UW Botany Greenhouse Shoot

PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THIS MEETUP IF YOU SIGNED UP FOR PAST BOTANY GREENHOUSE SHOOTS.  THANKS!

The $5.00 entry will be donated to the Botany Greenhouse.

We will have exclusive access to the UW Botany Greenhouse at the University of Washington on Sunday, January 20, 2013 from 11am to 1:00pm.  Tons of plants and flowers including Orchids and Poison Dart Frogs.  Bring your Macro Lenses!

Tripods, lights and backdrops allowed.  The manager has said he would be happy to move smaller items so that we can set up lights and a backdrop if we want.  There is no admission fee and parking is FREE on Sundays.

Map to Greenhouse: http://www.washington.edu/home/maps/southcentral.html?BGH

Parking: There is no charge for parking on Sunday. The best place to park would be in the Central Parking Garage, but if group members need to be closer to the greenhouse, the C10 parking lot is the closest option. Below is a map of UW campus gatehouses and parking lots. The C10 lot is just to the east of the greenhouse.

http://www.washington.edu/facilities/transportation/commuterservices/files/images/gatehouse_map_5_7_10.jpg

PLEASE MAKE SURE TO CHANGE YOUR RSVP IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND SO OTHERS CAN GO.  THERE IS SURE TO BE A WAITING LIST WITH THIS MEETUP.

 

ABOUT THE VENUE:

The Department of Biology’s Botany Greenhouse has a vast collection of plants currently comprising 3,400 accessions in 195 families.

There has been a teaching collection in the former Botany Department and present Department of Biology since the Botany Department’s inception in 1900. Some of the plants in our current collection come from the original teaching collection that was housed in the C.V. Muhlick Conservatory, a small greenhouse that was located elsewhere on campus. This collection was integrated with newer specimens in the current Lord & Burnham style greenhouse, built in 1949. The collections are now grouped by habitat into four rooms: cool tropical (room 2), warm tropical (rooms 5 & 6), and xeric (room 7).

One of the Greenhouse's most showy attractions is the collection of orchids. The Greenhouse has more than 1,100 accessions of orchids in 165 genera including many representatives from the genera Dendrobium, Bulbophyllum, Masdevallia, Oncidium, and Phalaenopsis. Many orchids, which are often epiphytes (plants that grow on, but do not necessarily harm, other plants), exhibit fabulous floral displays and remarkable mimicry. For example, Dracula bella has a white floral appendage with folds that resemble the gills of a mushroom. The fungus-like petal lures Dracula bella’s pollinator, the fungus gnat, to the flower.

In addition to orchids, the Greenhouse has many species of cacti and other succulents. One of the more exotic plants in the desert collection is Welwitschia mirabilis. Welwitschia is a type of gymnosperm, or cone-bearing plant. It is native to the Namib Desert in southwestern Africa and is one of the longest-lived plants on earth, with an estimated life span of 2,000 years! The Greenhouse specimens were started from seed in 1996. An adult Welwitschia plant consists of just two leaves, a stem base, and roots. The two leaves continue to grow from their bases for the life of the plant and can reach over 20 feet long!

Popular with students of all ages are the carnivorous plants. These include the well-known venus flytrap, Dionaea muscipula, and the cobra lily, Darlingtonia californica, which is native to the Pacific Northwest. Also in the collection are 15 species of tropical pitcher plants in the genus Nepenthes.

The Greenhouse also houses an impressive passionflower collection. Currently thought to hold over 500 species, the Passiflora genus is an exceptional demonstration of the diversity that exists in the world of plants.

 

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  • Arvin

    Thanks for organizing the event.

    February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great venue. Very nice people. Quiet and a great chance to shoot some unique flora.

    February 24, 2013

    • Joanna

      Yes, it will be nice to come back :-)

      February 25, 2013

  • Arnie Z

    Great meetup! Doug was sooo helpful and accommodating and there was so much beauty to photograph. I wish I had had another two hours!

    February 25, 2013

    • David H.

      I concur! Great location. There was so much to shoot and so little time. Doug was a great host.

      February 25, 2013

  • Lynn W.

    Great place, wonderful opportunities for pictures, and Doug could not be more accomodating.

    February 25, 2013

  • Luc F.

    Just rented a 105mm macro for the occasion :-)

    February 23, 2013

    • Alicia

      I rented my lens from Kenmore Camera-you order it online and then pick up in Kenmore. (convenient if you live on the north end)

      February 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Glazers camera. It's off of Dexter ave

      February 25, 2013

  • Jann

    This was one of my favorite meet ups ever!! Doug was so accommodating to our group and there was so much great subject matter. I want to go back!! And I will definitely follow up with a donation to the greenhouse.

    1 · February 25, 2013

    • Mark G.

      +1, he was a great host, it was a lot of fun!

      February 25, 2013

    • Vikas

      Agreed.

      February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The shoot was awesome I enjoyed taking photos of everything and it was fun and interesting also.

    February 24, 2013

  • Brian X.

    Not crowded, just right!

    February 24, 2013

  • Vikas

    It was fun. We had free reign and the organizers / caretakers were very helpful. My favorite part was shooting the frogs

    February 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yeeeeahhhhh.... I'm totally lost. Parked at 9015th downtown.... UW

      February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Running a little behind but will be there soon!

    February 24, 2013

  • Alan L.

    I don't but it is right on Pacific. Park at the public parking deck across from the hospital and walk about a block along Pacific and you'll see it on the left.

    February 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    For GPS purposes, does anyone know the street address of the Greenhouse?

    February 22, 2013

  • Mary V

    I am really sorry to pull out, but I have been home with the flu all week and am still not seeking well. Guess I will have to get in line again.

    February 21, 2013

  • Tim G.

    Is there another way to pay? I don't do PayPal out of principle.

    January 22, 2013

  • Luc F.

    Awesome!! :-D

    January 22, 2013

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