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Arbor eNotes October 2011
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The new gravel path, as viewed looking north from the Woodland Garden. (Photo by Kevin Schmidt)
Trail Improvement
Gravel Path on Azalea Way Extended
This month, with funding from the Arboretum Foundation, Seattle Parks and Recreation created a new crushed rock path on Azalea Way stretching from the Woodland Garden to the Lynn Street Bridge Trail near the Graham Visitors Center. Historically, the Azalea Way lawn path has been prone to water-logging eight to nine months out of each year, making use of the trail difficult. In 2009, a six-feet-wide gravel path was added to the middle of Azalea Way from Boyer Parking lot to the Woodland Garden, and it has been a big success. The new construction has extended this path by another 700 feet. Visitors to Arboretum this fall and winter will be able to enjoy walking along Azalea Way without having to worry about getting stuck in the mud!

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Volunteers from JBAS pulling weeds in the Pacific Connections Garden.
Day of Caring Report 
103 Volunteers Help Beautify the Arboretum

United Way of King County staged their annual Day of Caring event on Friday, September 16, and Washington Park Arboretum was a hive of volunteer activity. More than 100 volunteers from Microsoft, AT&T, Nordstrom, and the Japanese Business Association of Seattle (JBAS), descended upon the Arboretum to work on several maintenance projects. Together they hauled out 13 truckloads of weeds from Pacific Connections, the Holly Collection, and Rhododendron Glen; mulched 5000 square feet of planting beds on Azalea Way; and spread mulch on 30 tree rings and beds in the Pinetum, as well as on a native planting bed near the hollies. Stop by the Arboretum to see the results of their efforts. Thanks to all the volunteers for their hard work and to United Way for organizing the event. 

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See a demo by master pumpkin carver, Russ Leno.
Unit 16 Fundraiser
Luncheon to Benefit Pacific Connections
Arboretum Foundation volunteer Unit 16 will host a fundraiser event 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 a presentation. And in the spirit of the season, expert pumpkin carver Russ Leno will demonstrate his art. Attendees will enjoy a tasty soup-and-bread buffet. The event is free, however donations are requested. Net proceeds will be used for maintaining the new Pacific Connections Garden at the Arboretum. Space is limited, so please RSVP to reserve a spot. For reservations, email Carolyn Collins or call her at 425-451-7295. 
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Volunteer Appreciation Party
Join Us on Thursday, October 13, at the CUH
The 2011 UW Botanic Gardens/Arboretum Foundation Volunteer Appreciation Party will take place on Thursday, October 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the NHS Hall at the Center for Urban Horticulture. All volunteers welcome! Appetizers and a main course will be served, and the UW and Foundation staff will provide a potluck of homemade desserts! The Brian O. Mulligan Awards and the Arboretum Foundation Lifetime Service Award will be presented at 6:45 p.m. Please RSVP to Bryan Pilkington at or 206-616-3994 by Wednesday, October 5.
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Cover of the fall 2011 Bulletin. (Photo by Jeff Krewson)
Telling Our Tale

UWBG's New Oral History of the Arboretum

With funding from the Arboretum Foundation and other donors, the UW Botanic Gardens has created a new oral history of the Arboretum and Center for Urban Horticulture. It features interviews with numerous people who've had long-term associations with the Arboretum and/or CUH, including John Wott, Jean Witt, Art Kruckeberg, and Elizabeth Moses. Read an indepth article about the oral history project in the latest issue of the Bulletin.


Thanks to Our Sponsors! The summer 2011 Bulletin is made possible by: Molbak'sWells Medina NurseryMcAuliffe's Valley NurseryThe Berger Partnership


Oral History Project Open House: UWBG will present the new oral history project to the public at an Open House event on Tuesday, November 1, 5 to 7 p.m. in the Miller Library. For details, email Carrie Bowman or call her at 206-526-1438.

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Bulbs galore at the Hardy Plant Society's new sale.

Bulbs at the CUH!  

Hardy Plant Society Sale This Sunday

The Hardy Plant Society of Washington is hosting its first Fall Bulb Sale this 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 used to organize the Foundation's now-retired Fall Bulb & Plant Sale, and Bob says that the new sale will offer a similar (if not quite as broad) selection of bulbs. For a full list of bulbs that will be available, visit the HPSW website.

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A volunteer with a salamander at Bioblitz 1, May 2010. (Photo by Christina Doherty)
Cataloging Biodiversity
Participate in the 2nd Annual Bioblitz

The UW Botanic Gardens' second annual Bioblitz takes place from 3 p.m. on Friday, October 21 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 22. The goal is to catalog the flora and fauna that live in the Arboretum - and you're invited to help out. No experience is necessary, just a healthy curiosity. Volunteers will be assigned to a team that includes a specialist. Shifts last two to three hours (see the UWBG website for shift times). The first Bioblitz turned up some fascinating discoveries, including what's likely a new species of spider. For more information or to volunteer, contact Patrick Mulligan at 206-543-8801 or


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Franklinia alatamaha, a featured species on the Rare Plant Safari. (Photo by Michael Dosmann)
Rare Plant Safari
Reichard to Lead October "Walks & Talks"

Arboretum Walks & Talks is a special monthly tour program for our Arbor Circle, Legacy Circle, and Steward-level members, plus their guests. This month's tour is on Thursday, October 6, from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. Entitled "Rare Plant Safari," it will be led by Professor Sarah Reichard, the new director of the UW Botanic Gardens. Sarah is a wonderful speaker and teacher and will highlight some of the rare botanical beauties growing in the Arboretum. Members can invite up to two guests. Please RSVP by October 4 to Cheri Shanahan (206-325-4510).

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"Arboreta IV," a drypoint engraving by Elizabeth Reed Smith. See this and other beautiful artwork at the "Honoring Trees" exhibit.

Honoring Trees
A New Art Exhibit at the Miller Library
From October 5 through November 23, the Miller Library at the CUH will host "Honoring Trees," an exhibit featuring drawings, paintings, and engravings by a group of four Northwest artists who share a deep affinity for trees: Jacqui Beck, Donna Leavitt, Cheryl A. Richey, and Elizabeth Reed Smith. See examples of the group's work on their weblog. A free public reception and meet-the-artists event is planned for October 20, 5 to 7 p.m. For more information about the exhibit, visit the Miller Library website or call 206-543-0415. 


BANNER PHOTO: Cotoneaster conspicuus near the Graham Visitors Center

In This Issue
New Path on Azalea Way
Day of Caring Report
Unit 16 Fundraiser
Volunteer Appreciation
Oral History of the Arboretum
HPSWA Fall Bulb Sale
Volunteer for Bioblitz 2
Rare Plant Safari
Honoring Trees

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Maple Viewing

The Seattle Japanese Garden's Maple Viewing event is Sunday, October 16. Enjoy blazing foliage throughout the garden.



25% Off All Greenhouse Plants Thru November 15! 


If you couldn't make it to FallAbundance last weekend, don't despair! The PC Greenhouse is extending its sale discount through November 15. We still have a great selection of shrubs and trees in stock.


Save the Date!


Gifts & Greens Galore


Friday, Dec 9

3 to 7 p.m.


Saturday, Dec 10 

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Graham Visitors Center 


Tour Cuba's Gardens 


UWBG Director Sarah Reichard is leading a tour group through Cuba, February 22 to March 4, 2012. This is a spectacular opportunity to learn about Cuba's ecosystems, endemic and endangered species, organic farms and reforestation projects, as well as Cuban history and current events. More details.