Jan 17, 2020 / Education / Hannah Bressler, Fiddleheads Forest School

Beyond An Outdoor School: Nurturing A Child’s Nature-Connection

While we are all on-board with getting kids outside more often and less bonded to screens, many people see the benefits of an outdoor education but don’t necessarily have the schedule flexibility or the financial means to send their kids to a nature-based program.

Getting out on the weekend can be tough too, especially in the winter. This is what it looks like in my house…
Me: Let’s go to this cool trail this weekend! 

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AmeriCorps Environmental Programs Steward – Chloe’s Story of Service

My name is Chloe, and I am serving at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens through AmeriCorps and Washington Service Corps. Before I go into the duties of my specific position, I’d like to give a brief explanation of what it means to serve as an AmeriCorps member. AmeriCorps members often find themselves recruiting volunteers and promoting active community engagement to better serve their local neighborhood. 

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January 2020 Plant Profile: Trees with Ornamental Bark

As we approach winter and the leaves are off the deciduous trees, we have an opportunity to see the forms of trees and their bark.  Some tree barks are just gorgeous and really add to a landscape’s appeal.

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New Selected Cuttings Welcome the New Year to the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, December 23, 2019 - January 5, 2020

1)   Illicium henryi                           Henry’s Star Anise

Native to China, this pungent plant is related to culinary star anise (Illicium verum). Specimens can be found on the Sino-Himalayan hillside and along the western edge of the Magnolia Collection.
The genus name Illicium comes from the Latin for “allurement” or “inducement from an enticing scent”. This refers to the aromatic scent released by bruised or crushed leaves. 

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Winter Interest at the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, December 9 - 22, 2019

1)   Edgeworthia chrysantha                          Paperbush

Native to China, the inner bark of this plant may be used to make quality paper.
The silvery flower buds will open in mid-winter to very fragrant, creamy-yellowish flowers.
Edgeworthia can be found on the west side of the Graham Visitors Center in the Pacific Connections China Garden and the Witt Winter Garden.

2)   Hamamelis vernalis  ‘Christmas Cheer’                          Witch Hazel

This witch hazel is native to the Ozark Plateau. 

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December 2019 Plant Profile: Sequoia sempervirens

Sequoia sempervirens, cultivar Adpressa

Having grown up in northern California, I came to the Seattle area with a treasured tree in my heart and could quickly answer the “favorite tree” question commonly asked in horticultural gatherings. Though my neighborhood was a bit inland and to the south of the coast redwood range (and so was surrounded by majestic oaks most of my days) it was the stunning Sequoia sempervirens forests along the northern coast where I hiked and camped which I considered iconically and perhaps spiritually my home. 

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Dec 2, 2019 / Miller Library, News / UWBG Communication Staff

Holiday Arts and Crafts Sale in the Miller Library

woodblock prints, stone necklaces and hand knit items

The annual Holiday Arts and Crafts sale in the Miller Library opens December 6th. This year we’ll have hand-knit items, kitchen wares with botanical flare, dramatic necklaces and more.

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Fall Fruits at the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, November 18, 2019 - December 8, 2019

1)   Callicarpa sp.                          Beautyberry

The small, attractive metallic and purple berries give this ornamental shrub its common name.
The berries stay on the plant late into winter and are an important food source for wildlife.
This popular landscape plant provides a splash of color as fall sets in.
This and other Callicarpa can be seen from Arboretum Drive in our nursery. 

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Late Fall Interest in the Pacific Connections Garden

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, November 4 - 17, 2019

1)   Cardiocrinum giganteum                         Giant Himalayan Lily

As its name suggests, this is a large lily that grows to be 8 to 10 feet tall with huge fragrant white flowers followed by attractive seed pods that progress from green to brown and contain hundreds of thin-layered seeds.
The remaining stalks with seed pods can be found in the Pacific Connections China Garden. 

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November 2019 Plant Profile: Ilex verticillata ‘Nana’ RED SPRITE

Berry close up of ilex verticillata

Ilex verticillata ‘Nana’, typically sold as ‘Red Sprite’ or under the trade name RED SPRITE, is a dwarf winterberry cultivar that is an outstanding choice for late fall and winter landscapes, especially for those with limited space.  The bright red berries are produced in abundance and are its outstanding ornamental feature. Unlike most winterberries, which can reach to 5-8’ high and wide or more, ‘Red Sprite’ is only 2’ to 3’ tall and wide at maturity. 

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