Preserving a Northwest treasure!
Arbor eNotes November 2018
Opening Night Tickets Go On Sale This Month

Cast off winter's cloak and bask in the warmth of a Mediterranean soiree, all to benefit Washington Park Arboretum! On February 19, our Opening Night Party & Auction - " Mediterranean Dreams" - will kick off the 2019 Northwest Flower & Garden Festival. Guests will enjoy dazzling music and performances, a seated dinner and live auction, and an exclusive sneak peek at the Garden Festival's stunning displays.  Tickets go on sale Wednesday,  November 28. Join  us for an unforgettable evening in support of the Arboretum!

Countdown to Gifts & Greens

Our annual holiday sale, Gifts & Greens Galore, is less than a month away, on Saturday, December 1, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Buy presents with a purpose this holiday season: All purchases support the Arboretum! You'll find a great selection of botanical decorations and nature-inspired gifts, including many local, seasonal specialty items.

Designing Colorful Island Beds in the Garden

Thinking about reducing the size of your lawn and putting in more plants? In the latest issue of the Arboretum Bulletin, Portland-based garden writer Barbara Ashmun describes how she created beautiful "island beds" in her backyard filled with eye-popping summer- and fall-booming perennials.

Be a Tax-Smart Donor!

Making a gift to the Foundation from your IRA is a tax-wise way to support the Arboretum. If you are 70½ or older, you can make a tax-free charitable distribution - sometimes called an "IRA rollover" gift - directly from your IRA. It just takes a few simple steps to make this tax-savvy donation happen. To find out more, click below to visit our website or email Lee Benner ,  our Development Director.

Education Center Pre-Design: Public Meeting

Please join us for a public meeting at the Graham Visitors Center on
Wednesday, December 5 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to share your thoughts on the pre-design for a new Environmental Education Center at the Arboretum. Design firm Mithun will be presenting its pre-design research findings, along with building concepts and three siting options. All are welcome to attend!
strawberry tree

Goodies at the Greenhouse!

If you're still thinking of planting some new trees and shrubs this fall, the Pat Calvert Greenhouse has a fine selection to choose from. The sun house features plants of seasonal interest, including lots of young stewartias, crape myrtles, strawberry trees (pictured above), and dwarf conifers. The shade house offers a wide array of Japanese maple seedlings, camellias, hydrangeas, and much more. 

More Arboretum & Related News
  • Free Weekend Walk Tours: The November theme is "Ancient Tree Species." Learn about some of the longest-living species on Earth, and visit them in the Arboretum. Sundays, 1 to 2:30 pm. Meet at the Graham Visitors Center.
  • Seattle Japanese Garden: The garden will close for winter maintenance starting December 1, 2018. It will reopen April 1, 2019.
  • UW Botanic Gardens Free Seminar: "Designing Greenspace for Healthy Neighborhoods," by Paul Kraegel. Monday, November 5, 6:30 p.m. at the Center for Urban Horticulture. Click link to RSVP.
  • Help the Garden Stewards: Just two more work sessions are organized for 2018: on Thursday, Nov 8 and Thursday, Nov 15, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Banner image | Fall color by the lower Woodland Garden pond at the Arboretum.
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