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Spring Pushes Forth at the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (May 16 – 30, 2016) 1)   Ostrya carpinifolia                Hop Hornbeam This small-to-medium-sized tree (40-50’) is native to southern Europe and southwestern Asia. The common name refers to the fruit which resembles the fruit of Humulus (Hops). Ostrya is from Greek, meaning “bone-like” in reference to the trees dense […] Read more->.

Posted on 23 May 2016 | 11:34 am

May Colors Appear Just in Time for Mother’s Day!

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (May 2 – 15, 2016) Happy Mother’s Day! 1)  Philadelphus coronarius Native to southeastern Europe and Asia Minor, this shrub is located within the Sorbus Collection. It is perhaps the best-known species of mock orange in gardens because of its sweet smell. The fragrance of its flowers is […] Read more->.

Posted on 7 May 2016 | 11:56 pm

Staff Spotlight: Jessica Anderson

Jessica Anderson is a librarian at the Elisabeth C. Miller Library at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens.  Most days you will see Jessica at the Reference desk, doing research or providing answers to gardening questions. Jessica moved to Seattle from the Southwest to attend the University of Washington, earning her Masters in Library and […] Read more->.

Posted on 6 May 2016 | 10:45 am

Volunteer Spotlight: Heidi Lennstrom

Heidi volunteers at the Hyde Herbarium, working with pressed plants and the plant database.  She holds a PhD in archaeology, specializing in paleoethnobotany–the study of plant remains from archaeological digs.  She spent many years at the Bishop Museum in Hawaii, where she was also a science educator and creator of an ethnobotany garden and webpage.[…] Read more->.

Posted on 29 April 2016 | 10:45 am

Earth Day Celebrates Nursery Expansion

  A pair of dedicated and highly organized graduate students succeeded in obtaining a grant to significantly expand the Society for Ecological Restoration-UW’s (SER-UW) native plant nursery at the UW Botanic Gardens.  The SER-UW nursery provides low cost plants to the Arboretum, UW planting projects and many restoration efforts on campus initiated by SER-UW. Anna […] Read more->.

Posted on 26 April 2016 | 11:24 am

“Story Time” at the Washington Park Arboretum

The stories of people and plants are intricately intertwined.  The plants of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens have many stories to tell, and here are just a few to wet your whistle.  Explore our website at to look up and locate plants in the Arboretum and learn more of our stories. 1)  Abies grandis[…] Read more->.

Posted on 25 April 2016 | 12:38 am

Staff Spotlight: Catherine Moore Nelson

Catherine began volunteering to lead adult tours and youth programs for the UW Botanic Gardens in 2006 and in 2011, she received the Brian Mulligan volunteer of the year award. More recently, she became employed part-time as a Tour Program Assistant, leading tours, training and coordinating volunteer guides, and contributing to the UW Botanic Gardens […] Read more->.

Posted on 22 April 2016 | 10:45 am

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