulturally significant plants for gardens and landscapes. With specimens dating as far back as 1908, you can view native plant specimens taken from the UW campus from before the campus was even built. Or identify a plant growing in your garden today with the Herbarium’s free plant identification service.

In addition to providing plant identification to the public, the Herbarium serves as a resource to University of Washington students learning about plant identification. Students can compare multiple  specimens of the same plant side-by-side to observe finite details between species, something that would be very difficult to do in nature!

Want to support this great resource? Take a little piece of the UW Botanic Gardens home with a one-of-a-kind framed herbarium specimen  or stop by the Washington Park Arboretum gift shop for a pressed flower note card handmade by Herbarium volunteers.  Speaking of volunteers, the Herbarium has a large and active volunteer community and is always looking for new volunteers.

The Herbarium is run by a part-time Research Assistant and is open 20 hours per week. Check the website for current hours.

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Save the Date: 2nd Annual Vendor Showcase

May 29th, 2012 by Heidi Unruh, UWBG Communications Volunteer

Looking for a beautiful place to plan an event? Our lawns, outdoor patios, large hall and classrooms are available for events such as  business meetings, conferences, graduations, weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, auctions, memorial services and parties. Join us for our 2nd annual Vendor Showcase, where nearly 50 caterers, rental companies, photographers, entertainers, florists and many other vendors will be on hand to showcase their specialties.

 

 

Event Details:

When:  Thursday, July 26, 2012 from 3 – 7 pm.

Where:   Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St. (directions).

RSVP:  Friday, July 13. Please call 206-221-2500 or email uwbgfac@uw.edu with your name and # attending.

Price: Free

Questions:  Contact Lauren S. Fortune, UWBG Facilities & Rental Program,  206-685-1706, laurenf@u.washington.edu

See many more photos of last year’s Vendors Showcase at photographer Lauren Kahan’s website.

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