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Arbor eNotes February 2013
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Ciscoe Morris shooting his scenes for our world premiere movie.
Star Power!
Ciscoe to Feature in World Premiere Short Film at Our Hollywood-Themed Opening Night
Our 25th Annual Opening Night Party at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show on February 19 will be a Tinseltown-style extravaganza. Guests will enjoy seeing their favorite movies brought to life in 23 luscious show gardens. They will also get to strut their stuff on the red carpet, pose for paparazzi, and mingle with their favorite horticultural celebrities, including the irrepressible Ciscoe Morris. Ciscoe will emcee the Fund-A-Need portion of the event auction, which will raise money to support our Arborist and Tree Care program. He will also make a cameo appearance in a world premiere short film Utopia Media is producing for the party about the important work the arborists do in the treetops of the Arboretum. Tickets for Opening Night range from $75 to $500. Get yours today before they sell out! You can purchase tickets online or by calling 206-325-4510.
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Hobbits are famed for their love of plants and gardening.
A Crowd-Pleasing Exhibit
Arboretum Show Garden to Celebrate "The Hobbit" and the New Zealand Forest 
The Arboretum's display at this year's silver-screen-themed Garden Show (February 20 to 24) is sure to delight adults and children alike. Entitled "A Hobbit's New Zealand Garden," it pays homage to Peter Jackson's blockbuster adaptation of Tolkein's The Hobbit, shot on location in New Zealand, and also to the 2-acre New Zealand Forest being planted in Pacific Connections in early summer. The display will showcase stunning and unusual foliage plants native to New Zealand. It is being created in partnership with the Seattle Christchurch Sister City Association and is sponsored by the New Zealand Consulate General. Read more.

Display garden plant sale: Purchase plants from the Arboretum display on Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Graham Visitors Center.  
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Agreement sets stage for removal of "ramps to nowhere" in the wetlands.
Historic Agreement
Arboretum and WSDOT Reach Groundbreaking $7.8 Million Deal on 520 Bridge Mitigation 
At a press conference on January 24, the Arboretum and the Washington State Department of Transportation announced that they had signed a historic agreement ensuring the implementation of key projects in the Arboretum's Master Plan as mitigation for the effects of the upcoming replacement of the SR 520 Bridge. Under the terms of the agreement, Seattle Parks and Recreation will receive $7.8 million for the creation of a new 1-mile multi-use trail through the Arboretum, as well as for enhancements to Azalea Way Pond and Arboretum Creek. This is the largest amount of money ever dedicated to the Arboretum in its 77-year history! The agreement also creates a contractual framework for a final phase of mitigation that will take place in the Arboretum once the new bridge is finally completed. This mitigation will include shoreline restoration, a new north entrance and roundabout, and the daylighting of Arboretum Creek. Read more

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And Their Intrepid Collectors   
In part 2 of his article
for the Washington Park Arboretum Bulletin, Walt Bubelis discusses the major plant explorers who traveled to New Zealand in the 19th century to catalog its stunning flora. Many of the plants they discovered will be featured in the Arboretum's 2-acre New Zealand Forest, being planted this summer. Read the full article.


Part 1: If you missed the first part of the article, click here to read.

Thanks to our sponsors: The winter 2013 issue was made possible by the following:

Molbak's Garden and Home
Wells Medina Nursery
Northwest Flower & Garden Show
The Berger Partnership 

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Botanical wire and glass art by Joan Bazaz.
Miller Library Exhibit
Botanical Art Glass Drawings by Joan Bazaz
The work of glass artist Joan Bazaz is on display now through February 27 at the Miller Library. Bazaz creates art pieces using metal wiring, crushed glass, and sheet glass. She begins with a simple line drawing of a plant, interprets it using copper or other metal wiring, and embeds it in a panel of glass. The exhibit at the library is a new body of work inspired by botanical drawings created in her home garden and the Volunteer Park Conservatory. For more information, call 206-543-0415 or visit
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Help connect kids with nature at the Arboretum.
Volunteer Guides Needed

Help Arboretum Educators Connect Children with Nature

UW Botanic Gardens school programs are funded by the Foundation and serve over 6,000 kids a year. But the programs would not be possible without the help of dedicated volunteers! UWBG is currently recruiting volunteer guides to help engage kids in the great outdoors. Training sessions are being offered at the Arboretum on Saturday, February 9 and Saturday, February 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guides need only come to one session but are welcome to attend both. If you would like to fill nature with children and teach them about plant science, ecology, and more, contact Lisa Sanphillippo at 206-543-8801 or for more information.

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Is it a fir, a yew, a hemlock...??
Identifying Conifers 
An Introductory Class at the Arboretum on March 23 
Washington is known as the "evergreen state," a moniker well deserved due to the region's amazing conifer diversity and abundance. Patrick Mulligan, education supervisor at Washington Park Arboretum, is offering a conifer ID class on March 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., that will give you the basic knowledge you need to figure out what kinds of trees you're seeing when hiking on a trail or walking around town. Part indoor presentation, part guided tour, "Introduction to Conifer ID" will take full advantage of the Arboretum's outstanding collection of conifers. Patrick's classes are always informative, hands-on, and fun. The early-bird cost is $45; after February 22, the cost is $50. Register online or by calling 206-685-8033.
BANNER PHOTO: Cyclamen coum blooming at the base of a Japanese stewartia (Stewartia monadelpha) in the Witt Winter Garden.
In This Issue
Opening Night Party Update
A Hobbity Display Garden
520 Mitigation Deal to Enhance Arboretum
New Zealand Plant Explorers
Miller Library Exhibit
Volunteer Guides Needed
Conifer ID in the Arboretum

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Free Sunday Tours to Showcase
Winter Garden

UWBG-trained garden guides lead free tours of the Arboretum from 1 to 2:30 p.m. every Sunday. The February tours will highlight plants in the historic Witt Winter Garden, including blooming witch-hazels, camellias, and mahonias. Meet at the Graham Visitors Center.
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Japanese Garden Re-opens March 1
The Seattle Japanese Garden at the Arboretum will open for its spring season on Friday, March 1. The garden's annual "First Viewing" event will take place on Sunday, March 3.
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Register for 
Spring Break Camp!
Registration for the UW Botanic Gardens Spring Break Camp is now open. The camp, based at the Arboretum, runs from April 15 to 19, from 9 am. to 3 p.m. and is designed for 1st to 6th graders. Kids will learn all about the wonders spring through exploration, games, crafts, stories, and adventures. The cost is $225 per child; members of the Foundation received a $25 discount! Register online or by calling 206-221-6427.