Preserving a Northwest treasure!
Arbor eNotes May 2017
Momentum Grows for GiveBIG

Since early giving started last week, the Arboretum has received 22 pre-scheduled GiveBIG donations! Thanks to everyone who has made a gift so far! If you'd like to give to us in advance of all the May 10 hubbub, click below to schedule a donation. Your gift will help sustain this treasured green space, keep the trees healthy and safe, connect kids to the outdoors, and teach them about the importance of the environment.

Arboretum Treasure: Judas Tree

Our Judas tree ( Cercis siliquastrum) is about to burst into bloom along Arboretum Drive. In the latest Arboretum Bulletin, Janine Anderson writes about the species and how it got its Biblical name. She also tells the intriguing story of the Arboretum's specimen, which involved a botanical excursion to Soviet-era Georgia.

Pretty Plants on Sale

Our Pat Calvert Greenhouse and Plant Donations Nursery are stocked with high-quality garden plants. At the greenhouse you'll find lovely tree mallows, hardy fuchsia, succisella, large-flowered fairy bells, and more. At the nursery, you'll find pretty lewisia (pictured), saxifrage, coreopsis, and more. All sales support the Arboretum!
Equity and the Urban Forest

The 9th annual Urban Forest Symposium - on May 23 at the Center for Urban Horticulture - will explore the intersection of social justice and urban forestry. Learn about strategies that can help communities of color and low-income communities reap more of the benefits of the urban forest. Discover tools you can use to apply an equity lens to your hiring, training, communications, and engagement.

Record Turn-Out for Earth Day!

If you've walked through the Arboretum in the past week or so, we hope you noticed how fresh and vibrant it looks! On Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, more than 1300 volunteer hours went into sprucing it up. A total of 340 volunteers - a record for this event - worked in the park, laying mulch and weeding the collection beds to make the Arboretum look even more beautiful.

Be a Garden Steward!

Do you love to weed? Do you get your kicks from pulling up pesky interloping plants, taproot intact? Then we have a volunteer opportunity for you! The Arboretum stewards meet Tuesday and Thursday mornings during the growing season and work with UW hort staff to keep planting beds looking spectacular.

A Prosperous Plant Sale 

Our Early Bloomers spring plant sale on April 8 was another big success! More than 200 shoppers came and helped us raised over $7,200 for the Arboretum. Nearly $600 of that amount came from generous donations at the cash register. Thanks to everyone who came. A special thanks to the 25 volunteers who worked the sale and made it all possible.

Save the Date: ArbFest Returns on July 20!

Experience the Arboretum in a unique way at our second annual summer party. Inspired by Shakespeare's immortal comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream, ArbFest promises to be a magical adventure!
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Banner image  | Flowering cherry and dogwoods along Azalea Way.
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