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This exhibit features images from the John Wott Slide collection regarding various parts of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, focusing on the Washington Park Arboretum and the Center for Urban Horticulture. Learn about these facilities between 1934-2014, how they were created, developed, and maintained.

This exhibit is separated into three sections: Developing the Arboretum, Expanding the Arboretum, and Exploring the Arboretum. Each page will display images in the collection as well as discuss some of the history and information represented by the images.

Images include historical scenery, plants, people, facilities, and documentation related to these subjects.

Puget Sound Rhododendron Hybrid Garden.

(left to right) John Behnke -past President of the Arboretum Foundation, John Wott - Director Emeritus of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Mary Pinkham - Leader and Volunteer for the Arboretum Foundation, and Lynn Watts - President of the American Rhododendron Society posing next to the sign for the Puget Sound Rhododendron Hybrid Garden on May 14, 2000.

Content for this exhibit was created from interviews and access to the John Wott Slide Collection.

Interviews with: 

  • Brian Thompson, Manager and Curator of Horticulture Literature at the Elisabeth C. Miller Library of the University of Washington Botanic Garden
  • Ray Larson, Curator of Living Collections and Hyde Herbarium at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens

Thank you for generously donating your time, effort, and extensive knowledge about the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, the Center for Urban Horticulture, and the Washington Park Arboretum.

Thank you to the Elisabeth C. Miller Library Librarians and staff for hosting and sponsoring this Capstone project, providing access to the collection, and providing all of the necessary materials and space needed to process the collection.