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Arbor eNotes August 2014
The Witt Winter Garden, as viewed on the new digital map.
Going Digital
UWBG Launches New Online Map of the Arboretum
Want to find out the location of a particular tree in the Arboretum, or learn more about an interesting specimen you encountered on a visit? Well, that information is now just the click of a mouse or a smartphone key away. The UW Botanic Gardens has just launched a new digital interactive map of the Arboretum on its website. It features a search tool that allows you to pinpoint the whereabouts of plants in the Arboretum collection and also access historic records describing the origins of the specimens and when they were planted. The creation of the map was funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Arboretum Foundation funded the digitizing of historic records and images. Read more about it in the latest issue of the Bulletin.
Betty Miller.
Miller Milestone
20th Anniversary Lecture to Celebrate Betty Miller Legacy
The Elisabeth Carey Miller Memorial Lecture is the largest annual horticultural lecture in the country and a gift to the gardening community paid for by the Miller Charitable Foundation. This year's lecture will commemorate the Miller family's legacy with a tribute to Betty Miller - and, as always, all members and friends of the Arboretum Foundation are welcome. The featured speakers are noted author Valerie Easton, famed plant explorer Dan Hinkley, and writer and close personal friend of Mrs. Miller's, Steve Lorton. The event will be held on the evening of Thursday, September 11 at the UW's Meany Hall for the Performing Arts. For your free ticket, contact the Miller Garden at
The weeping habit and long needles of morinda spruce.
Bulletin Article

Hidden Treasures of the Arboretum: Morinda Spruce

In the first installment of a new WPA Bulletin series exploring unusual trees that can be found "off the beaten path" in the Arboretum, writer Daniel Mount profiles the beautiful morinda spruce (Picea smithiana). Native to the Himalayas, the species bears distinctively long, soft needles and presents a dramatic, weeping habit. Daniel describes the tree and discusses the history and location of all nine specimens growing in the Arboretum. 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.
Dancer performing at the 2013 Wandering & Wondering. (Photo by Aurora Santiago)
Japanese Garden News

Time to Wander and Wonder! Moon Viewing Date Change!
The Seattle Japanese Garden at Washington Park Arboretum will host its annual Wandering & Wondering event this Sunday, August 10, from 2 to 5 p.m.. Enjoy performances by local movement artists and musicians at various spaces throughout the garden. The event is free with garden admission. Next up is Moon Viewing. Originally scheduled for August 23, this popular nighttime event at the garden has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 6. It's a ticketed event, and tickets will be available at Brown Paper Tickets starting next week. For more information, visit the Japanese Garden website or call 206-684-4725.
"Washington Park Arboretum," by Kathleen Wolfe.
Art Exhibit
"Seattle Parks and the Northwest" at the Miller Library
From now through September 15, the Miller Library is hosting an exhibit of oil paintings by local artist Kathleen Wolfe. Wolfe's work celebrates her love of nature and includes paintings of poppies, water lilies, landscapes with majestic trees, and more. This exhibit focuses on Northwest landscapes. Meet the artist at a free reception at the Miller Library on Wednesday, August 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. For information, visit the Miller Library website or call 206-543-0415.
SAVE THE DATE: FallAbundance Plant Sale
Saturday, September 27
Fall is the best time to plant in the Pacific Northwest, so mark your calendar for our final plant sale of the year - FallAbundance - hosted by our Plant Donations Nursery and Pat Calvert Greenhouse.
BANNER PHOTO: Hypericum 'Hidcote' blooming at the east end of the Big Greenhouse.
In This Issue
Digital Map of Arboretum
20th Anniversary Miller Lecture
Arboretum Treasures: Morinda Spruce
SJG Events
Miller Library Exhibit

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Free Sunday Tours to Explore Native Plants and People


UWBG-trained garden guides lead 

from 1 to 2:30 p.m. every Sunday. This month's tour will explore how the Salish peoples used the indigenous plants found in our native matrix for everything from food to clothing to transportation. Meet at the Graham Visitors Center.




Tour the Arboretum by Kayak in September


In September, UWBG will once again partner with Agua Verde Paddle Club to host a series of kayak tours of the Arboretum wetlands. See the UWBG website for dates and times, and for registration instructions. Proceeds go to the Saplings Scholarship Fund, which enables underprivileged schoolkids to take part in Arboretum field trips.