March 2011 Plant Profile: The Genus Helleborus

The popularity of this tough and resilient perennial has made it one of the most revered and sought after of all winter blooming plants in our climate.

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Mar 3, 2011 / Education, News / Patrick Mulligan

Fauna (and flora!) of UWBG

I continue to be surprised by the life that abounds in our gem located at the heart of the Emerald City. Yesterday, while walking between/through our sites (WPA -> UBNA -> CUH), I counted no less than 27 Great Blue Herons hunkered down in the cattails seeking shelter from the lion-like March weather. In addition to these easily recognized wading birds, I saw and heard a plethora of others that reminded me of my new year’s resolution to learn more birds. 

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Mar 3, 2011 / News / Pat Chinn-Sloan

March Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

Cornus mas (Cornelian Cherry)
Daphniphyllum macropodum
Pinus kwangtungensis (Kwangtung Pine)
Prunus subhirtella ‘Rosea’
Thujopsis dolabrata (False Arborvitae)

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Free Weekend Walks

Magnolia by L. Thornberg

Every month on the first and third Sundays get outside and enjoy a free guided tour of the beautiful Arboretum. 11am – 12:30pm and 1 – 2:30pm. Theme for March: Harbingers of Spring.

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Feb 22, 2011 / News / Riz Reyes

CUH Update – February 2011: Show Time

Apologies for the delay in getting an update posted. We’ve had several little projects we’re trying to complete and we are getting numerous volunteer applications, which we have been going through and contacting interested individuals who are interested in helping us out in grounds.
Late winter brings with it a lot of planting and transplanting projects and our major one so far this year has been the relocation of an established specimen of Edgeworthia crysantha from the McVay courtyard to a new location just north of the Miller Library. 

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Feb 17, 2011 / News / Pat Chinn-Sloan

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

Acer rubrum (Red maple)
Magnolia stellata (Star magnolia)
Pinus contorta (Shore pine)
Quercus chrysolepis (Canyon live oak)
Viburnum rhytidophyllum (Leatherleaf viburnum)

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Feb 17, 2011 / Students, Union Bay Natural Area, News / UWBG Communication Staff

Past and Present: Continuing the Tradition of Restoration in UBNA

Earlier this season as we were getting ready for a new quarter of restoration work in the Union Bay Natural Area, a friend supplied me with her wonderful collection of photographs from the 2004 planting of UBNA’s “blue tube forest”.  It was a pleasure to be given a look back in time to the beginning of this project, as I have only been familiar with UBNA for a mere 2 years.  

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Foster Island spider appears to be new species

You may recall that last spring’s BioBlitz in the Washington Park Arboretum resulted in some interesting finds, thanks to the efforts of more than 100 citizen scientists, university students and professionals. One of those discoveries may be a new Philodromus crab spider.

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Feb 7, 2011 / News / Pat Chinn-Sloan

February Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

Azara microphylla (Boxleaf Azara)
Garrya x issaquahensis (Hybrid Silk Tassel)
Ilex sp. (Holly)
Leptospermum lanigerum (Silky tea tree)
Sycopsis sinensis (Chinese Fighazel)

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February 2011 Plant Profile: The Genus Galanthus

Of all spring emphemeral bulbs, Galanthus have been revered and loved for many centuries and have always been the harbingers of spring as their noses poke up and their gentle blossoms push through the snow.

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