Preserving a Northwest Treasure 

2300 Arboretum Drive East Seattle WA 98112
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Arbor eNotes August 2012
Job Opportunity
Foundation Seeks New Director of Development
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The Development Director will oversee our capital campaign for the Pacific Connections Garden.

Want to work at the beautiful Washington Park Arboretum? We have an opening for a new Director of Development. Reporting to the Executive Director, he/she will be responsible for achieving goals set for contributed income, including major gifts, planned giving, capital campaign, membership, and the annual fund. Click the link to read a
full job description. To apply, please send your resume with three references, a writing sample, and a cover letter to Paige Miller, Executive Director, Arboretum Foundation, 2300 Arboretum Drive, Seattle, WA  98112 or by this Friday, August 10.
Celebrating 100 Years of Nancy

Tickets for Nancy Davidson Short's Birthday Party On Sale August 13

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Local gardening icon Nancy Davidson Short with Steve Lorton in 2009.
Come celebrate 100 years of life, laughter, and gardening with the legendary Nancy Davidson Short at the Graham Visitors Center on Friday, September 7, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. We're hosting a party and fundraiser in honor of Nancy's milestone year and to support one of her great loves: Washington Park Arboretum. Enjoy tasty regional wines and small bites, live entertainment, and more. Tickets start at $100 and will go on sale Monday, August 13. To purchase, call the Foundation at 206-325-4510 or visit the event page on our website.
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UWBG Hosting Digital Photo Competition for Kids
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Ripple on a pond surface, taken by a student during at the 2012 Summer Camp at the Arboretum.
This month, the UW Botanic Gardens education department is hosting a digital photography competition for kids ages 4 to 16. The subject matter? Our beautiful Arboretum, of course. Between now and August 31, kids can upload their photos to the competition pool on the UWBG's Flickr page. Each child can enter up to 10 photos. The winners and prizes will be announced on September 5.
 For more information about the competition, email UWBG education at, or the department at 206-543-8801.
Book Review
Award-Winning Garden Literature by Regional Writers
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Cover photo by Riz Reyes.
In part two of his Bulletin review of the prestigious Council of Horticultural Libraries literature awards, Miller Library manager Brian Thompson discusses more past winners, including local authors Sue Olson and Ted Jordan Meredith. Topics include ferns, bamboo, and West Coast conifers. Read the full article.

Thanks to our sponsors!
The summer 2012 issue of the Bulletin was made possible by the following:

Moon Viewing
The Japanese Garden's Lunar Celebration Returns Sept 1
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The stone lanterns will be lit for "Moon Viewing."
The Seattle Japanese Garden at Washington Park Arboretum will host its annual "Moon Viewing" event on Saturday, September 1, from 7 to 10 p.m. Stroll through a lantern-lit garden and enjoy moon-inspired dance, music, and haiku performances, as well as a tea ceremony. View the full moon (weather permitting) through telescopes provided by the Seattle Astronomical Society. Tickets are $15. Tea ceremonies (at 6, 7, and 8 p.m.) cost an additional $10. You can purchase tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets.
Summer Showstoppers for Sale

Fuchsia, Liatris, and More at Plant Donations

Liatris spicata blooming in Plant Donations.

The Plant Donations Nursery at the Arboretum has a some great summer-blooming beauties for your garden. These include a large selection of heucheras, both plain green and purple leaved; hardy Fuchsia magellanica; and Agapanthus (lily of the Nile) ready to bloom. We also have some lovely Liatris (gay feather) in flower, as well as Phlox, both pink and white. For your spring garden, we have a nice stock of showy Primula bulleyana. The nursery is located just south of the Graham Visitors Center and is staffed by volunteers Wednesdays and second Saturdays (August 11 this month), from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can browse the nursery any day of the week and purchase plants at the Arboretum Shop, open daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Park in the Dark

Enjoy a Nighttime Tour of the Arboretum on August 25

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

The next "Park in the Dark" tour is on Saturday, August 25, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Join the UW Botanic Gardens education staff on this fun night hike through the Arboretum and learn about the adaptations of nocturnal animals that live and hunt here. The tours are designed for families with children ages 6 to 10 and cost is $8 per person. You can register online or by calling 206-685-8033. Upcoming tours are on September 15 and October 13.

Paddle On!
Tour the Arboretum Wetlands by Kayak This Summer
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Boating in the Arboretum.
For the third year in a row, UW Botanic
Gardens is partnering with the Agua Verde Paddle Club to offer guided kayak tours of the wetlands around Foster Island. The 90-minute tours will push off from Duck Bay at the north end of the Arboretum at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on August 29 and 30, as well as September 5, 6, and 7. Guests will learn about the history of the wetlands and have a chance to meet some of its plant and animal residents. The fee is $30 per person. All proceeds go to the Agua Verde Scholarship Fund, which helps provide educational opportunities at UWBG to schools with limited resources. For more information or to register, visit the Agua Verde website or call 206-545-8570 ext. 23.
Banner photo: Sorbus ursina in the Sorbus Collection at Washington Park Arboretum.
In This Issue
New Development Director Wanted
Nancy's 100th Birthday
Photo Competition for Kids
Book Review: The CBHL Award Winners, Part 2
Moon Viewing at the Japanese Garden
Summer Bloomers at the Nursery
Park in the Dark
Kayak Tours of the Arboretum

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Lake Washington Boulevard Closed This Weekend


Due to construction, the road will be closed to through traffic from 7 p.m. on Friday, August 10, to 9 p.m. on Sunday, August 12. Access to the Arboretum and Japanese Garden by car will still be available. See details.


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August Tours Focus on Hydrangeas and PC Garden 

This month's free Weekend Walk tours, hosted by the UWBG-trained garden guides, will showcase the beautiful hydrangea collection along Arboretum Drive as well as summer highlights of the Pacific Connections Garden. Tours depart at 1 p.m. every Sunday from the Graham Visitors Center.


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Watercolor Sketches

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From now to September 28, the Miller Library is hosting an exhibit of watercolors by local artist Rosemary Washington. Rosemary's paintings are an expression of her attention to the ordinary gifts of life and nature. This exhibit includes sketches of plants and other objects found on walks in her Seattle neighborhood through the four seasons of the year. Learn more about Rosemary on her blog.



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Saturday, Sept 29 
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Graham Visitors Center