Arboretum Bulletin

Header photo: River otter in the Arboretum wetlands (courtesy Larry Hubbell).

Our full-color horticultural and botanical magazine

Published since 1937, the Washington Park Arboretum Bulletin is a quarterly botanical and horticultural magazine. A benefit of Arboretum Foundation membership, it includes in-depth articles on the Arboretum collections and history, as well as general information of interest to botanists, gardeners, and plant lovers in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

You can also purchase the Bulletin at the Arboretum Gift Shop for $5 per copy.

Fall 2020

CONTENTS

Page 2   Bridging the Gap—Jane Stonechiper

Page 3  HIDDEN TREASURE OF THE ARBORETUM: Korean Maple—Niall Dunne

Page 6  Japanese Maples: Five Stunning Cultivars for Your GardenJason Morse

Page 10  Refreshing the Signature Bed—Richie Steffen

Page 12  Tried & True Shrubs: Versatile, Easy-Care Plants for the Northwest Garden—Barbara Blossom Ashmun

Page 16  Tips for Aging Gardeners—Pat Roome

Page 18  Disanthus ovatifolius: A New Vietnamese Species with a Tangled Taxonomy—Daniel J. Hinkley

Page 22 PLANT ANSWER LINE: Edible Uses of Conifers—Rebecca Alexander

Page 26 IN A GARDEN LIBRARY: New Books for Northwest Gardeners—Brian R. Thompson

Thanks to Our Sponsors!

The Fall 2020 issue of the Bulletin was made possible by:

Carol Ottenberg
Molbak’s
The Berger Partnership

For information on advertising/sponsorship opportunities—or to submit an article idea—please email the editor, Niall Dunne, or call him at 206-325-4510.

Bulletin Archive

Back issues of the Bulletin can now be viewed online for free at the Biodiversity Heritage Library. The digitization was paid for by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. We also publish select articles from past issues of the Bulletin on our news blog.

Five Stunning Japanese Maples for Northwest Gardens

Five Stunning Japanese Maples for Northwest Gardens

With elegant forms, delicate leaves, and captivating colors in spring, summer, and fall, Japanese maples can be living works of art. However, how do one choose from among the more than 1,000 recognized varieties that might show up in our local nurseries? In the latest...

COVID-19 Response: Arboretum Visitors Update

COVID-19 Response: Arboretum Visitors Update

The Arboretum is a treasured place of sanctuary and respite, even more so during such stressful times. While the Graham Visitors Center is currently closed and our normal volunteer programs and events are suspended, the Arboretum grounds remain open to the public. To...

Woodland Pond Stream Channel Restored

Woodland Pond Stream Channel Restored

In July and August, with funding from the Arboretum Foundation, UW Botanic Gardens horticulture staff worked on a project to restore the lower stream channel connecting the two ponds in the Woodland Garden. The channel dates back to the original Olmsted Brothers...