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Arbor eNotes August 2018
SCA Crews Help Kick-Start Boulevard Renewal Project

This summer, work crews from the  Student Conservation Association  (SCA) are removing blackberry and other invasive weeds from the banks of Arboretum Creek. It's part of an 18-month, Foundation-funded project that the Arboretum partners have launched to restore and enhance the plant collections and natural areas along the Lake Washington Boulevard corridor.

Magnolias in the Arboretum

Washington Park Arboretum features one of the larger public collections of magnolias in the United States. These include many summer-blooming trees, such as southern magnolia and sweetbay magnolia (pictured above). In the latest issue of the  Arboretum Bulletin , UW Botanic Gardens plant curator Ray Larson writes about the history of the collection and some of its most notable specimens.
Members Help the Arboretum Flourish

Job Opening: Development Associate

Fancy working at the Visitors Center in the beautiful Arboretum? We have a great opportunity for a new, full-time development associate. This position supports our membership program and general fundraising activities. Key responsibilities include gift recording and acknowledgement, helping plan and execute cultivation events, and managing grant applications.
Photo by Nancy Grout
Join the Garden Stewards

If you find the act of pulling weeds a joyful, meditative experience, then consider joining our Garden Stewards! The Stewards assist the UW Botanic Gardens and Seattle Parks gardeners in the monumental task of maintaining the Arboretum. Work parties take place at various locations every Tuesday and Thursday morning, March through October.

Beautiful Blooms for Sale!

If you're looking to fill some holes in your planting beds or containers, we have some lovely late-summer-flowering shrubs and perennials for sale. The Plant Donations Nursery has a nice selection of phlox (pictured), astilbe, hostas, and more. The Pat Calvert Greenhouse is offering some lovely glandularia, nepeta, species hydrangea, and unusual gentians. All sales support the Arboretum!
Save the Date: September 8

Kite-Making Workshop on August 11 (Free for Kids!)

For this month's Family Saturday event, the Seattle Japanese Garden welcomes back Gregory Kono from the Drachen Foundation for another fun, hands-on kite-making workshop. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 11, Kono will be showing visitors how to make mini koi and yakko kites. Admission is FREE for visitors 12 and under from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
More Arboretum & Related News
  • Free Weekend Walk Tours: The August tour theme is "Guide's Choice." The garden guides will surprise you with a trip to see their favorite plants. Sundays, 1 to 2:30 pm. Meet at the Graham Visitors Center.
  • Seattle Japanese Garden Blog: Our "festival in the evening sun" was a great success! See photos and more.
  • Forest Bathing in the Arb: UW Botanic Gardens and Cascadia Forest Therapy are hosting another Forest Bathing Walk in the Arboretum on Saturday, August 18. These slow-paced strolls encourage you to take in the atmosphere of the surrounding woodland. $25 per person.
  • Miller Library Art Exhibit: "Learning the Flowers," a collection of watercolors by artist and landscape designer Linda Andrews. Now through August 30. 
Banner image | A work crew from the Students Conservation Association posing for a photo in the Pinetum.
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