Want to visit Cuba? Come with us in February 2013!

November 20th, 2012 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

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The Fund for Reconciliation and Development, in association with UWBG, is proud to offer a people to people study tour to Cuba led by UWBG director, Professor Sarah Reichard. The 10 day tour includes visits to botanic gardens, organic farms, nature preserves, and historic national parks.

The deadline to register has been extended to January 2.

The fee includes a tax deductible donation to UWBG that funds the Education program.

For more information contact Sandy Schmidt at 877-907-5360 or email schmidt@holbrooktravel.com.

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FlorAbundance: Seattle’s best plant sale moves back to the Arboretum

April 17th, 2012 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

photoIf you only make it to one plant sale this spring be sure not to miss FlorAbundance held on April 28th and 29 at the Washington Park Arboretum. The Arboretum Foundation, with many, many volunteers organize and host the sale that features dozens of specialty nursery vendors and expert help from the King County Master Gardeners.

Complete information on the Arboretum Foundation site.

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7th Annual Garden Lovers’ Book Sale

March 27th, 2012 by Heidi Unruh, UWBG Communications Volunteer

Spring is the perfect time to update your gardening library with new inspiration. Choose from thousands of used gardening, horticulture, botany and landscape design books at the Miller Library’s 7th annual Garden Lovers’ Book Sale.

Want to get first dibs and beat the crowds, all while enjoying a glass of wine? Join us for the Wine and Cheese Preview Party on Friday, April 6, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, and bid on specially selected books in the silent auction. Tickets to the Preview Party are $20 each, and directly fund the book budget of the Miller Library. Contact the Library at 206-543-0415 to purchase tickets.

The book sale takes place on Saturday, April 7, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admittance is free. While you’re there, be sure to check out the original Pacific Northwest botanical artwork on exhibit and for sale through May 5.

The sale and preview party will take place at the Center for Urban Horticulture, UWBG, 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle. All proceeds from the book sale and preview party directly fund the book and journal budget of the Miller Library.

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Flower Show Preview Party Tickets Now On Sale

January 26th, 2012 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

preview party ticket Tickets to the annual Opening Night Party at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show (February 7) are now on sale! You can purchase tickets online, by phone at 206-325-4510, or over the counter at the Arboretum Shop. Prices start at $65 for Foundation members, as well as for members of the Seattle Audubon Society, our partners at this year’s show. Enjoy wine, food, live entertainment, silent auctions, and a first look at the fabulous displays in the Flower Show. Our 2012 preview party and display garden have an avian theme. Opening Night is presented by the Arboretum Foundation as a benefit for Washington Park Arboretum.

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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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Summer Greetings from Director Sarah Reichard

August 25th, 2011 by Sarah Reichard

Summer color at the Center for Urban Horticulture

Summer Greetings  from UW Botanic Gardens!  I hope you are having a wonderful (if somewhat delayed) summer, filled with the joy of the season.  I invite you to come visit us as often as you can – the gardens and natural areas we manage are free to all, so whether it’s respite and relaxation you seek, a quiet walk in the woods, the beauty of what’s blooming, a guided kayak tour of Foster Island, or the splendid colors of fall, UW Botanic Gardens offers you magnificent nature experiences year-round.

I also invite you to continue your support to UWBG, joining us in our goal to promote an educated, inspired, and engaged society, dedicated to sustainable ecosystems.  Together we can do great things to safeguard the health of our environment, restore damaged ecosystems, and preserve valuable species for generations to come.  Now, more than any time in the recent past, your support is vitally needed as state funding continues to decline, resulting in a continued reduction of staff. Consider giving a gift to UWBG via the UW Foundation’s secure website.

Read the rest of Director Reichard’s letter to friends of UWBG.

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Seasons of Life, a book of UBNA images

July 28th, 2011 by Kern Ewing

Marilyn Smith Layton has created a book of images called Seasons of Lifein the Union Bay Natural Area, and she is donating the profits from the sale of the book to projects in UBNA. The cost of the book is $60, and $20 of that will go to help the natural area.

You may purchase a copy in the Miller Library (cash or check only). If you would like to purchase by mail, please send a check (written out to Marilyn Smith Layton) to:

Marilyn Smith Layton
c/o UW Botanic Gardens
Box 354115
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

Please include an additional $6 for postage and your mailing address. Books will be sent via USPS.

Seasons of Life has emerged from years of photographing the Union Bay Natural Area:  a sanctuary of renewal and inspiration within the UW Botanic Gardens.

A resident of the nearby neighborhood since 1968, Marilyn walks with camera in hand to capture the lives and light that are forever shifting. When her husband Richard Layton was recovering from a near fatal brain disease in the summer of 2009, they measured his progress by how much of the path he could cover. Slowly he came to walk its full circle again.

Both Marilyn and Richard Layton have close ties and loyalty to the University; Richard graduated in the fifth class of the UW Medical School (1954) and for many years directed a residency program in Family Medicine at Providence Hospital for the university, receiving the 2001 Alumni Service Award from the school. Marilyn completed her doctoral coursework in the UW English Department but a full-time teaching contract from North Seattle Community College prevented her from completing the degree, a choice she has not regretted.

For 40 years until her retirement in December 2008, Marilyn taught writing and literature in the Humanities Division at North Seattle. She continues to serve the college as an executive board member and presently vice-chair of its scholarship-granting Education Fund, and as the secretary of the Seattle Community Colleges Foundation. As an active faculty member, she authored three books, a number of articles, and presented workshops on many topics at
conferences around the country, as well as teaching for short periods in India and Argentina. She has participated in photography and art shows, and a few of her paintings still hang at the college.

Years immersed in a natural history class with science colleagues launched her passion for capturing in photographs the life she observed. She and her husband began to travel widely to wild places like the Antarctic and the Galapagos. Those travels have helped focus her love on what is so close to home: the Union Bay Natural Area.

Proceeds from this book will provide financial support for this well-loved place.

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Buy a Beautiful Book and Support UBNA

May 18th, 2011 by Kern Ewing

Marilyn Smith Layton has created a book of images called Seasons of Life in the Union Bay Natural Area, and she is donating the profits from the sale of the book to projects in UBNA. The cost of the book is $60, and $20 of that will go to help the natural area.

You may purchase a copy in the Miller Library (cash or check only). If you would like to purchase by mail, please send a check (written out to Marilyn Smith Layton) to:

Marilyn Smith Layton
c/o UW Botanic Gardens
Box 354115
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

Please include an additional $6 for postage and your mailing address. Books will be sent via USPS.

Seasons of Life has emerged from years of photographing the Union Bay Natural Area:  a sanctuary of renewal and inspiration within the UW Botanic Gardens.

A resident of the nearby neighborhood since 1968, Marilyn walks with camera in hand to capture the lives and light that are forever shifting. When her husband Richard Layton was recovering from a near fatal brain disease in the summer of 2009, they measured his progress by how much of the path he could cover. Slowly he came to walk its full circle again.

Both Marilyn and Richard Layton have close ties and loyalty to the University; Richard graduated in the fifth class of the UW Medical School (1954) and for many years directed a residency program in Family Medicine at Providence Hospital for the university, receiving the 2001 Alumni Service Award from the school. Marilyn completed her doctoral coursework in the UW English Department but a full-time teaching contract from North Seattle Community College prevented her from completing the degree, a choice she has not regretted.

For 40 years until her retirement in December 2008, Marilyn taught writing and literature in the Humanities Division at North Seattle. She continues to serve the college as an executive board member and presently vice-chair of its scholarship-granting Education Fund, and as the secretary of the Seattle Community Colleges Foundation. As an active faculty member, she authored three books, a number of articles, and presented workshops on many topics at
conferences around the country, as well as teaching for short periods in India and Argentina. She has participated in photography and art shows, and a few of her paintings still hang at the college.

Years immersed in a natural history class with science colleagues launched her passion for capturing in photographs the life she observed. She and her husband began to travel widely to wild places like the Antarctic and the Galapagos. Those travels have helped focus her love on what is so close to home: the Union Bay Natural Area.

Proceeds from this book will provide financial support for this well-loved place.

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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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