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Arbor eNotes January 2012
Opening Night Tickets Now on Sale!

Garden Show Preview Party - Tuesday, February 7

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The Garden Show preview party is just over a month away!

Tickets to our annual Opening Night Party at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show (Tuesday, February 7) are now on sale! Enjoy fine wine, delicious food, live entertainment, silent auctions, and an exclusive first look at the fabulous displays in the Garden Show the evening before it opens to the public. You can purchase tickets online, by phone at 206-325-4510, or over the counter at the Arboretum Shop. Prices start at $65 for Foundation members, as well as for members of the Seattle Audubon Society, our partners at this year's show.


Thanks to our event sponsors: Saltchuk Resources, Inc., PACCAR, Manson ConstructionHolland America Line, K&L Gates, Berger Partnership, Northwest Flower & Garden Show.

Opening Party Auction Update
Trips, Parties, and Unique Experiences 
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This year's "Fund-a-Need" supports children's education at the Arboretum.

We'll have many one-of-a-kind items for you to bid on at this year's Opening Night silent auction, including a star-gazing weekend in the Methow Valley, a one-of-a-kind seed-collecting trip in the Oregon Siskiyous, private wine-tasting parties, and an overnight kids' party at the Arboretum. We are collecting donated items through the end of January. If you'd like to contribute or find out more email Cheri Shanahan or call her at 206-325-4510.


Help Fund Environmental Education: Our special "Fund-a-Need" auction drive this year will support the Youth Education Program at the Arboretum. We're hoping to raise $15,000 to help sustain this vital program. Even if you're not planning to attend Opening Night, you can support "Fund-a-Need" with a secure online donation or by calling us at 206-325-4510. 

Birds of the Arboretum
Seattle Audubon Staffer to Lead January "Walks & Talks"
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Wood ducks can be seen in the Arboretum in winter. (Photo by Neil Zimmerman)
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, January 5, from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. Entitled "Birds of the Arboretum," it will be led by Seattle Audubon Society outreach manager and master birder Neil Zimmerman. Neil will point out the good birding spots in the Arboretum, as well as identify and discuss the bird species encountered on the tour. Members can invite up to two guests. Please RSVP by January 4 to Cheri Shanahan (206-325-4510).
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Design sketch of the 2012 garden, by Phil Wood. Click to enlarge.

Don't Miss the 2012 Display Garden

For the 2012 Arboretum exhibit at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show (February 8 through 12), we're teaming up with the Seattle Audubon Society, a non-profit organization working to protect regional birds and nature through conservation advocacy. Entitled "Birdsong," the display will educate viewers about some of the beautiful bird habitats and species found in the Arboretum's 230 acres.The display will depict three distinct bird habitats: marshland at the lake shore, woodland edge, and deeper forest. Read more.

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Cover of the winter issue, featuring a hybrid hellebore.
The Monkey-Puzzle Tree

A Short Natural and Cultural History

The new Gateway to Chile garden at the south end of the Arboretum features some stunning young monkey-puzzle trees (Araucaria araucana). Garden writer and historian Liisa Wihman profiles this fascinating and endangered conifer, the national tree of Chile, in the latest issue of the Washington Park Arboretum 

Bulletin. Full article.


Thanks to Our Sponsors! 

The winter Bulletin is made possible by: 


Northwest Flower & Garden Show

Wells Medina Nursery

The Berger Partnership


Music of the Trees
Composer Aims to Create Sound Installation in the Arboretum
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Help fund an acoustic art installation at the Arboretum.
Seattle-based composer and sound artist Abby Aresty is designing a unique series of sound installations in Washington Park Arboretum to explore and illuminate the sonic environment created by the trees and other natural features. But she needs help funding the project, formally entitled "Path II: The Music of the Trees." The Foundation has pledged its support. Aresty needs to raise about $4,000 more dollars by February 14. Visit the composer's webpage on Kickstarter to learn more - and help out.


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A landscape by Scott Landry, on view in the Milller Library in January.
Inspired by Nature
An Art Exhibit at the Miller Library

From now through January 30, the Miller Library at the CUH is hosting "Inspired by Nature," an exhibit by plein air painter Scott Landry. Landry uses naturally occurring organic forms, shapes, patterns, and colors to create paintings that reflect his deep appreciation for nature. For more information about the exhibit, visit the Miller Library website or call 206-543-0415.


BANNER PHOTO: Japanese maple in the Woodland Garden

In This Issue
Preview Party Tickets
Auction Update
January 5 Bird Tour
The 2012 Display Garden: "Birdsong"
Discover the Monkey Puzzle
Help Fund Arboretum Music Project
Miller Library Exhibit: Scott Landry

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Book Launch at the Miller Library
The Northwest Horticultural Society is hosting a book launch party for Val Easton's new release, Petal & Twig: Seasonal Bouquets with Blossoms, Branches, and Grasses from Your Garden, on February 1, at 6:30 p.m., in the CUH. Tickets are $18 and will benefit the Miller Library. Visit the library's event page for details