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 Rhododendron Hybridizer’s Odyssey
Thursday, May 7, 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Featured speakers: Ned Brockenbrough
In his professional life, our speaker spent more than three decades as a surgeon and faculty member at the UW Medical School. But in his personal life, Ned Brockenbrough dedicated even more time to creating and evaluating Rhododendron hybrids. Along the way, he came to know many of the colorful characters that made up a vibrant Puget Sound community that was the center of Rhododendron breeding in North America. The Arboretum’s Rhododendron Hybridizers Exhibit is dedicated to preserving and interpreting this piece of horticultural history. Please join us for an intimate tour of the Hybridizers Exhibit—in peak bloom!—and a very special opportunity to see it through the eyes of someone who made and witnessed much of that history.
4:00 PM — Meet at the Graham Visitors Center (2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle)
4:15 PM — Walk in the Arboretum
5:30 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.