Monday, October 20, 2008

Washington Park Arboretum


The Washington Park Arboretum was established in 1934. The City of Seattle held title to a 200+ acre park located in a central portion of the city and agreed that the University of Washington could design, construct, plant, and manage an Arboretum and Botanical Garden in this park.

In 1936, James F. Dawson and Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. of the Olmsted Brothers landscape firm were hired to design the first planting plan. According to Wikipedia, "Frederick Law Olmsted was a landscape designer and father of American landscape architecture, famous for designing many well-known urban parks, including Central Park and Prospect Park in New York City. Other projects include the country's oldest coordinated system of public parks and parkways in Buffalo, NY, the country's oldest state park, the Niagara Reservation in Niagara Falls, NY, Mount Royal Park in Montreal, the Emerald Necklace in Boston, MA, the Belle Isle Park, in Detroit, MI, the Grand Necklace of Parks including Washington Park in Milwaukee, WI, the Cherokee Park (and the entire parks and parkway system) in Louisville, KY, the Jackson Park, the Washington Park, the Midway Plaisance in Chicago for the World's Columbian Exposition, the landscape surrounding the United States Capitol building, George Washington Vanderbilt II's Biltmore Estate in Asheville, and Montebello Park in St. Catharines, Ontario."

The Washington Park Arboretum is a living plant museum emphasizing trees and shrubs hardy in the maritime Pacific Northwest. Collections are selected and arranged to display their beauty and function in urban landscapes, to demonstrate their natural ecology and diversity, and to conserve important species and cultivated varieties for the future. The Arboretum serves the public, students at all levels, naturalists, gardeners, and nursery and landscape professionals with its collections, educational programs, interpretation, and recreational opportunities.

This statement was adopted January 4, 1996, by the Arboretum and Botanical Garden Committee, established by the 1934 State Legislature, representing the University of Washington, the City of Seattle, The Arboretum Foundation, the local community and a governor's representative.

Alexi took these photos yesterday as we enjoyed an afternoon stroll in the park.

22 comments:

Broady said...

You just can't beat Japanese maples for color. Looks like it was a wonderful day.

Ina J Offret said...

Ahhhhh, how beautiful are Mother Nature's creations. And your sons are so photogenic. Loved the post.

Cassandra said...

Oh, what beautiful photos! I'm so in love with all the fall color right now! Our trees really just started to turn last week, so the drive we took yesterday was so different from the Sunday before. Here's to October...

SherriLynn said...

Amazing pictures! Cal and Abbott look fantastic.

porter hovey said...

Awww! I'm just lovin' the fall. Beautiful pictures

Joyce said...

Wait let me catch my breath! Oh my goodness these photos are spectacular- The first photo looks like raspberry butterflies. AND the cute little models- heavenly!
Is this a camera trick? Some of the photos look almost as if you placed the boys in the photo!!

THANK YOU for the special gift today (sharing these pictures)!

Brooke & Freeland said...

Hey! Thanks so much for your sweet comment! I love your blog!! Your pictures are great!!! Have a great day! Brooke

Ballee said...

Thanks for your comment on my crowns, the're still standing in the livingroom to be looked at!

And wow, what a beautifull children you've got! And a very talented husband, you're rich!
Groeten uit Rotterdam
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Debbie said...

Ok your boys aer so sweet!!! What kind of camera do you use? That last picture is AMAZING of them!!! I need a good (affordable) camera. I miss the fall colors.

Between Hitching Posts said...

My those boys are handsome. How do you keep from getting lost in those little eyes?

RID said...

WOOOOOOOWWWWW! I really loved your shots... What kind of camer5a do you use?
Your boys are so handsome. I have two girls (4 and 7).
That felt houses are from an italian blogger-friend, Roberta. My blog is written in catalan which is my first language and in castellano. I can read little english but only a little...
Thanks for comenting in my blog.
Have a nice day!

Cate Bruce-Low said...

love the last picture, lecia! let me know how the graham cracker cut ups go, too. i won't have a single extra moment to make them until next week. ay yi yi. you're boys are very handsome lads...but i'm sure that you already knew that.
x,c

Martha Miller said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Beautiful colors and beautiful boys!

Mrs.French said...

I am so completely taken with your photos...sigh...

Missy said...

Beautiful pictures, beautiful boys.

Carolina Eclectic said...

Wow! Those colors are unbelievable!!

Becky said...

That last pic of the boys is my fave. Definite Christmas card potential! That husband is talented.

And the Japanese maple is gorgeous. I want one of those.

SouthernAccent said...

Great pictures! Your boys are adorable! And thanks to your husband for the post on the camera. I'm asking for a SLR camera for Christmas - starting at the entry-level though, but hope to get some great pics like you guys!

Drennans said...

Great photos! Love the colors!

A Day That Is Dessert said...

Thanks everyone for your kind words about my boys and the pictures!! I'm so glad you enjoyed them. Please see Alexi's post for October 21 for camera details. xo Lecia

mary catherine said...

lovely!

Claire, said...

Beautiful!