Preserving a Northwest Treasure 

2300 Arboretum Drive East Seattle WA 98112

Arbor eNotes August 2015
Fabulous flowers at the 2015 sale.
Farewell to FlorAbundance
Foundation Retires Long-Running Plant Sale
It is with great sadness that we announce our decision to retire our annual spring plant sale, FlorAbundance. In recent years, our net revenue from the sale has been reduced by more than 50 percent, due to such factors as increased rental costs at Magnuson Park and competition from other regional sales. Read the full story


New Summer Party in 2016!
FlorAbundance was a unique and special event stretching back over decades of our history. Next summer, we'll be introducing a new fundraiser that we hope our members, volunteers, and friends will embrace with the same enthusiasm. Mark your calendars for Friday, July 15, 2016 and our inaugural summer party at the Arboretum.
Clethra acuminata blooming near the Asiatic Maple Collection.
Arboretum Scene
The Hypnotic Fragrance of Mountain Pepper Bush
As gardeners, we tend to know most plants by sight, but the primary associations of certain plants derive from a sense other than vision. Chief among these are plants with fragrant flowers, where Clethra acuminata scores high marks and evokes strong memories. This native of moist mountain woods in the southeastern U.S. forms a large deciduous shrub, eight to 20 feet tall. Read the full story.
A performer at "Wandering & Wondering."
Wandering  & Wondering

This Sunday at the Seattle Japanese Garden

Experience the beauty and tranquility of the Japanese Garden in a unique way this Sunday, August 16, during the annual "Wandering & Wondering" event. From 2 to 5 p.m., visitors will encounter dancers and musicians dispersed in surprising locations in the Garden engaging in direct response to all the surrounding scents, sounds, and sights. Free with regular admission.

UW Medicinal Herb Garden
A Selection of Functional Yet Fetching Plants
Flannel bush in the UW Herb Garden.
The University of Washington's Medicinal Herb Garden is a marvelous teaching tool and a beautiful sanctuary for students and the public alike. It contains approximately 1000 plants laid out in a network of formal beds and wooded borders. Many of the plants have ornamental appeal. For the summer edition of the Bulletin, Keith Possee - the gardener at the Herb Garden - profiles some of his favorites. Read the full article.

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

Fall color in the Woodland Garden.
Explore the Woodland Garden
Tues, Sept 1, 6:30 to 8 PM
Join UW Botanic Gardens Curator of Living Collections Ray Larson on a tour of one of the jewels of the Arboretum - the Woodland Garden. Created in 1937, the garden features one of the largest collections of Japanese maples in North America, along with two ponds, a stream, and hosts of other woodland dwelling plants. Beautiful in every season, it is especially attractive heading into fall. Pre-registration required; $5 suggested donation at the door.
Dillon has been called the "undisputed queen of the Irish garden."
Miller Lecture
Exploring Helen Dillon's Irish Garden
This year's Miller Memorial Lecture will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 10 at the University of Washington's Meany Hall. The speaker will be Helen Dillon, noted Dublin-based author, columnist, garden consultant, broadcaster and recipient of the Gold Veitch Memorial Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society. Helen's topic will be "The Evolution of an Irish Garden." The lecture is FREE! To receive a ticket,
Other Arboretum/CUH News
BANNER PHOTO: Calycanthus x raulstonii 'Hartlage Wine' blooming at the Graham Visitors Center.
In This Issue
Farewell FlorAbundance
New Summer Party
Mountain Pepper Bush
Wander and Wonder at the Japanese Garden
Handsome Herbs
Tour the Woodland Garden
Miller Memorial Lecture


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Free Sunday Tours to Highlight Native Plants

UWBG-trained garden guides lead
from 1 to 2:30 p.m. every Sunday. This month, the tours will focus on native plants and how they were used by local Salish tribes. Meet at the Graham Visitors Center.

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Help the Garden Stewards in August!

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

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Please Give to Our 2016 Opening Night Auction!

We are now accepting donations for our auction at the 2016 Opening Night Party, on February 16. Donation forms are available on our website.


Art Exhibit at the Miller Library

Now through September 3, the Miller Library is hosting 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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