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2300 Arboretum Drive East Seattle WA 98112

Arbor eNotes February 2015
Sketch of the Arboretum's display, by Rhonda Bush.
Picture Yourself on Azalea Way
Garden Show Display Will Also Be a Photo Op
Our display at next week's Northwest Flower & Garden Show will pay homage to the Arboretum's beloved and historic promenade, Azalea Way. "Picture Yourself on Azalea Way" will feature lovely cherry trees, azaleas, and groundcovers blooming alongside a grassy path. It will also be an interactive photo opportunity featuring "living dresses" that Garden Show visitors can step into. Become part of our display, and have your friends or family capture the scene on their smart phones! Read more.

Tag Us on Facebook, Twitter: If you post your photos on your favorite social media sites, please use the hashtag #OnAzaleaWay so that we can follow what you and other visitors are saying about our garden!

Bid for a one-week stay in this holiday home on the Costa del Sol, among other items!
Opening Night Update
See a Preview of Our Fabulous Live Auction Items!
Guests at our Opening Night Party on February 10 are in for treat. In addition to a silent auction filled with local dining, theater, and travel adventures, we will be hosting an exciting live auction featuring eight unique items and experiences. These include a beach vacation in Maui, a tour of Heronswood and luncheon at Windcliff with Dan Hinkley, and a chance to be a groundskeeper for a day at a Mariners game. Read more.
Daphniphyllum macropodum in fruit in the Arboretum. (Photo by Janine Anderson)
Stealthy Stunner  
A Profile of Daphniphyllum macropodum
Boasting whorls of 10-inch-long evergreen leaves with beautiful reddish-pink midribs and petioles, Daphniphyllum macropodum is a showstopping shrub native to China, Japan, and Korea. Five lovely specimens grace a trail at the base of the New Zealand Forest in Washington Park Arboretum. In the latest issue of the Bulletin, garden writer Janine Anderson profiles the plant and tells you how you can grow it in your own backyard. Read the full article.

Thank to our sponsors: The winter 2015 issue of the 

Exploring the plant world in the Arboretum. (Photo courtesy Lisa Sanphillippo)
Summer Camp
Sign Up Your Pre-K to 6th Grade Kids Today!
Registration opened this week for the UW Botanic Gardens' annual summer camp in the Arboretum. Kids ages 4 to 12 can sign up for a week (or more!) of fun and educational adventures in our 230-acre outdoor classroom! Depending on the weekly theme, campers may become ethnobotanists, artists, urban farmers, or field biologists, all while learning about the importance of teamwork and environmental conservation. Register soon! The Fiddleheads Camp for preschoolers is nearly full already! Foundation members get a 15% discount!
The Garden's new season will open with a Shinto blessing. (Photo courtesy SJG)
First Viewing
Japanese Garden Reopens March 1
The Seattle Japanese Garden at the Arboretum will celebrate its 2015 season-opening event, First Viewing, on Sunday, March 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will begin in dramatic style with a traditional Shinto blessing, meant to usher in auspicious ki -- life energy -- for a successful new year. Afterwards, trained guides from Arboretum Foundation Unit 86 will be on-hand to lead complimentary tours of the garden.
BANNER PHOTO: A witch-hazel blooming in the Witt Winter Garden.
In This Issue
Live Auction Preview
Daphniphyllum: A Stealthy Stunner
Sign Up for Summer Camp!
Japanese Garden Reopens March 1


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Free Sunday Tours to Highlight Winter Garden


UWBG-trained garden guides lead

from 1 to 2:30 p.m. every Sunday. The theme for the February tours is "The Witt Winter Garden." Enjoy the sights and scents of witch-hazels, camellias, and other plants in peak bloom. Meet at the Graham Visitors Center.

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