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Arbor eNotes April 2018
Loop Trail Opening This Sunday

The Grand Opening of the Arboretum Loop Trail is this Sunday, April 8, from noon to 3 p.m. Join us for an afternoon of fun public festivities. Enjoy live music, educational activities, free snacks, food trucks, on-site artists, and more. The UW Drumline will perform right before the  1 p.m. ceremonial "vine cutting" in the Birch Parking Lot, at the south end of Azalea Way.

Our Spring Plant Sale
trillium ovatum

Sat, April 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Early Bloomers plant sale returns to the Graham Visitors Center on Saturday, April 14. You'll find a great selection of spring-blooming ephemerals, foliage plants, flowering shrubs, and unusual perennials (including wild-collected native penstemons). All purchases benefit the Arboretum!
Help out at the sale!  We're looking for Early Bloomers volunteers to assist with will-call, portering, clean up, and photography.  CLICK TO SIGN UP >
New Arboretum Merchandise

Come and get your gear! To help raise funds for the Arboretum, we've created a new line of branded merchandise to sell in the gift shop. It features water bottles, tote bags, caps, fridge magnets, and postcards. Enter our Loop Trail Photo Contest this week and weekend, and your photo may end up being the newest in our postcard series.
Volunteer for Earth Day

Give back to public lands and help restore the Arboretum on Earth Day! We're partnering with the Student Conservation Association, UW, and Seattle Parks to organize a work-service day on Saturday, April 21. In the morning, help us  plant, mulch, remove invasives, and maintain trails. Then join us for an  after-party  with a food truck and the Movin 92.5 music van!

Structure in the Garden

Want to learn more about how to design a good garden? In the latest issue of the Arboretum Bulletin, Phil Wood kicks off a new, illustrated series called "Elements of Design" with a look at one of the key garden components: structure. Phil explains how you can draw inspiration from nature or formal geometry (or both) to create an underlying order in the composition of your garden.

A Year in the Japanese Garden

For its April Free First Thursday event, the Japanese Garden is hosting a reception for an eye-opening watercolor exhibit by a group of artists from Seattle Parks and Rec's Dementia-Friendly Recreation program. It takes place tomorrow, Thursday, April 5, from 4 to 5:45 p.m. in the Tateuchi Community Room. Admission to the garden is free after 3 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through the end of May.

More Arboretum-Related News
  • Garden Lovers' Book Sale: April 6 & 7, in support of the Miller Library.
  • Free Weekend Walk Tours: April tour themes - "Fun in the Forest" (Saturday Family Walks) and "Rhododendrons" (Sunday Walks); 1 to 2:30 pm; meet at the Graham Visitors Center. (No tours on April 7, 8, or 21.)
  • UW News: "Arboretum loop trail daylights creek, gives greater access to wetlands," by Michelle Ma.
Banner image | Fuji cherry ( Prunus incisa) blooming in the Centennial Garden.

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