Preserving a Northwest Treasure 

2300 Arboretum Drive East Seattle WA 98112
Arbor eNotes January 2016
Tickets start at $250.
Opening Night
Reserve Your Tickets Now!
Tickets to our Opening Night Party at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show are going fast! Member Early-Bird tickets have already sold out! Buy your ticket online or by calling 206-325-4510 today and enjoy an exclusive preview of the Garden Show's displays while helping support the Arboretum. Ticket sales close on Feb 2.
The Foundation will manage fundraising, events, volunteers, and more.
Historic Agreement
Foundation Taking Over Support Role for the Japanese Garden
In an unanimous vote last Monday, the Seattle City Council  approved legislation transferring the support role for the Seattle Japanese Garden from the Associated Recreation Council to the Arboretum Foundation. On Thursday, Foundation Executive Director Paige Miller signed a formal, five-year agreement with Seattle Parks and Recreation. >>Read more.
Save the Date! First Viewing  
Sunday, March 6, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
The Japanese Garden will open for the new season on March 6. Reverend Koichi Barrish of the Grand Tsubaki Shrine will perform a traditional Shinto blessing to usher in another successful year for the Garden. >>Read more. 
Jessa and Alyssa.
Staff Update
Foundation Hires New Volunteer Manager and Events Coordinator 
The Foundation welcomed two new staff members in early January. Alyssa Henry, our new Volunteer Resources Manager, will coordinate and train the wonderful volunteers that devote their time and energy to the Arboretum. Jessa Gardner, our new Events Coordinator, will support our annual cycle of events, as well as events at the Japanese Garden. >>Read more. 
Douglas Wilson Walker.
Conservation Hero

Mourning Douglas Walker 
We would like to acknowledge the passing of our friend Doug Walker, who died in a hiking accident in the Cascades in December. A software entrepreneur and philantropist, Doug was passionate about conserving open spaces and making them accessible to all. He was a member of our Arbor Circle and a generous supporter of our UW partners. "Doug was incredibly committed to connecting people to the outdoors," says the Foundation's Paige Miller, who worked with Doug for 15 years on a local board. Read his full obituary in the Seattle Times.  
Root ball of the fallen Leyland cypress.
Leyland Removals
For Safety, Five Large Trees Near the Visitors Center Are Coming Down
On a wet, windy day in mid-December, one of a group of six 100-foot-tall Leyland cypresses on Arboretum Drive, close to the Big Greenhouse, uprooted and fell. Thankfully, no one was injured. UWBG arborist Chris Watson evaluated the remaining trees and determined that they are just as vulnerable to failure and need to be removed. >>Read more.
Loop trail rendering, courtesy the Berger Partnership.
Loop Trail Update
Project Contract To Be Awarded Soon 
As we reported in November, the Arboretum Loop Trail project had to be re-scoped in order to reduce costs.It was then re-bid over the holiday season. Bids have now been received, and Seattle Parks and Recreation expects to award the contract within the next few weeks. Construction is on schedule to begin in early spring.
Polyspora speciosa in bloom.
Pleasing Polyspora
Small Trees for All Seasons
Native to East Asia, Polyspora is a genus of small evergreen trees in the tea family (Theaceae). Large, late-season flowers; tanned, peeling bark; and glossy, evergreen leaves give the plants year-round appeal. In the latest edition of the Bulletin, Walt Bubelis profiles the genus and the specimens in the Arboretum. >>Read more.
The map works on Android and Apple devices.
Smartphone Friendly
UWBG Redesigns Arboretum Map for Mobile Devices 
Working with a local GIS development firm, the UW Botanic Gardens has created a new version of the interactive digital map of the Arboretum it launched in 2014. The new map is designed to be responsive to handheld devices and to utilize the GPS location function built into every smartphone. >>Read more.
Other Arboretum/CUH Happenings
BANNER PHOTO: Hamamelis x intermedia 'Winter Beauty' blooming in the Witt Winter Garden.
In This Issue
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Japanese Garden Support Role
Two New Staff Members
Mourning Doug Walker
Tree Removal Near GVC
Loop Trail Update
Pleasing Polyspora
New Mobile-Friendly Map




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montezuma pine

Sunday Tours to Highlight Conifers in the Arboretum

UWBG-trained guides lead free tours of the Arboretum every Sunday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. This month's tour will highlight the diverse collection of coniferous species growing in the Pinetum. Read more here. Meet at the Graham Visitors Center.

Al Dodson Photo Exhibit

The Miller Library is hosting an exhibit of beautiful plant images by local photographer
 and trained botanist Al Dodson. The exhibit runs now through February 12.

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Please Give to Our 2016 Opening Night Auction!
We are still 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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