Greenhouse Assistant Position


The UW Biology Greenhouse is looking for an enthusiastic, plant-loving undergraduate greenhouse assistant to help with plant care!
General Duties/Description: Provide plant care support for UW Biology Greenhouse collections in Redmond and at the Center for Urban Horticulture.
* Irrigate, fertilize, weed, prepare soil mixes, prune, and perform general plant care for research and teaching functions
* Plant propagation by seed, cuttings, and division
* Clean greenhouse, equipment and adjoining plant growth areas, including sweeping, pot and flat washing, and power washing
* Assist in plant records collection, including inventory, labeling, and data entry
* Use of variety of hand tools including pruning shears, shovels, saws, and rakes

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Landscapes on the Edge

snowberry planted on slope photo

UW Botanic Gardens’ conferences, seminars, and symposia offer academics, scientists and practitioners opportunities to learn about the latest research and expertise in plant-related fields and create a forum for collaboration among professionals working in urban forestry, restoration and sustainable landscape management. Read on to learn about our exciting 2016 fall seminar. We hope you can join us!
Introduction to Landscapes on the Edge
Design and Implementation of Landscape and Restoration Projects
on Puget Sound Shorelines and Urban Ravines

Co-hosted by Greenbelt Consulting and University of Washington Botanic Gardens

November 15 & 16, 2016, 9am – 4pm
Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, WA 98105
CEU’s approved: CPH-6/day, ecoPRO-6/day, WALP/NALP-6/day, ASCA-5, APLD-5 first day, 5.5 second day, ASLA-5/day, ISA – 5.5/day
This program is designed to educate landscape professionals about the vulnerable nature of marine shorelines and provide guidance and instruction on how to better initiate, design, and implement successful landscape and restoration projects on upland buffers, shorelines, steep slopes, and beaches. 

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Sep 16, 2016 / Personal Profiles, News / Jessica Farmer

Student Spotlight: Tessarae Mercer

Tessarae Mercer is an Intern at the UW Farm this summer. The work fulfills part of her capstone (graduation requirement) for the Program on the Environment. She grew up in Vancouver, Washington before coming to Seattle to study at the University of Washington in fall of 2013. In her (limited) free time, she enjoys being out in nature, reading, and dance. 

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The “Crown Jewels” of the Washington Park Arboretum

cuttings 9-7-16

A tribute to our late Director, Dr. Sarah Reichard.  May she forever garden in peace amongst a grove of Stewartia, her favorite tree.
[Editor’s Note: If you have time to experience their true beauty, it is highly recommended you visit our Stewartia Collection. The smart phone version of our interactive map can be used to pin-point specific locations and information for mature specimens of the species listed below. 

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Biology in the Wild

“I was amazed to learn that the Ginkgo biloba tree, which is thousands of years old but extinct in the wild, was saved by Buddhist monks who planted this tree in their monasteries so the species would live on!”
“We thought we would only hear the Latin names of a multitude of obscure plants,” she said, “but instead we heard amazing stories of survival and cooperation in nature.”
These were just two of the observations made by freshman and sophomore students who took one of the free guided tours at the Washington Park Arboretum.  

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Sep 2, 2016 / Washington Park Arboretum, News / Communication Staff

Remembering Jean Witt, Long Time Friend of the Botanic Gardens

Jean Witt, long time friend of the UW Botanic Gardens, passed away last week at age 95.  She was the widow of Joe Witt, the former Arboretum Curator and Professor of Urban Horticulture and for whom the Joseph A. Witt Winter Garden is named.  Together, they were well known for their joint leadership in field study trips of Washington native flora and geology (Jean’s specialty).  

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Aug 29, 2016 / Special Feature / Communication Staff

UW Botanic Gardens Loses a Family Member

Professor Sarah Reichard has passed away while leading a garden tour in South Africa.

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Late Summer Pods & Flowers on Display at the Washington Park Arboretum

The deep pink flowers of Rosa corymbulosa (Chinese species rose) are followed by elongated coral-red fruit in late summer.

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Aug 22, 2016 / Farm, News / raer3

Nursery Internships for Fall Quarter

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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Aug 22, 2016 / Farm, News / raer3

Job Posting: Montessori School Garden Teacher/Environmental Educator

School Garden Teacher/Environmental Educator for Multi-age Montessori Setting (Renton)
Compensation: $15 – 17 per hour (DOE), 16 hours per week
Cedar River Montessori School is looking for a part time (16 hrs/week) gardening teacher/environmental educator for students age 3 – 14. We have three formal gardens and 12 acres of wooded campus. Our gardens include a large vegetable garden, a pollinator garden and a meditation garden. 

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