Plant a Neighborhood Landmark—Apply for a Street Tree!

August 22nd, 2014 by Jessica Farmer, Adult Education Supervisor

From our friends at Seattle reLeaf:

Does this hot, sunny weather have you wishing your street had more tree canopy? The City of Seattle’s Trees for Neighborhoods program helps Seattle residents plant trees around their homes. Since 2009, residents have planted over 4,000 trees in yards and along streets through the program. Through Trees for Neighborhoods, participants receive up to four free trees, assistance applying for street tree planting permits, and training on tree planting and care.

 

Plant a future neighborhood landmark—apply for a white oak, silver linden, tulip tree, or black tupelo for your planting strip! Imagine the awe-inspiring beauty a street tree could someday provide your neighborhood. All of these trees require at least a 7 or 8 foot planting strip with no overhead power lines. Ready for a tree? Don’t delay—the application for street trees closes Wednesday, August 27th! Yard tree applications will be accepted until October.

 

To apply for a street tree visit www.seattle.gov/trees. If you have questions, email TreesforNeighborhoods@seattle.gov or call (206) 684-3979.

Tulip Tree Flower

Tulip Tree Flower

Black Tupelo Leaf

Black Tupelo Leaf

White Oak

White Oak

Linden Flowers

Linden Flowers

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Trees of Life Art Exhibit and Opening Reception

April 21st, 2014 by Jessica Farmer, Adult Education Supervisor

Trees of Life:  14 artists honor the beauty and mystery of Emerald City’s trees as a Seattle Tree Ambassador graduate hosts local art show reception

Opening reception:

Byori Hwang

Byori Hwang

Friday, April 25
5 – 7 pm
University Friends Meeting Social Hall Art Gallery
4001 9th Ave NE, Seattle
Free; light finger food provided
For more information, contact Clarena at clarena.snyder@gmail.com or 206-632-9839

Exhibit runs through the end of June; hours are Mon – Fri, 9:30 am – 1 pm; Sat and Sun 10 am – 1 pm or by appointment.

This exhibit, curated by a Tree Ambassador, showcases the artwork of trees by Pacific NW artists as a way to inspire and help Seattle’s residents reconnect with nature, specifically the beauty, wisdom, and mystery of trees. The Tree of Life, an ancient and powerful symbol, is deeply embedded in the human psyche. It represents and evokes life, even before science proved its role in providing oxygen and transmuting carbon dioxide.

The 15 Pacific NW artists represent the UW School of Art, the University of Puget Sound School of Art, Sierra Club members, and local community artists from young children to the professional award-winning artist are represented. They have used different media and approaches to expressing the beauty of trees.

Read the full news release and the Trees of Life Curator Statement.

 

Amanda Sweet

Amanda Sweet

 

Molly Hashimoto

Molly Hashimoto

 

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Get Water Smart with Seattle Tilth and Jessi Bloom

April 4th, 2014 by Jessica Farmer, Adult Education Supervisor

WaterSmartPoster

 

Grow great plants, conserve water, protect our watershed!

Want to learn how to manage stormwater runoff while transforming your yard into a beautiful water smart landscape? Join Seattle Tilth and local landscape designer Jessi Bloom for a free educational workshop, and learn how to plan and construct rain gardens, plant buffers, pervious pavements, green roofs and organic gardens. Plant your rain garden and eat it too!

The University of Washington Botanic Gardens is partnering with Seattle Tilth to kick off the first two workshops in this series. Join us on April 21, 6:30-8:30pm at the Center for Urban Horticulture (Douglas Classroom), or on May 6, 6:30-8:30pm at the Washington Park Arboretum (Graham Visitors Center).

The workshops are free, but pre-registration is requested. Learn more and register.

Questions? Contact Maren Neldam at marenneldam@seattletilth.org or (206) 633-0451 ext. 109.

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Resources for Seminar Attendees

December 4th, 2013 by Jessica Farmer, Adult Education Supervisor

Slope Stability and Vegetative Soil Stabilization in the Puget Sound Region
Hosted by the University of Washington Botanic Gardens

This list includes electronic copies of all paper handouts as well as additional resources provided by seminar speakers.

Thursday, December 5, 2013
8:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
University of Washington Botanic Gardens
Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105

Live staking training with the Green Seattle Partnership, West Seattle – Saturday, February 8, 2014, 1pm – 3pm

SEMINAR RESOURCES

Geology & Hydrology Review of the Puget Lowland, an overview of Puget Sound geology, stratigraphy, soil strength, slope failure modes, and significant landslide examples in the Puget Lowland
Bill Laprade, Senior Vice President, Shannon & Wilson, Inc.

Vegetation, Erosion & Slope Stability: Role & Benefits of Native Vegetation in the Puget Lowland Ecozone
Elliott Menashe, Greenbelt Consulting

Critical Areas and Shoreline Regulations Related to Geologically Hazardous Areas, Steep Slopes
Joe Burcar, Senior Shoreline Planner, Washington Department of Ecology

Permit Requirements for Landslide-Prone Areas in the City of Seattle
Rob McIntosh and Seth Amrhein, Seattle Dept. of Planning and Development

Conifer Care Guidelines When Working on Slopes -
Nicholas Dankers, ISA Certified Arborist and Qualified Tree Risk Assessor

Geosynthetics and Slope Stability: a review of materials, performance and techniques for erosion control and reinforcement
Dr. Stan Boyle, Vice President, Shannon & Wilson, Inc.

Bio-Structural Engineering for Erosion Control & Slope Stabilization
Elliott Menashe, Greenbelt Consulting

 

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Slope Stability and Vegetative Soil Stabilization in the Puget Sound Region

November 15th, 2013 by Jessica Farmer, Adult Education Supervisor

The topography of the Puget Sound region presents construction and management challenges with hills, ravines, coastal bluffs and shorelines that can be subject to erosion and landslides in our rainy winter weather. This issue creates safety concerns, transit and travel nightmares, permitting complexity, and questions about how to best design and construct in steep landscapes.

Land managers, planners, engineers, landscape architects and others need to know the most current information about how water and geology interact, why the land moves, and what can be done to reduce erosion and promote stability. This intermediate-level symposium offers an in-depth look at the hydrology and geology of our region, and the tools and techniques available to allow for successful slope stabilization.

Eroded slope in Washington state.=

Photo courtesy of Washington State Department of Transportation

Thursday, December 5, 2013
8:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
University of Washington Botanic Gardens
Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105

Cost:
$125 per person. Lunch is included.
($150 after November 21)

Contact:
urbhort@uw.edu or 206-685-8033.

Register:
https://www.cfr.washington.edu/uwbg/

Who should attend: Professionals working with shoreline property, ravines, and other topographically-challenged sites in the fields of engineering, planning, landscape design and construction, horticulture, landscape architecture, ecological restoration, consulting, arboriculture, and other land-management specialties.

Speakers include:

  • Bill Laprade, Senior Vice President at Shannon & Wilson, Inc. on Geology & Hydrology of Puget Sound.
  • Elliott Menashe, Natural resource manager & consultant, Greenbelt Consulting, on Vegetation, Erosion, and Slope Stability: role and benefits of vegetation; and Bio-Structural Engineering for Erosion Control and Slope Stabilization.
  • Dr. Stan Boyle, Vice President at Shannon & Wilson, Inc., on Geosynthetics for Erosion Control and Reinforcement.
  • Rob McIntosh and Seth Amrhein, City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development, on permitting and regulations on steep slopes.
  • Joe Burcar, Senior Shoreline Planner, Washington Department of Ecology, on critical areas and shoreline regulations related to Geologically Hazardous Areas, steep slopes.
  • Nicholas Dankers, ISA Certified Arborist and Qualified Tree Risk Assessor, on Conifer Care Guidelines related to trees on slopes.

Professional CEU’s have been approved for CPH, PLANET, and ASCA. APLD and ISA credits are being pursued. View the seminar webpage for updates.

 

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Rain Garden Gala Oct. 22 and Workshop Oct. 23-24

September 26th, 2013 by Jessica Farmer, Adult Education Supervisor

 

Rain Garden Gala Flyer

Please join us for the launch of our new rain garden handbook!

Catch up with the latest in rain garden science and techniques with the region’s leading researchers!

  • Find out what’s new in thie edition of the handbook from lead author & expert, Curtis Hinman
  • Have your questions answered by a panel of rain garden experts, owners, & builders!
  • Enjoy complimentary Salmon Safe wine & beer along with locally sourced appetizersPlease join us for the launch of our new rain garden handbook!

Please RSVP to Kelly: KS@stewardshippartners.org

For more information, go to www.12000raingardens.org or contact Aaron Clark: ac@stewardshippartenrs.org, 206.292.9875

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Then, join us on October 23-24 for a Rain Garden Training for Professionals!

For full details and to register, visit: http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/education/stormwater.shtml

Rain Garden Training for Professionals

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Urban Forest Symposium Line-up

May 2nd, 2013 by Jessica Farmer, Adult Education Supervisor

The 5th Annual Urban Forest Symposium is just eleven days away. Take a look at the final schedule below. Please note the new end time of 4:30pm.

A limited number of seats are still available. Lunch ordering will be available until Wednesday, May 8.

Register Here

Visit http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/news/urban-forest/ for the latest news!

2013 Urban Forest Symposium: Trees and Views
Monday, May 13, 2013

AGENDA

8:15 – 9:00   Check-in

9:00 – 9:15   Welcome and introductions
Cass Turnbull, founder of PlantAmnesty

9:15 – 10:00 The Aesthetics of Views
Kathleen Day, landscape consultant, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C, ISA Certified Arborist
Kathleen Day has more than twenty years of experience combining the art and science of landscape architecture, arboriculture and horticulture.

10:00–10:30 Break – Merrill Commons

10:30–11:15 Trees, Views, and Slope Stability
Elliott Menashe, Owner of Greenbelt Consulting
Elliott Menashe has published the standard for shore management guidance and is the originator of the “Biostructural Engineering” approach to slope stabilization, which combines structural, bio-technical and vegetative elements to restore slopes and reduce erosion.

11:15–12:00 Valuing Trees and Views
Kathleen Day, landscape consultant, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C, ISA
Lisa Ciecko, Green Cities Project Manager, Forterra
Phillip Sit, King County Department of Assessments
Bob Melvey, Assistant Manager, Windermere Real Estate NW / Inc.

12:00–12:45 Lunch – Merrill Commons.
Thank you to our lunch sponsors:  The Davey Tree Expert Company, Seattle Tree Preservation, Inc., Thundering Oak Enterprises, and Trees for Life

12:45–1:30   Views and Laws: Covenants, Ordinances and Trespass to Trees, Part I
Randall S. Stamen, Attorney
Randall S. Stamen is an attorney and an ISA Certified Arborist. He practices law throughout California and provides green industry legal services, including: the development of litigation prevention measures; the drafting of contracts; litigation representation; consulting; and, acting as a mediator and negotiator.

1:30 – 2:00   Policies and Views
Craig Salzman, Code Enforcement Officer, City of Kirkland
Dan DeWald, Natural Resource Manager for Bellevue Parks & Community Services

Mark Mead, Senior Urban Forester for Seattle Parks and Recreation

2:00 – 2:20   Break – Merrill Commons

2:20 – 3:30   Views and Laws: Covenants, Ordinances and Trespass to Trees, Part II
David Brenner, Attorney
Baker v. Olerud tree/view case in Clyde Hill. Case study and implications for the future.

Barri Kaplan Bonapart, founder of Bonapart & Associates and Bonapart Resolution, Sausalito, CA
Barri Bonapart is a nationally recognized attorney, mediator, and arbitrator with nearly three decades of experience helping people resolve tree and neighbor disputes (see www.treelaw.com and www.got-peace.com for more information).  She will explain the laws governing trespass and wrongful cutting of trees and will also discuss the use of mediation in resolving tree issues in general and view disputes in particular.

Matthew York, Assistant City Attorney, East Precinct Liaison, City of Seattle

Shawn Crowley, Law Office of Shawn Crowley LLC
Previous Staff Attorney with The Defender Association

3:30 – 4:25   Speakers Panel
Randall S. Stamen, Attorney
Barri Kaplan Bonapart, Attorney
Elliot Menashe, Owner of Greenbelt Consulting
Dan DeWald, Natural Resource Manager for Bellevue Parks & Community Services
* Other speakers will be seated in the front row and available to comment as needed.

4:25 – 4:30   Wrap-up
Cass Turnbull, founder of PlantAmnesty

 

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS:

City of Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment
West Seattle Garden Tour

and Our Supporters:

The Davey Tree Expert Co.
Thundering Oak Enterprises
Seattle Tree Preservation, Inc.
Windermere Ballard
SvR Design Company
Trees for Life

 

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Perennial Possibilities

April 24th, 2013 by Jessica Farmer, Adult Education Supervisor

Do you want a low-maintenance garden that is perpetually colorful and interesting?
You can have it all!Perennials The Gardeners Reference

Join us for upcoming classes in our Perennial Series with Carrie Becker to learn how.

These classes involve both classroom lectures and field trips to see how the concepts can be applied in your own garden.

Space is still available in these classes, and you can register online.

Perennial Companions
2-part class: Wednesday, May 15th, 7:00 – 8:30pm, and Saturday, May 18th, 1:00 – 3:30pm
Fee: Early-bird discount $50; $60 after May 12

In this class you will learn how to put plants together in satisfying combinations that endure and to use site information (such as sun, shade, dryness, etc.) to place companion plants who need similar conditions together, while taking color, form and texture into account.

After the Shade
2-part class: Wednesday, June 19th, 7:00 – 8:30pm, and Saturday, June 22nd, 1:00 – 3:30pm
Fee: Early-bird discount $50; $60 after June 16

Is your formerly sunny garden becoming shady with maturing trees and shrubs? Or do you have areas of existing shade? This class will teach you how to plant for shade and still have beautiful enduring plants from early spring through fall. Learn to love the shade!

Instructor Carrie Becker is co-author of Perennials: The Gardener’s Reference, and has spent 40 years immersed in the study of plants as a gardener, professional landscape designer, consultant, and educator. One of the original designers of the Northwest Perennial Alliance Borders at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, she has taught classes about perennials, bulbs, annuals, and biennials in the horticultural department at Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood, Washington for 17 years. Carrie has written articles for Horticulture, Pacific Horticulture, Arboretum Bulletin, and the Northwest Perennial Alliance and was a Hortus Praefectus of the Northwest Perennial Alliance in 2008. Carrie lectures in various garden clubs, nurseries, arboretums, and flower shows around the Northwest.

Like to plan ahead? Mark your calendar for the last class in the series:

Bulbs!
Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 7 – 9pm
Fee: Early-bird discount $30; $35 after September 18

This class will show you how to select and grow bulbous plants for all kinds of garden conditions. Find out which bulbs are enduring as perennials, pest resistant and hardy!

You can register online here: https://www.cfr.washington.edu/uwbg/ 

Questions? urbhort@uw.edu or 206.685.8033

Check out our other upcoming classes, too!

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Registration Open for 2013 Urban Forest Symposium

March 6th, 2013 by Jessica Farmer, Adult Education Supervisor

2013 Urban Forest Symposium: Trees & Views
Hosted by PlantAmnesty and the University of Washington Botanic Gardens

What:   5th Annual Urban Forest Symposium
When:  May 13, Monday from 9am to 4:30pm
Where:  University of Washington Botanic Gardens Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105
Cost:      $75 per person. Update: As of 5/9/13, lunches are no longer available for pre-order. A limited number of box lunches will be available for $15 on the day of the event.
Contacturbhort@uw.edu or 206-685-8033.
Register: http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/news/urban-forest/

 

Expanded Program:

The issue of trees vs. views is a contentious one, pitting view seekers against tree lovers on hillsides facing mountains and water, up and down both coasts. This symposium is entirely devoted to an in-depth look at the issue and will be of interest to communities, HOAs, municipalities, arborists, lawyers and prosecutors, planners, developers, tree advocates, & individuals dealing with this complex issue.

Keynote address on The Aesthetics of Views: Kathleen Day, ASLA, LEED, AP BD &C, ISA certified. Kathleen Day has more than twenty years of experience combining the art and science of landscape architecture, arboriculture and horticulture.

Valuing Trees and Views: A series of speakers will describe how they value trees and views. Presenters include a real estate agent, tax assessor, tree appraiser, and forest assessment coordinator working with the I-tree program to assign ecological systems values to trees and greenbelts.

Policy and Views: A brief series of presentations on city view policies and dealing with conflicting interests on public and shared lands.

Trees, Views, and Slope Stability: Elliot Menashe, Natural resource manager & consultant, Greenbelt Consulting, on taking action to avert flooding, erosion, and landslides. Through enlightened view-management choices, drainage control, and vegetation management, you can stop creating tomorrow’s crisis today.

View and the Law – Covenants, Ordinances and Trespass to Trees: Randall S. Stamen, Attorney at Law and ISA Certified Arborist from Riverside, CA, will lead the discussion on evolving view covenants and ordinances. Other invited attorneys, including Barri Bonapart, owner of Bonapart & Associates, will discuss tree law, lessons learned, neighbor laws as they relate to illegal tree cutting for views, as well as case studies of mediation success.

The attorney presentations will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session.

 

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS:

City of Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment

West Seattle Garden Tour

 

and Our Supporters:        

The Davey Tree Expert Co.                 Thundering Oak Enterprises

Seattle Tree Preservation, Inc.           Windermere Ballard  

SvR Design Company                          Trees for Life

 

ISA Credits Available: 6; other professional credits pending.

 

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Save the Date: Urban Forest Symposium 5-13-13

February 4th, 2013 by Jessica Farmer, Adult Education Supervisor

photo2013 Urban Forest Symposium

What: 5th Annual Urban Forest Symposium: Trees and Views

When: May 13, Monday from 9 am to 4 pm

Where: University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Center for Urban Horticulture,3501 NE 41st, Street, Seattle, WA 98105

Cost: $75 per person. Lunches are available at a cost of $15. Free lunch for the first 100 registrants.

Contact: Jessica Farmer at urbhort@uw.edu or 206.685.8033. 

Hosted by: UW Botanic Gardens and PlantAmnesty

TREES AND VIEWS

The issue of trees vs. views is a contentious one, pitting view seekers against tree lovers on hillsides facing mountains and water, up and down both coasts. This symposium, the first of its kind, is entirely devoted to an in-depth look at the issue. Topics include: The Aesthetics of Views; Municipal View Policies; View Covenants and Ordinances; Trees, Views, and Slope Stability; How View and Tree Values Are Determined; View Pruning; as well as case studies from the trenches. This symposium will be of interest to communities, HOAs, municipalities, arborists, lawyers and prosecutors, planners, developers, tree advocates, and individuals dealing with this complex issue.

Speakers include landscape architect Kathleen Day, tree law experts Barri Bonapart of Bonapart & Associates and attorney/certified arborist Randall Stamen, Elliott Menashe of Greenbelt Consulting, Seattle Parks Senior Arborist Mark Mead, Bellevue Natural Resource Manager Dan DeWald, King County Tax Assessor, Windermere Real Estate Agent, I-tree spokeswoman and others.

ISA Credits Available: 6

 

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