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Arbor eNotes November 2014
Shoppers at the 2013 sale.
Gifts Galore
Arboretum Holiday Sale on December 3

Don't miss our popular annual holiday sale at the Graham Visitors Center on Wednesday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Gifts Galore will feature: 

  • Nature-inspired gifts, including seasonal specialty items;
  • Nature-themed holiday ornaments from local artisans;
  • Pre-bundled, fresh-cut loose greens;
  • A limited selection of handcrafted centerpieces and wreaths;
  • A book signing with Donald Olson (6:00 to 7:30 p.m.), author of The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour (Timber Press, 2014);
  • Complimentary refreshments.

All purchases support Washington Park Arboretum.

Please donate to our holiday sale!
Give Your Greens
Drop Off at the Visitors Center On Nov 30 and Dec 1
This year's Gifts Galore will be a pared-down version of our usual two-day holiday sale. But don't let the new name fool you: We will be selling fresh-cut greens, in pre-priced bundles!! If you'd like to donate specialty greens to the sale, we would love to have them! Collections will be on the patio of the Graham Visitors Center on Sunday, November 30 and Monday, December 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. We will have a self-service drop-off center with easy-to-follow instructions posted on a sandwich board located on the Arboretum Drive side of the patio.

Opening Night Tickets On Sale at Gifts Galore!
Tickets for our 2015 Opening Night Party & Auction at the NW Flower & Garden Show will be available over-the-counter at our holiday sale on December 3! Online sales for the party will begin the following day, December 4.
The purple stems and green leaflets of Athyrium otophorum. (Photo by Richie Steffen)
Fern Foundation Favorites
Five Desirable Plants for Every Northwest Garden
The Hardy Fern Foundation, which created and helps maintain the fern beds around the Graham Visitors Center at the Arboretum, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, Richie Steffen has written an article in the latest edition of the Washington Park Arboretum Bulletin profiling five beautiful ferns that the Foundation has championed for our region. Read the full article.

Thank to our sponsors: The fall 2014 issue of the Bulletin was made possible by Molbak'sWells Medina NurseryThe Berger PartnershipChip Kennaugh Co.
Oregon Grape & Thimbleberry, by Linda Steward Henley
Miller Library Exhibit
Watercolors of Washington Native Plants
The Miller Library is hosting an exhibit of watercolors by artist Linda Steward Henley, from now through December 2. Henley paints native plants of the Pacific Northwest coast. She doesn't classify her work as traditional, scientifically precise botanical art. Rather, she focuses on capturing the character of the flowers and developing a pleasing composition. The Library will host a free artists reception this Friday, November 14, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Worms can eat your garbage!
Free Class: Vermicomposting

Turn Your Kitchen Scraps into "Black Gold"

Are you interested in composting your kitchen waste but live in an apartment or have limited yard space? Then composting with worms (vermicomposting) may be just the ticket! On Monday, December 1, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Center for Urban Horticulture, Crescent Calimpong will lead an introductory class on how to build and maintain a simple worm bin. Hosted by UW Botanic Gardens, the class is free, but please RSVP online or by calling 206-685-8033.

BANNER PHOTO: Fall color on the leaves of Fothergilla major in the Woodland Garden.
In This Issue
Gifts Galore
Greens Wanted!
Opening Night Tickets
Five Fabulous Ferns
Miller Library Art Exhibit
Free Vermicomposting Class




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Arboretum Loop Trail Update


Construction of the Arboretum's new multi-use trail (the "Arboretum Loop Trail") will begin in spring 2015. Read an update on the project on the UW Botanic Gardens news blog.


montezuma pine 

Free Sunday Tours to Highlight Fall Color and the Pinetum


UWBG-trained garden guides lead 

from 1 to 2:30 p.m. every Sunday. On November 16, the theme will be "fall color" in the Woodland Garden and elsewhere. Then, on November 23 and 30 (the final tour days of the year), the focus will switch to the many majestic conifers in the Pinetum. Meet at the Graham Visitors Center.

japanese garden lantern

Japanese Garden Season Ending Soon

If you plan to visit the Seattle Japanese Garden this fall, best do it soon. The Garden will close for the winter on November 30. Until then, the Garden will be open Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.