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Glimpse into the past – Honoring a Legend and Looking to the Future

by John A. Wott, Director Emeritus Dr. Kruckeberg at Snoqualmie For every creature – plants, animals, or people – there is a season. They are germinated/born, develop from juveniles into adults, usually produce progeny, grow into old age, and then succumb. In the plant kingdom, there are various ways in which plants reproduce, both sexually […] Read more->.

Posted on 26 July 2016 | 11:39 am

Volunteer Spotlight: Carolyn Scott

At the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, we rely on volunteers–over 500 of them– to keep daily operations afloat. Volunteer Carolyn Scott works in the administrative heart of the Gardens, helping Manager of Administrative Services Carrie Cone with record-keeping, mailing, filing and data entry. Born in 1921, Carolyn came to Seattle from Virginia in her […] Read more->.

Posted on 22 July 2016 | 9:37 am

Silent Invaders

Imagine you see that a campfire has ignited some of the dry leaf litter nearby and no one but you is around.  Most of us would know enough to either try to put the fire out, or quickly alert officials to get to the scene.  With such early detection and quick action, it is quite […] Read more->.

Posted on 20 July 2016 | 6:44 pm

July Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (July 11 – 24, 2016) 1)  Colutea orientalis                Bladder Senna This deciduous native of northern Iran has delicate bluish-green pinnate leaves. The orange flowers are followed by surprising translucent bladder-like fruit pods. You can find Colutea orientalis in the Legume Collection along Arboretum Drive. 2)  Hydrangea macrophylla  ‘Mme. […] Read more->.

Posted on 15 July 2016 | 1:02 am

Summer Arrives at the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, June 27 – July 10, 2016 1)  Cunninghamia lanceolata                (Chinese Fir) Bluish evergreen foliage contrasts nicely with its scaly bark. This evergreen tree from China is an important timber tree in its native area. In 1701, James Cunningham (one of the first European plant hunters to visit China) […] Read more->.

Posted on 3 July 2016 | 9:14 pm

Glimpse into the past – Arboretum Club House

by John A. Wott, Director Emeritus Arboretum Club House, March 27, 1959 In the early days of the Washington Park Arboretum, the Arboretum Club House and Floral Hall exhibit space was the venue for many flower shows, exhibits and functions.  It was the only facility where public functions could be held in the Arboretum.  […] Read more->.

Posted on 23 June 2016 | 4:18 pm

The Wonderful World of Monocots

Monocotyledons, commonly referred to as monocots, are flowering plants whose seeds typically contain only one embryonic leaf, or cotyledon.  A quarter of the world’s known plants are monocots. They are the most economically important group of plants to humans today in agriculture, horticulture, forestry and fiber industries.  Here are a few samples of monocots in […] Read more->.

Posted on 7 June 2016 | 12:40 am

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