Where in the Arboretum? New interactive map answers that question.

August 5th, 2014 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin
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A screen shot of the interactive map with pop-up detail for the tree Toona

A visitor to the Washington Park Arboretum recently wondered if the “tuna” tree grew among its world class collection of woody plants. She asked a staff member who figured out she meant Toona sinensis, a hardy member of the mahogany family with bright pink new growth. “Yes, we have three specimens.” replied Laura Blumhagen, working at the reference desk in the Miller Library. “Where?” asked the visitor. Laura searched the brand-new interactive map, located the Toona trees and directed the visitor to the northwest corner of the Arboretum where Lake Washington curves around near the off ramp from State Route 520.

The online, interactive map identifies landmarks, trails, gardens and most importantly every woody plant growing in the Arboretum. It can be browsed or searched. Users can turn layers on and off, measure distances, draw a custom route and print out a custom map. Zooming into the map reveals thousands of green circles that represent trees and shrubs. Click on a circle to learn the plant’s name and other data related to that individual specimen.
UW Botanic Gardens Director, Professor Sarah Reichard, envisioned a system where public visitors could gain a deeper appreciation of the value of the collections and the story behind each tree, as well as improve management efficiency. “The integration of the existing database and new map has exceeded my expectations” said Dr. Reichard.

In August 2012 the University of Washington Botanic Gardens received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to survey the Arboretum and digitize paper inventory maps. That groundwork enabled the development of a geo-referenced database and a publicly accessible, interactive map. Prior to this project, the paper inventory maps were arduous to update, impossible to search and inaccessible to the public and most staff. Surveying the Arboretum with modern equipment and digitizing inventory maps increased the accuracy of plant location data and decreased the effort to locate plants. Staff management of the collection has improved because time spent searching for plants can now be used caring for them. Docents save time creating seasonal tours by searching the map for trees of interest. The map integrates not just location information, but data about the plant’s name, origin, native range, health condition and the id number for the pressed plant specimen in the Hyde Herbarium.

Articles and posts about the mapping project

Arboretum Bulletin article about the history of mapping at the Arboretum and how the interactive map was created.
IMLS grant funds geo-referenced, integrated database
In the Arboretum with the total station and other milestones
How would you use an interactive map in the Arboretum?
About the map and credits

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What does the cone symbolize to you?

April 8th, 2014 by UWBG Communication Staff

The cone represents our collections and the importance of conifers in our landscape. It holds the seeds that embody our commitment to a future where plants and people thrive together.

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Much like our varied and extensive collection of woody and herbaceous plants, our organization has evolved and grown over time. Throughout this growth, we have always striven to enrich the lives of students and the public through our education programs, outstanding collections and natural areas. Our two locations, the Center for Urban Horticulture and the Washington Park Arboretum, remain treasured destinations that provide an urban escape, accessible and free, in the heart of Seattle.

With that in mind, we’re very pleased to share with you the latest evolution of our logo. Come grow with us.

uwbgLogo340pxAbout the logo…

THE CONE: Inspired by our native Shore Pine (Pinus contorta), the cone represents our collection and the importance of conifers in our landscape. It holds the seeds that symbolize our commitment to a future where plants & people thrive together.

THE COLORS: Purple & gold to underscore our place within the University of Washington family; we are an integral part of the UW’s School of Environmental & Forest Sciences and serve as a “front porch” where academia mingles with the general public.

THE LOOK: As leaders in the fields of horticulture, environmental restoration and conservation, we are here to share the latest research and expertise with our diverse community of learners. We wanted a look that was professional yet approachable, and recognizable throughout our campus sites and facilities.

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Introducing our new look!

February 4th, 2014 by UWBG Communication Staff

Much like our varied and extensive collection of woody and herbaceous plants, our organization has evolved and grown over time. Throughout this growth, we have always striven to enrich the lives of students and the public through our education programs, outstanding collections and natural areas. Our two locations, the Center for Urban Horticulture and the Washington Park Arboretum, remain treasured destinations that provide an urban escape, accessible and free, in the heart of Seattle.

UW Botanic Gardens logo cone

With that in mind, we’re very pleased to share with you the latest evolution of our logo. Come grow with us.

uwbgLogo340px
About the logo…

THE CONE: Inspired by our native Shore Pine (Pinus contorta), the cone represents our collection and the importance of conifers in our landscape. It holds the seeds that symbolize our commitment to a future where plants & people thrive together.

THE COLORS: Purple & gold to underscore our place within the University of Washington family; we are an integral part of the UW’s School of Environmental & Forest Sciences and serve as a “front porch” where academia mingles with the general public.

THE LOOK: As leaders in the fields of horticulture, environmental restoration and conservation, we are here to share the latest research and expertise with our diverse community of learners. We wanted a look that was professional yet approachable, and recognizable throughout our campus sites and facilities.

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Come GROW with us at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show!

January 8th, 2014 by UWBG Communication Staff

postcardWith all the sights and smells of springtime, the Northwest Flower & Garden Show signals the end of the winter doldrums and the beginning of the growing season! The show will be held at the Washington State Convention Center, February 5-9. Details can be found at www.gardenshow.com.

Be sure to stop by the UW Botanic Gardens’ educational booth, #2401, to explore the many opportunities we offer for you to bolster your spirit, energize your body, grow your own food, and develop exciting new skills in the year to come. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Five Great Holiday Gift Ideas

November 21st, 2013 by Heidi Unruh, UWBG Communications Volunteer
Monoprint card by Roberta McDaris Long

Monoprint card by Roberta McDaris Long

The holidays are upon us, and we have many opportunities for unique gifts that will delight your friends and family, all while supporting a good cause!

Support local artisans at the Holiday Art, Craft and Gift Sale, December 6-21 at the Miller Library, where you’ll find:

  • Nature-inspired prints, cards and calendars by watercolor artist MOLLY HASHIMOTO
  • Woven textiles, scarves, and wraps by textile artist LINNEA DONNEN
  • Lovely handmade tiles by members of ARTISAN TILE NORTHWEST
  • Botanically-inspired ceramic mugs, bowls, and vases by KATIE MURPHY, UWBG alumna
  • Botanically themed monoprint cards by ROBERTA MCDARIS LONG, shown above*
  • Glass art by JOAN BAZAZ

Join us for the opening reception and sale Friday December 6 from 5-8pm. 25% of proceeds benefit the Miller Library.

For a truly unique, one-of-a-kind gift, consider a framed herbarium specimen, collected from our very own plants at the UW Botanic Garden. These professionally framed pressings artistically showcase beautiful plants in flower or in fruit. Proceeds directly support the Otis Douglas Hyde Herbarium.

Make a gift to the UW Botanic Gardens in someone’s name. You can give a general gift to the the Director’s Fund, or choose from nine different priority gift funds, such as Rare Plant Care and Conservation Fund or the Union Bay Natural Area Fund.

The UW Botanic Gardens offer a variety of education programs for everyone. Give the nature lovers in your life a gift certificate for one of our Public, Professional or Youth and Family classes. Contact Continuing Education at urbhort@uw.edu or 206-685-8033 to order.

Visit the Arboretum Gift Shop to find a delightful selection of gardening and outdoor books, plant-themed jewelry, natural body products, tools for green thumbs, and much more. Proceeds benefit the Washington Park Arboretum.

 

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Academic opportunities at the Botanic Gardens

September 20th, 2013 by UWBG Communication Staff
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Make connections, gain experience, have fun: get involved at the UW Botanic Gardens!

Welcome UW Students! Make time in your busy schedule to get involved at the Botanic Gardens*. You won’t regret the investment because not only will you gain experience but you will also make connections with professionals and fellow students.

Ways to get involved:

What we do:

  • environmental horticulture
  • restoration ecology
  • public garden management
  • collection development
  • information management
  • communication & social networking
  • marketing
  • curriculum design
  • archives
  • curation
  • arboriculture
  • urban ecology
  • environmental education
  • integrated pest management
  • rare plant conservation
  • continuing education
  • visitor experience & interpretation
  • inventory ground-truthing & GIS mapping
  • surveying

*UW Botanic Gardens has two sites: the Washington Park Arboretum and the Center for Urban Horticulture and includes the Miller Library and Hyde Herbarium. Programs include continuing education for adults, outdoor programs for children plus conservation and restoration projects.

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Learn by Doing: Volunteer at the Botanic Gardens

June 6th, 2013 by UWBG Communication Staff
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Junior Summer Camp Guides at the Arboretum learn leadership skills and environmental knowledge.

We need your help! We depend on volunteers to keep our gardens looking beautiful, our plant records up to date and the kids programs running smoothly.

Want to get involved, get some work experience, meet new people, have fun? Apply online today!

  • WPA Junior Summer Camp Guides are  high school or college students who teach the little kids about the environment and help keep summer camp running smoothly. Junior Garden Guide Job Description (doc).
  • Plant Records Assistant help with documenting and mapping our living plant collections at the Washington Park Arboretum.
  • Arboretum Visitor Center Front Desk Assistant greets visitors and answers questions. Share your passion about the Arboretum in this position.

These positions and many more are listed on the UWBG Volunteer page.

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Graham Visitor Center Room Rental now 10% off

January 28th, 2013 by UWBG Communication Staff

Receive a 10% Room Discount*

Hold your event at the Graham Visitor Center between January and June 2013.

Please call 206-221-2500 now to reserve your next event and mention this promotion to receive 10% off your room fee.

*This promotional discount applies to one meeting or social event per customer.

Arboretum wedding photo

Perfect for an intimate party

 

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Explore Ecuador & Galapagos: UWBG Study Tour

September 12th, 2012 by Sarah Reichard

We are pleased to announce a UWBG trip to the place where Darwin first developed his ideas about evolution – the Galápagos Islands and Ecuador.

Photo credit: Claudiah

Photo credit: Claudiah

Join Director Sarah Reichard for a trip June 5-19, 2013, as we explore the Quito Botanical Garden, hike trails in the Amazon, and explore the Galápagos Islands on a yacht. We will see the birds and tortoises that inspired Darwin and climb the volcanoes of the Islands. For more information review the itinerary . To sign up for the trip or to receive more information,  you can register at Holbrook Travel. The deadline for booking the trip has been extended until all spaces on the tour boat are filled.

A portion of the tour fee is a tax-deductible donation to the Education program at UWBG.

Mockingbird photo by Reinier Munguia

Sea lion by Reinier Munguia

Pinnacle Rock photo by Reinier Munguia


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