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Arbor eNotes August 2013
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A view of the new forest garden from Arboretum Drive.
NZ Forest Update

Trails of New Exhibit Now Open

The main planting for the 2-acre New Zealand Forest has been completed, and the construction fence around the site has been removed. Visitors to the Arboretum are free to walk the trails of the new forest garden and feast their eyes on 8,000 new baby plants from New Zealand. Early next month, another 1,000 plants will be installed in the forest, in time for our public Opening Celebration on September 15. See below.

Te Tini A Maui kapa haka group.
Opening Celebration
Maori Dance Performances, Live Music, Refreshments, and More
Our opening celebration for the New Zealand Forest on Sunday, September 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., promises to be a fun event for all the family. The Te Tini A Maui group will perform a "haka," or Maori war dance, as well as other traditional dances and songs. We'll also have garden tours, kids activities, a ribbon cutting, refreshments, and more. FREE admission and parking! Click here for details.
Media sponsor: KUOW 94.9 FM.
Leaves of the silver beech tree (Nothofagus menziesii).
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The Planting Plan for the New Zealand Forest

The New Zealand Forest is more than just forest! It is composed of seven distinct vegetation sections: two southern beech (Nothofagus) forests, three shrublands, and two alpine grasslands. All of them are modeled on actual plant communities found in mid- to high-elevation zones on the South Island of New Zealand. In the latest issue of the Washington Park Arboretum Bulletin, the Foundation's communications manager Niall Dunne discusses the design of the new forest garden and its different vegetation zones. 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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A tobacco farm in the Vinales Valley, Cuba. (Photo by Janine Anderson)
Free Lecture for AF Members
"The Gardens and Landscapes of Chile and Cuba"
Members of the Arboretum Foundation are invited to attend a free lecture at the Graham Visitors Center on Thursday, August 15, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Director of UW Botanic Gardens Sarah Reichard will talk about the recent tours that she has led to Chile and Cuba and show photographs of the amazing gardens and natural landscapes she has encountered. To attend, please RSVP to Rhonda Bush.
This lecture is part of our Pacific Connections Series, an enrichment activity program offered to the Pacific Connections Garden Stewards and Azalea Way Garden Stewards at the Arboretum.
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Four Azalea Way stewards earned their vests on July 23: Judy Phillips, Elaine Springer, Maureen DiGiacomo, and Joanne Pearson.
Become Invested

Join the Azalea Way Garden Stewards

Since launching the Azalea Way Garden Stewards program last summer, the Foundation and its Arboretum partners have recruited more than a dozen volunteers to help care for historic Azalea Way. But we need more recruits! If you'd like to get a taste of what it means to be a steward, then please join us for one of our August work parties. Stewards will be working on Azalea Way every Tuesday this month, from 9 a.m. to noon, as well as on Saturday, August 17, 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, please email our stewards coordinator, Rhonda Bush, or call her at 206-941-2550.  

Barred owls in the Arboretum.
Park in the Dark

Enjoy a Nighttime Tour of the Arboretum

The popular "Park in the Dark" night hike program returns this summer and fall. On these special adventures, UWBG environmental educators teach kids and grown-ups about the adaptations of nocturnal animals that live and hunt in the Arboretum. The tours are designed for families with kids ages 6 to 12. Upcoming tours are on August 10 (8:00 to 9:30 p.m.), August 31 (7:30 to 9:00 p.m.), September 14 (7:00 to 8:30 p.m.), September 28 (6:30 to 8:00 p.m.), and October 12 (6:00 to 7:30 p.m.). The cost is $8 per person! You can register online or by calling 206-543-8801.

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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: Himalayan whitebeam (Sorbus himalaica) in fruit in the Sorbus Collection. 
In This Issue
New Zealand Forest
The Opening Celebration
Design of the New Forest
Travels With Sarah
Azalea Way Stewards
Park in the Dark
Miller Library Art Exhibit

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Free Sunday Tours to Showcase Natives 


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 native plants and their traditional uses by Native Americans. Meet at the Graham Visitors Center.

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Japanese Garden
August Events
Wandering & Wondering:
Site-Specific Performances in the Garden
Saturday, August 10,
2 to 5 p.m. 
Otsukimi: Moon Viewing Saturday, August 17, 6 p.m.
Purchase tickets!
For details, visit the Japanese Garden website.
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Take a Kayak Tour in September
UWBG is once again teaming up with Agua Verde Cafe & Paddle Club to present a series of kayak tours in the Arboretum wetlands. The 1.5-hour tours will run twice a day on September 5, 6, and 7 and cost $30 per person. Foundation members get a $5 discount! Click here for more information or to register.
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.