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Family Nature Class: Bugs and Slugs

Parent & Child Activities Join us for a Family Nature Class and make connections with the natural world that will last a lifetime! Through science-based exploration and outdoor play preschoolers and their caregivers will experience the UW Botanic Gardens using their senses. Each class begins with an opportunity to explore several learning stations based on the week's theme where children can practice fine motor skills, sensory investigation, creativity, and pre-math and literacy skills. Station time is followed by an opening circle and hike where the group will play games, listen to a story and further explore the weekly theme. Family Nature Class is a great way to get outside with your preschooler, foster curiosity and explore the natural world. Class Details WHO: Children ages 2-5. The group maximum is 12 children. WHEN: Friday or Saturday from 9:30-11:30am WHERE: Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Dr E, Seattle COST: $19/class for 1 adult and 1 child. Additional child: $9.50/class (children must be… Campus room: White tent behind the greenhouse near the Graham Visitors Center. Presenter: UW Botanic Gardens Naturalists. Contact Information: uwbgeduc@uw.edu; 206-685-8033. Ticket Link: https://www.uwbotanicgardenscatalog.org/Family-Nature-Classes-C266.aspx. Friday, November 15, 2019, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Washington Park Arboretum, Graham Visitors Center, 2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle, WA 98112. For more info visit www.uwbotanicgardenscatalog.org.

Union Bay Natural Area Restoration Work Party

Come help us restore habitat in the Union Bay Natural Area (UBNA)! Before being designated a natural area, UBNA served as a public landfill for over 40 years. Mounds of trash were dumped on top of what was a thriving marsh ecosystem on the shore of Lake Washington. But hope lies in the fate of UBNA as ecological restoration works to bring back wildlife habitat through the removal of invasive weeds and planting native plants. Feel free to join us for some good ol' fun in the dirt and learn about UBNA and ecological restoration! On Fridays throughout the quarter from 2:00-4:00, we will be hosting work parties where you can participate in a variety of ecological restoration tasks! Please meet in the gravel parking lot in front of the Douglas Research Conservatory Building at the Center for Urban Horticulture. Everyone is welcome and no experience is needed. Gloves, tools, and snacks are provided for all volunteers! Dress ready for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, be prepared to get dirty, and don’t… Campus room: Meet in the gravel parking lot in front of the Douglas Research Conservatory. Age Range: Adults. Contact Information: Victoria Fox, foxv8@uw.edu. Ticket Link: https://forms.gle/jgp5UrXKA251w84w6. Friday, November 15, 2019, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Center for Urban Horticulture, Douglas Conservatory, 3501 NE 41st St Seattle, WA 98105. For more info visit forms.gle.

Family Nature Class: Bugs and Slugs

Parent & Child Activities Join us for a Family Nature Class and make connections with the natural world that will last a lifetime! Through science-based exploration and outdoor play preschoolers and their caregivers will experience the UW Botanic Gardens using their senses. Each class begins with an opportunity to explore several learning stations based on the week's theme where children can practice fine motor skills, sensory investigation, creativity, and pre-math and literacy skills. Station time is followed by an opening circle and hike where the group will play games, listen to a story and further explore the weekly theme. Family Nature Class is a great way to get outside with your preschooler, foster curiosity and explore the natural world. Class Details WHO: Children ages 2-5. The group maximum is 12 children. WHEN: Friday or Saturday from 9:30-11:30am WHERE: Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Dr E, Seattle COST: $19/class for 1 adult and 1 child. Additional child: $9.50/class (children must be… Campus room: White tent behind the greenhouse near the Graham Visitors Center. Presenter: UW Botanic Gardens Naturalists. Contact Information: uwbgeduc@uw.edu; 206-685-8033. Ticket Link: https://www.uwbotanicgardenscatalog.org/Family-Nature-Classes-C266.aspx. Saturday, November 16, 2019, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Washington Park Arboretum, Graham Visitors Center, 2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle, WA 98112. For more info visit www.uwbotanicgardenscatalog.org.

Imagine a Treehouse Story Time

What do you need to make a treehouse? If these stories are any guide, the main ingredient (besides a tree) is your own imagination. After the stories, put your imagination to work on your own treehouse design. CALL ME TREE by Maya Christina Gonzalez OLIVER’S TREE by Kit Chase EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR A TREEHOUSE by Carter Higgins Story Time at the Miller Library Join us each month for stories and activities that celebrate gardens, plants, and nature! Story time begins at 10:30 on Saturday mornings, for children ages 3 to 8 and their families. All ages are welcome. Event types: Not Specified. Age Range: Children. Saturday, November 16, 2019, 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM. UW Botanic Gardens - Center for Urban Horticulture, Elisabeth C. Miller Library, 3501 NE 41st St. Seattle, WA, 98105. For more info visit depts.washington.edu.

ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Course

The ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) program provides an opportunity for professionals in the arboriculture industry to expand their knowledge through education and training in the fundamentals of tree risk assessment. This qualification promotes the safety of people and property by providing a standardized and systematic process for assessing tree risk. The results of a tree risk assessment can provide tree owners and risk managers with the information to make informed decisions to enhance tree benefits, health, and longevity. The course includes Tree Biology and Mechanics, Tree Inspection and Assessment, Data Analysis and Risk Categorization, and Risk Reporting. The Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) Course prepares the participant to take the TRAQ assessment to become ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified. The qualification consists of a 2-day educational course followed by a ½ day assessment that includes both a written and field component. It is required that you attend the course… Presenter: Scott Baker. Contact Information: info@pnwisa.org. Ticket Link: https://pnwisa.org/event/isa-tree-risk-assessment-qualification-28/. Monday, November 18, 2019, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. UW Botanic Gardens, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St Seattle, WA 98105. For more info visit pnwisa.org.

Union Bay Natural Area Restoration Work Party

Come help us restore habitat in the Union Bay Natural Area (UBNA)! Before being designated a natural area, UBNA served as a public landfill for over 40 years. Mounds of trash were dumped on top of what was a thriving marsh ecosystem on the shore of Lake Washington. But hope lies in the fate of UBNA as ecological restoration works to bring back wildlife habitat through the removal of invasive weeds and planting native plants. Feel free to join us for some good ol' fun in the dirt and learn about UBNA and ecological restoration! On Fridays throughout the quarter from 2:00-4:00, we will be hosting work parties where you can participate in a variety of ecological restoration tasks! Please meet in the gravel parking lot in front of the Douglas Research Conservatory Building at the Center for Urban Horticulture. Everyone is welcome and no experience is needed. Gloves, tools, and snacks are provided for all volunteers! Dress ready for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, be prepared to get dirty, and don’t… Campus room: Meet in the gravel parking lot in front of the Douglas Research Conservatory. Age Range: Adults. Contact Information: Victoria Fox, foxv8@uw.edu. Ticket Link: https://forms.gle/jgp5UrXKA251w84w6. Friday, November 22, 2019, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Center for Urban Horticulture, Douglas Conservatory, 3501 NE 41st St Seattle, WA 98105. For more info visit forms.gle.

The Art of Pressed Flowers for the Holidays

Explore the world of pressed plants and flowers, and make your own personalized gifts and cards for the holiday season. Take a tour of the Hyde Herbarium with Herbarium Manager Eve Rickenbaker and learn about how and why pressed plant specimens are preserved. She will show you the basics of selecting plants for pressing, the pressing and drying process, and finally how to mount a herbarium specimen. You will also be able to choose and mount a specimen of your own, complete with an official herbarium label. Pressed plants make wonderful cards, so you will also have the chance to create holiday notecards to give away or keep. (Retail value of materials taken home: $100) Class meets in Merrill Hall for a tour of the Hyde Herbarium. Cost: $50 Register Online or by phone (206-685-8033). Campus room: Douglas Classroom. Presenter: Eve Rickenbaker, Herbarium Manager. Contact Information: urbhort@uw.edu. Ticket Link: https://www.uwbotanicgardenscatalog.org/The-Art-of-Pressed-Flowers-for-the-Holidays-P1961C265.aspx. Saturday, November 23, 2019, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Center for Urban Horticulture, Merrill Hall 3501 NE 41st St Seattle, WA 98105. For more info visit www.uwbotanicgardenscatalog.org.

Holiday Arts and Crafts Sale

Shop for unique hand-made gifts while supporting the Miller Library! Join us for a reception on Friday, December 6th from 5 to 7pm. Exhibit and sale runs through December 27th.  We’ll have a selection of locally made arts and crafts available for purchase at the Miller Library. Exhibit open during Library open hours. Cash* or Check only please! 25% of proceeds benefit the Library. Artists participating this year are:     Chavah’s Gardens kitchen wares and apparel ,     Jenny Craig's witty letterpress paper goods ,     Dorothy Crandell's dramatic stone-bead necklaces ,     Molly Hashimoto's prints, cards and watercolors ,     Kathleen Atkin's knitwear and artist books *Some artists may accept credit cards during the reception. Event types: Exhibits. Friday, December 6, 2019 – Friday, December 27, 2019. UW Botanic Gardens - Center for Urban Horticulture, Elisabeth C. Miller Library, 3501 NE 41st St. Seattle, WA, 98105. For more info visit depts.washington.edu.

ISA Electrical Hazard Awareness Training

Arborists need to be aware of potential electrical hazards in their work environment.  Tree care brings arborists in close contact with energized power lines and equipment that have the potential for serious injury and fatalities. This training is for tree care professionals who want to avoid deadly encounters and other negative consequences with electricity.  Keep your crew safe with electrical hazard awareness training. The following topics are reviewed in this training: O.S.H.A. / A.N.S.I. Standards and Regulations , First Aid and CPR (review) , Electrical Theory , Grounding , Electrical Accidents , Dielectric Tools and Equipment , Voltage Identification , Demonstration of safe work practices A certificate of completion will be issued to those who attend the workshop and successfully complete the quiz at the end. Register Online, Remote Attendance Available. Presenter: Phillip Kelley. Contact Information: info@pnwisa.org. Ticket Link: https://pnwisa.org/event/electrical-hazard-awareness-training-6/. Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM. Center for Urban Horticulture 3501 NE 41st St Seattle, WA 98105. For more info visit pnwisa.org.

Winter Wildlife Story Time

Where do animals go in winter? Kids can hear three stories featuring animals and finding safety from winter weather. After the stories, enjoy a craft project in the program room. THE SNOW LAMBS by Debi Gliori MICE SKATING by Annie Silvestro WHEN WINTER COMES by Nancy Van Laan Story Time at the Miller Library Join us each month for stories and activities that celebrate gardens, plants, and nature! Story time begins at 10:30 on Saturday mornings, for children ages 3 to 8 and their families. All ages are welcome. Event types: Not Specified. Age Range: Children. Saturday, December 14, 2019, 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM. UW Botanic Gardens - Center for Urban Horticulture, Elisabeth C. Miller Library, 3501 NE 41st St. Seattle, WA, 98105. For more info visit depts.washington.edu.

1st Thursday Free Educational Tours

Our free educational tours include a casual walk through various areas of the park, feature seasonal viewing of collections plants, explorations of botany, and the history of our organization.  UW Botanic Gardens is committed to enriching the lives of all community members with free public tours. Age Range: Adults. Contact Information: Catherine at cmn23@uw.edu. Thursday, January 2, 2020, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM. Graham Visitors Center Washington Park Arboretum 2300 Arboretum Drive East, Seattle, 98122. For more info visit uwbotanicgardens.org.

Master Pruner Series: Tree Pruning I

This is a two hour slideshow on tree pruning (not including fruit or nut trees). How to prune a tree limb will be covered, including branch collar identification and the basics of compartmentalization. Also discussed--early training of trees, included bark, double leaders, ANSI tree pruning standards, crown cleaning, crown raising, utility line clearance pruning, mature tree pruning. Mal-pruning will be shown and defined (tree topping, lion's tailing, over-thinning), as will crown restoration. Some specific trees will be covered--magnolia trees, ornamental crabapple, cherry and purple-leafed plum trees. This lecture series is designed for those who work in landscape maintenance. Classes last two hours and are held on every other Thursday. Each lecture provides information on tools and techniques for quality pruning with better long-term results and customer satisfaction. Classes held in partnership with PlantAmnesty. Taught by Bess Bronstein. Campus room: Douglas Classroom. Presenter: Bess Bronstein. Contact Information: urbhort@uw.edu or 206.685.8033. Ticket Link: https://www.uwbotanicgardenscatalog.org/2020-Winter-Master-Pruner-Series-C277.aspx. Thursday, January 9, 2020, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Center for Urban Horticulture, Douglas Classroom, 3501 NE 41st St Seattle, WA 98105. For more info visit www.uwbotanicgardenscatalog.org.

Master Pruner Series: Tree Pruning II

Beyond basic tree pruning is a world of related tree information which is not generally known to the public. This class presents the basics of Hazard Tree Evaluation (same as Risk Assessment), construction damage to trees, and rehabilitative pruning for previously mal-pruned trees. This lecture series is designed for those who work in landscape maintenance. Classes last two hours and are held on every other Thursday. Each lecture provides information on tools and techniques for quality pruning with better long-term results and customer satisfaction. Classes held in partnership with PlantAmnesty. Taught by Bess Bronstein. Campus room: Douglas Classroom. Presenter: Bess Bronstein. Contact Information: urbhort@uw.edu or 206.685.8033. Ticket Link: https://www.uwbotanicgardenscatalog.org/2020-Winter-Master-Pruner-Series-C277.aspx. Thursday, January 9, 2020, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM. Center for Urban Horticulture, Douglas Classroom, 3501 NE 41st St Seattle, WA 98105. For more info visit www.uwbotanicgardenscatalog.org.

Master Pruner Series: Shrubs I: The Friendly, Fearless, and Forgiving

This 2-hour slideshow covers basic cuts, basic plant habits, and what Cass Turnbull called 'the pruning budget.' Then five plants which are relatively easy to prune are dealt with specifically: nandina, evergreen azalea, lilac, camellia, and yew. This lecture series is designed for those who work in landscape maintenance. Classes last two hours and are held on every other Thursday. Each lecture provides information on tools and techniques for quality pruning with better long-term results and customer satisfaction. Classes held in partnership with PlantAmnesty. Taught by Mary Machala. Campus room: Douglas Classroom. Presenter: Mary Machala. Contact Information: urbhort@uw.edu or 206.685.8033. Ticket Link: https://www.uwbotanicgardenscatalog.org/2020-Winter-Master-Pruner-Series-C277.aspx. Thursday, January 23, 2020, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Center for Urban Horticulture, Douglas Classroom, 3501 NE 41st St Seattle, WA 98105. For more info visit www.uwbotanicgardenscatalog.org.

Master Pruner Series: Shrubs II: Shearables, Hackables, and Untouchables

How to prune butterfly bushes, lavatera, heather, lavender, rockroses, broom, and witch hazel, winter sweet and double-file viburnum. Handouts are available. Some plants get cut to the ground annually, others are barely touched or all hell breaks loose. Find out which ones are which, as well as which plants which are commonly--and appropriately--sheared every year. Also mentioned: perovskia, senecio greyi, and others. This lecture series is designed for those who work in landscape maintenance. Classes last two hours and are held on every other Thursday. Each lecture provides information on tools and techniques for quality pruning with better long-term results and customer satisfaction. Classes held in partnership with PlantAmnesty. Taught by Christina Pfeiffer. Campus room: Douglas Classroom. Presenter: Christina Pfeiffer. Contact Information: urbhort@uw.edu or 206.685.8033. Ticket Link: https://www.uwbotanicgardenscatalog.org/2020-Winter-Master-Pruner-Series-C277.aspx. Thursday, January 23, 2020, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM. Center for Urban Horticulture, Douglas Classroom, 3501 NE 41st St Seattle, WA 98105. For more info visit www.uwbotanicgardenscatalog.org.

Stormy Weather Story Time

When storms come, how do animals and plants react? Hear a fable and two science-based tales of stormy weather. After the stories, kids can make a winter branch art project. THE CLOUD SPINNER by Michael Catchpool & Alison Jay THE SEA, THE STORM, AND THE MANGROVE TANGLE by Lynne Cherry THE WAY OF THE WILLOW BRANCH by Emery & Durga Bernhard Story Time at the Miller Library Join us each month for stories and activities that celebrate gardens, plants, and nature! Story time begins at 10:30 on Saturday mornings, for children ages 3 to 8 and their families. All ages are welcome. Event types: Not Specified. Age Range: Children. Saturday, January 25, 2020, 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM. UW Botanic Gardens - Center for Urban Horticulture, Elisabeth C. Miller Library, 3501 NE 41st St. Seattle, WA, 98105. For more info visit depts.washington.edu.

ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Course

The ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) program provides an opportunity for professionals in the arboriculture industry to expand their knowledge through education and training in the fundamentals of tree risk assessment. This qualification promotes the safety of people and property by providing a standardized and systematic process for assessing tree risk. The results of a tree risk assessment can provide tree owners and risk managers with the information to make informed decisions to enhance tree benefits, health, and longevity. The course includes Tree Biology and Mechanics, Tree Inspection and Assessment, Data Analysis and Risk Categorization, and Risk Reporting. The Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) Course prepares the participant to take the TRAQ assessment to become ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified. The qualification consists of a 2-day educational course followed by a ½ day assessment that includes both a written and field component. It is required that you attend the course… Presenter: Brian Gilles. Contact Information: info@pnwisa.org. Ticket Link: https://pnwisa.org/event/isa-tree-risk-assessment-qualification-30/. Monday, January 27, 2020, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM. UW Botanic Gardens, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St Seattle, WA 98105. For more info visit pnwisa.org.

Botanical Sketching In Ink and Watercolor

5 Tuesday Mornings, February 4-March 3, 2020, 10am-12pm Capture the essence of flowers and foliage in this 5-part class with simple quick techniques and portable materials! While using the beautiful perennial beds and borders at the Center for Urban Horticulture as a backdrop you will be guided in an intuitive approach to sketching with pen layering watercolor washes and gathering tips that can be applied to everyday sketching.  A simple supply list will be provided with your confirmation email. All levels welcome. Cost: $175 Register Online, or by phone: 206-685-8033 Instructor: Lisa Snow Lady, BFA in painting from University of Washington and Certificate in Ornamental Horticulture from Edmonds Community College . Presenter: Lisa Snow Lady, BFA in painting from University of Washington and Certificate in Ornamental Horticulture from Edmonds Community Colleg. Contact Information: urbhort@uw.edu or 206.685.8033. Ticket Link: https://www.uwbotanicgardenscatalog.org/Botanical-Sketching-in-Ink-and-Watercolor-February-P1964C265.aspx. Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. UW Botanic Gardens - Center for Urban Horticulture, Isaacson Hall (3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105). For more info visit www.uwbotanicgardenscatalog.org.

Master Pruner Series: How to Prune and Renovate the Overgrown Landscape

This is the primary class of the series Master Pruner courses. It covers basic pruning of ornamental trees and shrubs as well as creative solutions to the overgrown or over-planted garden. The types of pruning cuts are shown and discussed. The concept of the 'pruning budget' is introduced. Plants are divided into three categories according to their natural habits and pruning techniques given for each. Before and after slides of pruning and diagrams will be used to illustrate pruning for size reduction and pruning for definition (thinning). And students will gain insight into the process of yard renovation, where pruning is but one tool in restoring a garden. This lecture series is designed for those who work in landscape maintenance. Classes last two hours and are held on every other Thursday. Each lecture provides information on tools and techniques for quality pruning with better long-term results and customer satisfaction. Classes held in partnership with PlantAmnesty. Taught by Shawna Van… Campus room: Douglas Classroom. Presenter: Shawna Van Nimwegen. Contact Information: urbhort@uw.edu or 206.685.8033. Ticket Link: https://www.uwbotanicgardenscatalog.org/2020-Winter-Master-Pruner-Series-C277.aspx. Thursday, February 6, 2020, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Center for Urban Horticulture, Douglas Classroom, 3501 NE 41st St Seattle, WA 98105. For more info visit www.uwbotanicgardenscatalog.org.

1st Thursday Free Educational Tours

Our free educational tours include a casual walk through various areas of the park, feature seasonal viewing of collections plants, explorations of botany, and the history of our organization.  UW Botanic Gardens is committed to enriching the lives of all community members with free public tours. Age Range: Adults. Contact Information: Catherine at cmn23@uw.edu. Thursday, February 6, 2020, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM. Graham Visitors Center Washington Park Arboretum 2300 Arboretum Drive East, Seattle, 98122. For more info visit uwbotanicgardens.org.

Master Pruner Series: Rose Pruning

Learn the right way to prune roses: hybrid teas, climbers, & landscape roses. Class will cover the best time of year to prune, the right tools, and techniques for ensuring healthy long lasting roses. This lecture series is designed for those who work in landscape maintenance. Classes last two hours and are held on every other Thursday. Each lecture provides information on tools and techniques for quality pruning with better long-term results and customer satisfaction. Classes held in partnership with PlantAmnesty. Taught by Emily Ross. Campus room: Douglas Classroom. Presenter: Emily Ross. Contact Information: urbhort@uw.edu or 206.685.8033. Ticket Link: https://www.uwbotanicgardenscatalog.org/2020-Winter-Master-Pruner-Series-C277.aspx. Thursday, February 6, 2020, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM. Center for Urban Horticulture, Douglas Classroom, 3501 NE 41st St Seattle, WA 98105. For more info visit www.uwbotanicgardenscatalog.org.