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Arbor eNotes July 2014
Parks Legacy Plan 

Foundation Board Votes to Support New Funding Initiative

At its April meeting, the Foundation's Board of Directors heard presentations from local advocates on the pros and cons of the city's proposed new Parks Legacy Plan. The plan - which will be on the August 4, 2014 primary election ballot - is designed to create a sustainable funding source to repair, maintain, and restore basic services at the City's parks, community centers, and regional attractions such as the Woodland Park Zoo. Residents will vote on whether or not to create a new "park district," governed by the City Council, to collect property taxes that will fund Seattle Parks and Recreation's huge backlog of major maintenance projects (estimated at $267 million in 2014). Our board voted to support the plan.

The "Gate to Nowhere" in the Arboretum wetlands.
Gate to Nowhere
Art Installation Commemorates Citizen Activism
In June, a team of local artists called Re-Collective created an art installation on one of the soon-to-be-removed "ramps to nowhere" in the Arboretum wetlands. The team wrapped one of the ramp's support piers in mirrored plastic so that the piers would reflect the watery surroundings and "disappear." The temporary installation commemorates the citizen activism in the late 1960s and early 1970s that halted the construction of the R.H. Thomson Expressway through the Arboretum. It will remain in place at least through the summer and perhaps into fall, when work on the new 520 West Approach Bridge North is expected to begin in earnest.
John Bollard (1927-2014)
Remembering John Bollard
The Kiwi Who Inspired Pacific Connections
The Foundation would like to acknowledge the passing of John Bollard. He died in Seattle on June 28, aged 86. A native of New Zealand, John moved with his wife Eve to Seattle in 1961 and was a professor of aeronautics and astronautics at the UW for 35 years. He was deeply engaged in the Kiwi community of Seattle. A founding member of the Seattle Christchurch Sister City Association and New Zealand's first Honorary Consul to the Northwest, John was instrumental in the creation of the New Zealand High Country Exhibit in the Arboretum in 1993. This small eco-geographic planting served as inspiration for the much larger Pacific Connections Garden (with its two-acre New Zealand Forest) now under construction here. Read John's obituary in the Seattle Times.
Hydrangea paniculata 'Praecox' in Rhododendron Glen.
Bulletin Article

A World of Hydrangeas at the Arboretum

Washington Park Arboretum showcases mature specimens of both classic and rare hydrangea species seldom seen in American gardens. In the latest issue of the Arboretum Bulletin, garden designer and educator Nita-Jo Rountree profiles some of the more uncommon hydrangeas you can encounter by taking a stroll through Rhododendron Glen, just north of the new Pacific Connections Garden. Read the full article.

Thank to our sponsors: The summer 2014 issue of the Bulletin was made possible by Molbak'sWells Medina NurseryThe Berger PartnershipFlora & Fauna BooksChip Kennaugh Co.
Cool Plants in the Nursery

Hostas, Sedums, Ferns, and More

Daylily cultivar available at the Donations Nursery

Looking for some good plants for empty spaces in the garden? Then head to our volunteer-run Plant Donations Nursery in the Arboretum. The nursery currently has a nice selection of hostas, blazing stars (Liatris), ferns, Epimedium, and hardy succulents (sedums and Sempervivum), as well as green and black mondo grass. It also has lesser quantities of summer-blooming daylilies and Crocosmia 'Lucifer'.You can browse the nursery any day of the week and purchase plants at the Arboretum Shop. The shop is open daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (though we'll be closed for July 4th!).

Park in the Dark 

Explore the Arboretum at Night

The UW Botanic Gardens' popular "Park in the Dark" night-hike program is back again this summer. Night time is special at the Arboretum: The people and cars are gone, and the nocturnal animals are on the move. Sign up for a "Park in the Dark" and learn about the amazing adaptations of these animals while exploring your own senses. The tours are designed for families with children aged 5 to 12, and run from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on the following Saturday nights: July 12, July 26, August 9, and August 23. Fee: $8 per person. Register online or by calling 206-685-8033.

BANNER PHOTOHydrangea macrophylla 'Goliath' blooming in Rhododendron Glen.
In This Issue
Parks Legacy Plan
Gate to Nowhere
In Memory of John Bollard
Hydrangeas in the Arboretum
Cool Plants at the Nursery
Park in the Dark Returns

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hydrangea serrata
Free Sunday Tours to Showcase Hydrangeas


UWBG-trained garden guides lead 

from 1 to 2:30 p.m. every Sunday. This month's tour will highlight the variety hydrangeas in the Arboretum, from the unusual Chinese species H. aspera to more common H. macrophylla lacecaps and mopheads. Meet at the Graham Visitors Center.
Miller Library Exhibit: James Toner

The Miller Library is featuring an exhibit by artist James Toner from now through July 20. Toner creates sculptures, furniture, and lamps with mixed materials including wood, stone, ceramics, and bronze. This exhibit includes ceramic flowers and lamps made from handmade paper and birch bark.



japanese garden lantern


Japanese Garden Star Festival This Sunday


The Seattle Japanese Garden in Washington Park Arboretum will be hosting its annual TANABATA, or Japanese star festival, on Sunday, July 6, from 1 to 5 p.m.