Preserving a Northwest Treasure 

2300 Arboretum Drive East Seattle WA 98112

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Arbor eNotes July 2011
An understory scene in the Arboretum.
Budget Crisis Update

Half of State Funding for UW's Arboretum Operations Now Secure

We have good news to report on the budget front. Half of the state funding for the University of Washington's operation in the Arboretum $287,000 over the next two years - is now secure. This is an advocacy success for the Foundation and the citizen members of the Arboretum and Botanical Garden Committee who worked hard to persuade state officials to include the funds as a line item in the state budget. We would like to thank everyone who supported the Arboretum's cause, in particular Senator Ed Murray, chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, for his important leadership role in making this happen.

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Volunteers of all ages helped Arboretum staff pull weeds in the Pacific Connections Garden on June 30.
A New Volunteer Unit
Help us Care for the Pacific Connections

The Foundation is creating a new volunteer unit dedicated to the care and maintenance of the Pacific Connections Garden at the south end of the Arboretum. Our goal is to recruit and train a dedicated cadre of 20 to 25 volunteers who will, under supervision of the Arboretum's horticultural staff, assist in caring for this new garden. The Foundation has assembled a task force and hired a half-time temporary employee, landscape designer Rhonda Bush, to design the unit and recruit volunteers. We're aiming to have the unit up and running in early fall. In the meantime, we'll be hosting work parties to build momentum for the unit and help steward the garden. Our next weeding party is scheduled for Saturday, August 13, from 9 a.m. to noon. To sign up, please email Rhonda or call her at 206-941-2550. 


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Guests on the June tour enjoy a reception at the Tateuchi Room in the Japanese Garden.
July Tour to Showcase Greenhouse and Propagation

Thursday, July 7, 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Graham Visitors Center

Our next tour in the Arboretum Walks & Talks series (for Arbor Circle and Steward members, plus their guests) will showcase the work that goes on in our Pat Calvert Greenhouse, which sells plants propagated from the Arboretum collection. Greenhouse volunteers Ann O'Mera and Lynn Schueler will lead the tour and give a propagation demonstration. Learn how to create more plants from your garden; enjoy wine and snacks and conversation; and have an opportunity to purchase plants from the greenhouse. Full details.

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Kids will explore the Arboretum in July.
July Summer Camp for Kids

New "Arboretum Explorers" Class Added 

There are just a few spots left in the original three sessions of UWBG's exciting Arboretum Summer Camp, design for kids ages 6 to 12: Native Plants and People (July 11 to 15), Little Green Thumbs (July 18 to 22), and Arboretum Detectives (July 25 to 29). The good news is that the UWBG education staff has added another session, "Arboretum Explorers," which will teach children all about urban wildlife. It runs the same week as the Little Green Thumbs session (July 18 to 22). Each week of the camp costs $250. Kids and grandkids of Arboretum Foundation members receive a 15% discount. Sign up today!


Learn about noctural creatures in the Arboretum.

(Photo by Bob Bamford) 

Explore the Arboretum at Night
Saturday, July 16, 8:30 to 10:00 p.m. 

The popular "Park in the Dark" family program returns on July 16. Join UW Botanic Gardens educators on a nighttime tour of the Arboretum and learn about animal adaptations to the dark. Become a bat or a moth, test your sense of smell, and use your "deer ears" to hear night sounds. Designed for families with children ages 6 to 12, the program costs $6 for adults and is FREE FOR KIDS. For more information or to register, email Lisa SanPhillippo or call her at 206-543-8801.


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Summer 2011 cover.
The Conscientious Gardener

Cultivating a Garden Ethic

Read an excerpt from Sarah Reichard's book in the latest issue of the Washington Park Arboretum Bulletin. Sarah encourages us to make conscientious and sustainable choices about how we garden. Her inspiration comes from Aldo Leopold, who wrote in his seminal essay, The Land Ethic, "A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community." Read the full article.


Thanks to Our Sponsors! The summer 2011 Bulletin is made possible by:



Wells Medina Nursery 

McAuliffe's Valley Nursery 

The Berger Partnership

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Garden loosestrife in the WPA wetlands.
Managing Aquatic Weeds
Wednesday, July 13, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Graham Visitors Center

UW Botanic Gardens is presenting a one-day symposium at the Arboretum on the science and management of aquatic weeds. The program will consist of both indoor and outdoor sessions, and includes guided tours. Participants can choose between a kayak tour through the lagoons or a walking tour through the waterfront trail marshlands. Fee: $55 with kayak tour; $35 with walking tour. For more information or to register, email Jean Robins or call her at 206-685-8033. Full details.





TOP PHOTO: Philadelphus lewisii blooming near Arboretum Drive. 


In This Issue
Budget Crisis Update
Caring for Pacific Connections
July Walks & Talks
Sign Up for Summer Camp
Park in the Dark
The Ethical Gardener
Aquatic Weeds Symposium

Quick Links

Our Partners at Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle:
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Plant in Bloom 
Chilean fire bush (Embothrium coccineum) in flower this week just north of the Pacific Connections Garden.  

Save the Date!


Plant Sale


Sunday, Sept 25

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Graham Visitors Center


Hosted by the Pat Calvert Greenhouse & Plant Donations Nursery