|Dr Art Kruckeberg and assistant Roland (adopted son)|
and friends celebrated his 92nd Birthday at Kruckeberg Botanic Garden
yesterday at the garden.
Dr Art, spent the afternoon reminiscing and "holding forth" on his career and topics of interest.
Art talked about lots of subjects, including the future of the garden that he and his wife Mareen created at their home in Richmond Beach. He said they bought the property in 1958, and started gardening "the very next week." He also pointed out the building the party was held in, a small house that serves as an office and home for Roland (above), was originally a run down garage. His father-in-law remodeled it and resided there until his death.
Dr Kruckeberg is a professor emiritus of Botany at the University of Washington and author of many important botanical and gardening texts.
|Art's favorite plants featured at the party|
|California Sequoia tree|
|Lovely fountain sculpture was created in|
dedication to Mareen Schultz Kruckeberg.
It is located right next to her greenhouse.
He and his wife Mareen Kruckeberg developed their property into a magnificent botanical garden over the decades. Almost all of the plantings, both native and exotic were grown from seed. Mareen started the MsK Nursery there and began selling some of the plants propagated on site.
Hrs -Open Friday-SundayMarch 1 to October 31: 10 am—5 pm
|Sign at Park Entrance20312 15th Ave NW|
Shoreline WA, 98177
The garden offers a great array of plantings to enjoy. Many are starting to bloom now. But the garden is fascinating any time of year.
Many spring plants are on view, blooming and for sale.
|Rhodadendrons are already in bloom at|
Kruckeberg Botanic Garden
|Delicate Faun Lily grows near the|
house amidst an array of Cyclamen
|An Oregon Ash is a City "Champion Tree"|
designated in the Community Backyard Wildlife
|Grove in lower meadow area|
|Tall Oregon Grape featured in|
lower meadow area
|Cyclamens are found throughout the garden. They have many different|
patterned leaves and colored flowers. According
to Mareen Kruckeberg, the seeds are carried by
ants and that's one way they spread!