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
1) Callicarpa sp. Beautyberry
The small, attractive metallic and purple berries give this ornamental shrub its common name.
The berries stay on the plant late into winter and are an important food source for wildlife.
This popular landscape plant provides a splash of color as fall sets in.
This and other Callicarpa can be seen from Arboretum Drive in our nursery.
1) Cardiocrinum giganteum Giant Himalayan Lily
As its name suggests, this is a large lily that grows to be 8 to 10 feet tall with huge fragrant white flowers followed by attractive seed pods that progress from green to brown and contain hundreds of thin-layered seeds.
The remaining stalks with seed pods can be found in the Pacific Connections China Garden.
Ilex verticillata ‘Nana’, typically sold as ‘Red Sprite’ or under the trade name RED SPRITE, is a dwarf winterberry cultivar that is an outstanding choice for late fall and winter landscapes, especially for those with limited space. The bright red berries are produced in abundance and are its outstanding ornamental feature. Unlike most winterberries, which can reach to 5-8’ high and wide or more, ‘Red Sprite’ is only 2’ to 3’ tall and wide at maturity.Read more