Crape Myrtles are tolerant of hot and dry summers and offer appeal throughout the seasonsRead more
Featuring a Selection of Trees at the Center for Urban Horticulture
1) Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’ Fern Leaf Maple
Grove of six located in McVay Courtyard
Planted in 1986, original design element for McVay Courtyard
Beautiful leaf texture with extraordinary fall color
The most iconic tree at the Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH)
2) Cedrus deodara Deodar Cedar
Two mature specimens located at northeastern entrance to Event Lawn (x from Greenhouse)
The only conifers remaining from pre-CUH development
Probably planted post-war years (1950s) for UW married student housing
3) x Chitalpa tashkentensis ‘Morning Cloud’ Morning Cloud Chitalpa
An inter-generic cross between Catalpa bignonioides and Chilopsis linearis
A hardy drought tolerant tree currently in flower, hence its cultivar namesake
Several specimens located in bed along NE 41st Street, west entrance to CUH.
Stewartia monadelpha is a stunning tree throughout the year. Don’t miss its lovely blossoms this month.Read more
Urban horticulture has come a long way from the days of the pink flamingos, but they still hold a special place in our hearts!Read more
It’s spring and time for a full on revival in the Center for Urban Horticulture’s Goodfellow Grove!Read more
Thanks to dedicated volunteers, over 22,000 pressed plant specimens have been reviewed and documented.Read more
When the Center for Urban Horticulture was established in 1980, one of the programmatic thrusts was to develop and carry out a comprehensive public outreach program.Read more
UW graduate student Nicolette Neumann Levi is looking for ways to bring more native pollinators to the UW Farm.Read more
By John Wott, Director Emeritus
In those divisive times of the late 1960’s and 1970’s, many new ideas began to form regarding how to live on, properly use, and safeguard the resources on our earth. This included groups from the “flower children” to academics. Learned horticulturists, botanists, and academics in the Northwest created a plan which called for the creation of a new academic unit at the University of Washington to be called the Center for Urban Horticulture.
The Fragrance Garden at the Center for Urban Horticulture is being refreshed with help from partner the Seattle Garden Club. The declining stripe bark maple will be removed and new scented plants will be added.
Manager of Horticulture David Zuckerman said the Acer capillipes has been declining for years. David explained: “it may have verticillium wilt, but more likely to be causing the decline are symptoms of over exposure (sun, temps) during the course of its life in the entry garden.