April 30th, 2013 by UWBG Horticulturist
As we bid adieu to relentless April showers, let’s also praise a fond farewell to over 300 relentless April community service volunteers that helped support the stewardship of our beautiful botanic gardens. Because of them, May flowers have never looked and smelled soooo good.
Student Conservation Association 2013 Earth Day at the Washington Park Arboretum. Photo curtesy of SCA.org
The 3 Big April events:
- April 13, Earth Day in the Arboretum w/ Student Conservation Association – see photos http://www.flickr.com/photos/the-sca/sets/72157633264603184/
- April 19, UW Partners w/ Starbucks for Earth Day at CUH and Farm- see video
- April 25, Ivy Out w/ Seattle Prep – a few photos below
Seattle Prep students removing ivy in the hollies
Seattle Prep students removing ivy in Pinetum
A few of the impressive metrics:
- Over 22,000 sq feet of invasive plants removed (ivy and blackberry)!
- Over 60 yrds of mulch spread!
- Over 1500 native plants planted!
- Over 20 yrds of ivy hauled!
April 6th, 2013 by Heidi Unruh, UWBG Communications Volunteer
Are you ready for Earth Day? Here are just a few Earth Day activities happening this month:
The Seattle Conservation Association (SCA), the University of Washington Botanic Gardens (UWBG), and Seattle Parks and Recreation have a fun day of projects planned for Earth Day on Saturday, April 13th. They will be working on a variety of projects around the Washington Park Arboretum. Something for everyone!
Happy students having fun at the SCA 2012 Earth Day event
Join Wilderness Awareness School on April 20th from 10am-1pm at the Washington Park Arboretum for a free, fun-filled afternoon of nature connection activities to celebrate Earth Day. Bring yourself, your buddies and the whole family for nature games that will expand your senses and enrich a deeper connection to the earth.
April story time at the Miller Library will celebrate Earth Week with stories celebrating Mother Earth and some of the ways we can help preserve our planet’s green beauty for future generations. After the stories, peer at a scoop of compost under a magnifier to see and sketch some of the life there. Saturday, 4/27, 10:30 – 11:15 am.
March 11th, 2013 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin
What could be better than a garden full of beautiful plants? A home library full of books about plants!
The 8th annual Garden Lovers’ Book Sale is the best source of used books on plants, horticulture, garden design, edibles, pest control, and special this year only: cooking!
The fun begins on Friday, April 5th at 5 pm at the Wine & Cheese Preview Party. Tickets cost $20 and include light refreshments plus first crack at the books. Purchase in advance by calling 206-543-0415.
On Saturday the doors open at 9:00 am. The public sale is free. Bring your own bags or boxes to load up on great deals.
Sale is at the Elisabeth C. Miller Library at the Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105.
- Preview party: April 5, 5-8pm, $20.00
- Public sale: April 6, 9am-3pm, free.
- All proceeds benefit the new materials budget for the Miller Library.
February 25th, 2013 by UWBG Communication Staff
Saturday, March 9, 2013 9am – 3pm
Find elusive spring ephemerals for sale at the NHS Plant Sale
Come get your early blooming plants at the Northwest Horticultural Society Spring Plant Sale. This annual event features dozens of vendors and lectures by gardening experts, including Dan Hinkley.
Dan Hinkley will be speaking twice at the sale. Tickets go on sale at 8:30 for $5. At 10am his topic is Foliage First – Building the foundation of your garden. At 1pm the topic is The moment at Windcliff – Winter gives way to early spring.
Also, at 11:30 there will be a free experts Q&A session with Lorene Edwards Forkner, Richie Steffen & Marty Wingate.
The sale is free, but tickets for the lectures cost $5.00. Proceeds benefit the Miller Library.
3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98195
February 7th, 2013 by Arboretum Education Supervisor, Patrick Mulligan
Please stop by the UWBG booth and say “hello” at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show this year. We’ve got a great corner spot at booth #2304 in the Community Organizations area. New for this year, we’re combining forces with Seattle Parks & Recreation to create a “mega-booth” connected by a wedding arbor being built by the city’s carpenter crew. During the show, we’ll be highlighting our Rental Program, so look for lots of pretty pictures of events at our rental sites at the Center for Urban Horticulture and the Graham Visitors Center.
A Hobbit house surrounded by native New Zealand plants at the NW Flower and Garden Show
The Arboretum Foundation’s award winning garden from 2012 featured birdsong.
This year’s show runs February 20-24 at the Washington State Convention Center.
For a fantastic evening out why not attend the Tuesday evening Preview Party hosted by the Arboretum Foundation? You can bid on unique items in the silent auction, stroll the display gardens before the crowds arrive, sip wine and enjoy a dessert buffet. This fund raiser for the Arboretum is always a fun time. Tickets on sale now.
December 26th, 2012 by Wendy Gibble
Ivy Clark plants Castilleja seedlings (photo by Wendy Gibble)
Reprinted from the Rare Plant Press
Graduate student Lauren “Ivy” Clark has been knee deep in seeds ever since
she started her Master’s work at University of Washington. She first came to work with Rare Care in 2009 to develop protocols for propagating ten shrub-steppe species from seed for a project Rare Care was working on with BLM. Having developed an interest in germination ecology, Ivy also started working with Rare Care’s rare plant seed collection, conducting germination tests on collections held in the Miller Seed Vault. This ongoing work dovetails nicely with her thesis work, in which she explores the potential for hybridization between golden paintbrush (Castilleja levisecta) and harsh Indian paintbrush (C. hispida).
Both Castilleja species occur on Puget Sound prairies, and hybridization has been observed in a nursery setting. Recent golden paintbrush reintroductions have resulted in both species growing in close proximity to one another at out-planting sites. After ascertaining that the same pollinator species frequent both species, Ivy collected seeds from both species where they co-occur and is propagating them in the greenhouse. She will evaluate morphological features of the progeny to determine whether and to what extent hybridization is occurring at these reintroduction sites and whether the risk of hybridization is reduced by increasing the distance between neighboring individuals of the two species.
Ivy has had an interest in plants for as long as she can remember. Growing up in Texas, her interest in the natural world was nurtured by her parents. She’s held a variety of jobs since becoming a biologist, many of them restricting her to laboratories. Finding that she really enjoys being in the field, she hopes to use her skills and degree to work in the restoration ecology field. In the meantime, we are delighted to have her working on Rare Care projects and caring for our ex situ collection.
November 27th, 2012 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin
Just a few examples of the artwork and hand-made crafts on sale in the Miller Library starting December 7.
Get your holiday shopping done early and support local artists and artisans! Starting December 7th, we’ll have a selection of locally made arts and crafts available for purchase at the Miller Library.
Items will be available to purchase at the library from December 7 – 21, 2012. Join us for refreshments at the opening reception on Friday, December 7th from 5pm to 7pm. There is no entrance fee.
Location: Elisabeth C. Miller Library, 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle, WA, 98105
*Cash or Check only please! 25% of proceeds benefit the Miller Library.*
November 11th, 2012 by UWBG Horticulturist
90″ root balls ready to go.
I think it’s safe to say that history was made last Tuesday, Nov. 6, and it had nothing to do with election day. It was the day the largest trees ever, 3 “Southern Beeches”, were transplanted in the arboretum to their new homes in the construction of the New Zealand focal forest of Pacific Connections Garden.
Here are the “WOW!” factoids:
- Big Trees of Snohomish and Magnum Crane from Kent, accomplished the amazing feat.
- It took a 175 Ton crane to do the job!
- Their rootballs each weighed between 12,000 and 20,000 lbs!
- The trees were between 30′- 40′ tall with up to 20′ canopy spreads!
- Their trunks were between 8″-10″ calipers!
Utube video provided by AF staff, Rhonda Bush
Let’s wish these trees luck in adapting and establishing into their new home.
Photos taken by Todd Holms of Big Trees this one showing one of these Goliath trees suspended by crane over its new home.
November 2nd, 2012 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin
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.
September 25th, 2012 by Heidi Unruh, UWBG Communications Volunteer
We’ve been closely following the progress of Abby Aresty’s “Music of Trees” project, a sound installation project in the Arbortetum. We’re pleased to report that the installation is up and running. Aresty describes the project as “a series of sound installations that explore the layers and permutations of acoustic space in seven sites throughout Seattle’s Washington Park Arboretum. Each installation creates a sonic dialogue with its acoustic and physical space. The striking forms of the trees and plants, as well as their relationship to the surrounding environments, provide a unique opportunity for the artistic and physical exploration of sound in space.”
The installation will be running in October on Wednesdays from 3 to 6pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm throughout October.
Abby in the media
Click this trail map to learn the location to Music of Trees.