Autumn Color Arrives at the Washington Park Arboretum

Selected cuttings from the Washington Park Arboretum (October 3 - 16, 2016)

1)  Sorbus alnifolia                                               (Korean Mountain Ash)

Native to central China, Korea and Japan this medium-sized tree boasts showy 2-3 inch umbrella-shaped clusters of 5-petal white flowers in late spring.
As summer yields to autumn, clusters of purple-red to orange-red ½ inch showy fruits appear and persist into winter.

2)  Gaultheria mucronata                                      (Prickly Heath)

Formerly known as Pernettya, this southern Chilean native spends the fall awash with showy globose berries in shades from deep plum to pink to white. 

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Conservation in Action

Few small ornamental trees offer so many attractive qualities in the landscape as the paperbark maple (Acer griseum). With its bright green leaves, coppery peeling bark, and vibrant fall color, this tree is highlighted in gardens across the country, and is specifically recognized as a Great Plant Pick for our region. At the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, we have six individual trees in our collections – one at the Center for Urban Horticulture and five at the Washington Park Arboretum. 

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Sep 27, 2016 / UW Farm, Plant Profiles / Sarah Geurkink

October 2016 Plant Profile: Phacelia tanacetifolia

The UW Farm attracts pollinators and builds soil with charming purple tansy.

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Sep 23, 2016 / Farm, News / raer3

Seattle Tilth Farm Operations Coordinator Position

Seattle Tilth Farm Works (STFW) is an educational farm incubator program that provides farmland, education, business and production support, and market access to beginning farmers with a focus on immigrants, refugees and people with limited financial resources in King County. Working in close collaboration with the STFW Farm and Education Manager, the STFW Farm Operations Coordinator is responsible for production, education and technical assistance to support STFW participants, the STFW production plot, and the STFW program administration. 

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Volunteer Spotlight: Kyra Kaiser

Kyra Kaiser always dreaded public speaking growing up.  So you might not expect that she would end up as one of UW Botanic Gardens’ most enthusiastic tour guides at the Washington Park Arboretum, leading groups of visitors into the secret places of that 230 acre forested gem inside the City of Seattle.
Kaiser, a second year student at UW who intends to major in plant biology, leads free weekend walks at the Arboretum, a tour program with a broad focus that changes monthly according to the season and route taken. 

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Greenhouse Assistant Position

 

The UW Biology Greenhouse is looking for an enthusiastic, plant-loving undergraduate greenhouse assistant to help with plant care!
General Duties/Description: Provide plant care support for UW Biology Greenhouse collections in Redmond and at the Center for Urban Horticulture.
* Irrigate, fertilize, weed, prepare soil mixes, prune, and perform general plant care for research and teaching functions
* Plant propagation by seed, cuttings, and division
* Clean greenhouse, equipment and adjoining plant growth areas, including sweeping, pot and flat washing, and power washing
* Assist in plant records collection, including inventory, labeling, and data entry
* Use of variety of hand tools including pruning shears, shovels, saws, and rakes
Requirements:
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Landscapes on the Edge

snowberry planted on slope photo

UW Botanic Gardens’ conferences, seminars, and symposia offer academics, scientists and practitioners opportunities to learn about the latest research and expertise in plant-related fields and create a forum for collaboration among professionals working in urban forestry, restoration and sustainable landscape management. Read on to learn about our exciting 2016 fall seminar. We hope you can join us!
Introduction to Landscapes on the Edge
Design and Implementation of Landscape and Restoration Projects
on Puget Sound Shorelines and Urban Ravines

Co-hosted by Greenbelt Consulting and University of Washington Botanic Gardens

November 15 & 16, 2016, 9am – 4pm
Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, WA 98105
CEU’s approved: CPH-6/day, ecoPRO-6/day, WALP/NALP-6/day, ASCA-5, APLD-5 first day, 5.5 second day, ASLA-5/day, ISA – 5.5/day
PROGRAM SCHEDULE
This program is designed to educate landscape professionals about the vulnerable nature of marine shorelines and provide guidance and instruction on how to better initiate, design, and implement successful landscape and restoration projects on upland buffers, shorelines, steep slopes, and beaches. 

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Sep 16, 2016 / Personal Profiles, News / Jessica Farmer

Student Spotlight: Tessarae Mercer

Tessarae Mercer is an Intern at the UW Farm this summer. The work fulfills part of her capstone (graduation requirement) for the Program on the Environment. She grew up in Vancouver, Washington before coming to Seattle to study at the University of Washington in fall of 2013. In her (limited) free time, she enjoys being out in nature, reading, and dance. 

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The “Crown Jewels” of the Washington Park Arboretum

cuttings 9-7-16

A tribute to our late Director, Dr. Sarah Reichard.  May she forever garden in peace amongst a grove of Stewartia, her favorite tree.
[Editor’s Note: If you have time to experience their true beauty, it is highly recommended you visit our Stewartia Collection. The smart phone version of our interactive map can be used to pin-point specific locations and information for mature specimens of the species listed below. 

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Biology in the Wild

 
“I was amazed to learn that the Ginkgo biloba tree, which is thousands of years old but extinct in the wild, was saved by Buddhist monks who planted this tree in their monasteries so the species would live on!”
“We thought we would only hear the Latin names of a multitude of obscure plants,” she said, “but instead we heard amazing stories of survival and cooperation in nature.”
 
 
 
These were just two of the observations made by freshman and sophomore students who took one of the free guided tours at the Washington Park Arboretum.  

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