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UW Botanic Gardens Newsletter, Vol 9 Issue 1, January 2014

Come to the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

Upcoming Events

1/11 Winter Friends Story Program
1/14 Fiddleheads: Rain, Water, and Mud!
1/21 Botanical Watercolor
1/21 Curator Talks
1/22 Fiddleheads: Ice and Snow
1/23 Woody Plant Study Group: Witt Winter Garden
1/25 Avian Tools with Connie Sidles
See all events »

Weekend Walks 

ginkgo biloba ancient treesOur January tour theme is Ancient Trees. We will look at tree species in the collection that are considered 'living fossils' like the Ginkgo and the Japanese Umbrella Pine. Visitors will learn about succession of plants on earth and how these few species have survived over millennia. Learn more.

On Exhibit in the Library: Larry Hubbell's Birds Watching: Photos and Paintings

Larry Hubbell bird drawingLarry Hubbell's photos and paintings will be on exhibit in the Miller Library from January 4 to February 15. Please join us for the artist’s opening reception on Friday, January 10 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. A portion of the proceeds from artwork sales benefit the Library.

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Come GROW with us at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show!

NWFGS 2013With all the sights and smells of springtime, the Northwest Flower & Garden Show signals the end of the winter doldrums and the beginning of the growing season! The show will be held at the Washington State Convention Center, February 5-9. Details can be found at

Be sure to stop by the UW Botanic Gardens’ educational booth, #2401, to explore the many opportunities we offer for you to bolster your spirit, energize your body, grow your own food, and develop exciting new skills in the year to come. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Art is Blooming at the 2014 Northwest Flower & Garden Show

ruffner display garden edit

The theme of the 2014 Northwest Flower and Garden Show will be “Art in Bloom”. There will be 23 unique displays featuring the use of sculpture, glass and other artworks. The Arboretum Foundation opens the event on February 4 with their Opening Night Party and Auction, which features a full dinner buffet (there is only one opening event this year). The Foundation is also justifiably proud of their own display, which is called The Garden of Artful Delight. It will pay homage to the home garden and work of world-famous Seattle glass artist Ginny Ruffner. The Foundation's design team is composed of Phil Wood, Bob Lilly and Rhonda Bush.

Tickets for the Opening Night Gala and the show itself are available through the Gift Shop at the Graham Visitors Center in the Washington Park Arboretum as well as their website. Anyone wishing to volunteer with the Arboretum Foundation should contact Megan Meyer at, 206-325-4510.

Check Out the Online Catalog for UW Botanic Gardens Classes

If you’re looking to brush up on your plant knowledge or attend a seminar, there are so many adult classes to choose from this winter or spring! There are plant identification lectures, birding classes, walks and tours and a variety of specialty garden topics. There are also ProHort classes designed specifically for the landscape professional. The catalog for Winter/Spring classes is now available online!

A Glimpse Into the Past

Douglas Conservatory 1989 On June 29, 1988, the Douglas Research Conservatory was dedicated. It was a state-of-the-art facility for plant propagation, research, and horticultural education. The facility was made possible through a one million dollar donation from the estate of the late Neva Douglas, daughter of the University’s Metropolitan Tract developer John Francis Douglas. READ MORE.

January 2014 Plant Profile: Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Goldcrest’

monterey cypress

A striking addition to any landscape, this golden Monterey Cypress is quite popular and widely available in nurseries and garden centers. ‘Goldcrest’ is noted for its narrow, upright habit and exquisitely bright color; it fits into many different planting situations especially in smaller spaces. READ MORE.

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