May Flowers: Center for Urban Horticulture, Seattle

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When I was in Seattle last weekend, I had the good fortune to stop by the Center for Urban Horticulture at the University of Washington Botanical Gardens for their annual King County Master Gardener Foundation plant sale.

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There were a wide variety of plants available for purchase, and in typical Seattle fashion, the master gardeners themselves were friendly and full of helpful tips. They even had a shuttle operating to allow people to get their plant back to their cars more easily.

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The weather could have been a little better, but it was still fun to spend a crisp Seattle morning just wandering around and looking at the plants. (It also gave me an excuse to take lots of pictures.) In the end, my brother picked up a beautiful hardy ginger plant, and we purchased a Japanese peony as a gift.

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The Center for Urban Horticulture is an interesting place—it has gardens, greenhouses, an herbarium, and a horticultural lending library open to the public, among other things. It can be quite beautiful there when the weather is nice, and it’s not uncommon for the Center to host functions for the University of Washington as well as weddings and private events. My brother actually celebrated his departmental graduation there in 2007, in fact.

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In any case, if you find yourself wandering around Seattle when the weather happens to be nice, you might consider visiting the Center for Urban Horticulture or the Washington Park Arboretum (located on the shores of Lake Washington). Both the center and the arboretum are open and free to the public daily from dawn until dusk (though you should note that the Japanese Gardens charge an additional admission fee).

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I’m submitting this entry to this week’s I Heart Faces photo challenge (which, unusually, doesn’t require that any of my photos include a human face). If you’re interested in photography, I recommend checking out their site for lots of interesting tips, tutorials, and challenges.

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