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Arbor eNotes November 2012
Staff News
Foundation Hires Richard Bray as Development Director 
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Richard Bray on Azalea Way

The Arboretum Foundation is pleased to announce the hiring of Richard Bray as its new Director of Development. Richard is a highly experienced philanthropy professional with strong ties to the regional business, media, and non-profit community. He will take the helm of the Foundation's capital campaign and operations fundraising, both of which are essential to the preservation and enhancement of Washington Park Arboretum. Read the full article.

Free Lecture for AF Members

Designing the New Zealand Forest at the Arboretum

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The New Zealand preview garden at Pacific Connections.

Foundation members are invited to a free lecture at the Graham Visitors Center tomorrow, Wednesday, November 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The topic will be the new eco-geographic forest being planted in the Arboretum's Pacific Connections Garden next year. This two-acre forest will showcase several different plant communities native to the South Island mountain region of New Zealand. Jason Henry, a principal landscape architect at the Berger Partnership, will discuss the design and development of the forest and also share his thoughts on plant selection and sourcing for the project with lecture moderator Randall Hitchin. Space is limited, so please RSVP soon to save your place. To RSVP, email our stewards coordinator Rhonda Bush at or call her at 206-941-2550.

Gifts & Greens Galore
Our Holiday Sale is Just One Month Away
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This year's Gifts & Greens Galore sale on Friday, December 7, noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday, December 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. is shaping up to be our best one yet. As always, we'll be offering a unique selection of high-quality fresh-cut greens and handcrafted holiday gifts from local artisans. We're also going to be featuring lots of DIY demonstrations and craft activities throughout the two-day event. On Friday at 1 p.m., Debra Prinzing will show you how to create beautiful holiday centerpieces using seasonal, locally grown materials; Alexandra Hedin will give a demo on Saturday at 11 a.m. about unique ways fresh greens can be used for the holidays; Sue Mariotti of Etsy's Terrarium Shop will show you how to build a miniature terrarium (so hot right now!) on Friday, from 2 to 4 p.m., and Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Foundation volunteers Carol Allison and Diana Hall, and UWBG educators, will also host craft activities. See our event page for full details. 
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Fall 2012 cover, featuring Crocus speciosa. Photo courtesy Richie Steffen.
Book Review
New Titles by Northwest Authors

Miller Library manager Brian Thompson has written his annual review of new gardening and nature books by regional writers for the Washington Park Arboretum Bulletin. Part 1 of the article appears in our current fall issue. Titles reviewed include Marty Wingate's "Landscaping for Privacy," Debra Prinzing's "The 50 Mile Bouquet," and Marilyn Smith Layton's "Seasons of Life in the Union Bay Sanctuary." Read the full article


Part two of Brian's review will appear in the winter edition.


Thanks to Our Sponsors!  

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

Pre-schoolers in the Arboretum.
Fiddlehead Fridays
UWBG Adds Friday Sessions To New PreSchool Program
In September, the UW Botanic Gardens Education Department launched the Fiddleheads Forest School, a new program designed to connect preschool children ages 3 to 5 with nature through themed activities and outdoor play at the Arboretum. The original classes, scheduled for the first and third Thursday of every month, filled up so quickly that UWBG decided to add extra Friday sessions. Upcoming Friday sessions include "Where Do the Birds Go?" (November 16), "Camouflage" (December 7), and "Trees in Winter" (December 21). The classes run from 9 to 11 a.m and cost $16 per session for one adult and child. Register online. For more information, email Sarah Short or call her at 206-221-6427.
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Stone lantern in the Japanese Garden.
Tour Guides Wanted!
At the Seattle Japanese Garden
Interested in becoming a volunteer tour guide at the Arboretum's world-famous Seattle Japanese Garden? The garden is currently accepting applications. Volunteer guides help educate the public about the garden's history, special characteristics, and changing beauty throughout the seasons. Guide training will be held on five consecutive Wednesdays, from March 13 to April 10, 2013. The deadline for application is January 18, 2013. To apply, download a volunteer application form from the Seattle Parks and Recreation website. A fee of $100 is required for the training program and materials. In addition, guides are required to become members of Arboretum Foundation Unit 86 at a cost of $10 per year. For full details, review the application form; if you have any questions, please contact
Year-End Giving 
Consider a Gift of Stock to Support the Arboretum Foundation
Year-end gifts of stock and securities are one of the most attractive ways for you to support the Arboretum. You receive two special tax deductions, saving on capital gains tax and lowering your tax bill with a charitable deduction, while helping to preserve and enhance this special place. Read more.
In This Issue
AF Hires Richard Bray
New Zealand Forest Lecture
Gifts & Greens Galore
Book Review
Family Ecology Tours
Japanese Garden Guides
Giving Stock

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Jewelry Sale at the Shop
From November 7 to 11, all jewelry in the Arboretum Shop will be 20% off. Foundation members will receive an additional 10% discount!
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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. Through mid-November, the theme will be fall foliage in the Arboretum. See maples, crape myrtles, and more in peak color. Meet at the Graham Visitors Center.

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Watercolor Exhibit at the Miller Libary
Don't miss the latest art exhibit at the Miller Library in the Center for Urban Horticulture. "Nature's Peace: Paintings and Prints by Molly Hashimoto" runs until December 28. For more information about the exhibit, call the library at 206-543-0415.