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2300 Arboretum Drive East Seattle WA 98112

Arbor eNotes July 2015
Chef's Dinner on July 24
Sign Up for a Special Experience at the Colman Estate
The lush gardens of the Colman Estate. (Photo by Benjamin Benschneider/The Seattle Times)

Join your fellow Arboretum supporters at a chef's dinner in the garden of West Seattle's historic Colman Estate on Friday, July 24. Executive Chef Peter Levine will prepare a delightful dinner while guests enjoy the beautiful, richly planted gardens and panoramic Puget Sound views of the 1922 Tudor estate. A donation of $125 per person will secure your reservation. For more information or to participate, email Nat Bennett or call our office at 206-325-4510. Or sign up online.

New Developments
Stewards and Forest Gardener Funding Secured
The New Zealand Forest, nearly two years old.
We are happy to announce that we recently received funding allowing us to continue supporting the Garden Stewards program and UWBG's New Zealand Forest gardener. We received a generous gift of $50,000 from a longtime Foundation member to cover the Forest gardener's salary and benefits. The Miller Charitable Foundation renewed its support for the Stewards program with a $10,000 grant. One of our Broadmoor neighbors, Kim Bishop, donated an additional $10,000 to help fund the Stewards for another year. Thanks to all our wonderful donors for your continued support!
Loop Trail News
Construction Expected to Begin in September
Rendering of the new Loop Trail. (Courtesy the Berger Partnership)
Originally scheduled to start in late spring 2015, construction of the new Arboretum Loop Trail is now anticipated to begin in September. The delay was caused by a permitting issue with the Army Corps of Engineers, which has now been resolved. The City will soon put the project out for bid, and if all goes well, we should be breaking ground in early to mid September. To read more about the trail, see our article from the spring issue of the Bulletin.
The Annual Garden Party
Friday, July 24, 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., Seattle Japanese Garden
A special evening at the Japanese Garden.
Don't miss this delightful annual fundraiser for the Japanese Garden at the Arboretum. Guests will enjoy authentic Japanese cuisine, local craft wine, a saki tasting, and a traditional Nodate outdoor tea ceremony. They'll also enjoy an artfully installed haiku exhibit, the gentle sounds of live flute and koto music, and traditional dance performances by the Fujima Fujimine Dance Ensemble. Tickets are $75 each and available online. Proceeds support vital programs at the Garden.
Enchanting Ehretia
A Hidden Treasure of the Arboretum
Ehretia dicksonii in flower. (Photo courtesy Denis Prevot, courtesy Wikimedia Commons)
Washington Park Arboretum is home to two species in the genus Ehretia that are rarely grown in our region. Ehretia dicksonii and E. acuminata are small trees native to East Asia, and both produce copious, fragrant, white summer flowers. You can see both in the vicinity of Rhododendron Glen. In the latest issue of the Bulletin, garden writer Daniel Mount profiles both species and tells you how to find them in the Arboretum. Read full article.

Thank to our sponsors: The summer 2015 issue of the 
Bulletin was made possible by Molbak'sWells Medina NurseryThe Berger Partnership

Pretty Perennials & Shrubs

A Nice Selection Available at Plant Donations!

Leucanthemum x superbum 'Snow Lady' at Plant Donations.

If you're looking to fill in some gaps in your garden, pay a visit to our Plant Donations Nursery. We have a nice selection of hostas and other shade plants. We also have some shrubs with interesting foliage, such as variegated Hebe and Pieris. We have daylilies blooming in assorted colors, plenty of black mondo grass, and Rudbeckia and other composites about to flower. You can browse the nursery any day of the week and purchase plants at the Arboretum Shop.

giveBIG Update
Stretch Pool Dollars Are In!
In May, we sent out a thank you to everyone who contributed to us during the Seattle Foundation's annual giveBIG. A total of 177 donors gave $60,539 to help sustain the Arboretum. In late June, we received our portion of the event's "stretch pool" of matching funds - an additional $3,158. This brings our total this year to $63,697! Thanks again for giving so generously!
Other Arboretum/CUH News
BANNER PHOTO: Young barred owl perched on a tree overhanging Azalea Way.
In This Issue
Chef's Dinner Fundraiser
Funding Arboretum Maintenance
Loop Trail Update
Japanese Garden Party
Enchanting Ehretia
Offerings at Plant Donations
GiveBIG update


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Free Sunday Tours to Highlight Hydrangeas & More


UWBG-trained garden guides lead

from 1 to 2:30 p.m. every Sunday. This month, the tours will focus on beautiful hydrangeas and other summer bloomers in the collection. Meet at the Graham Visitors Center.

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Help the Garden Stewards in July!

Join the Stewards during one of their weekly work sessions this month and help keep the Arboretum beautiful! The July schedule is posted online.

Art Exhibit at the Miller Library

From July 23 to September 3, the Miller Library will host an exhibit by print and mixed-media artist Lollie Groth. Entitled "Lake, Lattice, and Stone: Requiem for a Garden," the exhibit celebrates the artist's mother's Northwest garden and the Union Bay area in which she grew up. 

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