Preserving a Northwest Treasure 

2300 Arboretum Drive East Seattle WA 98112
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Arbor eNotes April 2012
FlorAbundance PreSale

Tickets for This Year's Member Event Are Selling Fast!

Don't miss the regions largest and best plant sale!

If you're a Foundation member and you haven't purchased your ticket for the FlorAbundance PreSale & Party (Friday, April 27, 5 to 7:30 p.m.), we recommend you do so soon. Tickets are going fast. And because we're hosting the sale at the Arboretum this year, tickets are even more limited in number compared to previous years. Early-bird tickets are $35 each. Tickets purchased after 5 p.m. on April 20 will cost $40 each. Foundation members are eligible to purchase tickets for an unlimited number of guests. You can buy tickets online, at the Arboretum Shop, or by calling us at 206-325-4510. If you can't make it to the PreSale, we hope to see you at the main event on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29!

Early Bloomers on April 14

Foundation's First Main Plant Sale of the Year 

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Shoppers at the Donations Nursery.

Our first plant sale of the year, Early Bloomers, is on Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hosted by the volunteers in our Plant Donations Nursery and Pat Calvert Greenhouse, the sale takes place within the beautiful environs of Washington Park Arboretum, so you can come shop for your plants near the Graham Visitors Center and then enjoy a relaxing stroll through Seattle's premier public garden. You'll find a great selection of young trees and shrubs for sale in the greenhouse, and wonderful early-blooming perennials such as trilliums, erythroniums, lungworts, and primroses in the nursery. The nursery will also feature a nice selection of epimediums and sword ferns.

Garden Lovers' Book Sale 
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Stock your shelves while supporting the Miller Library!
Miller Library's Annual Sale is This Saturday, April 7  

The Miller Library's annual book sale returns to the Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street) on Saturday, April 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thousands of gently used gardening, horticulture, botany, and landscape design books will be on offer. The library will use the proceeds to purchase the best and newest in horticultural books and journals for its collection. A wine-and-cheese preview party and sale will be held this evening, Friday, April 6, from 5 to 8 p.m., and costs $20. Admission on Saturday is free.

Get Ready to GiveBIG!

Support the Arboretum Foundation on May 2

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April 2 is the BIG day!

The Seattle Foundation's 2nd annual GiveBIG takes place on May 2, and the Arboretum Foundation is once again excited to participate. GiveBIG is a one-day, online giving event supporting nonprofits that make our region a healthier, more vital place to live. Last year's day-of-giving raised more than $3.5 million for local charities! We hope you'll GiveBIG to the Arboretum on May 2. Giving is simple. Just visit the Arboretum Foundation's page on the Seattle Foundation's website and donate. Every gift will receive a pro-rated portion of the Seattle Foundation's "stretch pool" or matching funds. In addition, several members of the Arboretum Foundation Board of Directors have set up their own matching fund (currently worth more than $5000) to enhance the value of your GiveBIG donation. Look for an email reminder about GiveBIG from us on May 2.  

An Avian Adventure

Bird-Themed Scavenger Hunt in the Arboretum

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Cedar waxwing. (Photo by Thomas Sanders)

The UWBG education department has created a self-guided bird-themed scavenger hunt for avian enthusiasts of all ages. The hunt runs from April 14 to 22 and is designed to teach visitors about local birds and the plants that attract them. Just come to the Graham Visitors Center between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., pick up a scavenger sheet, and begin your hunt. Hidden throughout the Arboretum wetlands will be bird replicas clipped to trees, shrubs, and benches. When you find the birds, leave them be, but use their secret letters to fill in the blanks on your sheet and crack the code. Return your completed sheet to the Visitors Center and claim a prize! If you have a smart phone, bring it along. QR codes placed along the trail will link you to more information about the featured birds and plants.

Pick of the Crop
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Cover photo by Charles Needle.

A Review of Past Winners of the CBHL Literature Award

In the latest issue of the Washington Park Arboretum Bulletin, Miller Library Manager Brian Thompson writes about some of the gardening and botany books that have won the coveted Literature Award of the Council of Botanical and Horticultural Libraries since its inception in 2000. Read full article.




Thanks to Our Sponsors! 

The spring 2012 Bulletin is made possible by: 


Wells Medina Nursery

The Berger Partnership


Get to Know Your Arboretum!

Free Tours Now Happening Every Weekend

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Free tours every Sunday!

Good news! Instead of taking place just on the first and third Sundays of each month, like they have for many years, the free Weekend Walk tours of the Arboretum will now take place every Sunday. Volunteer garden guides, trained by the Foundation-funded educators at UW Botanic Gardens, will lead one tour every Sunday, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., starting at the Graham Visitors Center. Each month, the tours will have a different theme. The theme for this month is "Nature's Calendar" and will focus on seasonal triggers in plant life. Next month's theme will be "May in Bloom," celebrating spring-flowering trees and shrubs in the Arboretum. For more details, call the UWBG education at 206-543-8801 or email

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Volunteers at the Arboretum.
Mobilizing Volunteers

Urban Forest Symposium Focus 

Along with USDA Forest Service and other sponsors, UW Botanic Gardens will host the fourth annual Urban Forest Symposium on Monday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Center for Urban Horticulture. The event will address the concerns of municipalities, NGOs, and educational groups whose work involves volunteer planting and care for the urban forest. Andy Lipkis, founder of Tree People, will give the keynote address, tracing the history of the organization that planted one million trees for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and thrives today with over 1,000 volunteers. Throughout the day, representatives from a variety of non-profits will share experiences and ideas about what has (and hasn't) worked to motivate volunteers and secure funding. The event will also feature planting projects and the latest on the best practices for planting trees.


BANNER IMAGE: Camellia japonica blooming in the Witt Winter Garden in early April. 

In This Issue
FlorAbundance at the Arboretum
Early Bloomers Sale
Miller Library Book Sale
GiveBIG 2012
Self-Guided Bird Tour
Gardening Book Review
Weekend Walks
Urban Forest Symposium

Quick Links

Our Partners at Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle:


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Children's Day at the Japanese Garden


SAVE THE DATE! Children's Day at the Seattle Japanese Garden is Monday, May 28, from 1 to 5 p.m. The event features hands-on activities and entertainment, including a puppet performance by Mimibunko. For details and pricing visit the garden's website or call 206-684-4725.

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"Golden Crowned Kinglets & Vine Maple" by Kathleen McKeehan 


Botanical Art Exhibit


Members of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) will be exhibiting-and selling-illustrations and paintings at the

the Miller Library will during the Garden Lovers Book Sale, and through May 5.