61 posts in Center for Urban Horticulture

July Plant Profile: Hydrangea integrifolia

Originally posted July 1, 2014
An evergreen hydrangea?!!  You betcha!
There are very few evergreen vines for gardeners in the Pacific Northwest, but this gorgeous gem from Asia is  becoming more readily available and it’s simply one of the coolest flowers you’ll ever get to witness opening.
From plump, peony-like buds, they begin to slowly crack open, a froth of fertile flowers begin to form and over the course of a few days, a flat umbel “lacecap” begins to form. 

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Hydrangeas, Crape Myrtles and Giant Himalayan Lilies: Summer Delights at the Botanic Gardens

Summer is a great time to visit the UW Botanic Gardens and offers the best weather of the year to enjoy blooms and botanically interesting walks.

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May 24, 2017 / History, Center for Urban Horticulture, Horticulture, News / John A. Wott, Director Emeritus UW Botanic Gardens

Glimpse into the past – the Master Gardener Plant Sale

Master Gardener Tent 2017

During the first weekend in May 2017, the Master Gardener Foundation of King County held its annual Spring Plant Sale and Garden Market on the grounds of the Center for Urban Horticulture.  As I browsed the vendors displaying plants and other garden art, I was impressed as to how much has changed as well as how much is still the same. 

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April 2017 Plant Profile: Corylopsis pauciflora

 
Corylopsis pauciflora, the buttercup winter hazel, is one of the most charming plants in the witch hazel family.  It features unique and colorful leaves, attractive and lightly fragrant flowers, fall color and is a good size for smaller gardens.  It is the smallest and most compact growing member of the genus.  The genus name means resembling (“opsis”) the leaf of a Corylus, or common hazel (though they are not related).   

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Mar 27, 2017 / Center for Urban Horticulture, Miller Library, News / John A. Wott, Director Emeritus UW Botanic Gardens

Glimpse into the past – Honoring the Career of Valerie Easton

The long-term success of an institution often resides in the vision, dexterity, intellect, ambition and intuitiveness of an individual. On February 22, 2017, Valerie Easton announced that she was no longer writing her weekly column in the Pacific NW Magazine, bringing her 25 year career there to an end. For me, it seems like Val only recently started as the Library Manager at the Elisabeth C. 

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February 2017 Plant Profile: Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’

flowers of Hamamelis 'Jelena'

Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’ has long been one of the most popular of the hybrid witch hazels.  Flowers appear as a bright copper-orange from a distance.  Closer inspection reveals a bicolored flower, being reddish at the base but changing to more of an orange yellow at the tip.  Although it has relatively little scent compared to the intoxicatingly fragrant Hamamelis mollis, it is prized for its flower color.   

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Jan 10, 2017 / Washington Park Arboretum, Center for Urban Horticulture, News / John A. Wott, Director Emeritus UW Botanic Gardens

A glimpse into the past – a Volunteer Thank You

University of Washington Botanic Gardens staff preparing and serving the food.

All non-profit organizations live and breathe with volunteers. The University of Washington Botanic Gardens counts on hundreds of volunteers and has prospered with their help for over 75 years. The major support group for the Washington Park Arboretum is the Arboretum Foundation, and the Northwest Horticultural Society supports many aspects of the Center for Urban Horticulture and the Elisabeth C. Miller Library. 

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Dec 9, 2016 / Washington Park Arboretum, Center for Urban Horticulture / John A. Wott, Director Emeritus UW Botanic Gardens

A glimpse into the past – the Director’s Holiday Open House

For 13 years, the Director’s Holiday Open House was a tradition for all University of Washington Botanic Gardens staff (from the Center for Urban Horticulture and Washington Park Arboretum), Arboretum staff from the City of Seattle, all volunteers, Arboretum Foundation board members, and other friends and dignitaries. It began when John A. Wott moved to the Washington Park Arboretum in 1993 to become the first on-site director in many years. 

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December 2016 Plant Profile: Arbutus unedo

Except for their bright red fruits and similar common names, the Strawberry Tree (Arbutus unedo) and the strawberry (Fragaria spp.) have nothing in common.  This tree is valued as an ornamental broadleaf evergreen for gardens and it has a long history of appreciation in Western cultures.
The species name ‘unedo’ is attributed to Pliny the Elder who said of the fruit “Unum Tantum Edo” (Latin) meaning “I eat only one”.   

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Holiday Shopping Party at the Miller Library

photo collage of craft items

We invite you to a festive event where you will find unique, hand-crafted gifts perfect for holiday giving.
On Friday, December 2nd from 5 to 7pm in the Miller Library join us for refreshments and an opportunity to shop for items you won’t find any where else.
This year you will find:

Joel Bidnick’s living wetlands in bottles
Joan Helbacka’s hand-sewn notebooks
Jenny Craig’s witty letterpress paper goods
Molly Hashimoto’s prints, cards and watercolors
Dorothy Crandell’s natural stone necklaces. 

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