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Rhododendron pubescens in bloom in lower Rhododendron Glen. (Photo by Niall Dunne)

In the latest issue of the Arboretum Bulletin, UW Botanic Gardens Curator of Living Collections Ray Larson writes his annual, in-depth review of new plantings in the Arboretum. Ray focuses primarily on the many new trees, shrubs, and perennials that were planted along the newly restored streambed in the mid- to lower Rhododendron Glen in early 2023. Exciting additions to the collection include several species of large-leaved magnolia and three specimens of Rhododendron pubescens, a species that’s vulnerable to extinction in its home range of China.

Ray also writes about working with UW landscape architecture students on a design-build project to re-shape the Woodland Garden pond’s historic outlet channel linking to Arboretum Creek. And he talks about new plantings near the Visitors Center, in the Pinetum, and more.