Tried & True Plants for the Northwest Garden

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Choice Picks for the Pacific Northwest Garden

In the Spring 2020 issue of the Arboretum Bulletin, we kicked off a new series highlighting plants that perform well in gardens of the Pacific Northwest with little to no maintenance. For more ideas, check out the Great Plant Picks website, and educational program of the Miller Botanical Garden.

Tried & True Perennials, by Barbara Blossom Ashmun (spring 2020)
Tried & True Shrubs, by Barbara Blossom Ashmun (fall 2020)
Tried & True Small Trees, by Christina Pfeiffer (winter 2021)
Tried & True Grasses, by Janine Anderson (spring 2021)
Tried & True Groundcoveres, by Janine Anderson (spring 2023)

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Japanese Spicebush: A Four-Season Woodland Stunner

Japanese Spicebush: A Four-Season Woodland Stunner

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Woodland Meadow Project: Public Meeting Dec 7

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Jim Olsen: Our Volunteer of the Year!

Jim Olsen: Our Volunteer of the Year!

Jim Olsen receiving his award the greenhouse's monthly potluck on Halloween.Congratulations to Jim Olsen, winner of our 2023 Volunteer of the Year Award! Our volunteer programs manager, Lily King, presented the award to Jim at the Pat Calvert Greenhouse’s monthly pot...