Our Changing Climate

HomeNewsBulletin ArchiveOur Changing Climate

Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change

In the fall 2015, 2016, and 2018 issues of the Arboretum Bulletin, editor Niall Dunne wrote a three-part series entitled “Our Changing Climate,” focusing on the implications of the climate crisis for plants and gardens in the Pacific Northwest.
Predicted changes for our region include hotter, drier summers; warmer, wetter winters; more frequent and intense wildfires; and new pest and disease problems. The severity of these changes will vary depending on how much we curb future emissions of greenhouse gases.

Part 1: Reducing Your Garden’s Climate Footprint
Part 2: Adapting Your Garden to the Coming Conditions
Part 3: Implications for Native Plant Communities in the Pacific Northwest

Related Links

Desert Garden at the Anderson School, by Phil Wood (summer 2019)

Evolution of a Summer-Dry Garden, by Phil Wood (summer 2017)

Trees and Shrubs for a Warmer Seattle, by Christina Pfeiffer (fall 2016)

gravel pathway lined with Mediterranean plants

Shelagh Tucker’s summer-dry garden, Seattle (Photo: Phil Wood).

Smart Choices for Modern-Day Hedges

Smart Choices for Modern-Day Hedges

Camellias can provide a colorful alternative to the ubiquitous English laurel hedge. (Photo: Chris Pfeiffer)Despite being old-fashioned, hedges remain popular with home owners because of their ability to provide privacy, block unsightly views, add beauty to the...

Women Botanists and Botanical Artists: Part 6

Women Botanists and Botanical Artists: Part 6

Harlequin flowers (Sparaxis species) by Arabella Roupell, from "More Cape Flowers by a Lady."In the latest issue of the Arboretum Bulletin, manager and curator of the Elisabeth C. Miller Library Brian Thompson continues his series of book reviews focused on women...

Guests Shower the Arboretum with Birthday Love at Opening Night

Guests Shower the Arboretum with Birthday Love at Opening Night

A total of 325 guests attended our annual Opening Night Party at the Northwest Flower & Garden Festival on February 13 and helped us raise more than $425,000 in support of core programs at the Washington Park Arboretum. This year’s party marked the 90th year of...