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Cemetery Lichen Walk, Seattle

05 Feb 2022 10:00 AM | Katherine Glew

Cemetery Lichens - Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Seattle

Looking for a Winter activity for those short days in Seattle?

Why not consider lichens as an alternative? They grow on headstones and trees in cemeteries and can tell us about air quality and the make-up of gravestones.  Cemeteries can take on new meaning as a *fun* place to observe a symbiotic organism made up of a fungus and algae.  You will also learn about common lichens found in an urban environment and take home a user-friendly chart that lists lichens found in your neighborhood.

Join Dr. Katherine Glew and the UW Botanic Garden on Saturday, February 5, 2022 at Mount Pleasant Cemetery on Queen Anne Hill to get a head start on learning lichens from your local cemetery.  You can enjoy the winter season by looking for lichens rather than staying inside and missing out on the excitement of being outside.

To sign up for the course and read a description, go to the following link:

Cemetery Lichens Tour (in-person), Saturday, February 5, 2022, 10am - 12pm - Events | University of Washington Botanic Gardens (

Bring a hand lens or cell phone with a magnifier to view lichen details.

Cost: $30 per lichen enthusiast

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