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Arbor eNotes January 2014
Ciscoe opening night.
Ciscoe Morris and friends at the 2013 party.
Opening Night Alert

Early-Bird Ticket Price for Members Ends Tomorrow!

The Opening Night Party and Auction at the NW Flower & Garden Show is coming up fast on Tuesday, February 4. Tomorrow is the last day for Foundation members to take advantage of our early-bird ticket price of $130. After Friday, January 10, the price for a general admission member-level ticket will increase to $145. So get yours now! Call us at 206-325-4510 or BUY A TICKET ONLINE. Don't miss the region's premier garden party! Enjoy fine wines, a buffet dinner, sparkling auctions, and 23 fabulous show gardens - all while supporting your beloved Arboretum.

Drawing of "The Garden of Artful Delights," by Rhonda Bush. Click to enlarge.
Arboretum Display

Celebrating the Art and Garden of Ginny Ruffner

The theme of this year's Garden Show (February 5 to 9 at the Washington State Convention Center) is "Art in Bloom." All 23 show gardens will explore the use of art and different aesthetics in the home garden. We're very excited for you to see the Arboretum's display, The Garden of Artful Delight, which pays homage to the art and home/studio garden of renowned Seattle glass artist Ginny Ruffner. The display will feature plants and artworks from Ginny's whimsical garden in Ballard plus new, original artwork created by Ginny for the display during a special artist-in-residency program at the Museum of Glass, Tacoma, in early January. 

Volunteers Needed!
We have lots of volunteer opportunities available for folks who'd like to help out with the Opening Night Party and the Arboretum Display Garden. We also need help staffing our new booth at the Garden Show. If you're interested in signing up, please email our volunteer resources manager Megan Meyer or call her at 206-577-0549. 
A new weir system is enhancing soil drainage in the Holly Collection.
Weir Science

UW Students Create Step-Pool Drainage System to Address Problem Site in Arboretum

Saturated soil conditions were causing problems in the Holly Collection at the Arboretum. Then, last year, as a capstone project for their major in Environmental Science and Resource Management, a group of UW students constructed an innovative weir system to help channel water on the site. They also planted the weir with native wetland grasses and ferns to create habitat for local wildlife. Read about the project in the latest issue of the Arboretum Bulletin.


Our sponsors: The winter 2014 issue of the Bulletin was made possible by: Molbak's, Wells Medina Nursery, The Berger Partnership, Flora & Fauna Books.

Heron illustration by Larry Hubbell.
Art Exhibit: "Birds Watching" by Larry Hubbell
Now Through February 15 at the Miller Library

The Miller Library is hosting an exhibit of photos, paintings, and sculptures by local birder Larry Hubbell from now until mid-February. Many of Larry's amazing photos can be seen on his popular blog, Union Bay Watch, which promotes an appreciation of the birds and other wildlife in the Union Bay Natural Area. Read a great interview with Larry about his blog and current exhibit by Rainer Metzger at The public is invited to a free artist's opening reception for the exhibit tomorrow, Friday, January 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from artwork sales will benefit the Library.For more information, call 206-543-0415 or visit the Miller Library website.

BANNER PHOTO: Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill' blooming in the Witt Winter Garden.
In This Issue
Opening Night Tickets
Display Garden Update
Volunteers Needed
Bulletin Article: "Weir Science"
Miller Library Art Exhibit

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Free Sunday Tours to Showcase Ancient Trees


UWBG-trained garden guides lead free tours of the Arboretum from 1 to 2:30 p.m. every Sunday. The January tour focuses on tree species in the collection that are considered "living fossils," such as the ginkgo and the Japanese umbrella pine. Visitors will learn about how these species have survived since the time of the dinosaurs. Meet at the Graham Visitors Center.


rufous hummingbird


January 16 "Walks & Talks" to Highlight Bird Foraging

Arbor Circle, Legacy Circle, and Steward-level members of the Foundation are invited to join master birder Connie Sidles on Thursday, January 16 for a Walks & Talks tour focusing on the foraging strategies of the Arboretum's birds. Connie will explain how hawks catch and eat prey, how hummingbirds eat nectar, sandpipers probe for crustaceans in mud, herons stab fish, and more. Meet at the Visitors Center at 3 p.m.