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Arbor eNotes May 2012

Mother's Day at the Arboretum

UWBG Hosting Activities from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday
A trip to the Arboretum on Mother's Day is a Seattle tradition.
A trip to the Arboretum on Mother's Day is a Seattle tradition.

Mother's Day is this Sunday, May 13, and as they do every year, families will come to the Arboretum in droves to the stroll along historic Azalea Way and see the spectacular azaleas, rhododendrons, and dogwoods in peak bloom. To mitigate traffic and parking problems, Seattle Parks and Recreation will open Arboretum Drive one-way, going southbound for the day, and visitors will be allowed to park on the right side of the road. Although the Foundation won't have a presence this year, the UW Botanic Gardens education department will be at the Visitors Center from 1 to 4 p.m. hosting a crafts table and taking free digital photos of moms and families. There'll also be a free Weekend Walk departing from the Visitors Center at 1 p.m. The guided tour will highlight the plants in bloom at the Arboretum this month.

Thank You for Giving BIG!

Foundation Receives $17,575 from GiveBIG Donors

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Thanks for Your Support!

The tally is in! The Arboretum Foundation received $17,575 from 52 individual donors during the Seattle Foundation's second annual GiveBIG 

on May 2. That's more than triple what we received during last year's GiveBIG event! Thanks to all those who gave this year. Your generous donations will go a long way towards keeping the Arboretum vital and beautiful. We have yet to find out how much of the Seattle Foundation's "stretch pool" of matching funds we will be receiving. We will let you know that figure as soon as we can. A BIG thanks to the Seattle Foundation for hosting this amazing fundraiser!
Vandalized Plants 

Highly Valued Trees Destroyed in the Pacific Connections Garden 

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Chilean wine palm with fronds hacked off. (Photo by David Zuckerman)

Late last Wednesday night, vandals caused significant damage to some valuable plants in the Gateway to Chile section of Pacific Connections, apparently using a hatchet or machete. They destroyed three Chilean wine palms, two monkey puzzle trees, and three Gunnera tinctoria. The damage is estimated to total around $43,000. Seattle Parks and Recreation, the Arboretum Foundation, and the UW Botanic Gardens ask anyone with information about the crime to contact the Seattle Police Department's East Burglary Unit at 206-684-4300. We'll provide updates on the story as more information becomes available. To see footage of some of the damage, watch the video in this KOMO News Network report.


The Resourceful Chef

Our Director's One-Week Experiment to Eat Only What She Grew

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Cover photo by Charles Needle.

In the latest issue of the Washington Park Arboretum Bulletin, Foundation Executive Director Paige Miller describes her week-long experiment to eat only what she grew, foraged (harvested by her own hands), or made. Is it possible to run a small non-profit on a diet of fava beans and potatoes? Read about some of Paige's main culinary challenges and discoveries. Go to full article.



Thanks to Our Sponsors! 

The spring 2012 Bulletin is made possible by: 



Wells Medina Nursery

The Berger Partnership


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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. The cost to attend is $45.

Park in the Dark

Enjoy a Nighttime Tour of the Arboretum on Saturday, May 19

Barred owls in the Arboretum.
(Photo by Bob Bamford)

"Park in the Dark" is a popular summer program of night hikes offered to families by the UW Botanic Gardens education department! On these special adventures, kids and grown-ups learn about the adaptations of nocturnal animals that live and hunt in the Arboretum. The tours are designed for families with children ages 6 to 10. Upcoming tours are on May 19, June 23, and July 14, and they run from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $8 per person, and you can register online or by calling 206-685-8033.

Azalea Way History Tour

Wednesday, May 23, 10:30 a.m. to Noon

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Rhododendron occidentale hybrid blooming on Azalea Way.

Join Arboretum director emeritus Dr. John Wott and manager of UWBG horticulture and plant collections David Zuckerman on a walking tour of Azalea Way. Learn about the history of this much-loved part of the Arboretum, how its design has changed over time, the plants, and more. Meet at the Graham Visitors Center. Fee: $15, early-bird rate; $20 after May 18. For more information or to register, contact Jean Robins at 206-685-8033 or

Conservation Remix

Exploring the Big Environmental Issues of Our Time - Saturday, June 2 

conservation remixThe Arboretum Foundation, along with a host of other local environmental non-profits, is partnering with Conservation Magazine in its production of Conservation Remix, a one-day conference at Town Hall, Seattle, on Saturday, June 2. The conference organizers aim to broaden the definition of what it means to be "green" by bringing together innovative thinkers and speakers from a diversity of fields, and by connecting conservation science, engineering, business, architecture, and design to peer ahead to a sustainable future. Tickets start at $50 each. Student admission is $25. Find out more.




BANNER IMAGE: A Japanese azalea (Rhododendron japonicum 'Flavum') blooming on Azalea Way.

In This Issue
Mother's Day at the Arboretum
GiveBIG 2012
Vandalism in the Arboretum
The Fava Bean Diet
Urban Forest Symposium
Park in the Dark
Azalea Way Tour
Conservation Remix - June 2

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Please Support the Arboretum: Our Spring 2012 Appeal


This year's spring appeal letter is penned by Cynthia Welte, our Volunteer & Annual Giving Coordinator. Cynthia describes her unique personal connection to the Arboretum and how this special place brought her peace and comfort during a difficult time. Read the full letter.  


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Children's Day at the Japanese Garden


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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Register for the Arboretum Summer Camps


Registration is now open for the Arboretum Summer Camps, offered in July and August to kids ages 6 to 12. Each week-long camp costs $250. A 15% discount is available to kids and grandkids of Arboretum Foundation members!!


Save the Date!




Wednesday, June 20

5:30 to 8:00 p.m.


Graham Visitors Center


All members welcome!