Preserving a Northwest Treasure 

2300 Arboretum Drive East Seattle WA 98112
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Arbor eNotes July 2013
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Volunteers from the Garden Stewards program helped plant the new forest on June 20.
NZ Forest Update

Planting Nears Completion

Planting of the 2-acre New Zealand Forest began at Pacific Connections on Tuesday, June 11, under the supervision of UW Botanic Gardens and Seattle Parks and Recreation. More than 8,000 plants have been installed over the past several weeks. In early September, another 1,000 plants will be transplanted out. Planting will be fully completed in time for the public Opening Celebration on September 15. As the new forest establishes and matures, it will be a unique new garden for Arboretum visitors to enjoy.

Sneak a peek: Seattle Parks and Recreation will be removing the construction fence around the new forest within the coming week, so you'll soon be able to tour the mostly-planted display and see thousands of baby New Zealand plants. 

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Stone creek in the new forest garden.
Rock Framework

The Hardscaping in the New Zealand Forest

Built on a steep slope with poorly draining soil, the Arboretum's new forest garden features a carefully constructed network of rock-filled creeks designed to drain water from the site and provide dramatic visual structure to the display. In the latest issue of the Washington Park Arboretum Bulletin, garden designer and writer Phil Wood discusses the New Zealand Forest's rock work and its stunning stone staircase. Read the full article.


Thanks to our sponsors: The summer 2013 issue of the Bulletin was made possible by the following: Molbak's Garden and Home, Wells Medina Nursery, The Berger Partnership.
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Save the Date: September 15!
New Zealand Forest Opening Celebration
The Arboretum Foundation, UW Botanic Gardens, and Seattle Parks and Recreation invite you to join us to celebrate the opening of the New Zealand Forest in the Washington Park Arboretum's Pacific Connections Garden on Sunday, September 15. Enjoy free tours and family activities, dedication ceremonies, live performances, and more. Click here for details.
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Megan Meyer.
Welcome Megan!

Our New Volunteer Manager

Please join us in welcoming our new Volunteer Resources Manager, Megan Meyer, who started July 1. Megan was most recently the Development and Marketing Manager at Camp Fire Central Puget Sound, but she is excited to move into volunteer management here at the Arboretum. She appreciates the Foundation's long history and looks forward to working with and learning from our dedicated volunteers. If you would like more information on volunteering with us or if you want to extend a greeting, contact her today at 206-577-0549 or

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See indian paintbrush and much more in the Esmerelda Basin. (Photo by Walter Siegmund)
Botanical Adventure
Spaces Still Available in Our Wildflower Hike on July 27
Two of our July hiking and dining experiences (the "Fern Treasure Hunt" and the "Chef's Dinner") have sold out. But we still have spaces available in the "Esmerelda Basin Wildflower Adventure," on Saturday, July 27. Join Arboretum gardener and seasoned outdoorsman Paul Smith on a guided hike through one of the richest botanical locales in all of Washington State. The cost is $100 per person and includes a packable lunch. Click here for full details.
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Wear your kimono to the Garden Party on July 26. (Photo courtesy the SJG Community Blog.)
The Fourth Annual Garden Party

Help Support the Seattle Japanese Garden on July 26

The Japanese Garden Advisory Council invites you to its fourth annual Garden Party on Friday, July 26, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. This year's party will benefit the pond restoration program in the Japanese Garden. Guests will enjoy an evening stroll, light dinner catered by Hiroshi's restuarant, a sake tasting, traditional musical performances, a kimono presentation, and more. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased online at

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Woodinville Lavender Farm.
Lavender Escape
Tour a Lavender Farm on July 17
It's lavender season, and the flowers are in full bloom! If you'd like to learn more about this fascinating plant, then sign up for UWBG's tour of the Woodinville Lavender Farm, in Redmond, on Wednesday, July 17 (1 to 2:30 p.m.). Farm owner and Master Gardener Tom Frei will show you around his sustainable and organic gardens, and discuss all things lavender - including the history, botany, uses, and care of the plant. The early bird price is $20 per person. After July 10, the fee is $25. For more information or to register, visit the UWBG website or call 206-685-8033.
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"Crown of Broken Branches," by Suze Woolf.
Burnscapes: Paintings by Suze Woolf
Now Through August 30 at the Miller Library
This summer, the Elizabeth C. Miller Library at the Center for Urban Horticulture (3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle) is hosting an exhibit by local artist Suze Woolf. Woolf's "Burnscapes" series is a collection of paintings depicting fire-scarred trees, and is a meditation on forest fires and the effects of climate change. For more information about the exhibit, call 206-543-0415 or go visit the Miller Library website.
BANNER PHOTO: Kalmia latifolia blooming along a trail near Rhododendron Glen. 
In This Issue
New Zealand Forest Update
Stone Work in the New Zealand Forest
NZ Forest Opening Party
Our New Volunteer Manager
Summer Hiking and Dining
Japanese Garden Fundraiser
Lavender Farm Tour
Miller Library Art Exhibit

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Our Partners at Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle:

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Hostas, Fuchsias, and More at Plant Donations


We have lots of beautiful plants at the Plant Donations Nursery looking for new homes. These include an excellent selection of hostas, hardy fuchsias, daylillies, and more. We also have lots of unusual specimen shrubs and trees for sale. The nursery is located just south of the Graham Visitors Center. You can browse it any day of the week and purchase plants through the Arboretum Shop. Volunteers are present on Wednesdays and second Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

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Free Sunday Tours to Showcase Hydrangeas 


UWBG-trained garden guides lead free tours of the Arboretum from 1 to 2:30 p.m. every Sunday. The theme this month will be the many beautiful hydrangeas in the collection. Meet at the Graham Visitors Center.

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Japanese Garden
July Events
Tanabata Star Festival
Sunday, July 7 
Fourth Annual Garden Party Friday, July 26
For details, visit the Japanese Garden website.
Save the Date: Sept 19!
Miller Lecture
This year's speaker for the 19th annual Elizabeth C. Miller Memorial Lecture is renowned plantsman Tony Avent. Reservations for free tickets can be made at
starting August 1, 2013.