Recipe: Crisp Veggie Slaw

By Josh Furman

With the temperature rising, it’s nice to have some fast and fresh salads that don’t require you to warm the stove and heat your house! This salad is a breeze, and works well with whatever crisp vegetables you have in your CSA!
For the Dressing

2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Sriracha (a little more if you like heat)
1 garlic clove minced

For the Slaw (feel free to use whatever crisp vegetables you have in your CSA box)

3 cups of thinly sliced cabbage
1 cup sliced carrots
1 bunch of radishes thinly sliced
1 pint of peas, thinly sliced
2 medium scallions, thinly sliced. 

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“One is the loneliest number…”

The University of Washington Botanic Gardens is home to truly one of a kind plants.  In botanical nomenclature, a monotypic genus refers to the case where a genus and only a single species are described.  These plants are often “living fossils”, comprising the last living remnant of ancient lineages.  Many are also often in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 

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Jul 29, 2016 / Personal Profiles, News / Donna McBain Evans

Staff Spotlight: Jessica Farmer

Jessica Farmer is one of those fortunate individuals who, through a combination of foresight, focus and possibly a bit of luck, ended up in her dream job.
“Just outside my office door at the Center for Urban Horticulture is Yesler Swamp,” she enthuses, “a quiet, shady oasis that provides me with instant wonder and relaxation.”
Just about a perfect location for a person who has been passionate about plants and nature since high school.   

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Jul 28, 2016 / Plant Profiles / Ray Larson

August 2016 Plant Profile: Dierama pulcherrimum

Dierama pulcherrimum photo

Spectacular Angel’s fishing rod shines in the summer garden.

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Glimpse into the past – Honoring a Legend and Looking to the Future

by John A. Wott, Director Emeritus
For every creature – plants, animals, or people – there is a season. They are germinated/born, develop from juveniles into adults, usually produce progeny, grow into old age, and then succumb. In the plant kingdom, there are various ways in which plants reproduce, both sexually and asexually. In humans, we pass along our genetics, our ideas, and plans to successive generations. 

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Volunteer Spotlight: Carolyn Scott

At the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, we rely on volunteers–over 500 of them– to keep daily operations afloat.
Volunteer Carolyn Scott works in the administrative heart of the Gardens, helping Manager of Administrative Services Carrie Cone with record-keeping, mailing, filing and data entry.
Born in 1921, Carolyn came to Seattle from Virginia in her early 30s with husband David who accepted a faculty position with the (then) College of Forestry at the UW. 

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Jul 20, 2016 / News / Donna McBain Evans

Silent Invaders

Imagine you see that a campfire has ignited some of the dry leaf litter nearby and no one but you is around.  Most of us would know enough to either try to put the fire out, or quickly alert officials to get to the scene.  With such early detection and quick action, it is quite possible to avoid an out of control fire that burns thousands of acres. 

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July Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

1)  Colutea orientalis                Bladder Senna

This deciduous native of northern Iran has delicate bluish-green pinnate leaves.
The orange flowers are followed by surprising translucent bladder-like fruit pods.
You can find Colutea orientalis in the Legume Collection along Arboretum Drive.

2)  Hydrangea macrophylla  ‘Mme. Emile Mouillere’ Bigleaf Hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla is native to Japan.
This cultivar is an example of the Hortensia group – having mophead flowers. 

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Summer Arrives at the Washington Park Arboretum

1)  Cunninghamia lanceolata                (Chinese Fir)

Bluish evergreen foliage contrasts nicely with its scaly bark.
This evergreen tree from China is an important timber tree in its native area.
In 1701, James Cunningham (one of the first European plant hunters to visit China) described and collected this tree.

2)  Hydrangea integrifolia                                                      (Evergreen Climbing Hydrangea)

A vigorous, evergreen vine climbing to over 40 feet, on the trunk of a mature Douglas Fir. 

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July 2016 Plant Profile: Phormium cookianum

Phormium cookianum at the Washington Park Arboretum

Don’t miss the New Zealand Flax now in full bloom in Pacific Connections.

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