More Walking the Arboretum with Jim Demetre

Jim Demetre at Work

A second and, hopefully, shorter post about my walk with Jim Demetre at Washington Park Arboretum. What a place this is and late winter is one of the most inspiring times to go, giving those who have survived a long winter the hope that the groundhog is wrong and there won’t be 40 more days of rain.

Jim showed me the Daphne, Helleborus Orientalis, and more Witch Hazel, and we saw one Anna’s Hummingbird and a Townsend’s Warbler. My smart phone’s camera could not get the birds, but here are some of the pictures and here is the sound of my interviewing Jim about the plants we were seeing. Part 1 (11:06)

Helleborus Orientalis

In part two of this segment, Jim talked about the Vine Maple, Sword Ferns, Winter Jasmine, the Blood Twig Dogwood and the difference between the Pacific Dogwoods that I came to love in Auburn in mid-spring when they would burst into bloom. He also had me smell what he considered his favorite late winter scent in the garden, the Wintersweet or Chimananthus Praecox. Part 2 (19:03)

Blood Twig Dogwood, which Jim likened (from a distance) to an “orange haze.”

Chimananthus Praecox

Jim talks about the Japanese vine maple (click on image)

Camperdown Elm: “the weeping sport has been grafted onto the standard.” – Jim Demetre

Camperdown Elm

About Splabman

SPLAB and Cascadia Poetry Festival founder Paul E Nelson wrote American Sentences (Apprentice House, 2015), Organic Poetry (VDM Verlag, Germany, 2008), a serial poem re-enacting the history of Auburn, Washington, A Time Before Slaughter (Apprentice House, 2010) and Organic in Cascadia: A Sequence of Energies (Lumme, Brazil, 2013). Founder of the Cascadia Poetry Festival, in 26 years of radio he interviewed Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Anne Waldman, Sam Hamill, Robin Blaser, Nate Mackey, Eileen Myles, Wanda Coleman, Brenda Hillman, George Bowering, Joanne Kyger, Jerome Rothenberg & others, including many Cascadia poets. He lives in Seattle and writes at least one American Sentence every day. Co-Editor of Make It True: Poetry From Cascadia, he is in year five of a twenty year Cascadia Bioregional Cultural Investigation. (Oct 12-15, 2017, Tacoma, WA)
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One Response to More Walking the Arboretum with Jim Demetre

  1. kjm says:

    the camperdown elm worth the price of admission. great. thanks.

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