Preserving a Northwest Treasure 

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Arbor eNotes January 2015
Last year's party SOLD OUT in January, so get your tickets soon!
Opening Night Update
Last Day to Buy Member Early-Bird Tickets Is This Saturday!
Tickets are on sale for our fabulous Opening Night Party at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, on February 10. Our special Early-Bird ticket rate for Arboretum Foundation members will expire at midnight, Saturday, January 10. For $175, members can enjoy complimentary parking, a delicious wine reception and dinner, live entertainment, alluring auctions, and the chance to see 23 gorgeous gardens the evening before the Show opens to the public. BUY TICKETS!
auction wine
The Opening Night Auction raises vital funds for the Arboretum!
Please Contribute to Our Party Auction

We are able to accept donations of items for our Opening Night Auction through January 15. Items that would be much appreciated include:

  • Wine
  • Tickets to sporting events: Huskies, Mariners, Seahawks, etc.
  • Tickets to local theater events
  • Gift certificates to your favorite local businesses: restaurants, coffee shops, garden stores, etc.

It's easy to make your donation online HERE, or you may contact Sheila Beer at the Arboretum Foundation.

Free Member Lecture
Join Richie Steffen for a sneak peek at the Great Plant Picks of 2015!
Richie Steffen Talks Great Plants on January 15
On Thursday, January 15, at 7 p.m., Curator of the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden Richie Steffen will give a slide show presentation about the Garden's Great Plant Picks program and highlight many exceptional plants for maritime Pacific Northwest gardeners. Hear what's in and what's out, and get a sneak peak at the new selections for 2015! All Arboretum volunteers and Arboretum Foundation members are welcome. To attend, RSVP by email to Rhonda Bush or by calling her at 206-941-2550.


See Walt Bubelis's amazing slide show about the native plants of Greece.
Another Free Lecture
Walt Bubelis Showcases the Plants of Greece
On Tuesday, January 20, at 7 p.m., retired Edmonds College Professor of Horticulture Walt Bubelis will present a talk and slide show: "Plants and Places of Greece and Crete." Walt and his wife, Dona, will provide special, themed refreshments, including homemade Greek cookies and herbal tea. This lecture is first open to Walt's fan club from his "Walks with Walt" tours, but there will also be about 40 seats available to Arboretum volunteers and Foundation members. To attend, RSVP by email to Rhonda Bush or call her at 206-941-2550.
The common strawberry tree has white flowers. Not so, Arbutus unedo f. rubra.
Arboretum Treasures
Pink-Flowered Strawberry Tree
Hidden in the Arboretum, just south of the Sorbus Collection, is a small grove of unusual strawberry trees that sport pink flowers in fall and winter. The hardy, compact, pink-blossoming form of the strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo f. rubra) grows wild in southwest Ireland and is also a great plant for the Pacific Northwest. In the latest issue of the Bulletin, garden writer Daniel Mount discusses this beautiful tree and the history of the specimens in the Arboretum. Read the full story.
Thank to our sponsors: The winter 2015 issue of the Bulletin was made possible by Molbak'sWells Medina NurseryThe Berger PartnershipChip Kennaugh Co.
Hamamelis x intermedia 'Winter Beauty' in the Witt Winter Garden.
Winter Plant Care and ID Class
Thurs, Jan 22, 8 AM to Noon
Each year, horticulture consultant Christina Pfeiffer leads a series of interactive ProHort programs for UW Botanic Gardens in the Arboretum focusing on sustainable horticulture and landscaping techniques. Her next session on January 22 will explore winter-season treasures among the Arboretum collections and will include a visit to the Witt Winter Garden. It will also offer a discussion on important cultural practices for the cold season, including structural pruning. Cost: $65; $75 after January 15. Register online.
BANNER PHOTO: Berberis 'Arthur Menzies' blooming in the Witt Winter Garden.
In This Issue
Early-Bird Ticket Deadline
Give to Our Auction!
Great Plant Picks
Plants of Greece
Pink-Flowered Strawberry Tree
UWBG Winter Gardening Class




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Free Sunday Tours to Highlight Ancient Trees


UWBG-trained garden guides lead

from 1 to 2:30 p.m. every Sunday. The theme for the January tours is "Ancient Tree Species." Learn about tree species in the collection, such as ginkgo, that have survived for millions of years. Meet at the Graham Visitors Center.

Flower Photography Exhibit at the Miller Library

Now through February 14, the Miller Library is hosting a photography exhibit by Jennifer Rose. Rose creates charming images of garden flowers to produce an uplifting effect. The library will host a free artist reception this Friday, January 9, from 5 to 7 p.m.