314 posts in Washington Park Arboretum

Free Weekend Walks

Magnolia by L. Thornberg

Every month on the first and third Sundays get outside and enjoy a free guided tour of the beautiful Arboretum. 11am – 12:30pm and 1 – 2:30pm. Theme for March: Harbingers of Spring.

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Foster Island spider appears to be new species

You may recall that last spring’s BioBlitz in the Washington Park Arboretum resulted in some interesting finds, thanks to the efforts of more than 100 citizen scientists, university students and professionals. One of those discoveries may be a new Philodromus crab spider.

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Jan 7, 2011 / Washington Park Arboretum, News / UWBG Communication Staff

New Endowment Established for Arboretum Maintenance

Thank you to the Gordon and Irene Bergum Trust and everyone else who gave a gift and/or volunteered their time to UWBG in 2010. Donors and volunteers are critical to the continued success of UW Botanic Gardens.

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January 2011 Plant Profile: Cornus sericea ‘Flaviramea’

The winter landscape is incomplete without the presence of twig-dogwoods. Their stately, yet elegant stems, vibrant color and imposing form in the garden is remarkable. What’s more impressive is their adaptability and ease of growth. They are tolerant of most soils, are drought tolerant once established and the ability to recover from almost being mowed down to the ground each spring and produce brightly colored stems the following winter is extraordinary. 

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Dec 23, 2010 / Washington Park Arboretum, News / UWBG Communication Staff

Washington Park Arboretum Mitigation Plan Released by WSDOT

In the 2010 legislative session, a bill was introduced that required the Washington State Department of Transportation, in its efforts to push forward the 520 bridge renovation and replacement, to focus on minimizing and addressing potential impacts to the Washington Park Arboretum.  A group representing the Arboretum Botanical Garden Committee, which advises the University of Washington, City of Seattle and The Arboretum Foundation on the management and stewardship of the Washington Park Arboretum, worked with WSDOT on addressing issues outlined in ESSB 6392.  

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Winter Plant Protection in Pacific Connections Gardens

No, aliens haven’t invaded the arboretum. The “straw tepees” (left), as Kyle Henegar, PCG gardener, aptly coins them, are to protect the newly planted Phormiums and other marginally hardy New Zealand plants make it through this cold spell that’s hit Seattle. It just wouldn’t seem fair to let these plants try to make it on their own since they were just planted late last summer and have yet to get their roots established. 

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Bioblitz: Mushroom Edition re-cap

But what is it about mushrooms that so captures our collective curiosity? It’s a difficult question to answer because the answer differs depending on who you ask.

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Chile news is good news!

“Uno, dos, tres, cut!” cried Paige Miller, the Arboretum Foundation’s executive director. Armed with garden shears, dignitaries clipped the bamboo ribbon, officially opening the Gateway to Chile in Washington Park Arboretum’s Pacific Connections Garden. Bathed in sunshine, and on the heels of the Chilean miners’ safe return above ground, the Oct. 17 Gateway to Chile celebration was triply joyous. Watch a 2 1/4-minute video. 

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The Fungus Among US

This past spring, the UWBG hosted the first ever bioblitz in Seattle.  A “bioblitz” is a biological scavenger hunt that aims to inventory all the various organisms living in a given area – the “blitz” part signifies that this inventory is taken within a short period of time.
There are several reasons why the UWBG aims to make bioblitzes a regularly occurring tradition:

to better fulfill our mission of sustaining managed to natural ecosystems
to raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity in an urban environment
to bridge the gap between the academic world and the every-day world by harnessing the power of citizen scientists. 

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Holly Garden Project Notice and News

September through October is our window of opportunity before fall rains begin to commence development and improvement work in the Holly collection.  Scope of work during this period will focus primarily on construction  of  the southernmost Eurasian clade berm located at the north end (near Boyer Ave). See photo of Iain Robertson’s conceptual Holly collection plan – Eurasian clade berms are pink. 

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