Flowering Cherries Need Help to Stay Healthy

The UW Botanic Gardens staff use integrated pest management to keep flowering cherry trees healthy and beautiful.

Read more

AmeriCorps Volunteer: Rebecca Janssen

Rebecca Janssen

Rebecca Janssen is the Adult Environmental Education Coordinator. Specifically, she’s helping coordinate continuing education programs for Ecological Restoration professionals, public programs on topics like native plants and sustainable gardening practices, and helping UW Botanic Gardens better understand their audience and what people are getting out of the adult education programs.
Rebecca is a Seattle native. She has a BS in Interior Design from Oregon State University, and completed a Master’s degree in Museology at UW. 

Read more

AmeriCorps Volunteer: Gretchen Rude

Gretchen Rude

AmeriCorps volunteer Gretchen Rude is the Education Outreach Specialist for UW Botanic Gardens. She will be pioneering a youth leadership program over the summer that will aim to bring a diverse group of students to the Washington Park Arboretum. The program will build leadership and team working skills, as well as provide experience working in outdoor education.
Gretchen moved up to Seattle from Portland where she graduated from the University of Oregon. 

Read more

First to Flower in March

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, Marcy 5 - 18, 2018

1)  Forsythia ovata     Korean Forsythia

This genus is named in honor of Scottish botanist William Forsyth. Forsyth was a founding member of the Royal Horticulture Society in England.
A short and spreading deciduous shrub that is popular in gardens and yards for its early spring display of bright yellow flowers.
These are planted throughout the park, but can be enjoyed walking down Azalea Way. 

Read more

March 2018 Plant Profile: Magnolia stellata ‘Jane Platt’

Magnolia stellata Jane Platt

This star magnolia tree with vibrant pink blossoms extends the show once cherry flowers fade.

Read more

Mar 1, 2018 / Miller Library, News / UWBG Communication Staff

Garden Lovers’ Book Sale April 6 & 7

Love gardening, plants, trees, flowers or growing food?
Can’t pass up a bargain?
You won’t want to miss the 13th annual GARDEN LOVERS’ BOOK SALE of used books at the Center for Urban Horticulture.

Read more

Requiem for Two Oaks and a Southern Beech

Selected cuttings from three significant tree collections in the Washington Park Arboretum, February 19, 2018 - March 5, 2018

“So if you’re travelin’ in the north country fair
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine.”
– Bob Dylan
Three significant tree collections succumbed to frigid north winds this past weekend.  These cuttings pay homage to their past lives.
1)   Nothofagus pumilio                Lenga Beech in Mapuche language      (Grid 49-2E)

This Chilean deciduous tree from the Andes (accession 637-70*A) was received as a whole plant from Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden in 1970. 

Read more

Feb 13, 2018 / News / Jessica Farmer

University of Washington invites applications for Director of UW Botanic Gardens

UW Botanic Gardens has an international reputation for horticulture, restoration ecology, urban forestry, sustainable urban systems, conservation, and plant collections. We seek a flexible leader with demonstrated organizational, interpersonal, communication, planning, fundraising, and fiscal skills.
The committee will begin reviewing applications on March 20, 2018; applications will be accepted until an appointment is made.
Job description and application procedure. 

Read more

Feb 13, 2018 / News / jcmoore

Artist Rachel Lodge Explores the Carbon Cycle at Miller Library

Imagining the Carbon Cycle with Rachel Lodge
Artist Talk on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2018, 6 – 7PM

Artist Rachel Lodge will speak about her motivations for making her animation series explaining the carbon cycle and the process she used to create the art works.
The Miller Library is open until 8pm on Mondays so guests can view the exhibit before or after the lecture. 

Read more

Colorful Willows and Dogwoods for Winter

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, February 5 - 18, 2018

1)  Salix  ‘Swizzlestick’                   Corkscrew Willow

Thrives in wet locations and is salt tolerant.
Orange-yellow young twigs that have a corkscrew growth pattern
Cut back hard in spring to promote attractive new branches.

2)  Cornus sericea  ‘Flaviramea’ Yellow Twig Dogwood

Medium to large, deciduous shrub
Bright yellow-green young twigs easily grown in medium-to-wet soils in full sun or part shade.
Species native to North America (excluding lower mid-west and deep south)

3)  Salix alba  ‘Britzensis’             Coral Bark Willow

Fast growing to 80 feet tall, but may be coppiced each spring. 

Read more
Back to Top