WPA Fall Guide Training

Each fall, the Washington Park Arboretum Education and Outreach Program provides training for new and veteran guides who lead school field trips and/or Weekend Walks. This fall, guides learned firsthand about current plant-related research at the University of Washington. Hyde Herbarium Collections Manager and School of Forest Resources (SFR) graduate student Katie Murphy spoke about fall plant physiology and offered pointers for leading groups in the field. 

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Sep 23, 2011 / News / David Zuckerman

“Day of Caring” in the Arboretum, September 16, 2011

And the astonishing United Way “Day of Caring”  numbers are in!

103 total volunteers working 417 hours!

Representing 4 companies/corporations: AT&T, Japan Business Association, Microsoft, Nordstrom

Completing 5 projects:

AT&T – Holly Collection

3 truckloads of blackberry and weeds hauled out, roots and all!

Native plant bed and holly berm weeded and mulched!

Japan Business Association-Pacific Connections Garden, Siskiyou Slope

Weeded over 1,100 linear feet of 8’wide pathways and hauled out 3 truckloads of weeds!


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Sep 15, 2011 / Washington Park Arboretum, Students, News / UWBG Communication Staff

UW Student Completes Draft for Campus Sustainability Fund Proposal

UW undergraduate Jeanine Carlson developed a draft proposal for the Campus Sustainability Fund as her Capstone project. The proposal imagines a cafe and permaculture demonstration garden at the Washington Park Arboretum.
Jeanine shares her vision for the proposal:
The Permaculture Perennial Guild Garden is a display and study of permaculture perennial plant guilds in an event hosting site. It provides visual demonstration, experiential learning, and a place for community to gather in sharing, learning and celebration. 

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Sep 14, 2011 / News / Pat Chinn-Sloan

September Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

“C” is for Conifer
1)  Cedrus libanii ssp. atlantica ‘Aurea’ (syn. Cedrus atlantica ‘Aurea’)

Native to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco
Young leaves have a bright yellow cast, maturing to blue-green.
This specimen is located in the North Pinetum.

2)  Chamaecyparis lawsoniana x pisifera

Hybrid of the Japanese Sawara cypress and our own Port Orford cedar
We have a specimen along the Pinetum Trail, south of the Wilcox Bridge. 

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UW Student Reports on Stormwater Planting at CUH

Recent UW graduate, Lisa Haglund, worked with UWBG staff and faculty and teams of high school students to plant natives in rain gardens to control and clean stormwater run-off at CUH. Read Lisa’s project narrative or visit the site.

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September 2011 Plant Profile: Vitex agnus-castus

The Vitex specimen here at CUH is just coming into bloom and will peak in the next couple of weeks attracting bees, butterflies, and other wildlife.

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Aug 30, 2011 / News / Pat Chinn-Sloan

August Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

Catalpa X erubescens (Hybrid Catalpa)
Hibiscus ‘Lohengrin’
Kalopanax pictus (Prickly castor-oil tree)
Quercus hypoleucoides (Silverleaf oak)
Sequoia sempervirens ‘Henderson Blue’

Complete details. 

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Aug 29, 2011 / Education, Students, News / Patrick Mulligan

How does your garden grow?

The following was submitted by Angela Williams, one of five UW student interns who worked with us this past spring through the Carlson Leadership Center. Angela and co. were tasked with transforming the long neglected “Back 40” located between Plant Donations and the Greenhouse at the Arboretum into a vegetable garden…
“As a student majoring in public health nutrition, I’ve worked in many food-related service learning/volunteering positions in the past several years. 

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Aug 25, 2011 / News / Sarah Reichard

Summer Greetings from Director Sarah Reichard

Director Sarah Reichard invites you to come visit UWBG as often as you can – the gardens and natural areas we manage are free to all, so whether it’s respite and relaxation you seek, a quiet walk in the woods, the beauty of what’s blooming, or the splendid colors of fall, UW Botanic Gardens offers you magnificent nature experiences year-round.

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Maintenance Improvement: Azalea Way Gravel Path

Historically the Azalea Way lawn path experiences 8-9 months a year that are very wet making access difficult. In 2009 a crushed rock path was added to the middle of Azalea Way from Boyer Parking lot to the Woodland Garden. The proposed improvement will add 700 feet of 6 foot wide crushed rock path from the Woodland Garden to the Lynn Street Bridge Trail. 

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