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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Molly Hashimoto Exhibit at the Miller Library

October 4th, 2013 by Heidi Unruh, UWBG Communications Volunteer

Molly HashiCrow and Moon copymoto’s nature paintings and prints will be on display at the Miller Library from November 1, 2013 – December 28, 2013.  Hashimoto’s art depicts local flora and fauna, taking inspiration from our very own Union Bay Natural Area as well as other locations around Washington.

2014 Nature's Peace Calendar

2014 Nature’s Peace Calendar

We will also have copies of her 2014 calendar, “Nature’s Peace”, available for sale. With twelve paintings by Hashimoto and twelve quotations from John Muir, this calendar offers an homage to Earth’s wild realms, where nature reigns supreme.

You are invited to the opening reception on Friday November 8th, 5 – 7 pm.

Hashimoto’s artwork will also be available at the Holiday Art, Craft, and Gift Sale on Friday, December 6th, from 5 – 8pm.

 

 

 

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19th Annual Miller Memorial Lecture

August 16th, 2013 by Heidi Unruh, UWBG Communications Volunteer

tony-aventJoin us for the FREE 19th annual Miller Memorial Lecture, featuring Tony Avent, renowned plantsman and horticulturist. Mr. Avent will speak on So Many Plants, So Little Time:  Little Known Perennial Favorites to Delight & Excite!

Tony Avent is the owner of Plant Delights Nursery and the Juniper Level Botanic Garden in Raleigh, North Carolina. Mr. Avent is a well-traveled botanical explorer, author, plant breeder and an exceptional plantsman. His travels have included Mexico, China, Korean, Argentina, Taiwan, and Vietnam to name a few along with extensive exploration of the rich floral communities of the southeastern United States.

 

DETAILS

  • Thursday, September 19, 2013
  • 7:00 pm (d0ors open at 6:15), followed by free reception with refreshments
  • Meany Hall on the UW campus
  • Email:  info@millergarden.org for a free e-ticket!
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Art Exhibit: Handmade tiles from Artisan Tile NW group

July 31st, 2013 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

An artisan tile is like a colorful hybrid of sculpture and painting. The Artisan Tile NW group will have handmade tiles on exhibit in the Elisabeth C. Miller Library from September 4 to October 28th 2013. There will be a free public reception on Friday, Sep. 13th from 5 to 7pm. All the tiles will be for sale with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Library.

A sample of tile styles that will be on exhibit Sep. 4 – Oct. 28, 2013 in the Miller Library.

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Summer Hours at the Miller Library

June 12th, 2013 by Heidi Unruh, UWBG Communications Volunteer

summersunSummer is just around the corner, and with it comes summer hours at the Miller Library. The library will be opening at noon on Mondays (instead of 9am) starting June 17. Monday morning hours resume on September 23. We will be closed Saturdays, starting July 6. Saturday hours will resume September 7. We will also be closed July 4th and 5th for Independence Day.

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Burnscapes – Paintings by Suze Woolf on Exhibit

June 6th, 2013 by UWBG Communication Staff

photoArtist Suze Woolf meditates on climate change and forest fires with her series of paintings known as Burnscapes. Recent work from this series will be on exhibit in the Miller Library June 6 through August 30th.

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2013 Earth Day Events

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!

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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.

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Stock your library: Shop at the Garden Lovers’ Book Sale

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!

Dahlia photo by Brian ThompsonThe 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.
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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

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Celebrating evergreens with stories

December 10th, 2012 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

 Join us Saturday, December 15 from 10:30 to 11:15 am  for stories and art.

In the Pacific Northwest, we treasure our evergreen forests, and today’s stories celebrate them. After the stories you’ll have time to color a tree picture or use homemade salt dough to sculpt your own evergreen tree. Free for kids ages 3 to 8 and their parents.

GRANDPA GREEN by Lane Smith
THE TREE by Dana Lyons
DOUGLAS FIR by Wendy Davis

Miller Library monthly Story Program happens once a month in the Children’s Corner.

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