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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Nov 5, 2010 / News / Pat Chinn-Sloan

November Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

Highlighting Plants in Mixed Shrub Border Below Maintenance Yard

Ligustrum delavayanum
Ligustrum ovalifolium ‘Argenteum’
Liquidambar acalycina
Morella californica (California wax myrtle)
Osmanthus fragrans (Sweet Olive)

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Oct 29, 2010 / News / Pat Chinn-Sloan

October Color Arrives at CUH

Calamagrostis acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ – Feather Reed Grass
Chrysanthemum ‘Apricot’ – Apricot Chrysanthemum
Ageratum altissimum (Eupatorium rugosum) ‘Chocolate’
Perovskia atriplicifolia – Russian Sage
Sedum telephium ‘Autumn Joy’ – Autumn Joy Sedum

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Oct 22, 2010 / News / Pat Chinn-Sloan

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

Arbutus unedo ‘Compacta’ (Compact Strawberry Tree)
Camellia japonica (Common Camellia)
Ilex verticillata ‘Winter Red’ (Winterberry)
Illicium henryi (Henry Anise Tree)
Mespilus germanica (Medlar)

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Chile news is good news!

“Uno, dos, tres, cut!” cried Paige Miller, the Arboretum Foundation’s executive director. Armed with garden shears, dignitaries clipped the bamboo ribbon, officially opening the Gateway to Chile in Washington Park Arboretum’s Pacific Connections Garden. Bathed in sunshine, and on the heels of the Chilean miners’ safe return above ground, the Oct. 17 Gateway to Chile celebration was triply joyous. Watch a 2 1/4-minute video. 

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Oct 20, 2010 / News / Patrick Mulligan

Kid types

The mere thought of actually writing a blog entry w/ pen & paper started to make my hand cramp up. Granted, I have all the signs of early on-set arthritis from years spent farming & gardening for a living (using mostly hand-tools), but even still, this anxiety over the written word is pathetic! And I’ve only been typing on a keyboard consistently since college, about 10 years. 

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October 2010 Plant Profile: Symphyotrichum (Aster) lateriflorum ‘Prince’

Symphyotrichum (Aster) lateriflorum ‘Prince’

A regular visitor to the garden recommended that I make sure that I profile a plant that would stop people on their tracks when they walk by it and for October of this year, I’ve selected a dashingly handsome Aster, or now properly known as Symphyotrichum lateriflorum ‘Prince’ thriving happily in Bed 8. After years of sulking in the same bed; but overtaken by other plants, I finally moved it where it would receive full sun and less competition and, oh boy, did it take off! 

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CUH Update – October 2010: UW Classes, plant evaluations and fall color

Classes in UW are in full swing as is the fall landscape at UWBG. Color is just beginning to show on our deciduous trees and the fall-blooming perennials are slowly waiting in the wings to burst into flight and glorious bloom here at CUH. After a inconsistent and late summer, fall seems to be right on queue as the weather slowly cools and our usual autumn tasks are well underway: fertilizing the lawn, planting and transplanting, monotonous raking and gathering of fallen leaves in either cold wet or windy weather, and one of my more favorite task is evaluating the year’s successes and failures in order to plan for next season. 

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Oct 8, 2010 / News / David Zuckerman

Cherry Pruning Time

Our horticulture staff will begin pruning our cherry collection, mostly along Azalea Way, next week. October is our window to prune based on the life-cycle of the insect pest, Cherry Bark Tortrix -it’s not flying around seeking easy entry portals like fresh pruning wounds now. Most of our pruning focuses on  large dead branches, as well as, unwanted basal suckers below graft unions. 

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