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)

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Five Great Ferns for the Northwest Garden, by Ritchie Steffen (fall 2014)

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

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

gravel pathway lined with Mediterranean plants

Mahonia ‘Charity’ at Washington Park Arboretum (Photo: Niall Dunne).

Tried and True Grasses for the Northwest Garden

Tried and True Grasses for the Northwest Garden

Ornamental grasses are finely textured plants that lend a casual and relaxed feeling to your landscape. They move with breezes and glimmer in sunlight, changing appearance with the seasons and time of day. They also provide food, nesting material and cover for birds....

Earth Day Volunteers Helped Restore the Arboretum

Earth Day Volunteers Helped Restore the Arboretum

A total of 60 volunteers participated in our annual Earth Day at the Arboretum event on April 24. Co-hosted with UW Botanic Gardens and the Student Conservation Association, the work-service day was smaller than usual, due to Covid restrictions, but the volunteers...

COVID-19 Response: Arboretum Visitors Update

COVID-19 Response: Arboretum Visitors Update

Visitors Center & Arboretum Shop Now Open! Following a year of pandemic-related closure, the Graham Visitors Center and Arboretum Gift Shop have reopened in a limited capacity. Opening hours for the lobby are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The shop...