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Jan 10, 2017 / News / Wendy Gibble

Plant Conservation Internships with Rare Care

Washington Rare Plant Care and Conservation (Rare Care) at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens is accepting applications for two internship positions available for the spring and summer of 2017. Interns will work on a broad array of plant conservation science projects on public lands in Washington and gain familiarity with the tools used to manage sensitive plant species.
Rare Care is dedicated to conserving Washington’s native rare plants through methods including ex situ conservation, reintroduction, research, rare plant monitoring, and education.We build partnerships with public agencies and non-governmental organizations to manage and conserve rare native plant species. 

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2017 UW Student Farm Staff Positions

The University of Washington Farm (UW Farm) is a student-run farm on the UW-Seattle campus. The mission of the UW Farm is to be the campus center for the practice and study of urban agriculture and sustainability, and an educational, community-oriented resource for people who want to learn about building productive and sustainable urban landscapes.
With three farming locations on campus, the UW Farm offers year-round vegetable production for Housing and Food Services, a 50-member Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, and the University of Washington Food Pantry. 

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Jan 4, 2017 / News / UWBG Communication Staff

UW Opens Search for New Botanic Gardens Director

The UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences opened the application process for the tenure track faculty position of Director for the UW Botanic Gardens. The position is open until filled.
UWBG has an international reputation for horticulture, restoration ecology, urban forestry, sustainable urban systems, conservation and plant collections.  It manages 320 acres of collections and research areas, has a staff of over 40, and an annual budget of $2.7 million.

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Jan 4, 2017 / News / Rare Care

Symbols of resilience for a new year

Astragalus misellus var. pauper

If you’re looking for a symbol of resilience and survival for the new year – perhaps, even, a symbol of the ability to endure trial by fire with beauty and grace – consider Whited’s penstemon, pauper milk-vetch, yellow lady’s slipper or the dwarf evening-primrose.
During the 2016 monitoring season, several agency partners asked Rare Care to devote monitoring efforts to populations affected by 2014 and 2015 wildfires that burned approximately 1 1/2 million acres. 

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Winter Quarter Native Plant Nursery Internships

The UW student chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration’s (SER-UW) native plant nursery is located on campus at the Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH). It is a student run operation that provides plants to the on-campus restoration projects that SER-UW manages. This year, with the support of a Campus Sustainability Fund grant, the nursery is expanding by developing experiments and curriculum on plant propagation and production. 

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Nov 29, 2016 / Washington Park Arboretum, Education, Horticulture, News / John A. Wott, Director Emeritus UW Botanic Gardens

Glimpse into the past – Puget Sound Rhododendron Hybrid Garden

Since the late 1930s, the Puget Sound region has been regarded by some as the best rhododendron growing region in the U.S.A., with documentation for over 2000 hybrid rhododendrons. Washington Park Arboretum has always been a leader in showcasing rhododendrons, including species and hybrids. The hybridization of rhododendrons was one of the legacies of both the former curator, Joe Witt, and the former director Brian O. 

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2016 Wott Fellowship Winner Named

Pictured are Dr. John A. Wott, Director emeritus, UW Botanic Gardens; Kelsey Taylor, recipient; and Fred Hoyt, Interim Director, UW Botanic Gardens.

The winner of the John A. Wott Botanic Gardens Endowed Fellowship for 2016 is Kelsey Taylor, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences M.S. candidate.  Kelsey was selected earlier this year through the leadership of the late Dr. Sarah Reichard, Director UW Botanic Gardens.  Kelsey is a Washington native who has enjoyed an outdoor education since her formative years. Her interest in research began as an undergraduate, where she worked on stream-side restoration and renewal of salt water marshes in coastal Virginia. 

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Farm and Education Fellowship Opportunity in Virginia

Growing Food, Building Community
AMI Fellowship Program: 2017 Applications Available

Allegheny Mountain Institute (AMI) is seeking inspiring individuals to participate in the sixth cohort of our AMI Fellowship program. The 18-month Fellowship prepares and empowers individuals to become teachers and ambassadors for a more vibrant and accessible local food system.  The Fellowship is a program of AMI, an educational non-profit organization with the mission to cultivate healthy communities through food and education. 

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Nov 6, 2016 / Farm, News / raer3

Make a Change in Your Own Climate: Teach in Prison!

Opportunity to Teach in Prison!
Freedom Education Project Puget Sound is seeking volunteers to teach at the Washington Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor, Washington. This volunteer would instruct a class of 15 – 20 students. We offer stipends to all of our volunteers to cover travel costs to the prison!
Winter Term 2017
Term will run from January 3rd to March 22th. 

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Nov 3, 2016 / Horticulture, News / UWBG Horticulturist

Fine (Evergreen) Foliage of Fall

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (October 31, 2016 - November 13, 2016)

1)   Arbutus unedo                    Strawberry Tree

Autumn brings bright white bell flowers and deep red-orange fruit, both of which are set off by the deep-green, leathery leaves.
Hidden under the foliage are attractive stems with shredding red-brown bark.

2)   Berberis (Mahonia) fortunei              Chinese Mahonia

Many evergreen Mahonias have excellent textural foliage, from large and bold to low and delicate.
Berberis fortunei can be found growing low to the ground on our Sino-Himalayan hillside. 

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