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Arbor eNotes October 2017
Centennial Garden Now Open

In mid-September, the Washington Park Arboretum opened its newest ornamental display - the Azalea Way Centennial Garden - to the public. Located by the pond at the south end of Azalea Way, the summer-focused garden celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Seattle Garden Club, which has a long and influential history in the Arboretum.

Loop Trail Paving Completed

Ohno Construction wrapped up the paving of the Arboretum Loop Trail in September. Now the contractor is working on trail signage, striping, and fencing. A soft opening of the trail will take place later this fall, while the grand opening celebration will be in early spring, 2018.

Foliage Fireworks at the Japanese Garden

The Maple Viewing Festival at the Japanese Garden is a family-friendly celebration of fall color. This year's event takes place over 10 days, from October 5 to 15, and features nature-inspired craft making, a maple tree scavenger hunt, taiko drum performances, and more.

Favorite Fall-Interest Plants 

The Pat Calvert Greenhouse propagates trees and shrubs from the Arboretum collection and sells them to raise funds for the Foundation. In the latest issue of the Arboretum Bulletin, greenhouse volunteer Lynn Schueler writes about some of her favorite fall-interest plants at the greenhouse, including stewartia, crape myrtle, and winterberry.

Fall Beauties at the Nursery

Plant Donations Nursery also has some lovely fall-interest plants for sale, including autumn crocus and crimson flag iris (pictured). And it has a good supply of daylilies, angel's fishing rod, variegated sedge, and Pacific Coast iris. All sales benefit the Arboretum! The nursery will close for the season shortly after its October 14 Saturday sale. 

Sustainable Shorelines

UWBG is hosting a two-day workshop (Oct 23 and 24) on 
Green Shores for Homes , a new ratings program for shorefront residences. The program awards LEED-style points for restoring natural shoreline and planting riparian natives. The workshop is t argeted at planners, contractors, and landscape designers
A Remarkable Day of Caring

On September 15, more than 130 volunteers from eight local companies completed seven work projects in the Arboretum as part of United Way of King County's annual Day of Caring event. These awesome folks battled blackberry and other weeds, braved hornet nests and fire ants, and spread many, many yards of mulch to help care for the Arboretum

Plant Sale Report

More than 330 shoppers came to the Visitors Center on September 9 to buy plants and support the Arboretum during our annual FallAbundance sale. We sold $5,000 worth of plants, and shoppers made additional donations to the Arboretum totaling $600. Thanks to everyone who came to the sale and to our tremendous volunteers who made it all possible!

Arboretum & CUH News
  • Join the Garden Stewards: October work party schedule now online.
  • Free Weekend Walk Tours: October themes -- "Using Our Senses" (Saturday family walks) and "Fall Color" (Sundays); 1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Facebook Photos: Husky Track & Field Team weeding ivy and blackberry in the Pinetum, September 25.
  • UWBG Blog: "Autumn in the Arboretum," by Ray Larson. Ray highlights some of the best places to see fall foliage in the park.
  • Bulb Sale, October 8: The Hardy Plant Society's annual sale is this Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Center for Urban Horticulture. 
Banner image | Members of the UW Track & Field team weeding in the Pinetum.
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