Shows & Events
Washington Park Arboretum
The arboretum's 200 acres offer visitors a look at more than 5000 different Northwest native and introduced woody plants. You'll also find some of the world's best collections of hollies, maples, and magnolias, plus an extensive collection of plants in the heath family. Gardeners can attend a wide variety of classes or walk the grounds to look for treasures.
Washington Park Arboretum is located about 10 minutes east of downtown Seattle on Lake Washington Blvd. East. For detailed directions and to arrange tours, call the arboretum at (206) 543-8800 or visit http://depts.washington.edu/uwbg/gardens/wpa.shtml. Admission is free, and the arboretum is open daily from sunrise to sunset.
The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs
Judy Burris and Wayne Richards have written a fascinating guide to the life cycles of plants, soil, insects and spiders in their book The Secret Lives of Backyard Bugs: Discover Amazing Butterflies, Moths, Spiders, Dragonflies and Other Insects! (Storey, 2011, $14.95). The amazing close-up photographs trace the life cycles of both "good" and "bad" creatures that dwell in the garden. Read this book in your favorite chair or take it outdoors into the garden. Either way, it's a wonderful learning tool for adults and for children.