Nov 6, 2016 / Farm, News / raer3

Make a Change in Your Own Climate: Teach in Prison!

Opportunity to Teach in Prison!
Freedom Education Project Puget Sound is seeking volunteers to teach at the Washington Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor, Washington. This volunteer would instruct a class of 15 – 20 students. We offer stipends to all of our volunteers to cover travel costs to the prison!
Winter Term 2017
Term will run from January 3rd to March 22th. 

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Nov 3, 2016 / Horticulture, News / UWBG Horticulturist

Fine (Evergreen) Foliage of Fall

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (October 31, 2016 - November 13, 2016)

1)   Arbutus unedo                    Strawberry Tree

Autumn brings bright white bell flowers and deep red-orange fruit, both of which are set off by the deep-green, leathery leaves.
Hidden under the foliage are attractive stems with shredding red-brown bark.

2)   Berberis (Mahonia) fortunei              Chinese Mahonia

Many evergreen Mahonias have excellent textural foliage, from large and bold to low and delicate.
Berberis fortunei can be found growing low to the ground on our Sino-Himalayan hillside. 

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UW Community Gathers to Celebrate the Completion of the Yesler Swamp Boardwalk

Despite the damp conditions, the UW community gathered on Sunday, October 16, with family, friends, and neighbors to celebrate the opening of the Yesler Swamp boardwalk. Construction of the ADA-accessible boardwalk began in 2010 and was completed this summer, allowing visitors to enjoy a peaceful and dry walk through the swamp. The 6.4-acre Yesler Swamp provides some of the last remaining swamp habitat on Lake Washington. 

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Oct 31, 2016 / Education, Travelogue, News / Adrianne Kocinski

A garden connoisseur’s tour of Savannah & Charleston

Stroll through 330 years of fascinating history and rich culture, while getting an exclusive peek behind Savannah & Charleston’s garden gates

Behind The Garden Gate—Savannah & Charleston tour
March 19–26, 2017
3 nights in Savannah, 4 nights in Charleston
Experience southern charm and hospitality while exploring secret gardens, elegant homes, magnificent plantations, hidden alleys, and quaint, picturesque cobblestone streets with Eve Rickenbaker of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens and Susan McLeod Epstein of the Preservation Society of Charleston. 

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Oct 31, 2016 / Farm, News / raer3

Udall Scholarships: Opportunities for enviro and outdoor leaders, and American Indian and Alaska Native students

The Udall Foundation offers a prestigious scholarship for undergraduate sophomores and juniors in any major seeking careers in environmental fields, and  American Indian and Alaska Native students seeking careers in Tribal Public Policy or Native Health Care.
The Udall Undergraduate Scholarship is a $7,000 scholarship awarded to 60 undergraduate sophomores and juniors pursuing careers related to the environment, or pursuing careers related to Tribal Public Policy or Native Health Care. 

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November 2016 Plant Profile: Betula nigra

Betula nigra

Betula Nigra, known as the river birch, has beautiful shaggy bark and is resistant to the bronze birch borer

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Selected Mid-Autumn Cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum, October 17 - 30, 2016

1)   Araucaria araucana                Monkey Puzzle

Native to Chile and Argentina in the south central Andes mountains.
This long-lived tree is frequently described as a living fossil.
Large cones yield many edible nuts, similar to a pine nut.

2)   Berberis gagnepainii                                 Gagnepain’s Barberry

This evergreen shrub is native to China in the Sichuan and Yunnan Provinces.
Shrub is protected by many slender three-spined thorns. 

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Oct 20, 2016 / Farm, News / raer3

Open Positions at SpringRain Farm & Orchard

SpringRain Farm & Orchard is a certified organic family farm located in Chimacum in the heart of the Olympic Peninsula.  Our mission is to use the best available knowledge to sustainably and organically produce food for our local community.  At SpringRain Farm, we are committed to conservation and caring for the land we live and grow on.  The land is protected by an agricultural easement, ensuring that it will remain farm land forever. 

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Oct 14, 2016 / Miller Library / UWBG Communication Staff

Botanic Gardens Librarian Appointed to AHS Book Awards Committee

AHS book award logo

Brian Thompson was recently appointed to the American Horticultural Society’s Book Award committee for a three-year term.  He will join six other horticultural professionals across the county, including UW Botanic Gardens alum Jenks Farmer, in reviewing and presenting awards to the authors and publishers of the best North American books on gardening from the last year.
Brian is the Manager and Curator of the Miller Library.  

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