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Arbor eNotes May 2014
Please donate to the Arboretum on May 6! and help support tree care and children's education.
Give BIG Update
Matching Funds for May 6 Now Total $19,000! 
Seattle's BIG day of online giving is less than a week away, and we're delighted to announce that several donors have pledged a total of $19,000 in matching funds to the Foundation for the event. $15,000 of this has been designated for new money. In other words, if you didn't donate to the Arboretum during last year's GiveBIG, your entire donation this year will be matched one-for-one up to $15,000. If you did give to us last May, then any extra dollars you donate to us this time will count one-for-one toward the match. How to give: Just visit the Arboretum Foundation's secure page on the Seattle Foundation website anytime during Tuesday, May 6, and donate.
Learn all about peonies on May 8 with Riz Reyes!
Free Member Lecture
"Peony Primer: Growing China's Beloved Flower" 
Foundation members are invited to a free lecture at the Graham Visitors Center on Thursday, May 8, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Join Riz Reyes, horticulturist at UW Botanic Gardens and owner of RHR Horticulture, for an in-depth look at the genus Paeonia. Learn about the two main types of peonies we grow in our gardens and discover the fascinating process in which they've been cultivated for thousands of years. Find out how to select peonies for your home garden and care for them, and discover which varieties do best in our climate. Bring along some fresh-cut blooms for a show and tell, and Riz will talk about the best ways to arrange and display peony flowers indoors. RSVP: Space is limited. To save your spot, please email Rhonda Bush or call her at 206-941-2550. 
Paeonia suffruticosa 'Fragrant Jade' (photo by Sandy Marvinney)
Bulletin Article

The Seattle-Luoyang Peony Festival                              

The Seattle Chinese Garden has a fabulous new exhibit of tree peonies, which will be in bloom for the garden's second annual Peony Festival this weekend (see below). In the latest edition of the Arboretum Bulletin, garden designer Phil Wood writes about the exhibit and its connection to the city of Luoyang - the peony capital of China. He also discusses how to grow and care for tree peonies in the home garden. Read full article.


Thank to our sponsors: The spring issue of the Bulletin was made possible by Molbak's, Wells Medina Nursery, The Berger Partnership, Flora & Fauna Books, Chip Kennaugh Co.  


Seattle-Luoyang Peony Festival
The Seattle Chinese Garden's 2nd annual Peony Festival takes place this Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4, from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Enjoy more than 400 tree peonies in peak bloom, live entertainment, talks on peony care, peony painting demonstrations, and more. Admission is free. 
Green ash, by Stephanie Jeter.
6th Annual Urban Forest Symposium

Topic: "Climate Change and the Urban Forest" 

This year's Urban Forest Symposium is on Wednesday, May 28 at the Center for Urban Horticulture, and it will take an in-depth look at climate change and its predicted impacts on our city's trees. Learn about the climatic changes expected in our region and strategies that can be used to plan and manage for a healthy and resilient urban forest. Presenters will discuss climate change projections, urban forest responses, and what urban foresters and advocates can do to prepare. Fee: $75 per person. The symposium is co-hosted by UW Botanic Gardens and Plant Amnesty. For more information, contact or 206-685-8033. Click to register.

BANNER PHOTORhododendron 'Starbright Champagne' blooming in the Hybrid Rhododendron Garden.
In This Issue
GiveBIG Update
Free Peony Lecture
Tree Peonies in Seattle
Peony Festival at the Seattle Chinese Garden
Climate Change and the Urban Forest

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Foundation Seeks New Finance Manager


The Arboretum Foundation has an opening for a new Finance Manager. The position is part-time and well-suited for an individual with at least seven years of experience in the field of non-profit accounting. See a full job description and instructions on how to apply. 


Free Sunday Tours to Showcase "Flower Power"


UWBG-trained garden guides lead 

from 1 to 2:30 p.m. every Sunday. This month's tour will focus on the many plants the collection that will be in peak bloom. Guests will also learn about flower biology and how pollination works. Meet at the Graham Visitors Center.