10 posts in UWBG At Home

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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May 19, 2020 / UWBG At Home, Washington Park Arboretum, Horticulture, News / UWBG Horticulturist, David Zuckerman

Selected Cuttings from the Home of UW Botanic Gardens Horticulture Manager, David Zuckerman

Photo of Orange Ball Buddleja

1)  Buddleja globosa                        Orange Ball Buddleja

This Chilean large and lanky quasi-evergreen shrub comes true to name when in flower.
It is now festooned with 8-10 fragrant orange ball-shaped flowers arranged in terminal panicles.
Hummingbirds are fun to watch while hovering and feeding over each “ball” for several seconds.
You can view several blooming now in our Pacific Connections Chilean Gateway Garden. 

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May 13, 2020 / UWBG At Home / Roy Farrow

UWBG at Home: Cobra Lily, a Favorite Woodland Perennial

cobra lily flower

I love woodlands. And a big part of that is I love all the woodland perennials. One of my favorite genera of woodland perennials is Arisaema. Arisaema are in the family Araceae, which you may know as jack-in-the-pulpit plants or aroids. The pulpit (known as a spathe) is a modified leaf that protects “jack” (the spadix) which contains the small flowers. 

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May 6, 2020 / UWBG At Home, News / Tracy Mehlin, Librarian

UWBG at Home: Plant volunteers: panacea or pain in the neck?

patch of blue little flowers

Flowers that grow without help from the gardener can be charming, but also may try to take over the garden.

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May 5, 2020 / UWBG At Home, Center for Urban Horticulture, Horticulture, News / UWBG Horticulturist, Annie Bilotta

Selected Cuttings from the Home of Annie Bilotta, Horticulturist at the Center for Urban Horticulture

Photo of Tall Oregon Grape

Pacific Northwest Natives
1)   Berberis aquifolium, formerly known as Mahonia aquifolium                                                                                                                                        Tall Oregon Grape

Native to the Pacific Northwest from British Columbia to northern California.
Its yellow flowers in April smell like honey and attract hummingbirds and insect pollinators.
Blue-black berries are edible and are used to make jam and juice. Pacific Northwest aboriginal peoples used the bark and roots to make a yellow dye. 

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Apr 21, 2020 / UWBG At Home / Ray Larson, Curator of Living Collections and the Otis Douglas Hyde Herbarium

UWBG At Home: Paeonia mairei

Learn about Paeonia mairei, a lovely woodland peony in our latest edition of UWBGatHome.

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Apr 20, 2020 / UWBG At Home, Washington Park Arboretum, Horticulture, News / UWBG Horticulturist, Joanna Long

Selected Cuttings from the Home of Joanna Long, Pacific Connections Horticulturist

Photo of Oregon Iris

Native Ground Covers in Bloom
1)  Trillium ovatum                                                                                          Pacific Trillium

The three white petals of Trillium are always a sign of spring.  As they age, the petals turn pink.
These native wildflowers are common under-story plants in our woods.
The seeds of Trillium contain a substance attractive to ants who act as seed dispersers.
Scattered populations of Trillium bloom throughout the native areas of the Arboretum. 

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Apr 16, 2020 / UWBG At Home, News / Roy Farrow, Grounds Supervisor of the Washington Park Arboretum, Marooned in Snohomish

Backyard Forage Pesto

Forage for greens in your backyard and learn to make a delicious pesto.

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Apr 9, 2020 / UWBG At Home / Roy Farrow, Grounds Supervisor of the Washington Park Arboretum, Marooned in Snohomish

Dispatch from home: Early, small and pink

close up of flower cluster

In the spring of 1997 I came across an adorable little pink rhododendron called ‘Pink Snowflakes’. It was absolutely covered with small white flowers with a bright pink ruffled edge and a tiny smattering of pink dots in the throat. I brought it home and gave it a place of pride next to my driveway. Soon after a foraging deer rudely stepped on it, breaking off two thirds of the plant. 

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Selected Cuttings from the Home of Roy Farrow, WA Park Arboretum Grounds Supervisor

Close-up photo of Kalmiopsis leachiana

1)   Acer palmatum ‘Katsura’                                                             Japanese Maple

Japanese maples have been cultivated in Japan for over 300 years. While they are most known for their stunning fall colors, I personally enjoy them as much in the spring for their new leaf color.
‘Katsura’ is a cultivar which appears to have bright orange new leaves, but on closer inspection, the leaves are bright yellow with a red margin. 

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