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Arbor eNotes September 2015
FallAbundance Sale
Shoppers at the 2014 sale.
Find High-Quality Plants at Great Prices!
The FallAbundance Plant Sale returns to the Arboretum on September 12. Hosted by our Plant Donations Nursery and Pat Calvert Greenhouse, the sale also features several top specialty vendors. You'll find a great selection of trees, shrubs, and perennials at fabulous prices! Drought-tolerant varieties: Find lots of tough, water-wise shrubs such as cistus, hebe, and mahonia. Greenhouse discount: All Pat Calvert plants will be 25% off!

Rendering of the new Loop Trail, courtesy the Berger Partnership.
Loop Trail Update
Project Construction Delayed Until Spring
Seattle Parks and Recreation advertised the Arboretum Loop Trail for public bid in late July and opened bids in late August. Sadly, the two lowest bids for the project were both $1million over our budget. Because of the city's booming construction market, estimates made last spring have generally been about 20 percent off compared to recent bids.The project team will now work to value-engineer and rescope the Loop Trail project to reduce costs. The project will have to be rebid, and construction is now expected to begin in spring 2016.
The fall foliage and seed clusters of the sorrel tree. (Photo by Joy Spurr)
Arboretum Scene
The Stunning Fall Attributes of the Sorrel Tree
Native to the eastern and southeastern United States, Oxydendrum arboreum is a deciduous understory tree with some wonderful ornamental attributes, including crimson-red fall foliage and contrasting, silver-grey seed capsules. The Foundation's resident plant guru Randall Hitchin describes the tree and tells you where to find it in the Arboretum. Read more.
Bring Oba-chan to the Japanese Garden on September 14.
Respect for Elders Day
Seniors Access the Japanese Garden for Free
Visitors over age 65 receive free admission to the Seattle Japanese Garden on Monday, September 14, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in recognition of Respect for Elders Day. Enjoy cultural activities and performances at the Garden as it honors this Japanese national holiday celebrating the senior members of our community.
kayak tour
Get your paddle on and support a good cause!
Kayak Tours
Explore the Wetlands by Paddle in September
Join UW Botanic Gardens staff for an end-of-summer tradition as they lead tours of the Arboretum wetlands with kayaks generously loaned by Agua Verde Paddle Club. All proceeds support the Saplings Scholarship Fund, which enables underprivileged students to take part in science-based field trips at the Arboretum. The tours run September 10 through 13 and cost $35 per person. Click here for tour times or to sign up.
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: Developing fruit of Magnolia grandiflora 'St. Mary' in the Magnolia Collection at Washington Park Arboretum.
In This Issue
Fall Plant Sale
Loop Trail Update
Spectacular Sorrel Tree
Respect for Elders Day
Kayak Tours in the Arboretum
Miller Memorial Lecture


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Free Sunday Tours to Focus on Seeds

UWBG-trained garden guides lead
from 1 to 2:30 p.m. every Sunday. This month's theme will be the enormous variety of fruits, nuts, and seedpods produced by the plants in the Arboretum. Meet at the Graham Visitors Center.

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Help the Garden Stewards in September!

Join the Stewards during one of their weekly work sessions and help keep the Arboretum beautiful! You'll find the September schedule 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.

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