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Arbor eNotes May 2018
Momentum Grows for GiveBIG

GiveBIG is just a week away, on Wednesday, May 9. But we've already gotten some wonderful donations since pre-scheduled giving began last week. So far, 26 donors have pledged more than $3,800 in support of the Arboretum. Our goal this year is to exceed the 178 donations we received last year. This will unlock a matching grant of $7,500. Help us achieve our goal with a gift today!

Hundreds Turn Out to Celebrate Loop Trail Opening

An estimated crowd of between 800 and 1000 visitors came to the Arboretum on Sunday, April 8 to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Loop Trail. The weather was typical for April in Seattle, veering from windy and wet to cloudy and not-so-wet, but that didn't dampen the party spirit! Visitors enjoyed a fun afternoon of music, food, and community activities. 

Eye-Catching Aesculus

Spring-blooming horse chestnuts and buckeyes ( Aesculusare prized for their handsome foliage, showy flowers, and shiny conkers. The Arboretum collection currently features 81 trees and shrubs, comprising 12 species and 12 hybrids, varieties and cultivars. In the latest Arboretum Bulletin, Dr. John Wott proflies some of his favorite Aesculus in the park.

An Excellent Earth Day!

More than 250 volunteers of all ages participated in the Arboretum's annual Earth Day work-service event on Saturday, April 21. And the difference they made in our park was truly astonishing! In the morning, the volunteers worked with gardening staff to mulch beds and remove invasive weeds. At lunchtime, they converged on Crabapple Meadow for an after-party, with music, hotdogs, and giveways.

Earth Day at the Arboretum
2018 Earth Day at the Arboretum
A short YouTube slideshow video, by Amanda Hannah (Seattle Parks and Rec)
Koi Day at the Japanese Garden

Saturday, May 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Free admission for youth under 12 

The koi in the Seattle Japanese Garden are awake from their winter hibernation and ready to eat. This month's Family Saturday event will feature free koi food and crafts, as well as a koi presentation and Q&A by the Washington Koi & Water Garden Society.

10th Urban Forest Symposium

Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Center for Urban Horticulture

The theme for this year's symposium is "Collective Action: Partnerships for a Healthy Urban Forest." Guest speakers from nonprofits, government, private business, and educational institutions will explore different models and tools for building partnerships to address the challenges of urban forestry. Organized by UW Botanic Gardens and Plant Amnesty.

Save the Date: June 20!


The Arboretum Foundation Annual Meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Graham Visitors Center. All members are welcome! Hear about our fiscal-year activities and achievements and then join us afterwards for a light reception on the terrace.

More Arboretum & Related News
  • Plant Sale Pics on Facebook: Our greenhouse and nursery volunteers helped us raise $7,000 for the Arboretum at our annual Early Bloomer sale on Saturday, April 14. See photos from the sale online.
  • Free Weekend Walk Tours: The May tour theme is "Flower Power." Visit gorgeous flowering plants and learn about flower morphology and pollination. Sundays, 1 to 2:30 pm. Meet at the Graham Visitors Center.
  • Help the Garden Stewards in May: Want to help us care for the Arboretum planting beds? Then join the volunteer stewards for a work party on Tuesday or Thursday mornings. The May schedule is now online.
  • 30th Bainbridge in Bloom: Take a self-guided tour of five private
    gardens reflecting the creativity and diversity of the island's landscapes. June 2 and 3. Proceeds benefit the arts and humanities on Bainbridge.
Banner image | Hybrid dogwood tree ( Cornus 'Eddie's White Wonder') in bloom along Azalea Way.

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