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!
The Secret World of Slugs and Snails in the Arboretum
Featured speakers: David George Gordon
Give the little slimy guys a chance with this month’s interactive talk by David George Gordon! Taking a break from the cold, we will stay toasty in Wisteria Hall (the large meeting room) in the Graham Visitors Center.
In his book, The Secret World of Slugs and Snails: Life in the Very Slow Lane, David George Gordon invites readers to “step into a world that, until now, you’ve only stepped on.” During his presentation, he’ll share his insights about West Coast slugs and snails, their curious behaviors, relationships with native plants and fungi, and the many niches they fill in the natural world. He’ll also explain how to forge a meaningful and lasting peace with these slimesters and offer tips for controlling their damage to our flower gardens and vegetable plots.
David George Gordon is the author of 19 books on subjects ranging from cockroaches and gray whales to bald eagles and Bigfoot. He has spoken at the Smithsonian Institution, Yale University, and the American Museum of Natural History, appeared on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “The View,” and has been featured in National Geographic Kids and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. The New York Times called his book Field Guide to the Slug “gripping.”
3:00 PM — Meet at the Graham Visitors Center (2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle)
3:15 PM — Presentation in Wisteria Hall
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.