May 2011 Plant Profile: Daphne x transatlantica ‘Summer Ice’

Daphne ‘Summer Ice’ is becoming a widely recognized small shrub for the Pacific Northwest. It’s dependable, easy to care for, once established, and possesses fine qualities as such persistent leaves (for the most part) and wonderfully sweet fragrance that’s present almost year round.

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May 9, 2011 / Miller Library, Unit Feature / UWBG Communication Staff

Plant Answer Line: Going Strong After Ten Years

Plant Answer Line - click to ask a question

In the spring of 2001 the Elisabeth C. Miller Library launched a new service designed to answer plant and gardening questions quickly over the phone or via email. Now we’re celebrating the ten year anniversary of the free answer service for gardeners.

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Tuesdays In the Arboretum: Group Projects

UWBG arboretum horticulture staff are taking Tuesdays by storm!  The 6 member crew, along w/ the 2 recent temporary gardener hires, plus Tuesday volunteers are now making an immediate impact on improving plant collections care and general garden aesthetics. For example, this past Tuesday, there were 10 busy bees working in the Sorbus (Mountain Ash) collection, weeding and mulching. Check out the finished product (photos). 

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Boyer Parking Lot Tree Protection

One of the most widespread problems with trees in the urban environment is the failure to recognize the tree’s mature size.  If one doesn’t take into account the space required when the tree grows up, conflicts are sure to arise.  To make matters worse, the tree is often faulted for encroachment!
Several trees surrounding the Arboretum’s Boyer Parking Lot have grown up and encroached on the gravel parking spaces.  

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Apr 29, 2011 / Education, News / Barbara Selemon

Who are the G.R.O.W. participants? A profile of Nathan Hale students

hanging baskets lined up in greenhouse

Students in Jessica Torvik’s Horticulture/Ecology classes meet in the Nathan Hale High School greenhouse on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.   The new site for horticulture classes is a few minutes’ walk from the main school building,
across the street and up the hill.  As they arrive, the students take the initiative to begin doing tasks assigned to
them in their working groups.    

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Apr 28, 2011 / Miller Library, News / UWBG Communication Staff

Plant Sale Season Now in Full Swing

Charitable plant sales take place all over the Northwest every year and this cold wet spring is no exception. Take a look at our plant sale calendar, then go out and buy a few plants for a good cause.

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PURPLE MARTIN CONDOS ARRIVE AT CUH

Condos at CUH by Constance Sidles
 Yesterday the UW Botanic Gardens staff installed some new condominiums west of the greenhouses near the Center for Urban Horticulture. Oh, not for people, but for purple martins.Purple martins, you see, are our largest swallows, and they have been in decline for a long time. They nest in holes, and they like to live together in a colony. 

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Apr 27, 2011 / Horticulture / Riz Reyes

Perennial Plant Trials: Blooms of Bressingham Report 2009-2010

Since 1997, the Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH) has been the recipient of plants from one of the most prominent names in the perennial plant industry. Blooms of Bressingham (referred to simply as “BLOOMS”) has been a source of the world’s finest perennial plant introductions for many years.

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Apr 26, 2011 / News / Pat Chinn-Sloan

April Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum (Part II)

Chaenomeles x superba ‘Knap Hill Scarlet’
Magnolia ‘Elizabeth’
Malus x purpurea ‘Lemoinei’
Rhododendron augustinii
Viburnum carlesii (Koreanspice viburnum)

Complete details. 

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Garden-based Restoration and Outreach Workshops (GROW Program): An Introduction

Thanks to a grant from the Jiji Foundation the Garden-based Restoration and Outreach Workgroups (G.R.O.W.) Program was launched in January, 2011 and is actively engaged with three high school classes and one after school teen center program.

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