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Exploring Student Art at UW Botanic Gardens, Part 2

A wooden three-walled structure with glass panes and a bench

Recently on the blog, we highlighted a new art installation at the Center for Urban Horticulture, created by Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) candidate Connor Walden. However, Walden isn’t the only artist whose work you can see as you walk around the Center. Quite close to Walden’s work, southwest of Goodfellow Grove and hidden in the shadows of the trees, is a wood and glass three-walled structure with a small bench, shown in the image on the left. 

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Exploring Student Art at UW Botanic Gardens, Part 1

In early summer 2017, Connor Walden, a Master of Fine Arts candidate at the University of Washington in 3D4M (3-dimensional Forum), jumped from concrete into the refreshing water of the Gulf of Mexico, cutting his foot on a sharp oyster shell. When Walden talked with his doctor about the cut, he learned that it was possible that he could contract a fatal infection from it. 

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Student Spotlight: Joe Neumann Restores Vegetation and Habitat in the Union Bay Natural Area

Joe Neumann is completing a Master of Environmental Horticulture degree program at the University of Washington. He’s been working to restore different sites in the Union Bay Natural Area along the western shore of Lake Washington at the Center for Urban Horticulture. The restoration project includes clearing invasive plants and establishing native plants on three main sites to create healthy habitats for plant and animal life. 

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John A. Wott Fellowship Awarded to Sarah Shank

The John A. Wott Botanic Gardens Endowed Fellowship was awarded this spring to Sarah Shank, a first-year Master of Environmental Horticulture student at the University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.
A native of Pennsylvania, Sarah recently moved to Seattle for graduate school and is enjoying the opportunity to learn about the diverse flora of the Pacific Northwest. Although she pursued a fine arts degree, she worked as a gardener throughout her undergraduate career and eventually found her way back to horticulture post-graduation as a nursery horticulturist.  

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John A. Wott Fellowship Awarded to Ryan Garrison

The John A. Wott Botanic Gardens Endowed Fellowship was awarded this fall to Ryan Garrison, a master’s student in the UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences.
Ryan was born and raised in Jackson, Michigan. His father’s love of plants and nature, and both his parents’ teaching professions set the foundation for a lifetime of growing plants and appreciating the value of learning. 

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Compost Coordinator Handbook

“Compost is an essential component of any sustainable agriculture operation; without the addition of nutrients and organic matter lost from harvest, agricultural systems would soon be unable to support crop life. I encourage you, as you read on, to keep in mind the ecology and cyclical tendencies of the entire farm (and how compost fits into this larger system). Decomposition is a (mostly) silent process with uncanny influence over future growth. 

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Experimenting with Fertilization Methods at the UW Farm: Yunpeng Feng

Yunpeng worked with his faculty advisor, Elizabeth Wheat, to design and implement an experiment on the farm using different fertilizers. Read more!
Goal: The purpose of this experiment is to examine whether using a combination of three organic fertilizers, kelp meal, blood meal, and crab meal is more effective than only using a single dose of Bio·Bloom™.
Subject: The plant we chose for this particular experiment is kale. 

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Intercropping at the UW Farm: Bradyn Kawcak

Bradyn Kawcak, one of our student staff members, writes about what he’s been working on at the farm.
Over the summer I have been working as an intern with the UW Farm, where I have been constantly growing and selling delicious produce every week. Seeding, planting, making beds, weeding, repairing irrigation and harvesting are just a few of the daily tasks I am responsible for.  

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Compost Science at the UW Farm: Maria Hamilton

Here at the UW Farm, we make our own compost, combining different types of dead plant material and animal manure to create just the right ratio of Carbon to Nitrogen needed for effective composting. Temperature is used to monitor the composting process, and the compost pile gets turned every so often to add oxygen and keep things running. The finished product is the fully decomposed, nutrient-rich compost that both plants and farmers love. 

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