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Arbor eNotes March 2018
Celebrate the New Loop Trail

The Grand Opening of the Arboretum Loop Trail is just over a month away! Please join us from 12 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 8 for an afternoon of fun and festivities. Enjoy live music, craft activities, a bike and stroller decoration station, free snacks, food trucks, and more. There will be  a ceremonial "vine cutting" at 1 p.m. in the Birch Parking Lot, at the south end of Azalea Way.

plant donations scene
Donations Nursery News

The Plant Donations Nursery is gearing up for the 2018 season. The volunteer-run nursery near the Graham Visitors Center will begin accepting new donations of plants on Wednesday, March 14. It will open for sales on Wednesday, April 4. All donations and purchases help sustain Washington Park Arboretum.

Save the Date: April 14

Early Bloomers Spring Plant Sale

Due to the Loop Trail Opening, our spring plant sale is a week later than usual this year, on Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This popular sale not only features lots of beautiful spring bloomers but also an excellent general selection of trees, shrubs, and perennials to fill any spot in your garden.
Greening a Shoreline Garden

Waterfront homeowners are creating more sustainable and wildlife-friendly gardens by removing concrete bulkheads, restoring natural beach, and planting native vegetation.  In the latest issue of the Arboretum Bulletin, editor Niall Dunne writes about a new program that awards LEED-style points and other incentives to gardeners who green their shorelines.
Tour the Arb at Night!

The UW Botanic Gardens' popular "Park in the Dark" nighttime tours of the Arboretum return this month, on March 15 and 17. Designed for youths ages 5 to 12 and their caregivers, the tours examine the adaptations of nocturnal animals. Participants track nighttime movements in the forest and explore different kinds of sensory perception.

First Viewing Pics

The Seattle Japanese Garden is now open for the 2018 season. First Viewing took place last Sunday and included a traditional Shinto blessing. Emerita LuceƱo Wheeling took some wonderful photos and shared them with us via Facebook. The Madison Park Times also featured a report.
More Arboretum-Related News
  • The Seattle Times: "Arboretum loop trail opens new vistas, opportunities" (February 19, 2018) 
  • Free Weekend Walk Tours: March tour themes -  "Swing Into Spring" (Saturday Family Walks) and "Northwest Native Plants" (Sunday Walks); 1 to 2:30 pm; meet at the Graham Visitors Center.
  • Washington Botanical Symposium: Wednesday, March 21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Center for Urban Horticulture
  • UWBG Blog: "Requiem for two oaks and a southern beech"
Banner image | Viburnum grandiflorum, from the Himalayas and Kashmir, blooming in the Viburnum Collection along the new Loop Trail. 

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