Day of Caring
Friday, September 21, 2012
Each year, the Arboretum Foundation partners with UW Botanic Gardens and United Way of King County to bring volunteers from various companies to the Arboretum for Day of Caring. The volunteers perform a variety of jobs around the Arboretum, including weeding, mulching, and planting.
For information about Day of Caring and how to volunteer in the Seattle area, visit the United Way of King County website.
The 2011 event:
United Way of King County staged their annual Day of Caring event on Friday, September 16—and Washington Park Arboretum was a hive of volunteer activity. More than 100 volunteers, representing Microsoft, AT&T, Nordstrom, and the Japanese Business Association of Seattle (JBAS), descended upon the Arboretum and worked from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on several different maintenance projects.
The JBAS volunteers weeded more than 1,100 linear feet of pathway in the new Pacific Connections Garden at the south end of the Arboretum; Microsoft employees removed seven monster truckloads (one truckload = three cubic yards) of invasive blackberry from Rhododendron Glen and spread 36 cubic yards of mulch around trees in the Pinetum; Nordstrom volunteers used wheelbarrows to haul and spread mulch on more than 5,000 square feet of planting beds in Azalea Way; and workers from AT&T pulled out three truckloads of blackberry from the Holly Collection, and also weeded and mulched a nearby native restoration planting bed.
Gardeners from the UW Botanic Gardens and Seattle Parks and Recreation supervised the maintenance work, while the Arboretum Foundation coordinated volunteer recruitment and job assignment with United Way. Thanks to all the volunteers for their hard work!