Spring has sprung on Broadway with flowers — and trees now surrounded with recycled tire pavement

Dirt is out on Capitol Hill. Cork covers Cal Anderson’s sports field. And “flexible porous pavement,” slowly but surely, is surrounding Broadway’s trees.

Along with larger efforts like winning the return of homelessness outreach services on the street, the Broadway Business Improvement Area also is marking a smaller win with spring as the first phase in a two-year effort to fill in the street’s tree wells is complete. Continue reading

UW Botanic Gardens: Oak Family Trees

DgCgLBB6H1bxVTdxUIutPULpOak trees evoke everything we seek in majestic, long-lived shade trees.  The oaks comprise one of the Arboretum’s oldest collections.  We will examine different species of oaks and their close relatives in the Fagaceae family, including how to identify them and use them in the landscape.

This interactive class includes classroom and field segments.  We will also discuss right plant, right place, sustainability, design functions and aesthetics, how plants change in the landscape over time, and incorporating new plants into old landscapes.

Presenter: Christina Pfeiffer, Horticultural Consultant and Instructor, ISA Certified Arborist

2016 Urban Forest Symposium: Sustaining the Urban Forest During Densification

Explosive population growth is underway in the Puget Sound Region. The 2016 Urban Forest Symposium will explore approaches to sustaining the urban forest in the face of this rapid densification. Speakers will introduce the tenets of Smart Growth initiatives which have been widely adopted by policy makers, influencing land use decisions and the urban forest in Seattle and around the world. Case studies of successful approaches from Seattle and other cities will offer insights into ways to creatively address our local challenges.

Speakers include:

  • John McNeil, Manager of Forestry Services, Oakville, Ontario
  • Laurie Reid, Urban Forestry Supervisor, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Shelley Bolser, Land Use Planning Supervisor, Department of Construction & Inspections, Seattle, WA
  • Cass Turnbull, Founder of PlantAmnesty
  • Peg Staeheli, FASLA, PLA, LEED AP, MIG/SvR Design Company

What: 2016 Urban Forest Symposium

Who: Urban foresters, planners, policymakers, landscape architects, garden designers, landscape contractors, advocates, volunteers, restoration companies and organizations, project managers and landscape maintenance staff

Where: UW Botanic Gardens – Center for Urban Horticulture, NHS Hall (3501 NE 41st St)

When: Tuesday, May 17th, 8:45am-4pm. Reception to follow 4-6pm.

Cost: $85. Lunches available for $15. Free lunch available for the first 100 registrants

$45 – Student/WCC member rate. Must be current or active. We may ask you to provide verification.

Always wanted to climb a tree again?

Here’s your chance to scratch that tree-climbing itch! Canopy Climbers will kick off its third tree-climbing season with an “open” climb on Sunday April 27, to celebrate National Arbor Day, Friday, April 25.

This monthly event runs from noon until 5 p.m. at “Her Majesty,” a 110 foot tall red oak in the Northeast corner of Capitol Hill’s Volunteer Park. Climbers ages 5 and up will be fitted with harnesses and helmets and taught how to ascend up to 60 feet in the tree.

The cost is $25 per climber for 1 hour – sign-up online at www.canopyclimber.com
Canopy Climbers’ owner Dave Bayard is a 14-year professional arborist with a goal of furthering tree stewardship through tree canopy access. His company offers monthly “open” climbs and private group or individual guided climbs in Seattle through November.

For information about Canopy Climbers, its trees, schedules, rates, or to sign-up for an open or private climb visit www.canopyclimber.com.

UW Botanic Gardens: Curator Talks

Ray Larson, Curator of Living Collections, will take us on a journey through the most interesting plant collections in the UW Botanic Gardens. Learn about rare and unusual plants, collections based on genetics and eco-geographic habitats, and unusual stories of how these plants have made their way to us.

Earth Day Recreational Tree Climb

Come kick off the 2013 tree climbing season and celebrate Earth Day with Seattle’s first and only recreational tree climbing company – Canopy Climbers! Our facilitator will outfit climbers from age 6 to 96 with specialized recreational tree climbing harnesses and helmets and teach them how to advance up ropes hung high in the canopy. Climbs last ½ hour to 45 minutes as climbers advance at their own pace, to whatever height they’re comfortable with, up to a maximum of 50’. When it’s time to come down our facilitator will safely and s-l-o-w-l-y belay them back to the earth. This unique experience is not a thrill ride like a zip-line, but rather an empowering, self-driven opportunity to connect with the natural world and see things from a whole new perspective. Our facilitator is an ISA Certified Arborist and Tree Care Safety Professional with 12 years of professional climbing experience, and is fully insured. Recreational Tree Climbing has been around in the U.S. for over 20 years has finally made its way to Seattle, home to some of the biggest trees in the world. So come experience this unique opportunity for yourself and celebrate Mother Nature! Space is limited, so reserve your spot at www.canopyclimber.com today.