BioBlitz reveals potentially rare stinging ant, mushroom, spider & possible new plant invaders

With more than 100 citizen scientists, university students and professionals scrutinizing Washington Park Arboretum’s nooks and crannies during Seattle’s first BioBlitz, there were bound to be a few surprises. A potentially rare native stinging ant, a potentially rare Amanita (mushroom) not often seen on the west coast, a potentially new species of spider and a couple of unexpected plants displaying suspicious behavior are just a few of the discoveries. 

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May 25, 2010 / News / Pat Chinn-Sloan

May Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum (Part 2)

Embothrium coccineum (Chilean Fire Tree)
Leucothoe davisia (Sierra Laurel)
Pterostyrax psilophylla (Lesser Epaulette Tree)
Rhododendron degronianum ssp. yakushimanum
Syringa patula ‘Miss Kim’

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May 2010 Plant Profile: Lupinus ‘The Governor’

Lupines have long been staples in the perennial border. With their elegant line, exquisite colors and fine-textured foliage, they create accents, punctuation, and almost a wave of movement when used as a group in both the garden and in cut flower arrangements. We have just one lupine in the Soest Garden and it is a seedling strain known as ‘The Governor’. 

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May 11, 2010 / News / Pat Chinn-Sloan

May Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

Acer palmatum ‘Scolopendrifolium’ (“Finger Leaf” Maple)
Aesculus x arnoldiana
Aesculus pavia (Red Buckeye)
Dipelta floribunda
Magnolia wilsonii

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May 7, 2010 / News / Pat Chinn-Sloan

May Color Appears at CUH

Anthurium clarinervium – White-veined Anthurium
Rhododendron occidentale – Western Azalea
Viburnum plicatum x tomentosum ‘Mariesii’ – Double-file Viburnum
Rhododendron luteum – Yellow Honeysuckle Azalea
Centaurea montana – ‘Amethyst Dream’ & ‘Amethyst in Snow’

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May 7, 2010 / News / Riz Reyes

CUH Update May 2010

May is always an abundance of activity in the garden. Whether April’s on and off showers played much of a role in how many plants are blooming right now, each year we’re overwhelmed with the work as temperatures begin to warm up and just about everything calls our attention; people make requests for things (they ask more questions and are more curious and observant about a lot of things like the endless weeds we’ve been trying to stay on top of) and even the plans themselves demand that they get the cutting back, pinching, top-dress of compost and irrigation they require in order to perform their best. 

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Apr 30, 2010 / News / Pat Chinn-Sloan

New Plant Cuttings Appear at the Washington Park Arboretum

Cercis siliquastrum (European Redbud)
Davidia involucrata var. vilmoriniana (Dove or Handkerchief Tree)
Rehderodendron macrocarpum
Rhododendron ‘Loderi Hybrid’
Viburnum ‘Pragense’

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Apr 15, 2010 / News / Pat Chinn-Sloan

April Color at WPA – New Selected Cuttings

Selected Cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum

Abies bornmuelleriana (Turkish Fir)
Amelanchier arborea (Downy Serviceberry)
Larix laricina (Tamarack)
Malus ‘Makamik’ (Crabapple)
Picea orientalis (Oriental Spruce)

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Apr 9, 2010 / News / Pat Chinn-Sloan

April Color Appears at CUH

A Selection of Hybrid Narcissus from the Center for Urban Horticulture’s Fragrance Garden

Narcissus ‘Thalia’ – Triandus Hybrid
Narcissus ‘Cheerfulness’ – Double-flowered hybrid
Narcissus ‘Avalanche’ – Tazetta Hybrid
Narcissus ‘Bell Song’ – Jonquilla Hybrid
Narcissus ‘Quail’ – Jonquilla Hybrid

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Apr 6, 2010 / Research, News / Jennifer Youngman

Climate Change Garden designed to be replicated

The UW Botanic Gardens Climate Change Garden is doing more than monitoring the effects of a changing climate on plant growth and survival. (What’s the Climate Change Garden?) It’s part of a nationwide climate change education initiative entitled Floral Report Card.
Sponsored by Chicago Botanic Garden, Floral Report Card aims to integrate existing phenology citizen science programs into elementary, middle and high school classrooms through garden replication on school grounds. 

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