UW Botanic Gardens Newsletter, Vol 8 Issue 4, April 2013
It is now possible to register for the 5th Annual Urban Forest Symposium coming up on May 13 at the Center For Urban Horticulture. This year’s symposium explores the issue of trees versus views. There will be a variety of panels and speakers and Kathleen Day will give the keynote address on The Aesthetics of Views. The cost is $75 per person with lunches available for $15. The first 100 registrants will get a free lunch.
This event is hosted by by PlantAmnesty and the UWBG.
FlorAbundance Returns to the Arboretum
FlorAbundance, one of the region’s largest and best plant sales will be returning to the Washington Park Arboretum on Saturday, April 27, from 10am to 5pm and Sunday, April 28 from 10am to 3pm. Dozens of local specialty nurseries will be on-hand selling everything from trees to unusual perennials to vegetable starts. If you are a member of the Arboretum Foundation, you can get in on the Member PreSale and Party on Friday, April 26 from 5 to 7:30 pm. Ticket prices will be announced soon. All sales benefit the Washington Park Arboretum.
Come to the Pacific Northwest Botanical Artists Group Show at the Miller Library
The Pacific Northwest Botanical Artists group is a chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting public awareness of contemporary botanical art. Starting April 5, they will have a group exhibit at the Miller Library, featuring artwork, prints and cards. The show runs through May 4. A portion of the sales will benefit the Library.
Celebrate Earth Day at the Arboretum
The Seattle Conservation Association (SCA), Seattle Parks and Recreation and the UWBG have a fun day of projects planned for Earth Day on Saturday, April 13. They will be working on a variety of projects around the Washington Park Arboretum. Something for everyone!
Head to the Garden Lover's Book Sale for Gently Used Plant Books
If you're looking to expand your gardening library, the best source is the 8th annual Garden Lover’s Book Sale. There will be tons of gently used tomes on plants, horticulture, garden design, edibles and pest control. Plus there is a special feature this year only: Hundreds of cookbooks! The public sale is free and runs from 9am to 3pm at the Miller Library at the Center for Urban Horticulture. Bring your own bags or boxes to load up on great deals. While you’re there, you can also take advantage of the NW Fuchsia Society Plant Sale taking place a few feet away in NHS Hall from 9am to 1pm.
A Glimpse Into the Past
April 2013 Plant Profile: Akebia quinata 'Alba'
We have an increasing number of vines here at the Center for Urban Horticulture and this particular selection is one that’s been around the longest. Often dubbed the “Chocolate Vine”, the typical species flower is a deep purple with deliciously scented blossoms. It is a deciduous vine that grows quickly and requires support. This rare white form (possibly the same as the selection named ‘Shirobana’) is absolutely lovely, but often overlooked. It can cover the side of walls, spill over banks and climb over just about anything. Its pliable and supple vines can easily be trained and contained with regular summer pruning of excessive “whips”.
I’ve yet to see this white-flowered form set fruit, but it should be possible. It produces a large pod with gelatinous fruit that has a sweet pulp and many seeds. The flowers of Akebia are lovely and highly unusual. The large female flower dominates while the smaller, more prolific male flowers hold the pollen.
UWBG Director Sarah Reichard went back to Cuba in February with a tour group. She talks about the experience in a recent post on our website. She also wrote a great article on birdwatching in Cuba. That's a Cuban tody (Todus multicolor) pictured at right.
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