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Arbor eNotes November 2013
The New Zealand Forest, which opened in mid-September.
A Generous Grant
$75,000 From the Fidelity Foundation for the NZ Forest
The Arboretum Foundation is delighted to announce that last week we received a grant for $75,000 from the Fidelity Foundation to help pay for the construction of the New Zealand Forest project. So far, we have raised more than $1.1 million dollars in private funds as part of our capital campaign for the forest, and are just about $70,000 shy of our original commitment of $1.2 million. Our sincere thanks to the Fidelity Foundation for its generous grant and to Paul Kuentner, vice president at Fidelity, who toured the New Zealand Forest site with us last February.
Support the Arboretum at Molbak's on November 21.

Gather, Give & Grow

Molbak's to Host Holiday Shopping Fundraiser for the Foundation and Other Green Non-Profits on November 21

Molbak's Garden & Home, in Woodinville, has long been a proud supporter of the Arboretum. On November 21, from 7 to 9 p.m., the nursery will host Gather, Give & Grow, a new, private, after-hours holiday shopping event benefiting the Arboretum Foundation and other horticulture-based non-profits in the region, including Plant Amnesty and Seattle Tilth. Mix and mingle with other garden lovers, enjoy holiday refreshments, enter to win amazing raffle prizes, and get a start on your holiday shopping at one of the finest nurseries on the West Coast. Tickets are $10 each. Your ticket price plus 5% of your purchases will be donated to the Arboretum Foundation or other organizaton of your choice. Space is limited. Register online now.

One of the new collection identifcation signs.
Vital Signs

Arboretum Unveils New Way-Finding and Interpretive Signage

After three years of careful planning and design, the City, UWBG, and the Foundation have installed a new system of maps, collection markers, and interpretive signs in the Arboretum. The Foundation provided funding for 12 new orientation maps and 14 new collections signs, which were produced and installed by Seattle Parks and Recreation. UWBG oversaw the creation of two new interpretive trails: a half-mile "Pinetum Loop," highlighting interesting trees in the Pinetum, and a 1-mile "Lookout Loop," which guides you from the Woodland Garden to the Stone Lookout at the base of New Zealand Forest and back again, while sharing fascinating tidbits about the history of the Arboretum. UWBG has also printed new trail maps with information about the loop trails. Funding for the loop trail signs and new maps was provided by the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust.

Sustainably harvested wreaths, unique cut greens, seasonal gifts, and more.
Holiday Sale 
December 6 and 7 at the Graham Visitors Center
The Foundation's annual Gifts & Greens Galore 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. We'll also have lots of DIY demonstrations and holiday craft activities. The Arboretum Shop will be expanding its regular offerings to include seasonal food from local purveyors, hand-made gift cards, and more. All sales benefit Washington Park Arboretum!
It's book readin' time!
Book Review

New Titles for Pacific Northwest Gardeners

Looking for a good book to read? In the latest issue of the Washington Park Arboretum Bulletin, Miller Library manager and curator Brian Thompson discusses some recently released gardening and nature titles by local authors. These include Gardening for Sustainability by John Albers and How to Buy the Right Plants, Tools & Garden Supplies, by Jim Fox. 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.
"Pacific Dogwood in Autumn," by Molly Hashimoto.
Art Exhibit: Molly Hashimoto
November 8 through December 28 at the Miller Library

The Miller Library will host an exhibit of paintings and prints by Molly Hashimoto this November and December. The exhibit will feature many of the original watercolors that appear in Hashimoto's Nature's Peace 2014 wall calendar, which pairs her beautiful portraits of western landscapes (including Union Bay Natural Area) with quotes from the writings of John Muir. The watercolors and the calendar will be on sale, with a portion of sales benefiting the library. An opening reception will take place on Friday, November 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 206-543-0415 or visit the Miller Library website.

BANNER PHOTOFall color on a Freeman maple (Acer freemanii 'Morgan'), near the lower pond of the Woodland Garden. 
In This Issue
A Generous Grant
Molbaks Holiday Fundraiser
New Signage in the Arb
Gifts & Greens Galore
Books for PNW Gardeners
Miller Library Art Exhibit

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azalea fall foliage 
Free Sunday Tours to Showcase Fall Color and the Pinetum


UWBG-trained garden guides lead free tours of the Arboretum from 1 to 2:30 p.m. every Sunday. There are two tour themes this month: fall color (November 3 and 10) and the late-season beauty of the Pinetum (November 17 and 24). Meet at the Graham Visitors Center.



November 6 "Walks & Talks" to Highlight the Other Japanese Maples

Japan has many lovely species of maple besides the iconic Acer palmatum. Arbor Circle, Legacy Circle, and Steward-level members of the Foundation are invited to join Randall Hitchin on November 6 for a Walks & Talks tour of the other Japanese native maples (such as the Honshu maple, Acer rufinerve, pictured above) in the Arboretum Collection. Meet at the Visitors Center at 3 p.m.