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Arbor eNotes May 2016
Thank You for Giving BIG!

The results are in for the Seattle Foundation's 2016 Give BIG. Despite problems with the event's software platform, the response from donors was amazing! The Arboretum received 192 gifts (a new record for us!) totaling $29,430. This included an anonymous matching gift of $2,500. We will also eventually receive a share of the GiveBIG stretch pool of matching funds. Thank you so much for your generous support!
Chilean Fire Trees in the Arboretum

Arboretum Director Emeritus Dr. John Wott has made it his personal mission to expand our collection of Chilean fire trees. In the latest issue of the Arboretum Bulletin, John profiles this fabulous spring-blooming, evergreen plant and details the history of the specimens growing in Washington Park Arboretum, the city of Seattle, and beyond.

Volunteer at the Bioblitz!

Join UW Botanic Gardens today and Saturday as they look for bats, birds, insects, lichens, plants, invasive weeds, and mussels in the Arboretum. Partner with scientists and other volunteers to make a biological inventory of Foster Island. This evening's event includes activities for families with small kids.

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Late-Spring Bloomers in the Nursery

The Plant Donations Nursery in the Arboretum has a fine selection of late-spring and early-summer blooming perennials and shrubs. Blooming right now are lovely false lily of valley (pictured) and saxifrage. You'll find crocosmia, irises, and daylilies in good supply. We have some great specimens of Hydrangea 'Endless Summer' and some stunning ornamental rhubarb.

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Density and the Urban Forest

Explosive population growth is underway in the Puget Sound Region. On Tuesday, May 17, the 8th annual Urban Forest Symposium will explore approaches to sustaining our urban forest in the face of this rapid densification. Learn about the Smart Growth initiatives that are influencing some land-use decisions in Seattle and around the world.  

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Children's Day on May 30

The Seattle Japanese Garden will host its annual Children's Day event on Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day), from 10 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!

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