UW Botanic Gardens Director, Fred Hoyt, to Retire


Fred Hoyt, UW Botanic Gardens Director and Orin and Althea Soest Chair for Urban Horticulture, has announced he will retire at the end of January, 2021. Please join us in showing our appreciation for Fred’s service and congratulating him on his retirement.

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Jan 10, 2021 / Washington Park Arboretum, Horticulture / UWBG Arborist, Clif Edwards

Winter Interests at the Washington Park Arboretum

Photo of Briar Rose Camellia

1)   Camellia sasanqua ‘Briar Rose’                                          Briar Rose Camellia

This medium-sized, flowering evergreen shrub is native to Japan.  Camellia sasanqua has many cultivars with the most popular being varieties that bloom in winter.
You can currently view ‘Briar Rose’ Camellia in bloom, sitting at the Mary Hughes Foxworth memorial in the Camellia Collection.

2)  Garrya x issaquahensis                                                               Silk Tassel Tree

The Silk Tassel Tree is a medium-sized evergreen bush with an abundant winter floral display of long male catkins that are creamy white-to-light green with pink highlights. 

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January 2021 Plant Profile: Symphoricarpos albus

As we anticipate La Niña bringing us a snowy winter, let’s take a moment to appreciate a snowy plant, or rather a plant named for its snowy berries – common snowberry. Botanically known as Symphoricarpos albus, the plant is aptly named for its white clusters of fruit.  The genus is a combination of “symphori” referring to the Greek verb “to bear together,” and “carpos” from the Greek word for “fruit.” The specific epithet “albus” is the Latin word for “white.”  This species of snowberry boasts ripe, white berries that develop in late summer and persist all winter, through the rain, cold temperatures, and even through, you guessed it, our [occasional] snow. 

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Happy Holidays from Your UWBG Horticulture Staff!

Photo of Ilex opaca, American Holly grove

We invite you to enjoy our “Game of Groves”.
Can you name the following iconic tree groves based on the photos shown and hints below?

I am a grove of nine broadleaf evergreen trees with berries that are commonly used as Christmas greens.  My location is an “island” in the middle of the ocean surrounding our five Pacific Rim flora.  

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Dec 2, 2020 / Education / Sasha McGuire

Adult and Professional Continuing Education Gift Certificates Available

Gift certificates for our Adult and Professional Continuing education classes are now available for purchase online. Certificates can be purchased for any amount, and you can send the code generated upon payment to anyone to use towards a class of their choice.
Makes a great gift for the plant-lover in your life!
Certificates available here. 

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Nov 12, 2020 / Washington Park Arboretum, Horticulture, News / UWBG Horticulturist, Darrin Hedberg

Selections from the New Zealand Garden at the Washington Park Arboretum

Photo of Mingimingi

1)  Coprosma propinqua                                       Mingimingi

Coprosma is a genus of about 90 species of shrubs and trees found in various Pacific regions, including New Zealand and Australia.  They range from trees to low-growing spreading shrubs and those with a divaricating habit.
A member of the plant family Rubiaceae, C. propinqua is found in swampy areas and near streams throughout New Zealand.  The leaves are very small and oblong and the berries are a translucent blue color. 

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SER-UW Native Plant Nursery – Fall Plant Sale!

The SER-UW Native Plant Nursery, a student-run organization that promotes local ecosystems, is hosting a fall native plant sale! We will be selling a variety of species native to the Puget lowlands. Do you have a backyard restoration project you need plants for? Are you looking to attract some native pollinators in your garden? Look no further – check out our plants!  

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Oct 26, 2020 / UWBG At Home, Horticulture, News / UWBG Horticulturist, Annie Bilotta

The Purples and Reds of Fall from the Home of UWBG Horticulturist, Annie Bilotta

Photo of Forsythia or Easter Tree

1)    Forsythia                                                        Common name:    Forsythia or Easter Tree

A staple of many gardens, it is a harbinger of spring with its early yellow blossoms.  It also provides some very nice fall color, extending its garden interest.
A member of the Olive family, Oleaceae.
Nicknamed the Easter Tree because it blooms around Easter time in early spring.
There are approximately 14 species, mostly from Asia. 

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Oct 19, 2020 / Rare Care / Stacy Kinsell

Notes from the Field

Woman sitting in a field of lavendar flowers and sagebrush

Despite unique challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rare Plant Care and Conservation program’s (Rare Care) volunteers successfully completed another busy field season of monitoring rare plant populations all across Washington State. The start of field work was delayed by the closure of most public lands, which gave us time to develop a Health and Safety plan for staff and volunteers. 

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Oct 15, 2020 / UW Farm, News / Perry Acworth

UW Farm “Dig In” Fun-draiser October 28th!

UW Farm Hosting “Dig In!” Fun-draiser October 28th
Every year the UW Farm hosts a Farm To Table dinner to celebrate the end of the growing season, share stories, and hear from the seasonal student staff about their experiences, ask for donations, and dine on a delicious menu featuring UW farm Produce.
This year, because we cannot hold a large public in-person event, we are hosting a virtual, live evening event 7pm-8:15pm, Wednesday October 28th with Master of Ceremonies, Eli Wheat, of SkyRoot Farm, UW lecturer in College of the Environment and one of the founders of the UW Farm. 

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