Landscapes on the Edge

September 22nd, 2016 by Jessica Farmer, Adult Education Supervisor

UW Botanic Gardens’ conferences, seminars, and symposia offer academics, scientists and practitioners opportunities to learn about the latest research and expertise in plant-related fields and create a forum for collaboration among professionals working in urban forestry, restoration and sustainable landscape management. Read on to learn about our exciting 2016 fall seminar. We hope you can join us!

Introduction to Landscapes on the Edge

Design and Implementation of Landscape and Restoration Projects
on Puget Sound Shorelines and Urban Ravines

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Co-hosted by Greenbelt Consulting and University of Washington Botanic Gardens

UW Botanic Gardens & Greenbelt Consulting

November 15 & 16, 2016, 9am – 4pm
Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, WA 98105

Cost:
Full registration – $230
One-day – $150

Register Here

* Special discount pricing for full-time students and conservation corps members. See registration site for details.

This program is designed to educate landscape professionals about the vulnerable nature of marine shorelines and provide guidance and instruction on how to better initiate, design, and implement successful landscape and restoration projects on upland buffers, shorelines, steep slopes, and beaches.

Expanding your skill set in this area will allow you to:

  • Meet the growing demand for this type of service
  • Implement successful projects, creating happy customers and positive word-of-mouth
  • Increase your company’s market share
  • Avoid regulatory problems, fines, and lawsuits
  • Improve public trust in the landscape industry to meet these environmental needs

The public is being educated about the need for better management of shorelines and steep slopes, resulting in rising public demand for professional services. This is an optimal time to train landscape professionals in the specifics of designing, planning, and installing projects on marine shorelines and other sensitive areas.

Speakers include:

  • Elliott Menashe, Greenbelt Consulting
  • John Bethel, Geomorphologist, King County Department of Natural Resources and Parks
  • Kollin Higgins,  Senior Ecologist in the Science and Technical Support Section of King County Water and Land Resources Division
  • Erica Guttman, Washington State University Extension and Native Plant Salvage Foundation
  • Sasha Shaw, King County Noxious Weed Control Program
  • Marianne Edain and Steve Erickson, Frosty Hollow Ecological Restoration
  • Stephanie Williams, L.G., Geologist, Shannon & Wilson, Inc.
  • Karin Srelioff, MLA, Environmental Specialist | GSI Designer, Mason Conservation District
  • and more to come!

Landscapes on the Edge Program Flyer

Full program schedule coming soon.

Staff Spotlight: Jessica Farmer

July 29th, 2016 by Donna McBain Evans

JessicaJessica Farmer is one of those fortunate individuals who, through a combination of foresight, focus and possibly a bit of luck, ended up in her dream job.

“Just outside my office door at the Center for Urban Horticulture is Yesler Swamp,” she enthuses, “a quiet, shady oasis that provides me with instant wonder and relaxation.”

Just about a perfect location for a person who has been passionate about plants and nature since high school.  Farmer is the Adult Education Supervisor for the UW Botanic Gardens.  In that role she develops programs to involve adults in Botanic Gardens programs, coordinates volunteers, oversees social media, writes the monthly E-Flora newsletter and creates regular blog postings.

Farmer’s involvement in the Future Farmers of America (FFA) in her hometown in Iowa sparked an interest in  horticulture and led to her working in the high school greenhouse, and later in a retail nursery for a summer.

“After that I was hooked,” she admits.

She went on to gain a bachelor’s degree in horticulture at Iowa State University, specializing in public gardens.  Internships at the Reiman Gardens (Iowa) and Morris Arboretum (University of Pennsylvania) let to a position at a tree nursery outside of Chicago.

“After a few years of that I wanted to get back into public horticulture, so I returned to graduate school–this time in Seattle.  The fantastic resources at the UW allowed me to volunteer at the Arboretum,  study at the Center for Urban Horticulture, and I also got a concurrent Master of Public Administration degree through the UW Evans School (of Public Policy and Governance).”

“I loved that I now had the chance to combine my interest in plants with courses on public management and program development,” she concedes, “it has given me a whole new tool set that has helped me professionally and expanded my work.”

Farmer’s roots with the UW Botanic Garden run deep.  Her thesis adviser was Sarah Reichard, now UW-Botanic Gardens director.  And her student office was at the Center for Urban Horticulture.

When she is away from work, Farmer likes to garden (of course!) and prepare food from what she’s grown–lately she has gotten into canning and fermenting foods.  She also loves spending time in Seattle’s urban parks with friends and getting out to the mountains to backpack.

“One of my favorite nearby spaces at the Arboretum is the Loderi Valley,” she explains.  “I love to walk among the towering rhododendrons, with their beautiful curved trunks and lush foliage overhead.”

“It is a most exquisite, magical place,” she says.

And her favorite plant?

“At the moment, it is the Garry oak (Quercus garryana) that comes to mind–oaks exude images of strength and endurance,” she says.  “And I especially love to imagine the young one planted in my backyard–how it will grow strong and fill the space over time.”

2016 Classes Open for Registration

December 19th, 2015 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant

Our new Winter 2016 catalog is out, and we have a lot to offer in the next few months!  We are offering a number of popular classes, such as Plant ID, Intro to Mosses,  birding classes with Connie Sidles, and photography classes with David Perry.
We have plenty of free classes and tours this winter, and don’t forget our ProHort classes for our professionals and advanced gardeners.

Here are some of the highlights this winter:

Picturing Your Garden In Winter

Saturday, February 20th, 9am-12pm

Want to learn to capture the beauty of the winter garden and bring it inside? Learn the best techniques in an extraordinary setting with master photographer and storyteller, David Perry. This class begins with short tour of the Witt Winter Garden, a photo shoot, moves indoors for a warm-up and instructional lecture, and then continues back outside for an opportunity to take what you’ve learned and put it into practice. David will inspire you with his fantastic images, and explain how to photograph your own winter garden as well as how to set up simple indoor photo sessions. Bring your camera (point-and-shoots are most welcome), for equipment tips.
Cost: $60

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Plant Identification in the Field

6 week course – Tuesdays, March 8-April 12, 6:30-8:30pm plus field trips on Saturday March 26 and April 16

plantidThis course is designed for students who want to develop basic field identification skills and gain experience using the keys in Hitchcock and Cronquist’s “Flora of the Pacific Northwest.” Over the six-week course students will learn how to recognize approximately 25 of the most common plant families found in Washington.
Emphasis is placed on learning the combination of vegetative (leaf and stem) and floral characters that are unique to each family. Class time is spent learning basic terminology required for plant identification and keying out local native and introduced species using a combination of dissecting microscopes, an introductory text for identifying plants families, and “Flora of the Pacific Northwest”.

Cost: $175

Botanical Sketching In Ink and Watercolor

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Capture the essence of flowers and foliage in this 4-part class with simple, quick techniques and portable materials! While using the beautiful perennial beds and borders at the Center for Urban Horticulture as a backdrop, you will be guided in an intuitive approach to sketching with pen, layering watercolor washes, and gathering tips that can be applied to everyday sketching. A simple supply list will be provided. All levels welcome.
Cost: $95

Free Classes and Tours

Botanical Identification

Become the person who knows the names of plants!

Don’t forget our professional series (ProHort) for landscape professionals and advanced home gardeners. Professional Credits available.  Topics this winter include:

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Come visit us this winter!

Seminar: Reconstructing Natural Areas in the Built Environment

December 8th, 2015 by Jessica Farmer, Adult Education Supervisor
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Reconstructing Natural Areas in the Built Environment:

Linking design, function, and long-term performance for natural areas, restoration sites, and trail sides

January 25 & 26, 2016
9:00 am-4:00 pm

University of Washington Botanic Gardens
Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, WA 98105

 

PROFESSIONAL CREDITS: CPH-6/day, ecoPRO-6/day, NALP/WALP-6/day, APLD-4.25/day, ASLA-5.5/day

 

RESOURCES FOR SEMINAR ATTENDEES:

Day One: January 25, 2016

Day Two: January 26, 2016

Additional Resources from Presenters and Attendees

A New Season of Classes!

November 18th, 2014 by Sasha McGuire, Education Program Assistant

Our new Winter schedule is up! Check out our course catalog for classes January through March. Whether you are a novice gardener, or an experienced horticulturist, you are sure to find something to pique your interest! In addition, we are also offering gift certificates for the holiday season. Perfect for that hard-to-buy-for gardener! Buy online, or call 206-685-8033.

And for our Professionals:

 

All these and more can be found in the new class catalog. If you are interested, you can register online, or call (206) 685-8033 to sign up .

 

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

 

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.

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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Rain Garden Gala Oct. 22 and Workshop Oct. 23-24

September 26th, 2013 by Jessica Farmer, Adult Education Supervisor

 

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Please join us for the launch of our new rain garden handbook!

Catch up with the latest in rain garden science and techniques with the region’s leading researchers!

  • Find out what’s new in thie edition of the handbook from lead author & expert, Curtis Hinman
  • Have your questions answered by a panel of rain garden experts, owners, & builders!
  • Enjoy complimentary Salmon Safe wine & beer along with locally sourced appetizersPlease join us for the launch of our new rain garden handbook!

Please RSVP to Kelly: KS@stewardshippartners.org

For more information, go to www.12000raingardens.org or contact Aaron Clark: ac@stewardshippartenrs.org, 206.292.9875

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Then, join us on October 23-24 for a Rain Garden Training for Professionals!

For full details and to register, visit: http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/education/stormwater.shtml

Rain Garden Training for Professionals