Arboretum Display Garden
Display Garden Plant Sale
Saturday, February 17, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Graham Visitors Center, Washington Park Arboretum
You’ll find a good selection of hellebores, Japanese pieris, camellias, and flowering currant. We also have a limited supply of mahonias, Japanese maples with colorful bark, redtwig dogwoods, kinnikinnick, manzanita, rhododendrons, and more.
All sales benefit Washington Park Arboretum.
Each year the Arboretum Foundation, with support from its City and University partners at the Arboretum, presents a horticultural display at the Northwest Flower & Garden Festival.
Arboretum Carnavale: Wonders of the Winter Garden
The 2018 display paid homage to an iconic garden at the Arboretum: the Joseph A. Witt Winter Garden. Dedicated in 1988, the Witt Winter Garden celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2018. Like this garden, our Festival display, set against a similar backdrop of lush evergreen trees and shrubs, featured a wide variety of plants that stir the senses throughout the winter season. These included plants that bloom in winter, boast colorful winter foliage and bark, produce winter fragrance, and/or offer unique textures for winter variety.
Our display also featured two nods to the wider Washington Park Arboretum. First, a large arbor set on a small patio of stone pavers at the front of the garden called to mind the lush terrace outside the Graham Visitor Center. Second, a small pathway leading off from the right side of the garden referenced the Arboretum Loop Trail, the new 2.5-mile multi-use trail that opened in fall 2017 and will celebrate its Grand Opening on Sunday, April 8, 2018.
In keeping with the “party” theme of the Garden Festival, the arbor and patio were filled with string lights and Carnavale masks. Festival attendees could step into the arbor to get a more intimate view of the display and experience how winter plantings can be utilized as a stunning party backdrop.
For the ninth year in a row, renowned local plantsman Bob Lilly and award-winning designer Phil Wood created our display garden, in collaboration with Seattle architect Roger Williams.
If you’d like to help with a future display garden build or take down, or if you’d like to act as a docent, please email email@example.com or call 206-325-4510.
Photos of Past Arboretum Displays