Intrepid plant hunters suffered a bit to bring back seeds of this glorious Chinese shrub to grow in the Arboretum.Read more
1) Abies pinsapo var. marocana
This fir is native to Morocco, where it occupies a small area in the mountains south of Tetuan.
Not as tall as the type, this variety has needles similar to A. pinsapo but are wider and longer.
Located along the Arboretum Loop Trail, just south of parking lot #19.
2) Cunninghamia konishii
Cunninghamia is a genus of just three species native to northeastern Asia.Read more
My name is Adam, and I’m an Americorps member serving as the Assistant Farm Manager at the University of Washington Farm. The UW Farm is a two acre student-powered farm located across three sites with varying scales, challenges, and opportunities. At our largest site at the Center for Urban Horticulture, we demonstrate productive market gardening, while at the Mercer Court dormitory complex we model how farming can fit into urban environments.Read more
While we are all on-board with getting kids outside more often and less bonded to screens, many people see the benefits of an outdoor education but don’t necessarily have the schedule flexibility or the financial means to send their kids to a nature-based program.
Getting out on the weekend can be tough too, especially in the winter. This is what it looks like in my house…
Me: Let’s go to this cool trail this weekend!
My name is Chloe, and I am serving at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens through AmeriCorps and Washington Service Corps. Before I go into the duties of my specific position, I’d like to give a brief explanation of what it means to serve as an AmeriCorps member. AmeriCorps members often find themselves recruiting volunteers and promoting active community engagement to better serve their local neighborhood.Read more
As we approach winter and the leaves are off the deciduous trees, we have an opportunity to see the forms of trees and their bark. Some tree barks are just gorgeous and really add to a landscape’s appeal.Read more
1) Illicium henryi Henry’s Star Anise
Native to China, this pungent plant is related to culinary star anise (Illicium verum). Specimens can be found on the Sino-Himalayan hillside and along the western edge of the Magnolia Collection.
The genus name Illicium comes from the Latin for “allurement” or “inducement from an enticing scent”. This refers to the aromatic scent released by bruised or crushed leaves.
1) Edgeworthia chrysantha Paperbush
Native to China, the inner bark of this plant may be used to make quality paper.
The silvery flower buds will open in mid-winter to very fragrant, creamy-yellowish flowers.
Edgeworthia can be found on the west side of the Graham Visitors Center in the Pacific Connections China Garden and the Witt Winter Garden.
2) Hamamelis vernalis ‘Christmas Cheer’ Witch Hazel
This witch hazel is native to the Ozark Plateau.Read more
Having grown up in northern California, I came to the Seattle area with a treasured tree in my heart and could quickly answer the “favorite tree” question commonly asked in horticultural gatherings. Though my neighborhood was a bit inland and to the south of the coast redwood range (and so was surrounded by majestic oaks most of my days) it was the stunning Sequoia sempervirens forests along the northern coast where I hiked and camped which I considered iconically and perhaps spiritually my home.Read more
The annual Holiday Arts and Crafts sale in the Miller Library opens December 6th. This year we’ll have hand-knit items, kitchen wares with botanical flare, dramatic necklaces and more.Read more