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UW Botanic Gardens Director, Fred Hoyt, to Retire


Fred Hoyt, UW Botanic Gardens Director and Orin and Althea Soest Chair for Urban Horticulture, has announced he will retire at the end of January, 2021. Please join us in showing our appreciation for Fred’s service and congratulating him on his retirement.

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Happy Holidays from Your UWBG Horticulture Staff!

Photo of Ilex opaca, American Holly grove

We invite you to enjoy our “Game of Groves”.
Can you name the following iconic tree groves based on the photos shown and hints below?

I am a grove of nine broadleaf evergreen trees with berries that are commonly used as Christmas greens.  My location is an “island” in the middle of the ocean surrounding our five Pacific Rim flora.  

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Nov 12, 2020 / Washington Park Arboretum, Horticulture, News / UWBG Horticulturist, Darrin Hedberg

Selections from the New Zealand Garden at the Washington Park Arboretum

Photo of Mingimingi

1)  Coprosma propinqua                                       Mingimingi

Coprosma is a genus of about 90 species of shrubs and trees found in various Pacific regions, including New Zealand and Australia.  They range from trees to low-growing spreading shrubs and those with a divaricating habit.
A member of the plant family Rubiaceae, C. propinqua is found in swampy areas and near streams throughout New Zealand.  The leaves are very small and oblong and the berries are a translucent blue color. 

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Oct 26, 2020 / UWBG At Home, Horticulture, News / UWBG Horticulturist, Annie Bilotta

The Purples and Reds of Fall from the Home of UWBG Horticulturist, Annie Bilotta

Photo of Forsythia or Easter Tree

1)    Forsythia                                                        Common name:    Forsythia or Easter Tree

A staple of many gardens, it is a harbinger of spring with its early yellow blossoms.  It also provides some very nice fall color, extending its garden interest.
A member of the Olive family, Oleaceae.
Nicknamed the Easter Tree because it blooms around Easter time in early spring.
There are approximately 14 species, mostly from Asia. 

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Oct 15, 2020 / UW Farm, News / Perry Acworth

UW Farm “Dig In” Fun-draiser October 28th!

UW Farm Hosting “Dig In!” Fun-draiser October 28th
Every year the UW Farm hosts a Farm To Table dinner to celebrate the end of the growing season, share stories, and hear from the seasonal student staff about their experiences, ask for donations, and dine on a delicious menu featuring UW farm Produce.
This year, because we cannot hold a large public in-person event, we are hosting a virtual, live evening event 7pm-8:15pm, Wednesday October 28th with Master of Ceremonies, Eli Wheat, of SkyRoot Farm, UW lecturer in College of the Environment and one of the founders of the UW Farm. 

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Oct 13, 2020 / News / Wendy Gibble

Restoration after Wildfires

Four people in a field of grass and blooming purple-flowered lupines

Rare Care is assisting the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) with developing a site management plan that will help guide restoration and management of a population of Whited’s milk-vetch’s on BLM land that was impacted by recent fires.

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Oct 11, 2020 / Washington Park Arboretum, Horticulture, News / UWBG Horticulturist, Joanna Long

“Barking up the Right Tree”

Photo of Orange Bark Stewartia

1)  Stewartia monadelpha                                                                  Orange Bark Stewartia

Stewartia monadelpha is a small tree (up to 25 feet high) with stunning cinnamon bark.
A member of the Camellia family, the white flowers resemble those of small, simple Camellias and can be viewed in early summer.
Several beautiful specimens can be viewed at the southern end of the Camellia Collection.

2)   Lagerstroemia indica x fauriei  ‘Muskogee’                             Muskogee Crepe Myrtle


This garden hybrid was developed by the National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. 

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October 2020 Plant Profile: Blechnum penna-marina

close up of one frond

Despite not having showy flowers this demure evergreen fern deserves to be grown in more Northwest gardens.

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Oct 5, 2020 / News / UWBG Communication Staff

Thank you, volunteers!

The group of newly trained rare plant monitors in 2019.

Volunteers are an incredibly important part of the UW Botanic Gardens family. We made a video to tell our volunteers just how much we appreciate and miss them.

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Sep 25, 2020 / News / Stacy Kinsell

Reflections from Rare Care Intern Megan Rodenbeck

While clinging to an exposed ledge looking for Tisch’s saxifrage (Micranthes tischii), a very charming saxifrage, I realized the lengths I would go to just to look at plants. I found I had a healthy respect for heights, but was able to forget how high up I was when I finally saw its ruffled, waxy leaves tucked into a rock crevice. 

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