What and Where is the Sino-Himalayan Hillside?

May 1st, 2015 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant
Photo Credit: Scott Zona

Illicium henryi (Henry’s Star Anise)-found on the Hillside. Photo Credit: Scott Zona

Take a closer look at this often overlooked collection from the higher elevations of Western China and the Himalayan foothills. This area of the Arboretum, right off of Azalea Way, showcases some unique and unusual plants, and contains tremendous diversity. A great number of garden-worthy plants that thrive in the Pacific Northwest can be found here as well. You may even get some new ideas for your garden!

Plants found here include Osmanthus, Lithocarpus, Rhododendron, Stachyurus, and Illicium.

Ray Larson, UW Botanic Gardens Curator of Living Collections, will lead you on a journey through some of the most interesting plant collections in the Washington Park Arboretum. Learn about rare and unusual plants, collections based on genetics and eco-geographic habitats, and unusual stories of how these plants have made their way to us over the years. Each class will include both a presentation and walk through the collections.

What: A Closer Look: Sino-Himalayan Hillside
When: Tuesday, May 5th, 6:30-8pm
Where: Washington Park Arboretum, Graham Visitors Center
Cost: Just $5!
How: Register online, or by phone (206-685-8033)

 

Trillium Tea, Talk, and Tour

April 20th, 2015 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant

Trillium TeaTrilliums are beautiful wildflowers that often bring back fond memories of walking through the woods in early spring. Tour Cottage Lake Gardens, which has all 48 species of the world’s trilliums and is one of the only places in the world you can see them all growing in one place.

The exciting event begins with an indoor tea enjoying light refreshment using vintage trillium china. Guests then listen to a talk describing their fascinating evolution, descriptions of the different types, how to grow them in your own garden along with many beautiful photos of the most popular species. By the end of the talk everyone is so excited about trilliums that they can’t wait to go outside and tour the Trillium Trail. Afterwards trilliums and other companion plants will be available for purchase. We will meet at Cottage Lake Gardens.

What: Trillium Tea, Talk, and Tour
When: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 from 10am-1:30pm
Where: Cottage Lake Gardens, Woodinville, WA
How Much: $20; $25 after April 21st

Register online, or call 206-685-8033

 

Our 2014 Trillium Tour!

Our 2014 Trillium Tour with our host Susie Egan!

Picking the Right Plant and Place

April 17th, 2015 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant
Which one to get?

Which one to get?

This class is for all those people who go to the nursery or greenhouse, see 50 seemingly identical plants and just throw up their hands. Which one to choose? Aren’t they all the same? Bare root, ball and burlap or container?  And all I need to do at home is just dig a hole and plop it in right?

Or maybe you have purchased plants before, (expensive plants, too!), only to have them mysteriously kick the bucket a year or two later. Find out what could have gone wrong and how to stop it from happening again. (No more wasted $$!)

Emily Bishton will demystify this process. Learn how to pick the best plants from the greenhouse by choosing those with the best root and branch structure, and predicting how they will grow in the future. Once you’ve picked  your perfect plant, find out how to plant, mulch and water it properly. With these tips, your plants will bring you joy and beauty for years to come!

What: Getting Plants Off to a Great Start

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Over and under watering are common causes of plant unhappiness. Chris is watering just right!

Where: UW Botanic Gardens – Center for Urban Horticulture
When: Wednesday, April 22, from 6:30-8pm
Who: Emily Bishton, Green Light Gardening
How much: $15 (Register Online or by phone, 206-685-8033)

Weekend Family Fun!

March 26th, 2015 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant

Get outside and explore the Botanic Gardens by day or by night with these new family-friendly hikes.

Park in the Dark

Night Hike ImageNight time is special at the Arboretum – the people and cars are gone, and the nocturnal animals move about. Night hikes are a chance for us to explore our senses, search for crepuscular and nocturnal movements in the forest and learn about night-related animal adaptations. Programs are designed for families with children aged 5-12 and run from 7:30-9pm on the 2nd Saturday of the month. Meet at the Graham Visitors Center!
Cost is $8/person
Register online or call 206-685-8033

**NEW**Dates 

  • July 11, 8:30-10pm
  • July 25, 8:00-9:30pm
  • August 8, 8:00-9:30pm
  • August 22, 7:30-9:00pm

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Family Nature Walks

Family Nature Walks focus on discovering the wonders of nature through fun and engaging activities, games, and exploration. Search for mushrooms, pretend to be a pollinator, or spot birds using binoculars!  This class is best suited for families with children ages 5-12. Walks will continue rain or shine (hopefully shine!) – dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes that can get wet or dirty. The walks start at 10:30, the 3rd Saturday of the month and are 90 minutes long. Meet at the Graham Visitors Center!

Cost: $7/person (kids 3 and under are free, so don’t count them toward your payment)
Register online or call 206-685-8033

Themes (all programs are from 10:30am-12pm)

Heath Family Highlights!

March 20th, 2015 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant
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Kalmia latifolia, a member of the heath family

Join Chris Pfeiffer to explore the UW Botanic Gardens collections this April. Spring brings flowers of course, and this 4 hour class has a focus on the blooms and habits of the Ericaceae – including rhodies, azaleas, and lesser known plants of the Heath family. You might also recognize blueberries, heather, madrona, and sourwood as belonging to this group.

In addition to identification, we will also look at bloom characteristics, foliage types, landscape functions, care and pruning tips for long-term healthy plants.

Professional credits include ISA, CPH, ecoPRO, ASCA and PLANET, though you don’t have to be a professional to register. Plant nerds and homeowners are welcome!

Learn about this diverse group of plants with instructor Chris Pfeiffer, a horticulture consultant, instructor and garden writer with over 30 years’ experience in landscape management and arboriculture. Sustainable and efficient landscape techniques are a special area of interest and expertise. In addition to her private practice, she is a consulting associate with Urban Forestry Services, Inc. and an active volunteer with local community garden projects. She previously led landscape management efforts for the Holden Arboretum and Washington Park Arboretum. A frequent horticultural speaker, Christina has taught courses in pruning, arboriculture, and landscape management at Edmonds and South Seattle Community Colleges, and at the University of Washington. She holds degrees in horticulture from Michigan State and the University of Washington and is an ISA Certified Arborist. She is co-author with Mary Robson of Month-by-Month Gardening in Washington & Oregon (Cool Springs Press 2006).

Class information:

What: Arboretum Plant Study: Seasonal Plant ID and Culture – Spring Session

When: Thursday, April 30th, 8am-12pm

Who: Landscape professionals, homeowners, gardeners, plant enthusiasts

Where: UW Botanic Gardens – Washington Park Arboretum (2300 Arboretum Dr E, Seattle)

Cost: $65; increases to $75 one week before the class

Register: Online, or by phone (206-685-8033)

 

Picture courtesy Stephanie Colony

Picture courtesy Stephanie Colony

UW Botanic Gardens Summer Camps

March 17th, 2015 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant

It’s that time of year again when we pull out our calendars and begin to think about summer plans. Consider signing your child up to play and learn outside all summer! We are offering ten weeks of outdoor, nature-based summer camps at the Washington Park Arboretum. New themes have been added like Bird is the Word! and Bug Safari, and kept some of our favorites like Tadpoles and Whirligigs and Northwest Naturalists.

Weeks available as of 3/17/2015

Week 1st-3rd available 4th-6th available
June 22 1 1
June 29 1 6
July 6 Full 4
July 13 Full 4
July 20 Full 5
July 27 Full 4
August 3 Full 9
August 10 Full 9
August 17 Full Full
August 24 Full Full

Interested in working at our summer camp? We have multiple opportunities available!

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Summer Garden Guide

Preschool Camp Assistant & After-Camp Specialist

Preschool Camp Garden Guide

 

 

 

DIY Landscape Design

March 4th, 2015 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant

Nancy_Tom_02It is that time of the year again! There are a few days here and there where it’s getting warmer, even some clear days. The plants are getting ready, and so are you. Big plans for the garden this year, right?!

Get those plans started and solidified with our Landscape Design class. This 6-part weekend program is for those gardeners who want to design a fabulous garden, but don’t want to pay the big bucks to hire a professional. Learn from environmental horticulturist Nancy Tom to develop a site analysis, measure, site a house on a plan, draw to scale, design workable hardscaping, consider color and texture, choose plants that are suitable for your soil, microclimate and home, lighting, drainage, trellises and arbors, and vegetable gardens.

You will come home with a planting plan that is custom-fit to your yard, needs, and personal preference. Need a patio for entertaining? No problem! Want to create a bird and wildlife paradise? Sure thing! Looking for low-maintenance native garden? Let’s get started! Call to register (206-685-8033) or go online!

 

 

 

 

WHEN Saturdays, March 14-25 (no class 3/28), 2015, 9:30am – 12pmNiehl_PlantingPlan

WHERE UW Botanic Gardens – Center for Urban Horticulture, Douglas Classroom, 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105

COST $185; $200 after March 7

WHAT 6-part hands-on landscape design series. Each class will include both lecture and time to work. First class is lecture only; we will discuss supplies at this class.

WHO Nancy Tom is a licensed, bonded and insured Environmental Horticulturist and a Master’s degree in art history. She has been designing landscapes in the greater Seattle area since 2000. She currently designs under the name of PlantPicks; see her website for projects and planting ideas, plantpicks.com.

HOW Register online, or call 206-685-8033

 

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All photos courtesy Nancy Tom and plantpicks.com.

 

2015 Spring Park in the Dark Dates

February 26th, 2015 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant

Night time is special at the Arboretum – the people and cars are gone, and the nocturnal animals move about. Night hikes are a chance for us to explore our senses, search for crepuscular and nocturnal movements in the forest and learn about night-related animal adaptations. Programs are designed for families with children aged 5-12 though all ages are welcome! We will meet at the Graham Visitors Center (2300 Arboretum Dr E)
Hikes are always from 7:30-9pm on the Saturday nights listed below:

2015 Spring DatesNight Hike Image

  • April 11th
  • May 9th
  • June 13th

Cost is $8 per person
Register online or call 206-685-8033

Pre-registration is required. This allows our instructor to properly plan and prepare for each class so that you and your family can get the most out of it. Drop-ins are not accepted.

Winter with Fiddleheads Nature Class

January 27th, 2015 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant
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Investigating a spider sighting

 

 

 

The winter session of Fiddleheads Family Nature Class is in full swing this month, despite the weather. Preschoolers aged 2-5 are learning how winter is special, what a skeleton is, what a fossil is and how they form, and even delving into a little chemistry! Every week is a different theme with fun new activities to get you and your little one interested in science, nature, and the world around us.

 

 

 

Taking a closer look at a slug

Taking a closer look at a slug

 

 

Classes are Tuesday-Thursday mornings from 10am-12pm with a special Wednesday afternoon session from 1:30-3:30pm for preschoolers ages 4-5.

More information on price, time, discounts, location, and topics.

Call 206-685-8033 or email uwbgeduc@uw.edu for more information.

 

 

What lives in a pond?

What lives in a pond?

 

 

Upcoming topics:
I Can Be a Scientist! – February 3-5

Trees Grow Up, Too – February 10-12

How Animals Move – February 24-26

Spying With Our Eyes – March 3-5

Sounds of the Forest – March 10-12

Fun In the Mud – March 17-19

Snails, Slugs, and Slimy Things – March 24-26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A New Season of Classes!

November 18th, 2014 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant

Our new Winter schedule is up! Check out our course catalog for classes January through March. Whether you are a novice gardener, or an experienced horticulturist, you are sure to find something to pique your interest! In addition, we are also offering gift certificates for the holiday season. Perfect for that hard-to-buy-for gardener! Buy online, or call 206-685-8033.

And for our Professionals:

 

All these and more can be found in the new class catalog. If you are interested, you can register online, or call (206) 685-8033 to sign up .