Preserving a Northwest Treasure 

2300 Arboretum Drive East Seattle WA 98112
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Arbor eNotes November 2011
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Dedication of the Graham Visitors Center, 1985 (photo by Joy Spurr)
Telling the Arboretum's Story

Oral History Open House - November 1

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, and Art Kruckeberg. The public is invited to a presentation of the project tomorrow, Tuesday, November 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Miller Library. Several audio stations will showcase the interview collection and will remain on exhibit in the library from October 21 until the week of November 20. You can listen to a preview of the audio clips online.

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Fall color on an azalea cultivar in the Arboretum.
Fabulous Shades of Fall
Hitchin to Lead November "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, November 3, from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. Entitled "Fabulous Shades of Fall," it will be led by Foundation staff member and plantsman extraordinaire Randall Hitchin. Randall is a seasoned tour guide and speaker and will highlight some of the great fall foliage to be seen in the Arboretum. Members can invite up to two guests. Please RSVP by November 2 to Cheri Shanahan (206-325-4510).
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Our sale features wreaths, fresh-cut greens, great gifts, and more.
Holiday Sale News

Greens, Gifts, Music, and Special Treats

Our popular annual Gifts & Greens Galore holiday sale returns to the Graham Visitors Center on Friday, December 9, from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. As always, we'll have a great selection of botanical decorations and nature-themed gifts on offer. In addition, harpist Patricia Jaeger will play live, seasonal music all during the Friday event. Saturday will be a great day to bring the entire family: UWBG educators will teach kids how to make and decorate their own holiday wreaths, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., there'll be a special visit from a large, jolly man with a bag of treats!!  


Free parking and admission! 


Please donate your greens: We'll be accepting donations of fresh-cut greens at the Visitors Center from Monday, December 5, through Thursday, December 8, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. See our event page for a wish list.

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We're Now on Twitter

Can't get enough of the AF? Need to know what's happening at the Arboretum on a regular basis? Then sign up on our Twitter feed. Our new Events Manager Kristin Price is an experienced social-media communicator and will be coordinating our daily tweets. 

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Cover of the fall 2011 Bulletin. (Photo by Jeff Krewson)
Book Review

New Titles by Pacific Northwest Authors

In time for the holiday season, manager of the Miller Library Brian Thompson has written his popular annual review of new gardening and nature books by regional authors for the Bulletin. Titles include David George Gordon's Field Guide to the Slug and Tom Fischer's The Gardener's Color Palette. All books reviewed can be found in the Library or purchased at the Arboretum Shop


Read the full article.


Thanks to Our Sponsors! 

The fall 2011 Bulletin is made possible by: Molbak'sWells Medina NurseryMcAuliffe's Valley NurseryThe Berger Partnership.

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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
An Art Exhibit at the Miller Library
From now through November 23, the Miller Library at the CUH is hosting "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. For more information about the exhibit, visit the Miller Library website or call 206-543-0415.
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PCG Steward Barbara Wright pitches in.
Stewards Update
Volunteers with Great Benefits 
The Pacific Connections Garden Stewards program is up and running, and our volunteers have already begun to have a significant impact on the upkeep of the new Pacific Rim displays at south end of the Arboretum. More weeding events are scheduled for this coming month, on November 3 and 12. In addition, the first enrichment activity for the PCG Stewards will take place on November 30: Chinese garden expert Jan Whitner will make a presentation to the stewards entitled "The Pacific Connections Series: China." We're still looking to fill some volunteer spots. If you have previous gardening experience and can commit to a minimum of 24 volunteer hours over a six-month period, please email Rhonda Bush or call 206-941-2550.

BANNER PHOTO: Japanese maple in the Woodland Garden

In This Issue
Oral History Open House
Fall Foliage Tour
Holiday Sale Update
Tweeting in the Arboretum
Annual Review of Books
Honoring Trees Exhibit
Pacific Connections Stewards

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Closing Time

The Seattle Japanese Garden at the Arboretum will close for the winter season on Sunday, Nov 13. 


25% Off All Greenhouse Plants Thru November 15! 


The Pat Calvert Greenhouse has a great selection of young shrubs and trees on sale at a fabulous discount.


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Save the Date!


Opening Night at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show


Tuesday, February 7


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Look for an invitation in your mailbox next month!


Donate to Our Auction!


Each year, our Opening Night party features a sparkling silent auction packed with regional treasures and experiences. If you or your business would like to donate to the 2012 auction, visit our event page for instructions.


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.