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Arbor eNotes May 2015
giveBIG on May 5
Be an Arboretum Champion!
The Seattle Foundation's annual giveBIG takes place on Tuesday, May 5. Please be a champion for the Arboretum and support us during this one-day, online, charitable giving event! Double your gift: The first $17,500 we receive on May 5 will be matched dollar for dollar by several generous donors! Every gift will receive a portion of the giveBIG "stretch pool" of matching funds. Read more. 
Sagebush steppe in Eastern Washington. (Photo by Tonie Fitzgerald)
Guided Hike

A Naturalist's Field Day on the Sagebrush Steppe

Join seasoned guides Paul Smith and David Hutchinson on Saturday, May 16, for a leisurely field trip to the L.T. Murray Wildlife Area, which protects a large expanse of the state's sagebrush steppe habitat. Discover the botanical riches and diverse bird life of this dramatic landscape. Hike distance: 2 miles (little elevation gain). Cost: $75 per person. Lunch included. Read more or sign up.        

Spring & Summer Sign-Up Adventures
The Foundation is coordinating several opportunities for Arboretum supporters to meet and greet in unique settings. These adventures were offered during our Opening Night Party and include guided hikes, dinner parties, and more. Space is limited, so sign up today! Read more.
Plant Donations
Fragaria 'Pink Panda' in the Nursery.

New Arrivals at the Nursery!

There have been many new arrivals at the Plant Donations Nursery since our Early Bloomers sale. These include a host of hostas, purple heucheras, blooming Lewisia, dwarf Solomon's seal, Baptisia, tree peonies, deer ferns, and stunning rosy-red Sempervivum. Groundcovers include ornamental strawberry, pink lily of the valley, and Epimedium. You can browse the nursery any day of the week and purchase plants at the Gift Shop. All sales benefit the Arboretum!

Downed wood in the author's Seattle garden.
Downed Wood
Enhancing Beauty and Biodiversity in the Garden
Fallen tree branches and dead trunks can add visual interest and wildlife habitat to our urban landscape. In the latest issue of the Bulletin, writer Jean Colley describes how the Arboretum and other city parks are incorporating downed wood into their management plans. She also examines techniques for using dead wood and creating snags in the home garden. Read the complete article.

Thank to our sponsors: The spring 2015 issue of the 

Urban trees rule!
Valuing Urban Forest

Symposium at CUH, May 20

From clean water and air to healthier minds and bodies, trees provide us with ecosystem services of immense value - and yet, they don't get the credit they deserve. The 7th annual Urban Forest Symposium will focus on the best methods for quantifying the worth of our urban forests and communicating that value to decision-makers and the public. When/where: Wednesday, May 20, 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Center for Urban Horticulture. Hosted by UW Botanic Gardens and Plant Amnesty. Cost: $85 per person.

Azalea blooming in the Japanese Garden.
Japanese Garden

Don't Miss Children's Day on May 31                          

The annual Children's Day event (kodomo no hi) at the Seattle Japanese Garden takes place on Sunday, May 31, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy performances by local Japanese cultural groups, kid-focused cultural activities, and - best of all - free koi food to feed the fish in Japanese Garden pond. Kids 12 and under are free all day! The event is free with regular admission for adults and seniors.

Other Arboretum/CUH News
In This Issue
Please Support Us During giveBIG
Hike the Sagebrush Steppe
New Offerings at Plant Donations
Downed Wood
Symposium: Valuing Urban Forest
Children's Day at the Japanese Garden


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Free Sunday Tours to Highlight "Flower Power"


UWBG-trained garden guides lead

from 1 to 2:30 p.m. every Sunday. This month, the tours will focus on the many beautiful trees and shrubs in peak bloom. Flower morphology and pollination will also be discussed. Meet at the Graham Visitors Center.

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