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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All About the Genus Picea

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, October 21, 2019 - November 3, 2019

1)   Picea orientalis                            Oriental Spruce

This popular ornamental spruce can grow up to 150 feet and is native to the Caucasus Mountains and northern Asia Minor.
This species is prized for its gracefully pendulous foliage and for the young cones which are deep purple.
A grove of these trees can be found on the northeast side of the Pinetum.

2)   Picea morrisonicola                          Taiwan Spruce

Endemic to the mountains of Taiwan, this spruce has slender, delicate shoots. 

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Oct 13, 2019 / Rare Care / Stacy Kinsell

13th Annual Rare Plant Monitoring Weekend

Crested shield-fern with associate plants in the Colville National Forest

Each year the Rare Plant Care and Conservation Program (Rare Care) hosts a weekend to monitor rare and threatened plants of Washington State. Trained monitoring volunteers, Rare Care staff, and National Forest staff work together to collect data on rare plant populations. This year’s monitoring weekend was held in the Colville National Forest. Based at Frater Lake, we camped below the stars and woke to the chattering of red squirrels busy with their daily chores. 

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Oct 10, 2019 / Rare Care / Rare Care

Rare Care’s Botanical Explorations

Two Rare Care volunteers pressing plants at Two-Steppe Natural Area Preserve

This spring, the Rare Plant Care and Conservation program (Rare Care) launched a new initiative in partnership with the Washington Natural Heritage Program to conduct botanical surveys of several Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Natural Area Preserves (NAP) and Natural Resource Conservation Areas (NRCA). Our goal is to expand our understanding of the botanical diversity of these preserves and the flora of Washington State. 

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Oct 6, 2019 / Plant Profiles / UWBG Communication Staff

October 2019 Plant Profile: Osmanthus x fortunei ‘San Jose’

Closeup of Osmanthus x fortunei 'San-Jose'

Osmanthus x fortunei, commonly known as sweet olive, was first introduced to Holland in 1856 by German botanist, Philipp Franz von Siebold; it is named after Scottish plant hunter, Robert Fortune, who introduced it to England in 1862. It is a hybrid between Osmanthus fragrans and Osmanthus heterophyllus, and is Japanese in origin. The cultivar ‘San Jose’ was introduced in 1941 by W.B. 

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Oct 3, 2019 / Internships and Employment, Rare Care, Research, News / Callie Zender, Rare Care Intern

Reflections from Rare Care Intern Callie Zender

Late summer blooms of Olympic mountain ragwort

Over the summer, my fellow intern, Maya Kahn-Abrams, and I monitored twelve species of alpine plants in Olympic and Mount Rainier National Parks. These plants were chosen from a list developed by botanists from each park to describe current status and collect long-term data to develop strategies for adaption to climate change. These species are generally tracked by the Washington Natural Heritage Program, while a majority of them are endemic to Washington State. 

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Oct 1, 2019 / Internships and Employment, Rare Care, Research, News / Maya Kahn-Abrams, Rare Care Intern

Reflections from Rare Care Intern Maya Kahn-Abrams

Fletts violet in bloom

This year the Rare Plant Care Internship worked with the National Park Service on a project focused on establishing long term monitoring plots in alpine and subalpine ecosystems in Washington state National Parks (Olympic Mountains, Mt. Rainier (Tahoma), and North Cascades). This monitoring programs seeks to understand the effects of climate change on vulnerable alpine/subalpine communities as a whole and rare and largely endemic species in particular. 

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A Spotlight on Memorials at the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings at the Washington Park Arboretum, September 9 - 22, 2019

Over the years, numerous memorials have been developed in the Arboretum, and several plant collections memorialize individuals. The following are some memorials, and a nearby plant.
1)   Camellia japonica  ‘Oridono-nishiki’                          Foxworthy Benches

This memorial, composed of three benches in memory of Mary Hughes Foxworthy, was installed in 1961 along the trail traversing Rhododendron Glen above the Lookout Gazebo.
There are thousands of cultivars of Camellia japonica in cultivation, with many different colors and forms of flowers. 

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2019 John A. Wott Fellowship Awarded to Kyra Matin

The John A. Wott Botanic Gardens Endowed Fellowship was awarded this spring to Kyra Matin, a second-year Master of Environmental Horticulture student at the University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.
As part of her masters project, Kyra is working on several aspects of the New Zealand Forest display in the Pacific Connections Garden at the Washington Park Arboretum. 

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