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Wouldn’t it be great to travel through Cascadia, Australia, China, Chile & New Zealand all in one day? In the Washington Park Arboretum’s Pacific Connections Garden you now can! In these gardens, you will find over 10,000 amazing plants from five countries connected by the Pacific Ocean that are well suited for our local climate. This twelve-acre garden is the newest large development in the Arboretum and features eco-geographic plant collections, or plants that are grouped according to their native habitat, rather than the traditional way of arranging trees in an arboretum according to plant family. Listen and learn as curator Ray Larson and UW Botanic Gardens’ skilled horticulturists lead this tour experience that delivers a deep dive that highlights, compares, and celebrates the vast scale of plants that will do well in our Cascadia climate. Learn about iconic plants from each region that can thrive in our local landscapes, including Cascadia’s own Western red cedar (Thuja plicata), the Chilean monkey puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana), the Australian snow gum (Eucalyptus pauciflora), China’s ginkgo tree (Ginkgo biloba), and New Zealand flax (Phormium tenax). Each iconic plant is paired with other favorites from each region in the meadow, gardens and forests that make up this expansive new garden. Horticulture staff will share stories of the Pacific Connection Garden’s construction and maintenance, discussing some of the challenges and advantages to growing plants from these Pacific Rim locales.
NEW Meeting Location: Due to road construction going on in the area, please plan to meet at 9 am at the Graham Visitors' Center at 2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle 98112. Parking is free there. South of the parking lot are the greenhouses and there is a patio there where we can gather. Because of the road construction there will be a tram to take us down to the Pacific Connections Garden and with the size of our group we will need to have a couple of trips with the tram. In order to get started on time and finished on time with the tour we ask that you arrive promptly by 9am.
Here is a link to help with directions: http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/visit/directions.shtml
In using your GPS be sure to put in 2300 Arboretum Drive E for the Graham Visitors' Center for the best results.
Please dress to be comfortable for the weather and for walking about the garden. If you need to make contact the day of the tour, please contact Holly Osborne at 253-569-9633.
About the WSNLA Landscape Learning Tour Series
A collection of strategically selected sites designed to feature the good and bad of urban tree performance, planting and maintenance issues and solutions, sustainable practices, irrigation systems, and an opportunity to network and learn from other industry professionals along the way. Tours are rain or shine. 2 CPH and ecoPRO CEUs available.
About our Landscape Learning Tour sites:
August 11: University of Puget Sound, North Tacoma
September 29: Washington Park Arboretum's Pacific Connections Garden, Seattle
October 27: Albers Vista Gardens, Bremerton
Individual Registration: $30 (includes 1 of 3 tour sites)
Full Registration: $75 (includes all 3 tour sites)