Monocotyledons, commonly referred to as monocots, are flowering plants whose seeds typically contain only one embryonic leaf, or cotyledon. A quarter of the world’s known plants are monocots. They are the most economically important group of plants to humans today in agriculture, horticulture, forestry and fiber industries. Here are a few samples of monocots in our plant collections.
1) Allium schubertii (Ornamental Tumbleweed Onion)
Dried seed heads look like starry tumbleweeds or shooting star fireworks
Located in the Soest Herbaceous Display Garden, bed 6 at the Center for Urban Horticulture
2) Austroderia richardii syn Cortedaria r.Read more
Tom Hinckley no doubt kept his much younger graduate students challenged to keep up as he climbed to over 7000′ on Snowshoe Mountain in the North Cascades. It was there he chose to conduct research on the effects of environmental stress on three species of native trees.
Hinckley needed that energy as he served both as Director for the UW Botanic Gardens’ Center for Urban Horticulture (1998-2004), and as researcher, teacher and mentor at the UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, where he is now emeritus professor.
Jessica Anderson is a librarian at the Elisabeth C. Miller Library at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens. Most days you will see Jessica at the Reference desk, doing research or providing answers to gardening questions.
Jessica moved to Seattle from the Southwest to attend the University of Washington, earning her Masters in Library and Information Science in 2010. As an undergraduate, Jessica began working at the Natural Sciences Library inside of the Suzzallo-Allen Library on the main campus.
Heidi volunteers at the Hyde Herbarium, working with pressed plants and the plant database. She holds a PhD in archaeology, specializing in paleoethnobotany–the study of plant remains from archaeological digs. She spent many years at the Bishop Museum in Hawaii, where she was also a science educator and creator of an ethnobotany garden and webpage.
“I love to organize things,” says Lennstrom, “so working with the seven cabinets of duplicate specimens at the Herbarium is perfect for me!”
Heidi carefully identifies which of the specimens are duplicates, confirms they have been entered into the Botanic Garden website and then determines which ones are kept and which ones need to be shared with other herbaria.
In Emma Relei’s extensive list of “favorite” plants, one of them is the simple crocus, meaningful for her because of its prominence in a much-loved children’s tale, The Runaway Bunny; another is Ponderosa pine, because “it smells like vanilla!”
Emma’s energy and enthusiasm for all things extends in many directions, including her work with specimens at the Hyde Herbarium. There she helps sort the 23,000+ species, catalogs them on the database, mounts species for filing and makes greeting cards.
By John A. Wott, Director Emeritus
The Center for Urban Horticulture officially began in 1980 with the arrival of Dr. Harold B. Tukey as the founding Director. He was given an office in the northeast corner (first floor) of Winkenwerder Hall in the College of Forestry Dean’s complex. His administrative assistant, Sally Dickman, was nearby.
When the first two new faculty arrived in 1981– John A.
Shovels, picks and hammers will be brought out this month to forge the final section of the Yesler Swamp trail, a much-anticipated finale to years of planning and fundraising.
Yesler Swamp, the 6-acre wooded wetland along the eastern border of the Center for Urban Horticulture has captivated local citizens, restoration ecologists and leaders at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens for close to a decade.
Annie Bilotta is a Gardener, working at the Center for Urban Horticulture. She is originally from New York State, and she moved to Seattle in 1989. Annie started working at the UW Botanic Gardens in 1993 at the Washington Park Arboretum as a Gardener. She moved over to the Center for Urban Horticulture around 2005.
Annie is especially fond of vegetable gardening.
In honor of the annual Elisabeth Miller Memorial Lecture, this month’s plant profile features one of Betty’s favorite trees.Read more
By John A. Wott, Director Emeritus
Since its founding 35 years ago, the Center for Urban Horticulture (now a part of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens) has produced numerous students, staff, and faculty who have continued on to illustrious horticultural careers. A few days ago, I received this photograph of Dr. Harold B. Tukey, Jr., founding director, and associate professor James R.Read more