Two New Ways to Experience the Arboretum

We are excited to introduce two new ways of experiencing the Arboretum. For a more active person, we are offering Arboretum Running Tours. We’ll combine exercise, education, and entertainment on a fun running tour through the Arboretum, one of Seattle’s Olmsted Parks and home to the University of Washington Botanic Gardens’ world-class plant collections. You’ll learn about the history and design of the park, a few choice plants, and traditional or modern uses of various plants along the route. 

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Glimpse into the past - Arboretum Club House

by John A. Wott, Director Emeritus In the early days of the Washington Park Arboretum, the Arboretum Club House and Floral Hall exhibit space was the venue for many flower shows, exhibits and functions.  It was the only facility where public functions could be held in the Arboretum.   On April 7, 1968, a fire was discovered at 7:00 a.m. in the Club House.  

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Glimpse into the past - A Tale of Two Kames

Almost no one is aware that the Washington Park Arboretum is the location of two kames. “Kames, what is that?” everyone asks. Wikipedia tells us that “a kame is a geomorphological feature, an irregularly shaped hill or mound composed of sand, gravel and till that accumulates in a depression on a retreating glacier.” Located just east of Lake Washington Boulevard E. 

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Glimpse into the past - Trees Have a Habit of Growing

By John A. Wott, Director Emeritus It is said that humans “have a habit of growing.” We grow tall in our formative years, and most of us also grow wider in the later years. We could also say that trees have a habit of growing. Tree species grow to specific heights and widths. Some smaller trees obtain their normal mature size in a few years, while the larger species may grow for years and years. 

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Fieldtrips in Fall...

are going like gangbusters! Between the months of September and November, we have over 1300 kids signed up for fieldtrips. Our guides have been loving the mild weather and teaching and learning from these budding naturalists. The Arboretum is such an amazing place to explore; all of the senses can be engaged, well, except for taste! Those of us in the field are so fortunate to be able to teach a variety of topics to kids based on what they are learning in class. 

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