Preserving a Northwest treasure!
Arbor eNotes October 2018
Party Tickets Go On Sale Next Month!

Our Opening Night Party at Northwest Flower & Garden Festival is the most anticipated garden party of the year! Tickets for the 2019 event (February 19) will go on sale Wednesday, November 28. A limited number of discounted Early Bird tickets will be exclusively available to Foundation members. Please join us for an unforgettable evening benefiting the Arboretum! 

Unit 26 Gift Funds New Bed on Azalea Way

Our volunteer Unit 26 -- the Lillian McEwan Unit, based on Bainbridge Island -- made a generous gift of $12,500 to the Foundation this year, and the money has been used to fund a major new planting on Azalea Way. Some of the money will also be used to fund the Arboretum Garden Stewards program and sponsor our 2019 Opening Night Party.

Coming Soon: Our Fall Annual Appeal!

Tree Cheers for the Arboretum: An Uncommonly "Un-Gated" Urban Oasis

SUPPORT from lovers of the Arboretum -- like you -- provides funding for tree care and new gardens, and for  connecting youth with nature. Give NOW and enjoy the rest of the season knowing you've done your part.

An Amazing Day of Caring

A total of 220 volunteers came to the Arboretum on September 14 for the United Way of King County's annual Day of Caring event. The volunteer crew was made up of employees from seven local companies, plus a number of individual participants. They worked with staff gardeners on eight different weeding and mulching projects all around the park and made a enormous impact.

Don't Miss the Maple Festival!

Enjoy fiery fall foliage and much more at the Seattle Japanese Garden's Maple Festival, which began this week and runs through Sunday, October 14. This multi-day, family-friendly event features nature-inspired art, a maple tree scavenger hunt, live performances, and other cultural activities. The event is free with garden admission.
Festival Volunteers Needed!

If you'd like to help out at Maple Festival, we have a number of volunteer spots to fill. All volunteers get to enjoy event for free! Visit our page on for details and to register.

Plant Sale Success

More than 400 visitors attended our Fall Plant Sale on September 8, and helped us raise $6,300 in support of the Arboretum. We sold over 1,000 plants, totaling more than $5,300. In addition, we raised $1,000 through generous donations (110 altogether) at checkout and the sale of new memberships. Thanks to everyone who contributed to success of the event!

Job Opportunity at the Foundation

We are on the lookout for a part-time (50 to 60 percent FTE) bookkeeper/office assistant. Our new staff member will assist the Director of Finance in managing accounts payable, generating reports, and more. The position will also involve answering phones, helping customers in our gift shop, and performing other clerical tasks as needed.
More Arboretum & Related News
  • Free Weekend Walk Tours: The October tour theme is "Fall Foliage." Learn about leaf biology, tree dormancy, and why fall color happens. Sundays, 1 to 2:30 pm. Meet at the Graham Visitors Center.
  • Help the Garden Stewards: On Tuesday and Thursday mornings, the stewards help garden staff care for the Arboretum. The October work-session schedule is now online.
  • UWBG Blog: A profile of Malus fusca, our native Pacific crabapple, by plant curator Ray Larson.
Banner image | A Franklin tree ( Franklinia alatamaha) blooming at the north end of Azalea Way.
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