On October 18, 2012, UW Botanic Gardens and the Arboretum Foundation celebrated their volunteers with an annual Volunteer Recognition event. We enjoyed fabulous food, from delectable appetizers to yummy barbecue to delicious desserts. Directors Sarah Reichard and Paige Miller graciously honored our volunteers, speaking of their dedication and importance to UWBG and the Foundation. This past year UWBG volunteers contributed 6,258 hours and Foundation volunteers contributed 13,931 hours.
Sharlene Walsh was the Arboretum Foundation Volunteer-of-the-Year. Molly Cleland received the annual Brian O. Mulligan UWBG Volunteer Award. Many thanks go to Sharlene, Molly and all our volunteers.
Members of the Commercial Real Estate Development Association joined forces at their 2012 Community Enhancement Day to spiff up the Center for Urban Horticulture. Projects included invasive plant removal, small construction projects, painting, planting and much more.
Hoop-houses were rebuilt, Stairs from the McVey Courtyard to the Event Lawn were built, and the weed-prone gravel paths were replaced with stamped concrete in the Soest garden (photo right).
UWBG director, professor Sarah Reichard, remarked: “Of special interest to the faculty and students: the wet beds are rebuilt and look gorgeous. Get that wetland research going now!”
CUH is sparkling now thanks to our NAIOP friends, community members and the UWBG Horticulture staff.
Join us Sunday, November 11, 2012 from 11am-5pm for the first annual Northlake Wedding & Events Tour!
Whether you are planning an upcoming wedding, holiday party or celebration, you do not want to miss this fun day of touring the venues in the Fremont, Wallingford, University and Eastlake Neighborhoods.
Where will you hold your next event? Take the Northlake Wedding and Event Tour to find the perfect venue. Photo by Lauren Kahan.
This will be a fantastic opportunity for you to learn about the diverse event services each local venue and featured vendor has to offer. Sit back and relax as our provided transportation sweeps you from venue to venue.
Start planning your own event as you are inspired by the decor and fabulous themes produced by our featured event planners at each location.
Please visit www.northlakewedding.com, to purchase tickets – only $15 for one ticket and $25 for two, $20 per ticket if you buy at the door.
Registration starts at 10am at the Center for Urban Horticulture in Merrill Commons. Come early because the first 50 people registered will receive free swag bags! 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle, 98105.
This series is designed for those who work in maintenance of residential and public landscapes. Each lecture will provide information on techniques for quality pruning with better long term results and customer satisfaction. Common plant types and landscape situations, as well as specialized pruning for roses, fruit trees, and vines will be covered. Print flyer.
In July 2012 the Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded a Museums for America grant to UW Botanic Gardens to integrate an all-inclusive database, using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology. The multi-part project will ultimately allow for one point of access to herbarium, horticultural and curitorial records linked to an Arc-GIS generated map, searchable from any web-connected devise. The database will be used to advance environmental research, improve Arboretum management and expand interpretation of the woody plant collections.
The first major task starting as soon as survey equipment arrives will be to measure and verify the geospatial coordinates of the physical monuments of the historic grid system used in the Washington Park Arboretum. These coordinates will be used to create a map that supports the geo-referenced database.
Why not consider lichens as an alternative? Lichens are friendly and interesting organisms that love to grow on headstones and old trees. Cemeteries can take on new meaning as a fun place to observe a symbiotic organism made up of a fungus and algae. You will also learn about common lichens found in an urban environment and take home a user-friendly chart that lists lichens found in your neighborhood.
Always wondered about what lichens are and why they are found on your trees and Rhododendrons? Lichens are harmless to your plants and add aesthetic value to trees and shrubs. We can actually use them as indicators of air pollution! Join Dr. Katherine Glew and the Center for Urban Horticulture on Saturday, October 27 to get a head start on learning lichens from your local cemetery. You can enjoy Hallowe’en looking for lichens rather that scary witches and pumpkin heads.
In early 2012, UWBG led its first trip to Cuba. Director Sarah Reichard, the leader, blogged about the fascinating and sometimes perplexing world they encountered. We hope to do a similar trip in 2013, although it pending the renewal of our license to travel to Cuba. Because the license has expired, we cannot take deposits at this time, but if you are interested in being notified when the license is approved, please contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org. The complete itinerary is available for review.
Our guide leans against the very rare Microcycas calocoma
In early May UWBG suffered a sever vandalism attack of in the Gateway to Chile garden. This follows similar vandalism last May in the same location and in some cases, the same plants. KOMO news covered the story with an interview with the Manager of Horticulture, David Zuckerman:
Yesterday Director Sarah Reichard received a call from a private banker representing an anonymous donor and by late yesterday UWBG had a check to cover the estimated costs to replace plants and repair the damages – $43,000!
Director Reichard reassured staff in an email announcing the donation that the investigation continues:
“This does not mean we will not continue to assist the police to track down the guilty parties but I hope you feel – as I do – that your faith in human nature at least a little bit restored.”
Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Arboretum Foundation, and the UW Botanic Gardens ask anyone with information about the crime to contact the Seattle Police Department’s East Burglary Unit at 206-684-4300
If you only make it to one plant sale this spring be sure not to miss FlorAbundance held on April 28th and 29 at the Washington Park Arboretum. The Arboretum Foundation, with many, many volunteers organize and host the sale that features dozens of specialty nursery vendors and expert help from the King County Master Gardeners.