Up By Roots: Healthy Soils and Trees in the Built Environment

September 30th, 2014 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant

Up by RootsUW Botanic Gardens: Up by Roots - Healthy Soils and Trees in the Built Environment is a one-day workshop on October 15 that highlights the principles of soil science and their use in facilitating the growth of healthy trees and developing water efficient landscapes. Healthy soils absorb and hold water and nutrients needed to grow long-lived trees. These same soils retain runoff and preserve water at the site, reducing the need for irrigation and limiting potential impacts on nearby water sources.

This is a hands-on workshop that includes lectures and field work intended to introduce the underlying scientific principles guiding tree biology and soil-water relations. It is only through a healthy respect of these guiding principles, that one can effectively design, install, and manage soils and trees in the urban landscape.

James Urban, FASLA, ISA is a landscape architect with over 30 years of experience in the field of urban development. This workshop combines Jim Urban’s extensive experience with contributions from local experts to address regulations and conditions specific to our area.

Presentations will be relevant to urban foresters, landscape professionals, consulting arborists, tree care professionals, urban planners, landscape designers, sustainability professionals, landscape architects, municipal managers, land managers, and planners.

LA CES PDH, CPH, ecoPRO, ASCA, APLD, PLANET, ISA credits available.

WHEN: October 15th, 8:15am-4:30pm
WHERE: UW Botanic Gardens – Center for Urban Horticulture, NHS Hall

 

Resources for Workshop Attendees

Introduction

Session 1: Soil Science

Session 2: Tree Biology and Urban Soils

Session 3: Field walk – Soil Assessment

Session 4: Practical Soil Applications

Additional Resources

 

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2014 Urban Forest Symposium

February 24th, 2014 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant

Announcing the 6th Annual Urban Forest Symposium! Registration is now open for this year’s symposium, focusing on Climate Change and the Urban Forest.

Learn about the climatic changes our region can expect and strategies that can be used to plan and manage for a healthy and resilient urban forest. Presenters will discuss the expected changes to the climate, urban forest responses, and what urban foresters and advocates can do to prepare. Presentations will be relevant to urban foresters, landscape professionals, restoration ecologists, tree care professionals, consulting arborists, sustainability professionals, urban planners, landscape designers, landscape architects, municipal managers, and tree advocates.

Professional credits will be available.

Date: Wednesday, May 28, from 9am-4:30pm
Location: UW Botanic Gardens – Center for Urban Horticulture, NHS Hall
3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105
Cost: $75 per person. Lunches available for $15.

Registration now open.

Contact: urbhort@uw.edu or 206-685-8033

Presenters include:

Greg McPhersonResearch Forester, Urban Ecosystems and Social Dynamics – Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service
Jim Robbins, journalist and author of The Man Who Planted Trees
Nick Bond, Washington State Climatologist and Principal Research Scientist for the UW Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean
Nancy Rottle, RLA, ASLA, Associate Professor at University of Washington and founding Director of the UW Green Futures Research and Design Lab
Tom Hinckley, Professor Emeritus, University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
Drew Zwart, Ph.D. Plant Pathology and Physiology, Bartlett Tree Experts
Municipal representatives discussing urban forest strategies for climate change adaptation
Link to more information.

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New Winter/Spring Courses Are Out!

January 3rd, 2014 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant

 

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Our new course catalog for Winter/Spring is out and ready for registration. Whether you are a novice gardener, or an experienced horticulturist, you will find something to interest you.  Why not take up watercolor or drawing, learn to be a beekeeper, forage for your own foods, or learn about our very own seed vault right in Seattle.

 

 

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Interested in the background and stories of the Botanic Gardens? Go behind the scenes with our Curator Talks series, and discover the history of the Gardens’ most remarkable collections. Or if you feel the need to get outdoors, why not sign up for Wednesday Walks with John Wott?

 

 

 

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Maybe take a tour with the Botanic Gardens! We will be touring the Elisabeth C Miller Botanical Garden to discover spring ephemerals and taking a trillium tour at the Cottage Lake Gardens in Woodinville (where we will get tea and snacks!).

 

 

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For our professionals and advanced gardeners out there, we have the Master Pruner series,  Woody Plant Study Group, and First Detector: Pest and Disease Diagnotics. These classes focus on material relevant to professional horticulturists, and include pruning for trees, vines, and roses, woody plant selection for location and aesthetics, and pest detection, identification and monitoring.

 

 

 

flickerPlants not your thing? Local birding expert and author Connie Sidles will be doing a 4-part bird series with us this year, kicking off with Avian Tools.

 

There you have it! There really is something for everyone this year. And you can sign up for any of them by registering online, or calling 206-685-8033.

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Resources for Seminar Attendees

December 4th, 2013 by Jessica Farmer, Adult Education Supervisor

Slope Stability and Vegetative Soil Stabilization in the Puget Sound Region
Hosted by the University of Washington Botanic Gardens

This list includes electronic copies of all paper handouts as well as additional resources provided by seminar speakers.

Thursday, December 5, 2013
8:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
University of Washington Botanic Gardens
Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105

Live staking training with the Green Seattle Partnership, West Seattle – Saturday, February 8, 2014, 1pm – 3pm

SEMINAR RESOURCES

Geology & Hydrology Review of the Puget Lowland, an overview of Puget Sound geology, stratigraphy, soil strength, slope failure modes, and significant landslide examples in the Puget Lowland
Bill Laprade, Senior Vice President, Shannon & Wilson, Inc.

Vegetation, Erosion & Slope Stability: Role & Benefits of Native Vegetation in the Puget Lowland Ecozone
Elliott Menashe, Greenbelt Consulting

Critical Areas and Shoreline Regulations Related to Geologically Hazardous Areas, Steep Slopes
Joe Burcar, Senior Shoreline Planner, Washington Department of Ecology

Permit Requirements for Landslide-Prone Areas in the City of Seattle
Rob McIntosh and Seth Amrhein, Seattle Dept. of Planning and Development

Conifer Care Guidelines When Working on Slopes
Nicholas Dankers, ISA Certified Arborist and Qualified Tree Risk Assessor

Geosynthetics and Slope Stability: a review of materials, performance and techniques for erosion control and reinforcement
Dr. Stan Boyle, Vice President, Shannon & Wilson, Inc.

Bio-Structural Engineering for Erosion Control & Slope Stabilization
Elliott Menashe, Greenbelt Consulting

 

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Slope Stability and Vegetative Soil Stabilization in the Puget Sound Region

November 15th, 2013 by Jessica Farmer, Adult Education Supervisor

The topography of the Puget Sound region presents construction and management challenges with hills, ravines, coastal bluffs and shorelines that can be subject to erosion and landslides in our rainy winter weather. This issue creates safety concerns, transit and travel nightmares, permitting complexity, and questions about how to best design and construct in steep landscapes.

Land managers, planners, engineers, landscape architects and others need to know the most current information about how water and geology interact, why the land moves, and what can be done to reduce erosion and promote stability. This intermediate-level symposium offers an in-depth look at the hydrology and geology of our region, and the tools and techniques available to allow for successful slope stabilization.

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Photo courtesy of Washington State Department of Transportation

Thursday, December 5, 2013
8:15 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
University of Washington Botanic Gardens
Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105

Cost:
$125 per person. Lunch is included.
($150 after November 21)

Contact:
urbhort@uw.edu or 206-685-8033.

Register:
https://www.cfr.washington.edu/uwbg/

Who should attend: Professionals working with shoreline property, ravines, and other topographically-challenged sites in the fields of engineering, planning, landscape design and construction, horticulture, landscape architecture, ecological restoration, consulting, arboriculture, and other land-management specialties.

Speakers include:

  • Bill Laprade, Senior Vice President at Shannon & Wilson, Inc. on Geology & Hydrology of Puget Sound.
  • Elliott Menashe, Natural resource manager & consultant, Greenbelt Consulting, on Vegetation, Erosion, and Slope Stability: role and benefits of vegetation; and Bio-Structural Engineering for Erosion Control and Slope Stabilization.
  • Dr. Stan Boyle, Vice President at Shannon & Wilson, Inc., on Geosynthetics for Erosion Control and Reinforcement.
  • Rob McIntosh and Seth Amrhein, City of Seattle Department of Planning and Development, on permitting and regulations on steep slopes.
  • Joe Burcar, Senior Shoreline Planner, Washington Department of Ecology, on critical areas and shoreline regulations related to Geologically Hazardous Areas, steep slopes.
  • Nicholas Dankers, ISA Certified Arborist and Qualified Tree Risk Assessor, on Conifer Care Guidelines related to trees on slopes.

Professional CEU’s have been approved for CPH, PLANET, and ASCA. APLD and ISA credits are being pursued. View the seminar webpage for updates.

 

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Master Pruner Series

November 13th, 2013 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant

PruningComing this winter to the University of Washington Botanic Gardens is the Master Pruner Series, held in cooperation with PlantAmnesty. This 12-course series will highlight techniques and tools for quality pruning from a number of professional instructors.

Register online or call 206-685-8033.

Master Pruner 2014 Flyer

 

 

 

 

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Save the Date: Urban Forest Symposium 5-13-13

February 4th, 2013 by Jessica Farmer, Adult Education Supervisor

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What: 5th Annual Urban Forest Symposium: Trees and Views

When: May 13, Monday from 9 am to 4 pm

Where: University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Center for Urban Horticulture,3501 NE 41st, Street, Seattle, WA 98105

Cost: $75 per person. Lunches are available at a cost of $15. Free lunch for the first 100 registrants.

Contact: Jessica Farmer at urbhort@uw.edu or 206.685.8033. 

Hosted by: UW Botanic Gardens and PlantAmnesty

TREES AND VIEWS

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, the first of its kind, is entirely devoted to an in-depth look at the issue. Topics include: The Aesthetics of Views; Municipal View Policies; View Covenants and Ordinances; Trees, Views, and Slope Stability; How View and Tree Values Are Determined; View Pruning; as well as case studies from the trenches. This symposium will be of interest to communities, HOAs, municipalities, arborists, lawyers and prosecutors, planners, developers, tree advocates, and individuals dealing with this complex issue.

Speakers include landscape architect Kathleen Day, tree law experts Barri Bonapart of Bonapart & Associates and attorney/certified arborist Randall Stamen, Elliott Menashe of Greenbelt Consulting, Seattle Parks Senior Arborist Mark Mead, Bellevue Natural Resource Manager Dan DeWald, King County Tax Assessor, Windermere Real Estate Agent, I-tree spokeswoman and others.

ISA Credits Available: 6

 

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Master Pruner Series

November 2nd, 2012 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin

Master Pruner Series with Plant Amnesty

This series is designed for those who work in maintenance of residential and public landscapes.   Each lecture will provide information on techniques for quality pruning with better long term results and customer satisfaction.  Common plant types and landscape situations, as well as specialized pruning for roses, fruit trees, and vines will be covered. Print flyer.

Full class list and descriptions

Online registration

All classes held at the Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle.

COST:

Each 2-hour lecture

$30 General
$23 PlantAmnesty Member

All 12 lectures

$300 General
$234 PlantAmnesty Member

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Mobilizing Volunteers – 2012 Urban Forest Symposium

March 14th, 2012 by UWBG Communication Staff

Mobilizing Volunteers for the Urban Forest

photoThe 2012 Urban Forest Symposium will address the concerns of municipalities, NGOs and educational groups whose work involves volunteer planting and care for the urban forest. This year’s speakers understand what it takes to have a truly successful program.  Our keynoter, world renowned speaker and grassroots organizer Andy Lipkis, will take us on the inspirational journey from the founding of the Los Angeles’ Tree People who planted one million trees for the 1984 Olympics to the influential, 10,000 volunteer organization it is today. Throughout the day representatives from a variety of non-profit organizations will share what has, and what hasn’t worked to motivate volunteers and secure funding. The technical track will cover how to avoid common problems with volunteer tree planting projects and how to set your project on track for long-term success. It will also have the latest on best practices for tree planting.

 

 

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Biodiversity Conference Registration Open

January 26th, 2012 by UWBG Communication Staff

Barrett's beardtongue closeup, photo by Betty SwiftThere’s still time to register for the upcoming conference Conserving Plant Biodiversity in a Changing World: A View from NW North America to be held at UW Botanic Gardens, March 13-14. Act now so you don’t miss the chance to raise questions and find solutions to protect endangered plant communites. Program sessions include Climate Change: Observed Effects on Plants and Plant Communities and Recovery of rare species and the restoration of their habitat. Mingle with experts from around the Northwest and hear keynote speakers Dr. Peter Raven, President Emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden and Dr. Joshua Lawler, Associate Professor of the University of Washington.

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