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August Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

“Can You Smell That Smell?” 1)   Clerodendrum trichotomum (Peanut-Butter Tree) Repugnant, peanut-butter odor when leaves are bruised! Cats are attracted to the smell. See our suckering forest of young trees along the path leading down to the WPA horticultural crew barn. 2)   Prostanthera cuneata      (Alpine Mint-Bush) This low-growing shrub is from Australia and is in […] Read more->.

Posted on 2 August 2013 | 2:50 pm

Art Exhibit: Handmade tiles from Artisan Tile NW group

An artisan tile is like a colorful hybrid of sculpture and painting. The Artisan Tile NW group will have handmade tiles on exhibit in the Elisabeth C. Miller Library from September 4 to October 28th 2013. There will be a free public reception on Friday, Sep. 13th from 5 to 7pm. All the tiles will be for sale with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Library. Read more->.

Posted on 31 July 2013 | 3:02 pm

Salal, a summer beauty

In the midst of our dry NW summer, while many plants look worse for wear, our native evergreen Salal shrubs, Gaultheria shallon, are shiny and healthy. Salal flowers in the spring with pinkish-white bell-shaped flowers in groups of 5-15 on racemes; very similar to the Pieris japonica flower. Both plants are in the Ericacea family. […] Read more->.

Posted on 31 July 2013 | 12:24 pm

SPRAY NOTIFICATION: Garden Loosestrife, Initial Treatments July 26 through August 9

UW Botanic Gardens has commenced its 5th and final year of the 5yr Dept. of Ecology, Garden Loostrife eradication project. The contractor, NW Aquatic Eco-Systems, has scheduled initial spray applications to commence on July 26 and continue through first week of August. Read more->.

Posted on 26 July 2013 | 1:47 pm

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

“Quirky Oaks” 1)   Quercus x bushii ‘Seattle Trident’ (Seattle Trident Hybrid Red Oak) Cultivar of a Black Oak and Blackjack Oak hybrid. Developed in Sir Hillier Gardens and Arboretum in England from scion wood collected at Washington Park Arboretum. Located in the Oak Collection, northwest of Azalea Way service road intersection. 2)   Quercus dentata     (Daimyo […] Read more->.

Posted on 18 July 2013 | 3:14 pm

Planting Party in the New Zealand Garden

Pacific Connections Garden Stewards made history on June 20th when they planted the New Zealand High Country plants into the new Bollard Garden in the new  forest. They planted several species well over 20 years old. These include Nothofagus solanderi, Griselinia littoralis, Phyllocladus alpinus, Phormium colensoi, and Dodonaea viscosa. In addition to the Bollard Garden […] Read more->.

Posted on 16 July 2013 | 3:48 pm

A Glimpse Into the Past: Invitations for the CUH Opening

The opening of the Center for Urban Horticulture in 1984 was an event that captured international attention. Read more->.

Posted on 11 July 2013 | 2:56 pm

July Color Appears at the Washington Park Arboretum

Chile in Seattle 1)  Alstroemeria sp. Commonly called Peruvian Lily or Lily of the Incas. The genus was named after Swedish baron, Claus von Alstroemer (1736-1794) by his close friend, Carolus Linnaeus. Beautiful drifts grace the Chilean Gateway. 2)  Gunnera tinctoria Sometimes referred to as Chilean rhubarb or dinosaur food. The leaves can grow up […] Read more->.

Posted on 7 July 2013 | 12:03 am

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

1)  Callistemon sieberi            (Alpine Bottlebrush) This small, sp shrub is currently showing off its creamy-yellow flowers in bottlebrush-like spikes. Native to Australia, C. sieberi can be found along the footpath of the Australian Entry Garden within the Pacific Connections Garden. 2)  Cytisus battandieri            (Pineapple Broom) Sometimes referred to as Argyrocytisus, this genus of Brooms […] Read more->.

Posted on 21 June 2013 | 2:41 pm

Summer Hours at the Miller Library

Summer is just around the corner, and with it comes summer hours at the Miller Library. The library will be opening at noon on Mondays (instead of 9am) starting June 17. Monday morning hours resume on September 23. We will be closed Saturdays, starting July 6. Saturday hours will resume September 7. We will […] Read more->.

Posted on 12 June 2013 | 9:57 am

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