Last year, the Arboretum at South sought a grant from the West Seattle Garden Tour for a new entry kiosk & communication hub. Just last week, the Tour held a party for recipients, where we received a $5,000 check for the project.
This adds to a generous grant in the same amount from the Washington State Nursery & Landscape Association (WSNLA), to renovate the entry space, daylighting the area so we can engage visitors with events, news and information. The completed kiosk will be installed in the renovated entry garden.
Look for a beautiful new welcome at the SSC Arboretum, under way this fall, thanks to generous gifts from the WSNLA and the West Seattle Garden Tour!
Thanks to a generous donation from the West Seattle Garden Tour, we have five new signs in the Arboretum. Look for them at the entry to the Arboretum, in the Erickson Garden, next to the Sequoia Grove, along the path near the Helen Sutton Rose Garden and at the south entry to the Coenosium Rock Garden.
Terrie Shattuck, a former Arboretum intern and graduate of South’s Landscape Horticulture program, created graphics and text for the signage, which SeaReach Ltd of Oregon fabricated. Members of the Arboretum’s Advisory Committee assisted Brett Cureton with the installation. And the West Seattle Garden Tour’s gift made it all possible!
Saw these sweet Yellow-banded bumblebees, Bombus flavifrons, browsing a variety of flowers in the Tropical Fusion garden. These bumbles hold on to a plant's anthers and buzz, basically 'shaking the tree' to retrieve pollen. This is called sonicating. They are found widely in the US and Canada.