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!
Cherry Picking – April 3
Featured speaker: Randall Hitchin
Flowering cherries are the backbone of Azalea Way, serving as the major landscape element of this historic and famous spring floral display. Enjoy an exploration of the Azalea Way cherries in peak season while learning about their origin, history, and culture.
Randall Hitchin is the Outreach and Major Gifts Manager for the Arboretum Foundation, and spent 14 years as the Arboretum’s Collections Manager. He has instructed courses and seminars in botany and horticulture for the University of Washington, the Center for Urban Horticulture, and various horticultural groups. His fieldwork includes leadership of numerous seed collecting expeditions throughout western North America, rare plant monitoring in California, and two botanical expeditions in southern Chile. He has authored numerous articles on horticulture topics, many of which have been published in the Arboretum Bulletin.
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 Randall 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.