63 posts in Center for Urban Horticulture

April 2012 Plant Profile: Ribes sanguineum

Spring is definitely in the air when the clouds of pink burst forth into bloom and our native red-flowering currants put on a show.

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And the Winners Are…..Biodiversity Conference Art Exhibit up through March

The winners of the botanical art exhibit held in conjunction with the conference Conserving Plant Biodiversity in a Changing World: A View from NW North America were announced Wednesaday afternoon at the close of the conference.

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Are Weddings Allowed at the UW Botanic Gardens?

Answer: Yes! Weddings and all social events are a natural fit at the beautiful Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH) and Washington Park Arboretum (WPA). Weddings and many other social events are booked months, even a year, in advance at both of these sites.

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CUH Update – December 2011: New Garden Features & Season’s Greetings

It has been an incredibly busy autumn here at CUH as we have several new projects underway. Our entire horticultural team has been involved with 2 major projects we’d like to highlight as these are pretty significant changes that might raise a few eyebrows.

Earlier this autumn, our arborist crew took down a large specimen of Parrotia persica that’s been growing in a raised planter in the Orin and Althea Soest Herbaceous Perennial Garden. 

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November 2011 Plant Profile: Acer griseum

Best known for it’s papery bark, Acer griseum is one of the most beloved landscape trees here in the Pacific Northwest.

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CUH Update: The Autumn Approach

After a nonexistent summer, we’re now charging forward and anticipating the return of rain and cooler temperatures, the shorter days, and all the fall tasks that seem to just ramp up without warning.
Autumn can be a mesmerizing time of year as many plants, particularly in the Soest Perennial Display Garden, have reached their full potential in growth and in many cases, abundant bloom. 

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Oral History of UWBG Open House Nov. 1

The public is invited to a presentation of the Oral History of UWBG project on Tuesday, November 1, from 5 – 7 pm in the Miller Library. Several displays will showcase the interview collection and will remain on exhibit in the library from Oct 21 until the week of Nov 20.

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UW Student Reports on Stormwater Planting at CUH

Recent UW graduate, Lisa Haglund, worked with UWBG staff and faculty and teams of high school students to plant natives in rain gardens to control and clean stormwater run-off at CUH. Read Lisa’s project narrative or visit the site.

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September 2011 Plant Profile: Vitex agnus-castus

The Vitex specimen here at CUH is just coming into bloom and will peak in the next couple of weeks attracting bees, butterflies, and other wildlife.

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CUH Update – Sprimmer 2011: There is NO summer!

Things certainly ramped up since my last post on here hence the absence of updates, but it’s been a busy past few months here at the Center for Urban Horticulture Grounds. There are several exciting new projects underway and our regular summer regiment is in full swing with regular volunteers that have helped what is now a two person crew to oversee all of CUH Grounds since our third colleague left. 

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