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Arbor eNotes September2016
Remembering Sarah

We were deeply saddened by the passing of our dear colleague Sarah Reichard two weeks ago. The UW Botanic Gardens director died unexpectedly while leading a plant tour in South Africa. She was only 58 years old. In her letter for the upcoming fall issue of the Arboretum Bulletin, Foundation director Paige Miller talks about Sarah's legacy, and how we will strive to remember her by finishing the important work she began. 

Franklinia in Flower

Specimens of the Franklin tree ( Franklinia alatamaha) started blooming in August in the Arboretum this year but are still putting on a nice show. Pictured here is a tree growing at the north end of Azalea Way, close to the Visitors Center. Read more about this exquisite eastern U.S. species that has been extinct in the wild since the early 19th century.

Miller Lecture Tomorrow!

The 22nd annual Miller Memorial Lecture takes place this Thursday, September 15, at 7 p.m. in the UW's Meany Hall. Executive Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden Ari Novy will discuss how learning about plants through the prisms of ecology and agriculture can engage urban populations in environmental issues and help create beautiful, healthy cities. The lecture is free; RSVP required.

A Fabulous FallAbundance!

Last Saturday's fall plant sale was our most successful yet, raising more than $6,500 for the Arboretum! Most of that total came from plant purchases, but more than $650 consisted of additional donations made at the register! Thanks to everyone who supported us. A special thanks to our amazing volunteers, who helped organize and run the sale! 

Benefits of Arboretum Membership

Membership of the Foundation helps support the operations and activities that keep the Arboretum beautiful, free, and accessible to all. It has other great  benefits too, including a 10 percent discount in the Arboretum ShopThe shop features gifts, books, and greeting cards for plant and nature lovers of all ages. 

Cross Country Team Gives Back

On August 31, for the third year in a row, the Washington Husky Track & Field Cross Country team held a work service session in the Arboretum, where they often train. In 2.5 hours, they lay down 75 cubic yards of mulch in the New Zealand Forest...without doubt a new Arboretum record! A huge thanks to these awesome young women and men! 

Commemorating Jean Witt

In August, we lost another legendary figure in the Northwest horticultural community, Jean Witt. The widow of former Arboretum curator Joe Witt (for whom the Witt Winter Garden was named), Jean was a noted iris hybridizer, artist, and researcher. Read her full obituary in the Seattle Times.

Commemorating Carol Allison

We would also like to acknowledge the passing this August of one of our most devoted volunteers, Carol Alison. A long-serving member and former president of Unit 41, Carol also served on our Board of Directors (2011 to 2014) and supported us at numerous special events over the years. In 2010, she received our Volunteer Legacy Award. Members of her family joined us to celebrate.
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Banner image  | Begonias and fuchsias in a hanging basket at the Visitors Center. UWBG gardener Roy Farrow creates the gorgeous basket displays each year.
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