Plants and Their People – Rhododendron augustinii

Rhododendron augustinii An early purple flowering rhododendron of slender shape to 6’. Named after the British-born Irish plantsman and Chinese plant explorer Augustine Henry (1857-1930). He sent back over 15,000 dry plant specimens and seeds; of the 12 plants named in his honor, the KBG garden has this example and one more. It does [...]

2022-04-26T10:14:29+00:00April 26th, 2022|

April Director’s Note

Chionodoxa forbesii 'Blue Giant' Manic weather conditions can only point to one thing; it's Spring! Oxalis oregana On April 5th, we were finally able to host our Annual Membership Meeting. A list of thank yous is in order: Thank you to our guest speaker Ian A. Nelson, for taking time from [...]

2022-04-07T07:47:44+00:00April 7th, 2022|

March Director’s Note

Rhododendron mucronulatum Man, did I jinx it last month or what? Freezing temperatures and a dusting of snow. Still, Spring is flirting with us. The amount of pollen coating my car each day as I leave the Garden is astonishing. The list of flowering trees and shrubs is growing: Corylopsis, Cornus mas, Daphne, [...]

2022-03-08T13:34:31+00:00March 8th, 2022|

Intern Spotlight – Stan Dombrowski

We were favored with two interns for the Winter quarter from Edmonds College. Stan Dombrowski hails from Spokane and has been in the Seattle area for the last five years. While working for himself in landscape maintenance, he's been a student at the Edmonds College Horticulture program. When presented with project ideas at the Garden, [...]

2022-03-08T13:50:25+00:00March 8th, 2022|

Walt’s Notes from the Garden | March 2022

WALT'S NOTES FROM THE GARDEN | MARCH 2022 Most of the plants here are hardy and time-tested even after our frozen bout last month. Art and Mareen did like to experiment like many of us so I went looking for an unusual plant they had planted from seed from South Africa. Selago corybosa is in [...]

2022-03-08T11:35:52+00:00March 8th, 2022|

Conifers – Larch

Larch (Larix) There are a number of this deciduous conifer in this grove, all of them turning gorgeous tones of yellow in late fall. They typically grow best in full sun. Note the small cones that persist on the branches; only age or fire makes them come off. Washington state has three native larches: [...]

2022-02-16T15:44:28+00:00February 16th, 2022|

Conifers – Himalayan White Pine

Himalayan White Pine (Pinus wallichiana) Extra-long needles that end up drooping in a graceful fashion is a hallmark of this pine. It hails from the foothills of the Himalayas and is an important timber tree throughout its range. Here, it doesn’t grow too much beyond 60’ and is best suited out of a windy [...]

2022-02-16T15:44:35+00:00February 16th, 2022|

Conifers – Western Red Cedar

Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata) Indigenous peoples for centuries used this native tree for things like building material from canoes to box construction and more. Today we also associate it with shingles and decking as well. Note the smaller scale leaves and compare to the Hiba Cedar’s foliage (number one of this series). Thus, [...]

2022-02-16T15:44:41+00:00February 16th, 2022|

Conifers – Douglas Fir

Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) Look over the hillside and you’ll see quite a few other Douglas Firs growing tall and majestic. With age, the bark starts developing a thick layer that has these deep furrows. Check out some fallen cones distinctive with the characteristic ‘mouse- tail’ emanating between the scales. If there are any [...]

2022-02-16T15:44:48+00:00February 16th, 2022|