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Arbor eNotes October 2013
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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 Tuesday, October 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 was originally scheduled for mid-August but was postponed due to illness. It is part of an enrichment activity program offered to the Pacific Connections Garden Stewards and Azalea Way Garden Stewards.
The diminutive Crocus niveus is a good candidate for the bulb lawn. (Photo by Nhu Nguyen)
Bulletin Article

Naturalizing Bulbs in Turf

Some consider the "bulb lawn" (a meadow or grassy area studded with flowering bulbs) to be one of the great myths of garden designers and writers. In the latest issue of the Washington Park Arboretum Bulletin, Jane McGary - a current board member of the Pacific Bulb Society - discusses her attempts at naturalizing bulbs in the lawn of her home garden in Portland, Oregon. Read the full article.


Thanks to our sponsors: The fall 2013 issue of the Bulletinwas made possible by: Molbak's, Wells Medina Nursery, The Berger Partnership.
Begonia grandis, on sale at Plant Donations.
Nursery Season Update
Last Day to Shop at Plant Donations Is October 16
The Plant Donations Nursery sells plants donated by Foundation members and regional gardeners to raise important funds for the Arboretum. It operates from April to October, and this year our last day of sale will be Wednesday, October 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The nursery still has a nice selection of perennials, native plants, and grasses. Look for lovely specimens of fall-blooming Begonia grandis 'Alba', white-and-purple-flowering toad-lilly (Tricyrtis hirta), clumping bamboo, Crocosmia,
, pre-bonsai Japanese maples. and more. In addition to October 16, volunteers will also be working at the nursery on Wednesday, October 9, and Saturday, October 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
See beautiful tiles - like this one by Clare Dohna - at the Miller library this month.
Handmade Artisan Tiles
Now Through October 28 at the Miller Library
An artisan tile is like a colorful hybrid of sculpture and painting. Artisan Tile Northwest, a non-profit group that advocates for regional handmade tile artists, is presenting an exhibit in the Elisabeth C. Miller Library, from now through October 28. Many of the tiles on display have botanical or nature themes; all of them are for sale, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the library. For more information about the exhibit, call 206-543-0415 or go visit the Miller Library website.
Japanese maple leaf.
Maple Viewing Festival
October 13 at the Seattle Japanese Garden
Enjoy blazing autumn foliage in the Japanese Garden at Washington Park Arboretum during the annual Momijari, or Maple Viewing Festival, on Sunday, October 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event includes guided tours of the fall foliage, taiko drumming by Kaize Daiko, an exhibit by the Puget Sound Bonsai Association, print making demos, and more. It is free with garden admission. Children ages 5 and under enter free of charge. For more details, visit the Japanese Garden website or call 206-684-4725.
Photo courtesy Emily Bishton.
Child-Friendly Design
A Gardening Class for Grown-Ups, October 16 at the CUH
If you are interested in making inviting and nurturing places for children within your own garden, UW Botanic Gardens has a class that will inspire and inform you! Led by seasoned educator and horticulturist Emily Bishton, it takes place at the Center for Urban Horticulture on Wednesday, October 16, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. You'll learn ways to create unique places for nature exploration and play that fire your child's imagination. You'll also learn fun ways to incorporate easy food gardening as part of your regular family activities. Each participant will receive a list of kid-friendy plants, a list of plants to avoid, and other resources. Early-bird fee: $20; the cost is $25 after October 9. Click here to learn more or register.
The sale will feature more than 160 varieties of bulbs.
HPSW Bulb Sale

Sunday, October 13, at the CUH

Are you missing the bulb sale that we used to host each fall at the Arboretum? If so, then don't despair! The Hardy Plant Society of Washington now hosts an annual bulb sale at the Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH), Seattle, offering much of the same inventory as our old sale. This year's sale takes place on Sunday, October 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., so you can combine your shopping with a trip to the Maple Viewing Festival at the Japanese Garden. You'll find a great selection of Narcissus, tulips, alliums, and crocuses, as well as less familiar bulbs such as Fritillaria, Ixia, and Chiondoxa. Click here for full details.

BANNER PHOTO: Strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo) in fruit in the Graham Visitors Center parking lot. 
In This Issue
Travels With Sarah
The Bulb Lawn
Miller Library Art Exhibit
Maple Viewing Festival
Kid-Friendly Garden Design
HPSW Bulb Sale

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Photos From the NZ Forest Opening


If you missed the opening celebration of the New Zealand Forest on September 15 - or you were there and would like to relive that wonderful day - check out the event photos on our Facebook page.


Free Sunday Tours to Showcase Fruits and Nuts


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 different kinds of fall-ripening fruits and nuts in the plant collections. Meet at the Graham Visitors Center.

December 6 & 7
Gifts & Greens Galore
The Foundation's annual holiday sale returns on Friday, December 6, and Saturday, December 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale offers a unique selection of botanical decorations and nature-themed gifts.