May 2019 Plant Profile: Rhododendron edgeworthii

Rhododendron edgeworthii flower

I was walking around the grounds at the Center for Urban Horticulture last week looking for a plant to feature in the May edition of our Plant Profiles. While walking through the Fragrance Garden a really cool-looking rhododendron caught my eye, just about to bloom. Little did I know just how cool this rhododendron was until I started researching it! Rhododendron edgeworthii is a species rhododendron and belongs to the lepidote (scaly leaved) group. 

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Many Forms of Japanese Maples Seen at the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, April 22, 2019 - May 12, 2019

1)   Acer palmatum ‘Beni otake’                          “Big Red Bamboo”

This linearilobum type of Japanese maple has long, strap-like lobes to its leaves and an upright-layered form.
Fall color of this maple is deep crimson and can be seen next to parking lot 11 in the Woodland Garden.

2)   Acer palmatum ’Shigitatsu sawa’        “Snipes, quacking, flying up from a swamp”

This variegated Japanese maple of the Amoenum type has a pale yellow blade, divided by deep green veins with a pale pinkish blush at the lobe tips. 

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Apr 27, 2019 / Personal Profiles, Miller Library / UWBG Communication Staff

Volunteer Spotlight: Erica Husting

smiling woman surounded by flowers

Erica Husting is a current graduate student at the University of Washington studying to get her Masters in Library and Information Sciences (MLIS). With a love for all things books and information, Erica hopes to one day work in a library and contribute to the institutions that inspired her passion to read and explore.
Erica is a volunteer with the Elisabeth C. 

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Spring Highlights at the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings at the Washington Park Arboretum, April 8 - 21, 2019

1)   Amelanchier X spicata                          Serviceberry

This shrubby, multi-stemmed tree, native to United States and Canada, has an impressive spring display of white flowers.
We have lost a couple of our Amelanchier due to past winters; the remaining collections reside south of the Centennial Garden on Azalea Way.
Amelanchier are being planted more frequently in the urban environment for beauty and the value for wildlife. 

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Apr 12, 2019 / Miller Library / Tracy Mehlin

Plant Sale Season is in Full Swing

Master Gardener Tent 2017

The Miller Library’s Regional Garden Tour & Plant Sale Calendar compiles a list of sales that take place all over the Pacific Northwest.

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Apr 11, 2019 / Rare Care / Wendy Gibble, Rare Care Program Manager

New Rare Care Focus Species: Snow Cinquefoil

The diminutive snow cinquefoil, Rare Care’s latest edition to the focus species list. Photo by Scott Batiuk

Each year, the Washington Rare Plant Care and Conservation Program (Rare Care) designates a handful of species as focus species – species that we are attempting to monitor all known populations on public lands within a three to five year period. This year, we added snow cinquefoil (Potentilla nivea) to our list of focus species.
In Washington, snow cinquefoil is a relic of a much colder period, when glaciers covered the northern part of the state. 

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Apr 11, 2019 / Rare Care, News / Stacy Kinsell, Rare Care Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator

Above the Tree Line in Our National Parks

The Washington Rare Plant Care and Conservation program (Rare Care) is beginning a new initiative with the National Park Service to monitor rare plant species in alpine communities and bank their seeds in the Miller Seed Vault. This work will occur over the next three years at: Mount Rainier, North Cascades, and Olympic National Parks (NP). The primary goals are to improve our understanding of the vulnerabilities of sensitive alpine plants to climate change and to develop management strategies to alleviate impacts of a warming climate. 

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Apr 9, 2019 / Miller Library / UWBG Communication Staff

Free books for the taking through April 10

There are a few hundred books left over after a very successful Garden Lovers’ Book Sale and now most are free or $1.00!

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April 2019 Plant Profile: Prunus salicina ‘Beauty’


The Beauty Japanese plum first entices bees in early spring with sweet-smelling flowers and then temps humans with luscious red fruit in mid summer.

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Apr 1, 2019 / Plant Profiles / Special April Guest Author, Joe King

April 2019 Plant Profile: Cornus purpurea-flavus

The April Plant Profile is the stunning Cornus purpurea-flavus, also known as the Purple and Gold Dawgwood. Native to Western Washington, this shrub has the potential to be boundless, so don’t try and fence it in. It can tolerate a lot of rain, but can be affected by heavy snowfall. These Dawgwoods can flower at any time of the year, but blooms are most prolific in June. 

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