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AmeriCorps Volunteer: Gretchen Rude

Gretchen Rude

AmeriCorps volunteer Gretchen Rude is the Education Outreach Specialist for UW Botanic Gardens. She will be pioneering a youth leadership program over the summer that will aim to bring a diverse group of students to the Washington Park Arboretum. The program will build leadership and team working skills, as well as provide experience working in outdoor education.
Gretchen moved up to Seattle from Portland where she graduated from the University of Oregon. 

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First to Flower in March

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, Marcy 5 - 18, 2018

1)  Forsythia ovata     Korean Forsythia

This genus is named in honor of Scottish botanist William Forsyth. Forsyth was a founding member of the Royal Horticulture Society in England.
A short and spreading deciduous shrub that is popular in gardens and yards for its early spring display of bright yellow flowers.
These are planted throughout the park, but can be enjoyed walking down Azalea Way. 

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March 2018 Plant Profile: Magnolia stellata ‘Jane Platt’

Magnolia stellata Jane Platt

This star magnolia tree with vibrant pink blossoms extends the show once cherry flowers fade.

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Mar 1, 2018 / Miller Library, News / UWBG Communication Staff

Garden Lovers’ Book Sale April 6 & 7

Love gardening, plants, trees, flowers or growing food?
Can’t pass up a bargain?
You won’t want to miss the 13th annual GARDEN LOVERS’ BOOK SALE of used books at the Center for Urban Horticulture.

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Requiem for Two Oaks and a Southern Beech

Selected cuttings from three significant tree collections in the Washington Park Arboretum, February 19, 2018 - March 5, 2018

“So if you’re travelin’ in the north country fair
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine.”
– Bob Dylan
Three significant tree collections succumbed to frigid north winds this past weekend.  These cuttings pay homage to their past lives.
1)   Nothofagus pumilio                Lenga Beech in Mapuche language      (Grid 49-2E)

This Chilean deciduous tree from the Andes (accession 637-70*A) was received as a whole plant from Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden in 1970. 

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Feb 13, 2018 / News / Jessica Farmer

University of Washington invites applications for Director of UW Botanic Gardens

UW Botanic Gardens has an international reputation for horticulture, restoration ecology, urban forestry, sustainable urban systems, conservation, and plant collections. We seek a flexible leader with demonstrated organizational, interpersonal, communication, planning, fundraising, and fiscal skills.
The committee will begin reviewing applications on March 20, 2018; applications will be accepted until an appointment is made.
Job description and application procedure. 

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Feb 13, 2018 / News / jcmoore

Artist Rachel Lodge Explores the Carbon Cycle at Miller Library

Imagining the Carbon Cycle with Rachel Lodge
Artist Talk on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2018, 6 – 7PM

Artist Rachel Lodge will speak about her motivations for making her animation series explaining the carbon cycle and the process she used to create the art works.
The Miller Library is open until 8pm on Mondays so guests can view the exhibit before or after the lecture. 

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Colorful Willows and Dogwoods for Winter

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, February 5 - 18, 2018

1)  Salix  ‘Swizzlestick’                   Corkscrew Willow

Thrives in wet locations and is salt tolerant.
Orange-yellow young twigs that have a corkscrew growth pattern
Cut back hard in spring to promote attractive new branches.

2)  Cornus sericea  ‘Flaviramea’ Yellow Twig Dogwood

Medium to large, deciduous shrub
Bright yellow-green young twigs easily grown in medium-to-wet soils in full sun or part shade.
Species native to North America (excluding lower mid-west and deep south)

3)  Salix alba  ‘Britzensis’             Coral Bark Willow

Fast growing to 80 feet tall, but may be coppiced each spring. 

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Feb 7, 2018 / Personal Profiles, News / Desirae Hayes-Vitor, UW student intern

Faculty Spotlight: Professor Emeritus Robert Gara

 
Professor Emeritus Robert Gara spent nearly 40 years as Professor of Entomology at the UW’s College of Forest Resources (now the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences). He served as an advisor to graduate students on their horticulture projects at the Center for Urban Horticulture. Let’s learn a little more about his background…
Q: What are some of your hobbies or passions outside of work? 

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Glimpse into the past – the Miller Library Legacy of Lyn Sauter

Lyn Sauter

The Northwest lost a pioneer in horticulture, native plants, and libraries on December 14, 2017, when Lyn Sauter passed. Born in Snoqualmie Falls, WA, she first earned a degree in Chemistry at Seattle University. She then met her husband, Hansjoerg Sauter, a German medical resident. They married and had four children. She then returned to the University of Washington where she earned a graduate degree in Library Science, a field she pursued for the rest of her life. 

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