January 2017 Plant Profile: Chimonanthus praecox

Chimonanthus praecox flower

Very fragrant, early flowering wintersweet will make you smile. Experience it for yourself in the Arboretum’s Witt Winter Garden.

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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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Happy Holidays from the Washington Park Arboretum!

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (12/20/16 - 1/3/17)

1)   Calocedrus decurrens                Incense Cedar

This native of Oregon and south to Baja California was first described by Colonel John C. Fremont in 1846.
Incense cedar is often confused with Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata), but is distinguished by its branchlets being held vertically, its narrow pyramidal habit, and by the lack of white stomata on the leaf undersides.
Located north of the Wilcox Bridge (marked by a sign) and east of the Pinetum Loop Trail. 

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Dec 9, 2016 / Washington Park Arboretum, Center for Urban Horticulture / John A. Wott, Director Emeritus UW Botanic Gardens

A glimpse into the past – the Director’s Holiday Open House

For 13 years, the Director’s Holiday Open House was a tradition for all University of Washington Botanic Gardens staff (from the Center for Urban Horticulture and Washington Park Arboretum), Arboretum staff from the City of Seattle, all volunteers, Arboretum Foundation board members, and other friends and dignitaries. It began when John A. Wott moved to the Washington Park Arboretum in 1993 to become the first on-site director in many years. 

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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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December 2016 Plant Profile: Arbutus unedo

Except for their bright red fruits and similar common names, the Strawberry Tree (Arbutus unedo) and the strawberry (Fragaria spp.) have nothing in common.  This tree is valued as an ornamental broadleaf evergreen for gardens and it has a long history of appreciation in Western cultures.
The species name ‘unedo’ is attributed to Pliny the Elder who said of the fruit “Unum Tantum Edo” (Latin) meaning “I eat only one”.   

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Holiday Shopping Party at the Miller Library

photo collage of craft items

We invite you to a festive event where you will find unique, hand-crafted gifts perfect for holiday giving.
On Friday, December 2nd from 5 to 7pm in the Miller Library join us for refreshments and an opportunity to shop for items you won’t find any where else.
This year you will find:

Joel Bidnick’s living wetlands in bottles
Joan Helbacka’s hand-sewn notebooks
Jenny Craig’s witty letterpress paper goods
Molly Hashimoto’s prints, cards and watercolors
Dorothy Crandell’s natural stone necklaces. 

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