Dec 15, 2010 / News / Riz Reyes

CUH Update – December 2010: Overcoming November’s Cold Spell

Several weeks after an unusual early snow and cold snap, the grounds at CUH have looked like a bomb was detonated and we’re just now cleaning up the aftermath. OK, it wasn’t that bad, but the clean-up continues as the holiday season is well underway and we’re doing our best to keep things clean and presentable to our many guest this time of year. 

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Dec 8, 2010 / News / Patrick Mulligan

Food Security Conference Debrief

I had the privilege of attending some of the Regional Food Security Conference this past weekend at CUH, and wanted to share what I learned…
The plenary session Sunday morning was a joint effort by 3 presenters who each provided unique perspectives into successful small scale regional farming projects happening around the world. The one that stood out for me was presented by Travis English, a UW MA candidate, who spoke of the Tumaini Women’s Group in Kenya whose members are comprised of 20+ elderly widows. 

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Dec 6, 2010 / News / Pat Chinn-Sloan

December Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

Cotoneaster tengyuehensis (Tengyueh cotoneaster)
Sorbus alnifolia (Korean mountain ash)
Grevillea victoriae (royal grevillea)
Viburnum tinus ‘Pink Prelude’
Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Pallida’ (witch hazel)

Complete details. 

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December 2010 Plant Profile: Prunus ‘Mount Vernon’

Contrary to its original form (Prunus laurocerasus), this selection of the common, overused and potentially invasive Cherry Laurel is a welcomed addition to any landscape. ‘Mt. Vernon’ is beginning to appear in many urban plantings both as a hugging evegreen groundcover or as a prostrate specimen shrub in front of a border. It is truly versatile, hardy, and a very dependable plant with glossy, deep green foliage that looks fabulous all year around. 

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Nov 30, 2010 / News / Pat Chinn-Sloan

November Color Arrives at CUH

Acanthus spinosus
Echinacea purpurea – Purple Cone Flower
Iris foetidissima – Gladwyn Iris
Astilbe chinensis v. pumila – Dwarf false spiraea
Polystichum setiferum ‘Divisilobum’ – Divided Soft Shield Fern

Complete details. 

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Nov 30, 2010 / News / Pat Chinn-Sloan

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

Cupressus arizonica var. montana (Sierra San Pedro Mártir Cypress)
Euptelea polyandra
Sorbus commixta (Mountain Ash)
Sorbus forrestii
Viburnum tinus ‘Gwenllian’ (Laurustinus)

Complete details. 

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Winter Plant Protection in Pacific Connections Gardens

No, aliens haven’t invaded the arboretum. The “straw tepees” (left), as Kyle Henegar, PCG gardener, aptly coins them, are to protect the newly planted Phormiums and other marginally hardy New Zealand plants make it through this cold spell that’s hit Seattle. It just wouldn’t seem fair to let these plants try to make it on their own since they were just planted late last summer and have yet to get their roots established. 

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November 2010 Plant Profile: Osmanthus fragrans v. aurantiacus

In the three years I’ve expected it to bite the dust, this plant has survived our winters and we’ve enjoyed the fruity scent from this form of Sweet Olive every autumn. Osmanthus fragrans is a popular shrub/small tree in the warmer regions of the United states (USDA Zone 8 +) and in China, where it is highly revered and its scented autumn blossoms are used to scent and flavor tea. 

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Nov 12, 2010 / News / Riz Reyes

CUH Update – November 2010: Color and Winter

It’s been a cold nippy November and we’re taking a little extra time to put on a few extra layers before heading outside to work. Temperatures are dropping and it’s really time to start thinking about winter. The plants are on their last legs and the last of the tremendous fall foliage we’ve been blessed with this autumn are carpeting our grounds and exposing an occasional clear blue sky above. 

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Bioblitz: Mushroom Edition re-cap

But what is it about mushrooms that so captures our collective curiosity? It’s a difficult question to answer because the answer differs depending on who you ask.

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