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Arbor eNotes October 2012
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Composer Abby Aresty at one of her seven installation sites.
Music of Trees

Sonic Art at the Arboretum

This month, enjoy a self-guided sonic art walk around the Arboretum, courtesy of Seattle composer Abby Aresty. Abby's sound art installation "Paths II: Music of Trees" explores "the layers and permutations of acoustic space" at seven chosen sites in the Arboretum. Over the past year, Abby made recordings at these sites with sensitive microphones and then digitally edited the sounds to create music. With the help of solar-powered sound systems discretely attached to trees at the different sites, Abby's compositions are now available for everyone to hear. You can hear them on Wednesdays, from 3 to 6 p.m., as well as Saturdays and Sundays, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., now through the end of October. Pick up an exhibit map and program notes from the front desk in the Graham Visitors Center. For detailed information, check out the exhibit website and Abby's blog. Abby's project was also featured on NPR earlier this week.

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Fall 2012 cover, featuring Crocus speciosa. Photo courtesy Richie Steffen.
Fabulous Flora
A Short History of Plant Exploration in New Zealand

The New Zealand Forest in the Pacific Connections Garden is scheduled to be planted in spring 2013. In anticipation of the big event, horticulture guru Walt Bubelis has written an article on the history of plant exploration in New Zealand for the Bulletin. Starting with Captain James Cook's expedition in 1769, Walt discusses some of the most influential plant collectors and the species they discovered. He also talks about some of the more unusual plants that you'll be able to see in the new forest garden. Read part one of Walt's article. Part two will appear in the winter edition.


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The fall 2012 Bulletin is made possible by: Molbak'sWells Medina NurseryThe Berger Partnership


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Volunteer Party
Join Us on October 18 at the CUH
The 2012 Annual UW Botanic Gardens/Arboretum Foundation Volunteer Appreciation Party will take place on Thursday, October 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the NHS Hall at the Center for Urban Horticulture. All volunteers welcome! The main course will be served by Jasper's BBQ, which is generously donating a portion of the cost of the meal to our event. We'll also have donated desserts from Street Treats and donated beer from Ninkasi Brewing Company. Homemade appetizers will be provided courtesy of UWBG and Foundation staff members, who will battle it out for your vote in our "tastiest hors d'ouevres" competition. The Brian O. Mulligan Awards and the Arboretum Foundation Lifetime Service Award will be presented at 6:00 p.m. Please RSVP to Bryan Pilkington (206-616-3994) by this Friday, October 5.
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Volunteers from CenturyLink spreading mulch in the Holly Collection.
Day of Caring Report 
98 Volunteers from 7 Organizations Help Beautify the Arboretum

United Way of King County staged their annual Day of Caring event on Friday, September 21, and Washington Park Arboretum was once again abuzz with volunteer activity. Just under 100 volunteers from Microsoft, Nordstrom, The Seattle Times, NetApp, Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center, the Japan Business Association of Seattle, and CenturyLink worked on a variety of weeding and mulching projects throughout the Arboretum. Thanks to all the volunteers for their hard work and to United Way for organizing the event! See more photos of the volunteers on our Facebook page.

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Wood duck, Union Bay Natural Area, by Molly Hashimoto.
Nature's Peace
Art Exhibit at the Miller Library

From October 11 to December 28, the Miller Library at the CUH will host "Nature's Peace: Paintings and Prints by Molly Hashimoto." The exhibit will feature watercolors from Molly's 2013 wall calendar (Pomegranate Publishing), which pairs quotations from John Muir with paintings of wild places, both in national parks and urban areas, including the Union Bay Natural Area. A free public reception will take place on Thursday, October 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information about the exhibit, visit the Miller Library website or call 206-543-0415.

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Photo courtesy Sarah Short.
Family Ecology Tours
A New Program at the Arboretum
The UW Botanic Gardens Education Department has created a new tour program for families with kids ages 6 to 12. Family Ecology Tours take place at the Arboretum on the first Saturday of each month (10 a.m. to noon ) and feature hands-on activities, games, and exploration for children and their caregivers. Each tour has a different ecological theme: "Spores, Gills, and Caps: Mushrooms at the Arboretum" (October 6); "Fall Flight: Migratory Birds" (November 3); "Evergreen Trees" (December 1). The cost is $8 per person per session. You can register online or by calling 206-221-6427.
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Buy your daffodils and much more at the CUH this Sunday.
Bulbs at the CUH!
HPSW Sale is This Sunday 
The Hardy Plant Society of Washington is hosting its second annual Fall Bulb Sale this Sunday, October 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, at the Center for Urban Horticulture. You'll find a nice selection of fall-planted favorites such as tulips, narcisscus, crocus, alliums, and snowdrops, plus more unusual bulbs such as Camassia, Ixia, and Ipheion. The sale will take place in the Douglas Classroom at CUH, next to the greenhouses. For a full list of bulbs that will be available, visit the HPSW website.




BANNER IMAGE: Malus toringoides 'Macrocarpa' in Crabapple Meadow.

In This Issue
Music of Trees
Flora of New Zealand
Volunteer Appreciation
Day of Caring Report
Art Exhibit: Nature's Peace
Family Ecology Tours
HPSWA Fall Bulb Sale

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Free Sunday Tours to Highlight Fall Foliage

UWBG-trained garden guides lead free tours of the Arboretum from 1 to 2:30 p.m. every Sunday. From mid-October to mid-November (starting with the Oct 14 tour), the theme will be fall foliage in the Arboretum. See red maples, Japanese maples, sourwood, and more in peak color. Meet at the Graham Visitors Center.






Park in the Dark 


The next night hike in the Arboretum is Saturday, October 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The fee is $8 per person. Sign up on the UWBG website

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Maple Viewing

The Seattle Japanese Garden's Maple Viewing event is Sunday, October 14. View colorful autumn foliage throughout the garden. Enjoy guided tours, craft activities, a bonsai display, and 
performances by Kokon Taiko and Roving Rogue Ronin. $6 for regular adult admission.



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25% Off All Greenhouse Plants Thru November 15! 


If you couldn't make it to FallAbundance last weekend, don't despair! The PC Greenhouse is extending its sale discount through November 15. We still have a great selection of shrubs and trees in stock. 



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Gifts & Greens Galore


Friday, Dec 7

Noon to 5 p.m.


Saturday, Dec 8  10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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