Are Weddings Allowed at the UW Botanic Gardens?

January 10th, 2012 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

Answer:  Yes!  Weddings and all social events are a natural fit at the beautiful Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH) and Washington Park Arboretum (WPA).   Weddings and many other social events are booked months, even a year, in advance at both of these sites.

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Imagine your wedding reception at the beautiful and affordable UW Botanic Gardens

Our wedding packages include tables, chairs, catering kitchen, parking and staffing.  The surrounding gardens and patios further enhance your event and are included in the package.  Other social event rental packages such as memorial services, auctions and parties are available – ask our reservationists for pricing tailored to your event.

Where would a wedding or other event take place?

Answer:  We have two sites to choose from.  The CUH is a distinctive Northwest event destination with a hall, classrooms and outdoor spaces that can be configured for conferences, weddings, meetings, exhibits, auctions and more conveniently located just blocks from the University of Washington (UW) main campus and the University Village shopping center.  The Graham Visitor Center is a unique urban woodland destination with a hall, classroom, conference room and outdoor patio for weddings, meetings, parties and more located in the 230-acre WPA amongst the UW’s collection of plans from around the world.

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Perfect for an intimate party

To book your wedding or other social event for 2012 or beyond, please contact the Rental Team to discuss your plans, available dates and personal site visit.  Please phone 206-221-2500 or 616-3994.  We look forward to working with you to plan a truly memorable event!

Book Your Events Now for 2012 at UW Botanic Gardens!

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What does the Arboretum sound like?

December 22nd, 2011 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

Abby Aresty photoSeattle-based composer,  sound artist and UW doctoral student in music Abby Aresty has designed an amazing sound installation for the Washington Park Arboretum planned for autumn 2012. But she needs to raise more money for equipment to build the installation. Abby describes the public art project on the fund raising site KickStarter where backers can donate cash in any amount. But there’s a catch. Abby must raise the $8,000 she needs by February 14th. Funding through KickStarter is all or nothing. If the full amount is not raised by the deadline then the artist receives nothing and the donors are not charged.

Please help Abby realize her vision, become a backer today!

Follow Abby’s progress in her Blog

Hear Abby explain her vision for Path II: The Music of Trees

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UWBG Gift Certificates make great gifts

December 9th, 2011 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin
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Landscape tree identification is one of many classes offered by UWBG.

Holiday shopping got you stressed? Look no farther than UWBG! Gift certificates are now available for classes such as landscape design and mosaic art techniques. Gift certificates are offered in $25, $50 and $100 values and may be purchased by telephone at 206-685-8033.

Other gift ideas for garden or nature lovers available for purchase that benefits programs at the UW Botanic Gardens:

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Climate Change Impacts? Observe Cherry Tree Blossoms

November 9th, 2011 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin
UW Quad cherry tree

Photo by UW Photographer Kathy Sauber

UWBG professor, Soo-Hyung Kim, just published a paper in PLoS ONE that describes his study of the impact future climate change may have on the bloom dates of flowering cherries. The authors,  including Uran Chung, Liz Mack, Jin I. Yun, studied the cherry trees in Tidal Basin, Washington DC and the timing of the annual cherry festival. The cherry tree cultivars studied, Yoshino and Kwanzan, are the same cultivars growing on the UW campus campus (Quad: Yoshino, Rainer vista: Kwanzan). The authors state in the abstract:

“Our results demonstrate the potential impacts of climate change on the timing of cherry blossoms and illustrate the utility of a simple process-based phenology model for developing adaptation strategies to climate change in horticulture, conservation planning, restoration and other related disciplines.”

The full text of the paper is available on the PLoS website: Chung U, Mack L, Yun JI, Kim S-H. 2011. Predicting the timing of cherry blossoms in Washington, DC and Mid-Atlantic States in response to climate change. PLoS ONE 6, e27439.

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UW Student Completes Draft for Campus Sustainability Fund Proposal

September 15th, 2011 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

UW undergraduate Jeanine Carlson developed a draft proposal for the Campus Sustainability Fund as her Capstone project. The proposal imagines a cafe and permaculture demonstration garden at the Washington Park Arboretum.

Jeanine shares her vision for the proposal:

The Permaculture Perennial Guild Garden is a display and study of permaculture perennial plant guilds in an event hosting site. It provides visual demonstration, experiential learning, and a place for community to gather in sharing, learning and celebration. With the addition of the Greenhouse Café the site will provide a social hub for students, visitors, University of Washington Botanic Garden (UWBG) patrons and parents of children in educational programs.

Read the rest of the Executive Summary.

Permaculture Perennial Guild Garden Plan Sketch


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The Science and Practice of Sustainable Sites

August 26th, 2011 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

Three stand-alone Tuesday evening sessions: 6:30–8:30pm at CUH, September 20; September 27; October 4.

$30 per event; $50 for two; $75 for three, with an additional 10% early-bird discount by EOB September 9.

Approved for Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LACES) credits.

Register online, call 206-685-8033 with a credit card, or mail in this downloadable registration form.

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Tuesday, September 20

“The Science and Practice of Sustainable Sites: Observations from Two Parks Pilot Projects”

6:30 – 8:30 pm, 2.0 LACES PDH

This session will compare and contrast how the SITES™ process applies to two Seattle Parks e

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Bradner Park Fence

nrolled in the Sustainable Sites (SITES) Initiative’s Pilot Program: Bradner Gardens Park, an existing park; and Kirke Park, a park in development. Participants will gain an understanding of the application of SITES to different project types as project-team leads share their experiences with SITES and compare notes on their decision-making and documentation processes. Team members will review how they determined the appropriate credits, show sample documentation from credit requirements, and speculate on possible lessons learned from the process. The event will conclude with a lively dialog about how SITES may influence Seattle Parks’ design, operations, maintenance, and marketing, and conversely how the pilot projects may inform SITES standards. This training is intended for design professionals, site owners, and landscape contractors who want to learn how to effectively contribute to the team-oriented process of creating and documenting sustainable landscapes.

“Observations from Two Parks Pilot Projects” is a standalone course in an evening series exploring the Sustainable Sites Initiative and the sustainable practices that will enable built landscapes to support ecological functions and regenerate natural resources. We examine the SITES metric and its use as a tool to effect change through the lens of our instructors’ experiences with SITES pilot projects and other performance-based tools. This series is co-sponsored by UW Botanic Gardens, the Washington Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (WASLA) and Seattle Public Utilities.

Karen Galt is a landscape architect and coordinates the Irrigation Conservation Program for the Stewardship and Sustainability Unit of Seattle Parks and Recreation. For nearly twelve years Karen has worked for Parks in neighborhood planning and park development; her work has recently focused on maintenance operations.

Clayton Beaudoin, MLA, LEED AP®. With a background in the environmental community, Clayton’s landscape-architecture experience includes several LEED certified buildings, creek daylighting, neighborhood development, and several regional and neighborhood parks.

 

Tuesday, September 27

“The Science and Practice of Sustainable Sites: Practical Implementation of Soil Protection”

6:30 – 8:30 pm, 2.0 LACES PDH

Effective soil protection starts early in planning and doesn’t stop with best intentions. This seminar will prepare design, construction and landscape professionals to meet the Sustainable Sites (SITES™) Initiative’s soil benchmarks as well as Washington’s required Post-Construction Soil Best Management Practices, which the SITES requirements are modeled on. After an introduction to soil functions and ecosystems, we’ll discuss best practices in soil protection and restoration, the soil management plan, materials selection, and writing effective specifications. We’ll discuss construction strategies for both large and small sites — sequencing, equipment and coordinating on-site teams, as well as ongoing practices for soil regeneration.

“Practical Implementation of Soil Protection” is a standalone course in an evening series exploring the Sustainable Sites Initiative and the sustainable practices that will enable built landscapes to support ecological functions and regenerate natural resources. We examine the SITES metric and its use as a tool to effect change through the lens of our instructors’ experiences with SITES pilot projects and other performance-based tools. This series is co-sponsored by UW Botanic Gardens, the Washington Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (WASLA) and Seattle Public Utilities.

David McDonald is a resource conservation planner at Seattle Public Utilities, leads SPU’s professional training program and Washington’s Soils for Salmon project, and serves on the national SITES technical core committee.

Howard Stenn is a design consultant and co-author of Washington State’s Soil BMPs with extensive site development, specification, and soil best practice professional education experience.

Jim Berger is Senior Construction Manager at Port Blakely Communities, teaches CESCL erosion courses, and coordinates construction teams and installation processes. He shares with our other presenters a keen interest in sustainability and soil.

 

Tuesday, October 4

 “The Science and Practice of Sustainable Sites: Watering without Waste”

6:30 – 8:30 pm, 2.0 LACES PDH

Resource-savvy irrigation is more than a technical skill; it requires the communication, forethought and systems thinking of an integrated team. This two-hour session will provide an irrigation technical overview and prepare professionals for the requirements of the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES™). The instructors lead you through the water conservation prerequisites and credits, as well as strategic approaches that support SITES’ multiple objectives. Planning for plant establishment, life-cycle and ongoing maintenance involves good communication and documentation. We’ll explore irrigation efficiency, materials, the influence of maintenance on design, the appropriate use of drip systems and temporary irrigation, and weaning off supplemental water. We’ll tap into the experience of our instructors, including a SITES pilot project that looks ahead to disconnection.

“Watering without Waste” is a standalone course in an evening series exploring the Sustainable Sites Initiative and the sustainable practices that will enable built landscapes to support ecological functions and regenerate natural resources. We examine the SITES metric and its use as a tool to effect change through the lens of our instructors’ experiences with SITES pilot projects and other performance-based tools. This series is co-sponsored by UW Botanic Gardens, the Washington Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (WASLA) and Seattle Public Utilities.

David Hilgers, ASLA, LEED AP®, works for R Miller Construction as a landscape architect and sustainability advisor, and integrates sustainable design and construction practice in all types of development.

Matt Suhadolnik, ASLA, LEED AP®, is a landscape architect with SvR Design, where he collaborates with other engineering, landscape architecture, and planning professions on well integrated, sustainable solutions.

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Ethical Gardening Book by UWBG Director Reichard Reviewed

June 17th, 2011 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

Conscientious Gardener book cover

Are you a conscientious gardener?

How up-to-date are you on pest and invasive plant management, peat and vermiculite, water conservation and coexistence with native animals? Dr. Sarah Reichard, Professor and Acting Director of the UW Botanic Gardeners, has just made it a whole lot easier to garden responsibly with her 2011 book, The Conscientious Gardener: Cultivating a Garden Ethic.

Reviews of the book:

More book reviews by Miller Library staff can be found in the Gardening Answers Knowledgebase

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Vendor Showcase at CUH for Event Planners

June 1st, 2011 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin
NHS Hall at the Center for Urban Horticulture

NHS Hall at the Center for Urban Horticulture is perfect for your next wedding or staff retreat.

Purpose: This event will showcase indoor and outdoor venues at UWBG Center for Urban Horticulture and nearly 50 vendors who serve our rental customers for their business meetings, symposiums, conferences, classes, graduations, weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, auctions, memorial services, parties, fundraisers, etc.

Who’s Hosting: UWBG Rental Program in collaboration with nearly 50 vendors

Who’s Invited: UW department representatives, government representatives, event planners, wedding planners,  the general public shopping for a beautiful rental facility and top-notch vendors

When: Thursday, July 21, 2011, 3:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Where: Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE  41st St. (Near U-Village)

RSVP: 206-221-2500 with name and # attending

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

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Plant Answer Line: Going Strong After Ten Years

May 9th, 2011 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

Plant Answer Line - click to ask a questionIn the spring of 2001 the Elisabeth C. Miller Library launched a new service designed to answer plant and gardening questions quickly over the phone or via email.

“How do I prune a Hollywood juniper to shape and train it so it looks good?”

The Plant Answer Line is staffed by professionally trained librarians who also have a life-time passion for gardening. The librarians find answers in an extensive collection of books and magazines, as well as online from trusted websites and databases. Over the last decade, tens of thousands of gardeners from all over the world received well researched answers with citations to sources.

“Can you tell me how to grow Hibiscus from cuttings?”

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Buy your Plant Answer Line gear today!

To celebrate the ten year anniversary of the Plant Answer Line the Miller Library opened a Cafe Press shop where travel mugs, caps, book bags and magnets may be purchased all featuring the PAL anniversary logo.

Have a question? Call 206-897-5268 (UW-PLANT) or send a message to hortlib@uw.edu. Plant Answer Line is a free service, but the Miller Library depends on private donations to buy books and pay staff.

“Will I be able to get  syrup from maple trees in our climate?”

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Plant Sale Season Now in Full Swing

April 28th, 2011 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

Trillium chloropetalum

  • FlorAbundance at Warren G. Magnuson Park, Building 30 Saturday, April 30, 9 am to 5 pm Sunday, May 1, 10 am to 2p m Benefits the Washington Park Arboretum
  • Master Gardener Foundation Plant Sale at the Center for Urban Horticulture, Saturday,  May 7,  8 am to 5 pm and Sunday, May 8, 10 am to 3 pm
  • Hardy Fern Foundation’s Fern Festival 2011, Center for Urban Horticulture, Friday, June 3, 1 pm to 6:30 pm and Saturday June 4, 10 am to 2 pm

For a complete list of plant sales all over the Pacific Northwest (especially Washington) check out the Miller Library’s Garden Tours & Plant Sales Calendar!

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