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

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 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?”

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!

Science, Services and Performance of Sustainable Sites

April 15th, 2011 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

Date: Wednesday May 18, 2011
Time: 9 am to 3:30 pm
Location: NHS Hall at the Center for Urban Horticulture
Register online.

CUH Dry Stream BedThe Washington Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the University of Washington
Botanic Gardens present this symposium on issues surrounding the Sustainable Sites Initiative. This day-long
event will dig into the science behind and intent of the Sustainable Sites Initiative with a focus on how the SITES guidelines can transform our urban ecosystems, horticulture industry, and design and construction practices. Educational sessions and small group dialogue will identify the current obstacles and brainstorm ways to hurdle them. The day will build cross-disciplinary relationships, with focused discussion among horticultural specialists, landscape architects, nursery industry representatives, arborists, planners, scientists, landscape maintenance contractors and city staff.

Keynote address: Urban Ecosystem Services and Their Value by Kathleen Wolf, Ph.D.  Dr. Wolf is a Research Social Scientist with the College of the Environment, University of Washington, and has a joint appointment with the USDA Forest Service Pacific NW Research Station to help develop a program on Urban Natural Resources Stewardship.

  • The What and Why of Sustainable Sites Initiative by David McDonald. Mr. McDonald is a biologist and environmental scientist with Seattle Public Utilities, focusing on soil science and environmentally friendly landscape design and development practices. He serves on the technical core committee of the national Sustainable Sites Initiative.
  • Salmon Safe Program: Local Performance Demonstrated by Ellen Southard. Ms. Southard, Honorary AIA, is the Outreach Coordinator for Salmon Safe and Stewardship Partners. She is a trained community engagement facilitator with 20 years experience advising on low impact development and preservation.
  • Urban Design and Sustainable Sites: Dual Performances or Dueling Performances? by
    Brice Maryman. Mr. Maryman is a landscape architect with SvR Design Company.  His work focuses on making urban systems that are humane, ecologically-responsive, healthy and equitable.
  • Can Nurseries Meet the Objectives of SITES? by Tom Quigley.  Mr. Quigley is the owner and manager of Olympic Nursery in Woodinville, a retail/wholesale nursery and landscape installation firm specializing in trees, and past president of WSNLA.
  • Breakout group discussions and reporting on solutions and next steps

Cost: $75, lunch included.
Available credits: LAs, WSNLA, APLD WA, ISA
Contact: Jean Robins at 206-685-8033.

Symposium flyer and print registration form.

Arboretum Foundation urges UW Interim President Wise to Maintain Washington Park Arboretum Funding

March 22nd, 2011 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

Rhododendron hybrid by Ethan WeltyIn late February UW Interim President Phyllis Wise sent a report to the Washington State Legislature regarding potential budget cuts at UW specifically naming the Washington Park Arboretum. In response the Arboretum Foundation Board sent President Wise a letter urging her to maintain funding at current levels. Local writer Valerie Easton provides background information on this issue and contact details for state legislators. More from the Foundation.

Over 100 New Accessions Added in 2010

March 15th, 2011 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

UW Botanic Gardens Collection Manager, Randall Hitchin, reported that the majority of new plants added in 2010 represent plants that have never grown at the Arboretum before and one-third of specimens grew from wild collected seeds. The annual Curatorial Report for 2010 gives a summary of the plant collection statistics, including the total number of specimens and number of plant families represented. The full report is linked below.

UWBG Curatorial Report 2010

Hollies in Good Condition After Relocation

March 15th, 2011 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin
Ilex opaca in WPAA mature Ilex opaca tree that stayed behind in the Pacific Connections Garden 

UW Botanic Gardens Collection Manager, Randall Hitchin, reports the majority of the hollies transplanted in 1999 are in good or excellent condition. More than 150 plants were moved in order to make room for the new Pacific Connection Garden.

The Arboretum has one of the most diverse holly collections in the United States. The collection grows on the west side of Lake Washington Blvd just south of Boyer Ave.

2010 Holly Collection Summary for the Washington Park Arboretum

2011 Urban Forest Symposium

March 8th, 2011 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

Arboretum Drive by E. WeltyTrees and the Urban Infrastructure

Plant Amnesty and the University of Washington Botanic Gardens are reprising their highly successful Urban Forestry Symposium, an all day event at the Center for Urban Horticulture. The past two symposiums have focused on the value and preservation of trees; this year’s event will delve into the nitty gritty of how can trees and urban infrastructure co-exist. The event will bring together highly-regarded “tree people” from a variety of fields that affect urban trees, including ecologists, arborists, landscape architects, and utility planners. The symposium promises to be highly informative, with sessions covering topics ranging from foundational values to technical solutions and political strategies. Inspirational keynote speaker Chris Maser has been called “Gandhi of the forest”. He is a research ecologist and courageous writer who rethinks the future beyond simple slogans – using hard science and the wisdom of the ages he can and will show us how the urban forest can be designed to effectively serve the citizens of the city. Additional presentations and panels promise to be lively.

Where:                UWBG Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle 98105

When:                  Monday, May 9, 2011 from 9 am to 4 pm

Cost:                      $55.   Lunch is an additional $15.  Bringing your own sack lunch is also an                                     option.  There will be a free lunch for the first 50 registrants.

Credits:                Credits available for ISA, WALP, WSNLA, APLD WA and ASLA members.

Contact:               Jean Robins at 206-685-8033,

Complete informationRegister online or print and return this registration form.

Free Weekend Walks

March 3rd, 2011 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

Magnolia by L. ThornbergEvery month on the first and third Sundays get outside and enjoy a free guided tour of the beautiful Arboretum.

Sunday, 11am – 12:30pm and 1 – 2:30pm
Location: Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Dr. East, Seattle.

Our Weekend Walks are led by experienced, trained, knowledgeable and engaging docents. The 11 am tours of each month are themed tours. March’s theme is Harbingers of Spring. Right about now we are all dreaming of spring. It’s not too far away! Get an early glimpse of the bright colors of spring by visiting early blooming Rhodies, Magnolias and Camellias.

Photo by Samantha Kimble

New Endowment Established for Arboretum Maintenance

January 7th, 2011 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

western red cedar photoGordon and Irene Bergum will be remembered for their love of gardening (Irene in particular was passionate about flowers) and their generosity. They had a large, beautiful garden, and their intimate knowledge of all that was involved in maintaining it impelled them to set up a trust. At their passing, the trust created the Gordon and Irene Bergum Endowed Fund to help ensure that the Washington Park Arboretum has ongoing funds for maintenance. The UW Botanic Gardens is deeply grateful for their support.

Thank you to the Gordon and Irene Bergum Trust and everyone else who gave a gift and/or volunteered their time to UWBG in 2010.  Donors and volunteers are critical to the continued success of UW Botanic Gardens.