Preserving a Northwest Treasure 

2300 Arboretum Drive East Seattle WA 98112

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Arbor eNotes August 2011
give big logoThanks for Giving BIG!

Charity Event Raises Funds for Arboretum   

Thanks to all of you who donated to the Arboretum Foundation during the Seattle Foundation's inaugural GiveBIG event on June 23. The one-day philantrophy campaign netted the Arboretum Foundation more than $5200. Your generous support helps us to sustain Seattle's beautiful Arboretum. We'd also like to thank the Seattle Foundation for hosting this special giving challenge.

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The Gateway to Chile Opening Celebration, 2010.

Help Wanted! 

Foundation Seeks New Events Manager
Our events manager, Suzanne O'Neill, is leaving the Foundation at the end of September to attend culinary school, and we are seeking a successor to fill her very capable shoes. The events manager is responsible for the implementation of the Foundation's events program, which includes events ranging from the FlorAbundance Plant Sale to donor cultivation parties. 
See a full job description. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to by August 10, 2011.

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Primroses blooming near the Pacific Connections Garden interpretive shelter.

Caring for Connections

Inaugural Stewards Meeting on August 24

The inaugural orientation meeting for our new Pacific Connections Garden stewards is Wednesday, August 24, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Graham Visitors Center. We are looking for volunteers who are willing to commit to help with the maintenance and care of Pacific Connections a minimum of 24 hours per year. To learn more about the garden stewards

or to sign up to become one, please email Rhonda Bush or call her at 206-941-2550.


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A work party in Pacific Connections in June.
Work Party - August 13
Help Us Weed Pacific Connections

To build momentum for our Pacific Connections Garden stewards initiative, we will be hosting a series of weeding parties this summer and fall. Our next weeding party is scheduled for Saturday, August 13, from 9 a.m. to noon. Anyone who's interested is welcome to join in! To sign up, please email Rhonda Bush or call her at 206-941-2550.

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Summer 2011 cover.
Sustainable Landscapes

Making Sense of SITES for Gardeners

Read an article in the latest issue of the Washington Park Arboretum Bulletin about the SITES initiative, the first rating system in the country for the design, contruction, and maintenance of sustainable landscapes. And find out about a new website, Landscape for Life, that presents the technical information in the SITES guidelines in an easy-to-digest form for the residential home gardener. 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


Tour the Arboretum wetlands by kayak.

Kayak Adventures

Tour the Foster Island Wetlands in August
This month, UW Botanic Gardens is partnering with Agua Verde Paddle Club to host another series of kayak tours in the Arboretum wetlands. The popular 90-minute guided tours will take place in and around Foster Island, and will offer guests a chance to meet some of the plant and animal residents of the wetlands, while also enjoying a little exercise. And it's for a great cause: All proceeds support the UWBG's School Fieldtrip Scholarship Fund. The fee is $25 per person; Foundation members get a $5 discount
Ten tours are scheduled. For dates and times, and to register, visit the UWBG website.



Learn about noctural creatures in the Arboretum.

(Photo by Bob Bamford) 

Explore the Arboretum at Night
Saturday, August 13, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. 

The popular "Park in the Dark" family program returns on August 13. Join UW Botanic Gardens educators on a nighttime tour of the Arboretum and learn about animal adaptations to the dark. You may also meet some of these creatures! Guests on the July tour encountered a family of barred owls in the Woodland Garden. 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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The Japanese Garden is decorated with lanterns during Moon Viewing.

Moon Viewing
Enjoy the Japanese Garden After Dark

In Japan, o-tsukimi or moon viewing festivals welcome the arrival of the full harvest moon. You're invited to celebrate Moon Viewing at the Seattle Japanese Garden in the Arboretum on Saturday, August 13, from 7 to 10 p.m. Enjoy cultural activities and performances by local artists, including the Sound Singers Japanese Choir. During the festival, the garden is beautifully lit with lanterns and floating boats.Tickets are $15 each (or $25 with tea ceremony). For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the event website at Brown Paper Tickets.

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Plant Donations Nursery will co-host our new fall plant sale.

FallAbundance Plant Sale
Mark Your Calendar for Our Newest Event
Fall is the best time for planting in the Pacific Northwest, so don't miss this sale on Sunday, September 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., hosted by our
Pat Calvert Greenhouse and Plant Donations Nursery. After a long season of propagating, growing, potting, and re-potting plants, our greenhouse and nursery will have an abundance of plants on offer. You'll find a great selection of your favorite trees, shrubs, and perennials, plus many unusual species and varieties.
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Bulbs galore at the Hardy Plant Society's new sale.

Attention Bulb Shoppers!  

Hardy Plant Society Hosting Sale in October

As many of you know, the Foundation retired its annual fall bulb and plant sale this year due to financial considerations. If you were saddened, as we were, to see the sale go, then there's reason to cheer! The Hardy Plant Society of Washington is picking up the idea and will host its first Fall Bulb Sale on Sunday, October 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, at the Center for Urban Horticulture. The Society's president is none other than Bob Lilly, the plantsman extraordinaire who helped organize our sale - and Bob says that the new sale will offer a similar (if not quite as broad) selection of bulbs. If you have questions or would like to get involved with the sale, call Bob at 206-579-2702.


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See master pumpkin carver Russ Leno in action.

Unit 16 Fundraiser
Luncheon to Benefit Pacific Connections
Arboretum Foundation volunteer Unit 16 will host a farm-to-table luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 6 at a beautiful private lodge in Fall City, Washington. Popular garden speaker and poet Steve Lorton will give an entertaining and informative presentation. And in the spirit of the season, expert pumpkin carver Russ Leno will demonstrate his art. Attendees will enjoy a delicious three-course lunch prepared by Unit 16 members using primarily locally-sourced ingredients. Tickets are $100 per person, and only 60 seats are available. Net proceeds will be used for maintaining the new Pacific Connections Garden at the Arboretum. For reservations, email Carolyn Collins or call her at 425-451-7295. 
Banner image: Oakleaf hydrangea blooming in the Woodland Garden
In This Issue
Giving BIG
Events Manager Wanted
Caring for Connections
Please Help Us Weed!
Sustainable Landscaping
Kayak Tours
Park in the Dark
Moon Viewing Festival
FallAbundance Plant Sale
HPSWA Fall Bulb Sale
Unit 16 Fundraiser

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Art Exhibit

Hummingbird print, by Roberta Daris 

Long.Her "Flora and Fauna" prints will be on display in the Miller Library, August 3 to September 9.   



No September "Walks & Talks"


Please note that there won't be a Walks & Talks tour this September, as we will be hosting our Arbor and Legacy Circle reception early that month (Sept 8).


For more information about our new Legacy Circle, or to join or renew your membership in the Arbor Circle, please call 206-3254510.



Save the Date!


2nd Annual Bioblitz


Friday, Sept 23 to

Saturday, Sept 24.


3 p.m. to 3 p.m


Graham Visitors Center


Hosted by the UW Botanic Gardens, with funding from the Foundation