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!
Ancient Tree Species in the Arboretum – March 6
Featured speaker: Catherine Nelson
On this tour, guests will discover some of the longest-existing tree species on the planet, including “living fossils” and “Lazarus taxa” (species once thought to be extinct, but then rediscovered). Beginning with a historical review of plant origin and development, we will learn how these species have endured through millions of years and survived major extinction events that relegated many other species to footnotes in the fossil record. Featured trees will include some old garden friends as well as some lesser-known survivors of the ages.
Catherine Nelson volunteered in the Washington Park Arboretum for eight years prior to being hired, in 2011, as the coordinator for the University of Washington Botanic Gardens’ Public Tours Program. For the past three years, she has trained volunteer guides and led numerous tours in the Arboretum. Catherine completed the horticulture program at Lake Washington Technical College and also runs her own gardening business.
4:00 PM — Meet at the Graham Visitors Center
4:15 PM — Walk in the Arboretum
5:30 PM — Refreshments and conversation at the Visitors Center
Rain or shine. Dress for the weather. 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.