Arboretum Walks & Talks
First Thursdays, 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.
(Tour times may vary; see below for schedule details)
Meet at the Graham Visitors Center
Arbor Circle, Legacy Circle, and Steward-level members, plus guests, welcome!
A Walk Through the Winter Garden
Thursday, January 15, 3 to 5:30 p.m.
Featured speakers: Iain Robertson
Join UW Associate Professor Iain Robertson in considering the shape of the land surface as we walk to the famed Witt Winter Garden, and discover how the garden’s local and regional land forms came about. You’ll learn how the Arboretum staff and Iain created and shaped the clearing for the garden, and also about the ideal conditions for winter growing. You’ll hear about the process of whittling down the list of potential plants, how the garden creators placed these plants in the space, and how they redirected circulation to make the garden seem like a “place” to be in rather than a place to pass through. Then Iain will talk about how one maintains a garden experience and collection like this over time.
Iain Robertson has taught in the UW’s Department of Landscape Architecture for over 30 years. He worked with Jones & Jones on the design of the Center for Urban Horticulture grounds and with former Arboretum curator Tim Hohn on the development of the Winter Garden. His involvement with the Arboretum includes service on the Japanese Garden Advisory Committee and the Arboretum & Botanical Garden Advisory Committee. As a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, he, like most of the plants that flourish in the Winter Garden, finds Seattle’s winter climate balmy and sunny. In April, he will be speaking to the Northwest Horticultural Society about his experience while on sabbatical in China in 2012-13.
3:00 PM — Meet at the Graham Visitors Center (2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle)
3:15 PM — Walk in the Arboretum
4:30 PM — Refreshments and conversation
Please RSVP to Jeff Boyer, either by email or phone (206-325-4510).
In April 2011, the Foundation introduced a new way for folks to explore the jewel of Seattle’s park system: “Arboretum Walks & Talks.”
On the first Thursday of every month, Arbor Circle, Legacy Circle, and Steward-level members of the Foundation plus their guests are invited to join us for a special guided walking tour. “Arboretum Walks and Talks” is hosted by our Executive Director, Paige Miller, and led by a diverse group of plant experts and enthusiasts. Each month, the tour features a different speaker/walk leader and highlights a different section or collection in the Arboretum. There’s always plenty of time for Q&A during the tours, and each one concludes with a light reception.
We encourage you to bring your friends—up to two guests allowed per member on each tour—to share in this informative and pleasant outing. The tours begin at the Graham Visitors Center. Dress for the weather, and wear comfortable shoes!
For more information about the tours, please email Randall Hitchin or call him at 206-325-4510.