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Arbor eNotes October 2015
Microsoft volunteers mulching the Waterfront Trail on Day of Caring. 
(Photo by Jay Waltmunson)
A Special Day
120 Volunteers Help Transform the Arboretum
The Arboretum is incredibly grateful to the 120 volunteers that came here for United Way of King County's annual Day of Caring event on Friday, September 18. This year's volunteers were from ZymoGenetics, Nordstrom, and Microsoft, and by the end of the day, they had completed six major maintenance projects in the Arboretum. Read the full article on our Volunteer Blog.
Viola 'Etain', an evergreen pansy, at Plant Donations Nursery in the Arboretum.
Perennials Aplenty
Donations Nursery Bursting with Beautiful Plants
Thanks to generous gifts from a local grower and a local plant society, Plant Donations Nursery is fully stocked with lovely perennials - just in time for our last Saturday sale day of the year, on October 10! You'll find hardy fuchsias still in bloom, pretty pansies, a mix of ferns, wall flowers of varying colors, lavender, 'Tuscan Blue' rosemary, Siberian irises in various shades of blue, and much more. The nursery will close for the season at the end of October.
Support the Arboretum by eating pumpkin pie crumpets!
Queen Bee Beneficiary
Local Cafe to Donate Profits to the Arboretum
Every fiscal "trimester," the Queen Bee Cafe in Madison Park, Seattle, generously donates its net profits (i.e. profit minus expenses) to a local charity. From now through December, the cafe will donate its profits to the Arboretum Foundation. Stop in soon and try some of Queen Bee's yummy sweets and savories - and help support the Arboretum!
The fall foliage of Persian ironwood is prized by gardeners. (Photo courtesy Lynk Media/Wikimedia Commons)
Persian Ironwood
A Tough Tree with Stunning Bark and Fall Foliage
The Persian ironwood or irontree, Parrotia persica, is rarely seen in Northwest gardens, and yet it combines a number of very desirable traits, including adaptability and a fabulous fall foliage display. In that latest issue of the Washington Park Arboretum Bulletin, director emeritus of the Arboretum John Wott writes about this beautiful plant from the forest regions south of the Caspian Sea and reviews the history of the specimens in the Arboretum. Read full article.
Thank to our sponsors: The summer 2015 issue of the 
Bulletin was made possible by Molbak's, Wells Medina Nursery, The Berger Partnership.
Fall is one of the best times to visit the Japanese Garden.
Maple Viewing
Sunday, October 11 at the Japanese Garden
See maple trees ablaze with fall foliage at the Seattle Japanese Garden's annual Momijigari, or Maple Viewing Festival, on Sunday, October 11, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy taiko drumming, a samurai sword demonstration, art workshops, a kids scavenger hunt, and guided tours of the garden.  Free with general admission.
Jack Robins.
Jack Robins
Remembering a Dear Friend of the Arboretum
The Foundation would like to acknowledge the passing of a dear friend of the Arboretum, Jack Robins. He died peacefully on Thursday, September 10, at the age of 95. A member of the Arboretum Foundation since 1970, Jack served on our Board of Directors for eight years (1995 to 2003) and played an influential role in the development of the 2001 Arboretum Master Plan. He was also a founding member of Arboretum Unit 52, the "couples unit." Read more.
Crocus tommasinianus, available at the Bulb Sale. (Photo by Andrew Bartion, courtesy Wikimedia Commons)
HPSW Bulb Sale
Center for Urban Horticulture, Sunday, October 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Our friends at the Hardy Plant Society of Washington (HPSW) will host their 5th annual Fall Bulb Sale at the Center for Urban Horticulture on October 11. It will feature a huge selection of spring-flowering bulbs, including tulips, narcissus, alliums, crocuses, snowdrops, and fritillarias (the little ones). Find exciting new varieties, as well as old favorites! You can download the full list of bulbs on the HPSW website.
Other Arboretum/CUH Happenings
BANNER PHOTO: Fall color on a green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica 'Marshall Seedless') near the Graham Visitors Center.
In This Issue
Day of Caring Report
Perennials at the Nursery
A Charitable Cafe
Persian Ironwood
Maple Viewing at the Japanese Garden
Remembering Jack Robins
HPSW Bulb Sale


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Free Sunday Tours to Focus on Fall Color

UWBG-trained garden guides lead
from 1 to 2:30 p.m. every Sunday.  This month's theme will fall foliage, which will be at its peak. The Woodland Garden's collection of 200-plus Japanese maple cultivars will be particularly stunning!  Meet at the Graham Visitors Center.

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Help the Garden Stewards this month!

Join the Stewards during one of their weekly work sessions and help keep the Arboretum beautiful! You'll find the October schedule posted online.

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Please Give to Our 2016 Opening Night Auction!

We are now accepting donations for our auction at the 2016 Opening Night Party, on February 16. Donation forms are available on our website.

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