Fabulous Fuchsias: Selections from the Chilean Entry Garden

Selected cuttings from the Chilean Entry Garden at the Washington Park Arboretum, July 1 - 14, 2019

1)   Fuchsia magellanica

This is the hardiest of the fuchsia species, and the parent of most hardy fuchsia hybrids.
F. magellanica is native to Chile and Argentina and can reach ten feet in height in moist, frost-protected areas.
This and all featured fuchsias can be found in the Chilean Entry Garden, part of the Pacific Connections Gardens at the southern end of the Washington Park Arboretum. 

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July 2019 Plant Profile: Calycanthus occidentalis


This western native shrub will spice up your garden with showy burgundy flowers in June.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Corinne Kennedy

Volunteer Corinne Kennedy

Corinne Kennedy was not an early-blooming gardener. As a teenager, she was adamant that her parents couldn’t make her do “yard work.” Fortunately, after buying her first house years later, she discovered that gardening was a great way to relax from her coordinator position at Metro Transit. It was a “good job,” but the realities of sump pumps, exhaust fans, and other equipment were far removed from her interests, passions, and education (a Whitman College BA in English Literature, and a University of Washington BA in Women Studies). 

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Annual Horticultural Literature Awards Announced

The Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries (CBHL) announced the 2019 Annual Literature Awards on May 17th at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.  The winners are:

Annual Literature Award: Seeking Eden: A Collection of Georgia’s Historic Gardens
Award of Excellence in Botanical Art and Illustration: Joseph Banks’ Florilegium: Botanical Treasures from Cook’s First Voyage
Award of Excellence in Botany and Floras: Flora of the Chicago Region: A Floristic and Ecological Synthesis
Award of Excellence in Children and Young Adults Literature: The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian’s Art Changed Science
Award of Excellence in Gardening and Gardens: Heirloom Vegetable Gardening: A Master Gardener’s Guide to Planting, Seed Saving, and Cultural History
Award of Excellence in History: Gardens of the Roman Empire

Several UW Botanic Gardens current and former staff had a role in these awards.  

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June 2019 Plant Profile: Quercus suber

Quercus suber habit

The bark of this tree is lightweight, impermeable, elastic, and a great insulator. Humans have used it to close up wine bottles for centuries.

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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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