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 chinese witch hazel
Arbor eNotes February 2014
Garden goddess planter in the Arboretum display.
Arboretum Display

Glass-Art-Themed Exhibit Wins Two Garden Show Awards 

The Arboretum's collaboration with artist Ginny Ruffner and the Museum of Glass - the Garden of Artful Delights - won a Silver Award and the South Sound Magazine Editor's Choice Award this week at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show. Congratulations to our design team (Bob Lilly, Phil Wood, and Rhonda Bush) and to everyone who worked so hard to make the garden a reality! The Garden Show runs through the weekend at the Washington State Convention Center, Seattle. If you do come to the show, be sure to stop by our first-ever education booth (#2617) and say hello! PHOTOS: See more photos of the garden on our Facebook page.

Daphne odora 'Zuiko Nishiki'.
Display Garden Flora
See Photos and Read Profiles of Ten Selected Plants
Read about some of the lovely plants in this year's Arboretum display at the NW Flower & Garden Show, including buttercup witch-hazel (Corylopsis pauciflora), Oriental paperbush (Edgeworthia tomentosa), and winter daphne (Daphne odora 'Zuiko Nishiki'.) Click here to see our full plant list, which features more than 60 species and varieties.
Display Garden Plant Sale
We will be selling many of the high-quality plants featured in the display at the Arboretum on Saturday, February 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Drop by the Visitors Center and help us raise funds for the Arboretum!
Guests enjoying Tuesday's party.
Opening Night

A Splendid Party and Fundraiser

Our Opening Night Party and Auction at the NW Flower & Garden Show this past Tuesday was a tremendous success. It was a sold-out event, and many of our guests gave generously to the Arboretum through our live and silent auction programs. Thanks to everyone who came out to support us! A special thanks to our honorary co-chairs David and Catherine Eaton Skinner, our event co-chairs Iris Wagner and Sherrey Luetjen, and all our amazing volunteers. PHOTOS: See our event photographer's website for some great shots of the party, as well as the display gardens in the show.

Community volunteers are working to restore urban nature.
Friends of Yesler Swamp

Neighbors Unite to Restore a Wooded Urban Wetland

In the latest issue of the Washington Park Arboretum Bulletin, writer Jean Colley tells the story of how a group of Seattle neighbors banded together to help restore a degraded freshwater swamp close to the Union Bay Natural Area. Read the full article.


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

"Fall Replenishment," by Juliet Shen.
Art Exhibit: "A Wetlands Affair" by Juliet Shen
February 22 to March 31 at the Elisabeth C. Miller Library

Later this month, the Miller Library will host an exhibit of ink drawings by Juliet Shen entitled "A Wetlands Affair." Shen has adopted the Union Bay Natural Area as her outdoor studio, drawing there from her small folding stool through all four seasons. The library will host a free artist's opening reception on Friday, February 28, 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: Chinese witch-hazel blooming in the Witt Winter Garden.
In This Issue
Display Garden Awards
Display Garden Flora
Article Headline
Opening Night Success
Friends of Yesler Swamp
Miller Library Art Exhibit

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Free Sunday Tours to Showcase the Winter Garden


UWBG-trained garden guides lead free tours of the Arboretum from 1 to 2:30 p.m. every Sunday. The February tour focuses on the seasonal botanical glories of the Witt Winter Garden. Enjoy beautiful flowers, intoxicating fragrances, colorful foliage and bark, and most likely the antics of some resident Anna's hummingbirds. Meet at the Graham Visitors Center.