Get Outside this Year!

May 30th, 2013 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant

Looking to spend more time outside, but don’t know exactly what to do?

Come and learn at our upcoming classes, “Sharing Nature with Your Children”, and “Grow Your Own Organic Food”.

  Sharing Nature with Your Children

 

 

Kids enjoying a day at Mt. Rainier! Photo Credit Julie Luthy

Kids enjoying a day at Mt. Rainier! Photo Credit Julie Luthy

Do your kids complain about being bored all summer? Do they sit in front of the TV and watch shows and play video games all day? Do you wish that they would get out and explore the world, like you did as a kid?

Join naturalist Julie Luthy for a morning filled with fun activities and nature tidbits that will amaze you and your children.  A classroom introduction will be followed by a session of putting the ideas into action outside in the Arboretum, so dress for the weather and get ready for some innovative outdoor exploration.

If you’ve ever had difficulty getting your kids to hike, play or explore outside; don’t miss this!

Time: Saturday, June 8, from 9-11am
Graham Visitors Center at the Washington Park Arboretum
2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle, 98112

Cost: $35; $40 after June 2

Register Online
Or call (206)685-8033 to register over the phone!

 

 

 Grow Your Own Organic Food

Peas ready to go up the trellis.

Peas ready to go up the trellis.

 There is nothing better than a homegrown tomato, ripe, red and warm from the sun, sliced with some olive oil and salt on a bed of your own lettuce, in colors that you would never find at the grocery store! Does this sound delicious to you? You can make it all happen with the right knowledge.

Not only is homegrown food fresher, but you know exactly where it came from, and how it was grown. It’s cheaper than buying produce at the market too!

Take this class to learn the tricks of the trade, including using recycled materials, container and limited space gardening techniques, and urban pest control. You’ll be enjoying your harvest in no time!

Time: Saturday, June 8, from 1-3pm
Douglas Classroom at the Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, 98195

Cost: $25; $30 after June 2

Register Online
Or call (206)685-8033 to register over the phone!

Can't get much fresher than this!

Can’t get much fresher than this!

Urban Forest Symposium Line-up

May 2nd, 2013 by Jessica Farmer, Adult Education Supervisor

The 5th Annual Urban Forest Symposium is just eleven days away. Take a look at the final schedule below. Please note the new end time of 4:30pm.

A limited number of seats are still available. Lunch ordering will be available until Wednesday, May 8.

Register Here

Visit http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/news/urban-forest/ for the latest news!

2013 Urban Forest Symposium: Trees and Views
Monday, May 13, 2013

AGENDA

8:15 – 9:00   Checkin

9:00 – 9:15   Welcome and introductions
Cass Turnbull, founder of PlantAmnesty

9:15 – 10:00 The Aesthetics of Views
Kathleen Day, landscape consultant, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C, ISA Certified Arborist
Kathleen Day has more than twenty years of experience combining the art and science of landscape architecture, arboriculture and horticulture.

10:00–10:30 Break – Merrill Commons

10:30–11:15 Trees, Views, and Slope Stability
Elliott Menashe, Owner of Greenbelt Consulting
Elliott Menashe has published the standard for shore management guidance and is the originator of the “Biostructural Engineering” approach to slope stabilization, which combines structural, bio-technical and vegetative elements to restore slopes and reduce erosion.

11:15–12:00 Valuing Trees and Views
Kathleen Day, landscape consultant, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C, ISA
Lisa Ciecko, Green Cities Project Manager, Forterra
Phillip Sit, King County Department of Assessments
Bob Melvey, Assistant Manager, Windermere Real Estate NW / Inc.

12:00–12:45 Lunch – Merrill Commons.
Thank you to our lunch sponsors:  The Davey Tree Expert Company, Seattle Tree Preservation, Inc., Thundering Oak Enterprises, and Trees for Life

12:45–1:30   Views and Laws: Covenants, Ordinances and Trespass to Trees, Part I
Randall S. Stamen, Attorney
Randall S. Stamen is an attorney and an ISA Certified Arborist. He practices law throughout California and provides green industry legal services, including: the development of litigation prevention measures; the drafting of contracts; litigation representation; consulting; and, acting as a mediator and negotiator.

1:30 – 2:00   Policies and Views
Craig Salzman, Code Enforcement Officer, City of Kirkland
Dan DeWald, Natural Resource Manager for Bellevue Parks & Community Services

Mark Mead, Senior Urban Forester for Seattle Parks and Recreation

2:00 – 2:20   Break – Merrill Commons

2:20 – 3:30   Views and Laws: Covenants, Ordinances and Trespass to Trees, Part II
David Brenner, Attorney
Baker v. Olerud tree/view case in Clyde Hill. Case study and implications for the future.

Barri Kaplan Bonapart, founder of Bonapart & Associates and Bonapart Resolution, Sausalito, CA
Barri Bonapart is a nationally recognized attorney, mediator, and arbitrator with nearly three decades of experience helping people resolve tree and neighbor disputes (see www.treelaw.com and www.got-peace.com for more information).  She will explain the laws governing trespass and wrongful cutting of trees and will also discuss the use of mediation in resolving tree issues in general and view disputes in particular.

Matthew York, Assistant City Attorney, East Precinct Liaison, City of Seattle

Shawn Crowley, Law Office of Shawn Crowley LLC
Previous Staff Attorney with The Defender Association

3:30 – 4:25   Speakers Panel
Randall S. Stamen, Attorney
Barri Kaplan Bonapart, Attorney
Elliot Menashe, Owner of Greenbelt Consulting
Dan DeWald, Natural Resource Manager for Bellevue Parks & Community Services
* Other speakers will be seated in the front row and available to comment as needed.

4:25 – 4:30   Wrap-up
Cass Turnbull, founder of PlantAmnesty

 

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS:

City of Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment
West Seattle Garden Tour

and Our Supporters:

The Davey Tree Expert Co.
Thundering Oak Enterprises
Seattle Tree Preservation, Inc.
Windermere Ballard
SvR Design Company
Trees for Life

 

Trees Cheer for Community Volunteers!

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

Student Conservation Association 2013 Earth Day at the Washington Park Arboretum. Photo curtesy of SCA.org

The 3 Big April events:

    1. April 13, Earth Day in the Arboretum w/ Student Conservation Association – see photos http://www.flickr.com/photos/the-sca/sets/72157633264603184/
    2. April 19, UW Partners w/ Starbucks for Earth Day at CUH and Farm- see video

  1.  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 the hollies

Seattle Prep students removing ivy in Pinetum

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!

Friends write history of Yesler Swamp at CUH

April 30th, 2013 by UWBG Communication Staff

Many of us know of Henry Yesler, one of Seattle’s forefathers, but what is Yesler Swamp on the east side of the Center for Urban Horticulture? And why are the Friends of Yesler Swamp trying to restore this natural area on the edge of the Laurelhurst neighborhood?
Read this facinating history to find out.

Photo by Jean Colley

Photo by Jean Colley

Perennial Possibilities

April 24th, 2013 by Jessica Farmer, Adult Education Supervisor

Do you want a low-maintenance garden that is perpetually colorful and interesting?
You can have it all!Perennials The Gardeners Reference

Join us for upcoming classes in our Perennial Series with Carrie Becker to learn how.

These classes involve both classroom lectures and field trips to see how the concepts can be applied in your own garden.

Space is still available in these classes, and you can register online.

Perennial Companions
2-part class: Wednesday, May 15th, 7:00 – 8:30pm, and Saturday, May 18th, 1:00 – 3:30pm
Fee: Early-bird discount $50; $60 after May 12

In this class you will learn how to put plants together in satisfying combinations that endure and to use site information (such as sun, shade, dryness, etc.) to place companion plants who need similar conditions together, while taking color, form and texture into account.

After the Shade
2-part class: Wednesday, June 19th, 7:00 – 8:30pm, and Saturday, June 22nd, 1:00 – 3:30pm
Fee: Early-bird discount $50; $60 after June 16

Is your formerly sunny garden becoming shady with maturing trees and shrubs? Or do you have areas of existing shade? This class will teach you how to plant for shade and still have beautiful enduring plants from early spring through fall. Learn to love the shade!

Instructor Carrie Becker is co-author of Perennials: The Gardener’s Reference, and has spent 40 years immersed in the study of plants as a gardener, professional landscape designer, consultant, and educator. One of the original designers of the Northwest Perennial Alliance Borders at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, she has taught classes about perennials, bulbs, annuals, and biennials in the horticultural department at Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood, Washington for 17 years. Carrie has written articles for Horticulture, Pacific Horticulture, Arboretum Bulletin, and the Northwest Perennial Alliance and was a Hortus Praefectus of the Northwest Perennial Alliance in 2008. Carrie lectures in various garden clubs, nurseries, arboretums, and flower shows around the Northwest.

Like to plan ahead? Mark your calendar for the last class in the series:

Bulbs!
Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 7 – 9pm
Fee: Early-bird discount $30; $35 after September 18

This class will show you how to select and grow bulbous plants for all kinds of garden conditions. Find out which bulbs are enduring as perennials, pest resistant and hardy!

You can register online here: https://www.cfr.washington.edu/uwbg/ 

Questions? urbhort@uw.edu or 206.685.8033

Check out our other upcoming classes, too!

Registration Open for 2013 Urban Forest Symposium

March 6th, 2013 by Jessica Farmer, Adult Education Supervisor

2013 Urban Forest Symposium: Trees & Views
Hosted by PlantAmnesty and the University of Washington Botanic Gardens

What:   5th Annual Urban Forest Symposium
When:  May 13, Monday from 9am to 4:30pm
Where:  University of Washington Botanic Gardens Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105
Cost:      $75 per person. Update: As of 5/9/13, lunches are no longer available for pre-order. A limited number of box lunches will be available for $15 on the day of the event.
Contacturbhort@uw.edu or 206-685-8033.
Register: http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/news/urban-forest/

 

Expanded Program:

The issue of trees vs. views is a contentious one, pitting view seekers against tree lovers on hillsides facing mountains and water, up and down both coasts. This symposium is entirely devoted to an in-depth look at the issue and will be of interest to communities, HOAs, municipalities, arborists, lawyers and prosecutors, planners, developers, tree advocates, & individuals dealing with this complex issue.

Keynote address on The Aesthetics of Views: Kathleen Day, ASLA, LEED, AP BD &C, ISA certified. Kathleen Day has more than twenty years of experience combining the art and science of landscape architecture, arboriculture and horticulture.

Valuing Trees and Views: A series of speakers will describe how they value trees and views. Presenters include a real estate agent, tax assessor, tree appraiser, and forest assessment coordinator working with the I-tree program to assign ecological systems values to trees and greenbelts.

Policy and Views: A brief series of presentations on city view policies and dealing with conflicting interests on public and shared lands.

Trees, Views, and Slope Stability: Elliot Menashe, Natural resource manager & consultant, Greenbelt Consulting, on taking action to avert flooding, erosion, and landslides. Through enlightened view-management choices, drainage control, and vegetation management, you can stop creating tomorrow’s crisis today.

View and the Law – Covenants, Ordinances and Trespass to Trees: Randall S. Stamen, Attorney at Law and ISA Certified Arborist from Riverside, CA, will lead the discussion on evolving view covenants and ordinances. Other invited attorneys, including Barri Bonapart, owner of Bonapart & Associates, will discuss tree law, lessons learned, neighbor laws as they relate to illegal tree cutting for views, as well as case studies of mediation success.

The attorney presentations will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session.

 

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS:

City of Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment

West Seattle Garden Tour

 

and Our Supporters:        

The Davey Tree Expert Co.                 Thundering Oak Enterprises

Seattle Tree Preservation, Inc.           Windermere Ballard  

SvR Design Company                          Trees for Life

 

ISA Credits Available: 6; other professional credits pending.

 

Northwest Horticultural Society Spring Plant Sale

February 25th, 2013 by UWBG Communication Staff

Saturday, March 9, 2013 9am – 3pm

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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

What’s new in Union Bay Natural Area for 2013, you ask?

February 10th, 2013 by Rosemary Baker, UBNA RA

Greetings! I’m excited and grateful to be the 2013 UBNA graduate student manager for winter and spring quarters. I will be leading volunteer groups maintaining restoration sites throughout the natural area and this season we have begun an internship program with students from Edmonds Community College!

The interns and I are working every Tuesday and Thursday through early June, so if you have any interest in getting dirty, releasing some pent up aggression on the proper objects (weeds!), and basking in the beauty of urban nature, we’re happy to have individual folks join us.  Or if you have a group and wish to arrange for a volunteer work party please contact UBNA manager, Dr. Kern Ewing. His contact info can be found through the University of Washington staff directory.

UBNA Assistant manager, Rosemary Baker planting Skunk cabbage

UBNA Assistant manager, Rosemary Baker planting Skunk cabbage (Lysichiton americanum)

Am so pleased to contribute to the Center for Urban Horticulture community. Happy gardening!

-Rosemary Baker

Thank You NAIOP! New Video Shows Hardworking Volunteers

November 9th, 2012 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

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.

Watch the action:

Video posted with permission.

 

November 2012 Plant Profile: Miscanthus sinensis ‘Little Kitten’

November 6th, 2012 by Soest Gardener, Riz Reyes

Ornamental grasses begin to put on a show in autumn as striking blades of silvery light greens transition to deep yellows and tans adding structure and textures during a time of year  perennial beds are cut back and put to rest. The genus Miscanthus is a staple of ornamental grasses.  Native to Japan and China, they are tough and easy to care for.

Once established, they are drought tolerant, easily maintained, and typically possess year round interest. Some selections, however, have had a reputation for being too large of an ornamental grass for small urban gardens. They may be overly vigorous, and in some occasions, relentlessly self seeding. There’s a remarkable array to choose from, but there was a cultivar two years ago that caught my eye and has continually impressed me.

‘Little Kitten’ has been a pleasant and manageable ornamental grass that stays tidy and it has a soft, demure elegance to it when used singly as a specimen and it adds a wonderful foil to bold foliage late in the season in containers massed as a small group.

 

Common Name: Dwarf Maiden Hair Grass

Location: Soest Garden Bed 4 (Rear)

Origin: Garden Origin

Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade

Height and spread: 3-4ft. tall x 3ft. wide

Bloom Time: mid-late Autumn