August 2010 Plant Profile: Lilium ‘Scheherazade’

A most outstanding hybrid lily known worldwide for its hardiness, vigor, and overall dependability in the garden. ‘Scheherazade’ was one of the first interspecific hybrids introduced on the market and began a trend that would revolutionize the world of lily breeding. Bred by L. Freimann using tetraploid (double the number chromosomes a plant typically has) forms of a cultivar called ‘Thunderbolt’ and a tetraploid form of the famous ‘Black Beauty’, you get a most unusual mahogany crimson edged in gold and later fading to cream born in profusion over stalks that have often been referred to as “Lily Trees”. 

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Aug 5, 2010 / News / Riz Reyes

CUH Update August 2010

It’s finally beginning to feel like summer; fairly consistent warm temperatures, scrambling to get containers adequately watered, and gravitation towards shade when working outdoors!
The past few weeks have been so busy and incredibly productive as we’ve been fortunate to have an arsenal of interns, work study students, and volunteers help us out in grounds several times a week this summer. 

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Aug 1, 2010 / Washington Park Arboretum, News / UWBG Communication Staff

SR 520 Bridge Replacement in the News

News and media reports on the State Route 520 Bridge Replacement

Google News
Seattle Times
Seattle PI
The Stranger 

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Jul 28, 2010 / Washington Park Arboretum / UWBG Communication Staff

WSDOT conducts cultural resources study on Foster Island

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is conducting a cultural resources study on Foster Island as part of the I-5 to Medina: Bridge Replacement and HOV Project. This important safety and mobility project will build a safer floating bridge and give new options to people crossing Lake Washington.
Foster Island Study Fact Sheet 

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Jul 22, 2010 / News / Pat Chinn-Sloan

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

Fuchsia magellanica
Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Blue Bird’
Ilex purpurea
Lomatia myricoides

**Editor’s Note: Buddleja ‘Lochinch’ (Butterfly Bush) was removed from this list due to concerns over invasiveness potential.
Complete details. 

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What’s the story of Herb Robert at the Arboretum?

On July 14 a UWBG Facebook fan asked us what’s the story of Herb Robert at the Arboretum. UWBG Horticulturalist, David Zuckerman, replies with background information and his personal experience with this stinky weed.
Herb Robert, aka, Stinking Robert. Geranium robertianum is an escaped ornamental herbaceous perennial native to Europe. It has quite a history of folklore and medicinal uses. It is a class B noxious weed in Washington(1998?) and first seen in our state in 1911, Klickitat. 

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Jul 9, 2010 / News / Pat Chinn-Sloan

July Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

Alangium platanifolium
Fagus sylvatica ‘Asplenifolia’ (Cut-leaf Beech)
Pterostyrax psilophylla (Epaulette Tree)
Quercus x bushii ‘Seattle Trident’
Stewartia monadelpha (Orangebark Stewartia)

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CUH Update July 2010

We are experiencing quite a heatwave after weeks of cloudy, overcast and rainy days here in Seattle. We’re thankful for the sunshine and all, but the sudden warmth is a little unbearable without the transition to warmer temperatures we should have had in late May.
Everything is picking up with this surge of heat as irrigation is also in full swing. 

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July 2010 Plant Profile: Cornus elliptica

Taxonomically confusing and indecisive, but I am so enamored by this small tree from China.
We have this stunning specimen growing here at CUH (within the Fragrance Garden, though it’s not fragrant at all) and, each June-July, I stare in amazement at the glossy evergreen foliage blushed in deep red and bronze with a smattering of star-like bracts that cover almost the entire tree from top to bottom. 

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Jun 24, 2010 / News / Pat Chinn-Sloan

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

Argyrocytisus battandieri
Kalmia latifolia
Ostrya carpinifolia
Philadelphus lewisii
Styrax japonica

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