Two New Ways to Experience the Arboretum

We are excited to introduce two new ways of experiencing the Arboretum.
For a more active person, we are offering Arboretum Running Tours. We’ll combine exercise, education, and entertainment on a fun running tour through the Arboretum, one of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks and home to the University of Washington Botanic Gardens’ world-class plant collections. You’ll learn about the history and design of the park, a few choice plants, and traditional or modern uses of various plants along the route. 

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Apr 13, 2018 / Herbarium, Research, News / Stacy Kinsell

Highlights from the 2018 Washington Botanical Symposium

The UW Botanic Gardens, in conjunction with the University of Washington Herbarium at the Burke Museum, hosted another successful symposium that brought together professionals, academics, and botanists from around the Pacific Northwest to share knowledge and celebrate Washington State’s flora. The full day event was coordinated by a diverse group including Washington Noxious Weed Control Board, Washington Native Plant Society, Seattle Public Utilities, Washington Natural Heritage Program, US Forest Service, and Washington Bureau of Land Management. 

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Apr 11, 2018 / Miller Library, News / Tracy Mehlin

Local horticultural publications digitized

Screenshot of BHL interface

In 2017 the Elisabeth C. Miller Library participated in a digitization grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded to the Biodiversity Heritage Library. 777 individual journal issues were scanned by the Internet Archive from 14 titles published by 4 organizations. Now the historic and recent issues of newsletters published by the Hardy Fern Foundation, Arboretum Foundation, Northwest Horticultural Society and the University of Washington Botanic Gardens are available for the world to read. 

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Selected cuttings make their appearance in late March at the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, March 19, 2018 - April 1, 2018

1)  Berberis darwinii                     Darwin’s Barberry

This barberry was discovered in Chile by Charles Darwin in 1835 during his voyage on the Beagle.
Located in the Chilean entry garden of the Pacific Connections Garden, the red-tinted flower buds open to bright yellow-orange flowers.
The abundant summer fruit of this barberry is sweet and delicious as opposed to our native sour barberries (mahonias). 

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Flowering Cherries Need Help to Stay Healthy

The UW Botanic Gardens staff use integrated pest management to keep flowering cherry trees healthy and beautiful.

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AmeriCorps Volunteer: Rebecca Janssen

Rebecca Janssen

Rebecca Janssen is the Adult Environmental Education Coordinator. Specifically, she’s helping coordinate continuing education programs for Ecological Restoration professionals, public programs on topics like native plants and sustainable gardening practices, and helping UW Botanic Gardens better understand their audience and what people are getting out of the adult education programs.
Rebecca is a Seattle native. She has a BS in Interior Design from Oregon State University, and completed a Master’s degree in Museology at UW. 

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AmeriCorps Volunteer: Gretchen Rude

Gretchen Rude

AmeriCorps volunteer Gretchen Rude is the Education Outreach Specialist for UW Botanic Gardens. She will be pioneering a youth leadership program over the summer that will aim to bring a diverse group of students to the Washington Park Arboretum. The program will build leadership and team working skills, as well as provide experience working in outdoor education.
Gretchen moved up to Seattle from Portland where she graduated from the University of Oregon. 

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First to Flower in March

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, Marcy 5 - 18, 2018

1)  Forsythia ovata     Korean Forsythia

This genus is named in honor of Scottish botanist William Forsyth. Forsyth was a founding member of the Royal Horticulture Society in England.
A short and spreading deciduous shrub that is popular in gardens and yards for its early spring display of bright yellow flowers.
These are planted throughout the park, but can be enjoyed walking down Azalea Way. 

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March 2018 Plant Profile: Magnolia stellata ‘Jane Platt’

Magnolia stellata Jane Platt

This star magnolia tree with vibrant pink blossoms extends the show once cherry flowers fade.

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Mar 1, 2018 / Miller Library, News / UWBG Communication Staff

Garden Lovers’ Book Sale April 6 & 7

Love gardening, plants, trees, flowers or growing food?
Can’t pass up a bargain?
You won’t want to miss the 13th annual GARDEN LOVERS’ BOOK SALE of used books at the Center for Urban Horticulture.

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