Mar 27, 2017 / Center for Urban Horticulture, Miller Library, News / John A. Wott, Director Emeritus UW Botanic Gardens

Glimpse into the past – Honoring the Career of Valerie Easton

The long-term success of an institution often resides in the vision, dexterity, intellect, ambition and intuitiveness of an individual. On February 22, 2017, Valerie Easton announced that she was no longer writing her weekly column in the Pacific NW Magazine, bringing her 25 year career there to an end. For me, it seems like Val only recently started as the Library Manager at the Elisabeth C. 

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Spring Arrives at the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum , March 13 - 20, 2017

1)   Cornus mas                     Cornellian Cherry

A native of Europe, C. mas has been cultivated for centuries in Britain. Flowers are produced in February and March on the leafless stems in short-stalked umbels from the joints of the previous year’s wood.
Oblong-ellipsoid, fleshy, bright red fruit are produced in late summer, and are edible when ripe.
Found throughout the Arboretum, these shrubs or small trees are easily identified at this time. 

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Mar 24, 2017 / Travelogue / Eve Rickenbaker

Southern Garden Gates

Group at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens Charleston,

Tour guide and UW Botanic Gardens graduate student, Eve Rickenbaker, recounts the first few days visiting historic gardens in Georgia and South Carolina.

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Spring in the Arboretum

magnolia-liliiflora-x-susan

The calendar says it’s spring, but what does Nature say? Discover the answer with a stroll through the Washington Park Arboretum.

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Flowering Harbingers of Spring

photo of camellias

The Camellias are coming on strong at the Washington Park Arboretum.

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Mar 3, 2017 / Miller Library, Unit Feature / UWBG Communication Staff

Garden Lovers’ Book Sale April 7 & 8

Love gardening, plants, trees, flowers or growing food?
Can’t pass up a bargain?
Then you won’t want to miss the 12th annual GARDEN LOVERS’ BOOK SALE of used books at the Center for Urban Horticulture.

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Mar 1, 2017 / Plant Profiles, News / Daniel Sorensen

March 2017 Plant Profile: Corokia cotoneaster

Corokia cotoneaster may not be the first plant that you notice in the landscape, but it might be the plant keeps your attention the longest. This plant’s divaricate branching (having branches of wide angles) and its tiny dark evergreen leaves give it a sparse and angular look which is not a common sight among the green gardens in the Pacific Northwest. 

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Feb 23, 2017 / News / Dr. John Wott, Director emeritus

Glimpse into the past – Tree Care Then and Now

The Washington Park Arboretum has long been known as a “tree place.” In fact, two sister volunteers from Mercer Island (Lee Clark and Marion “Nukie” Fellows) were instrumental in getting bumper stickers printed in the 1990s which said “Tree Cheers for the Arboretum”. The Arboretum, as with every park in Seattle, has a matrix of native plants composed of the four primary Pacific Northwest forest trees: Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), Western red cedar (Thuja plicata), Western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla), and Big-leaf maple (Acer macrophyllum). 

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Selected Cuttings from the Joseph A. Witt Winter Garden (Part II)

Selected cuttings from the Joseph Witt Winter Garden, February 13 - 26, 2017

1)  Corylopsis glabrescens                                    Winter Hazel

This native of Korea and Japan teases us with flower buds that seem to be just on the edge of opening – for weeks!
The Joseph Witt Winter Garden contains multiple species of Corylopsis so that people may compare and appreciate the subtle differences in form and flower color the genus Corylopsis offers.

2)  Pieris japonica                                                          Lily of the Valley Shrub

The spring flowers and often the new growth of Pieris can be quite showy, but the buds themselves decorate our gardens throughout the winter months. 

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Selected Cuttings from the Joseph A. Witt Winter Garden

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, January 30, 2017 - February 12, 2017

The Witt Winter Garden was originally designed and planted in 1949. In the late 1980s the garden was named after Joseph A. Witt, an Arboretum curator who had a special interest in winter ornamental plants. Here is a small sampling of plants to be enjoyed now in the Winter Garden.
Download a map and plant list at:
https://botanicgardens.uw.edu/washington-park-arboretum/gardens/joseph-a-witt-winter-garden/
1)   Chimonanthus praecox                (Wintersweet)

The 15’ tall arching stems host beautiful and aromatic creamy, yellowish flowers. 

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