Dr. Peter Raven Lecture—Conservation and Biodiversity

This week I attended the Miller Memorial Lecture by the esteemed botanist and conservationist Dr. Peter Raven, President emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden.  I was captivated from the beginning to the end.  Held on the University of Washington campus, the lecture lasted just over an hour.  The title was ‘Conserving Plants in a Changing World’, but this dialogue was less about plants and more … Continue reading Dr. Peter Raven Lecture—Conservation and Biodiversity

Native Plants at Franklin Falls

An early morning hike to Franklin Falls in the Cascade Mountains presented a beautiful assortment of northwest native plants. The dwarf dogwood, or bunchberry, carpeted the sides of the trail with it’s petite presence, like a bright little star lighting the way. When I saw the false hellebore I was astonished at it’s size, growing 3-4 feet off the forest floor. I was not familiar … Continue reading Native Plants at Franklin Falls

Woodland Park Rose Garden

A quick trip to Seattle’s Woodland Park Rose garden showed that the June gloom was not beneficial to organically grown roses in 2012. There were fungal diseases and sparse foliage on display. Valiantly the roses showed their colors, still a delight even in their struggle against time and weather. One exception to the insufficient shrubs was the new introduction Sunshine Daydream. Leaves glossy, green, full, … Continue reading Woodland Park Rose Garden

Seaside Salal

This is the story of a plant, unnoticed yet everpresent.  Planted not for show, but for usefulness.  It grows in my own backyard, it grows in the Olympic National Park and it grows in the Pacific Ocean!  Yes, I found it growing on a rock on the Washington Coast.  What a surprise when we were on the beach, looking at tidepools filled with fascinating invertebrates, … Continue reading Seaside Salal

Olympic National Park

Here are some images from our rainy walk through this beautiful place, the Olympic National Park.  The forest was alive, glowing green.  Every tiny square inch had something growing on it.  Mosses, lichens, ferns, huckleberries, salal, sitka spruce, maples and more.  How does this area produce such a spectacular forest?  Here is the recipe, from the National Park Service: Ocean-Born Forests The lush forests in … Continue reading Olympic National Park