| JAMES MADISON SCULPTURE
On September 26th, at a meeting of the Everett City Council, Mayor Cassie Franklin announced the city’s acceptance of ‘Siblings’, a stainless steel sculpture created by Marysville artist James Madison and donated by the Evergreen Arboretum. The 12’ sculpture sits atop a 3’ plinth and is the focal point of the new south area of the Arboretum. It is now a part of the arboretum’s “Sculpture Garden” which represents all the sculptures installed on the grounds. The donation is valued at $50,000.
In February, the Evergreen Arboretum donated $75,000to the city to help provide the necessary infrastructure for the south area,which now includes ‘Siblings’ surrounded by new plantings, new irrigation,freshly seeded grass and two new benches. A third bench will be installed, and the display for donated stainless steel leaves is next to complete. The arboretum board wishes to thank the public for their support and patience as this phase is finally nearing completion.
There is an open sculpture base in the south area, and the Everett Cultural Commission is preparing a Call to Artists on behalf of the arboretum. The sculpture created for this area will honor the memory of Andy Sudkamp, long-time board member and volunteer, who taught at Everett High School.A GoFundMe donation campaign will be announced shortly to provide a method for the public to donate funds specifically in Andy’s memory. Donations can also be made on the arboretum’s website, www.evergreenarboretum.com.
For over 55 years, volunteers have been hard at work,fundraising, planting, designing and weeding, working to expand gardening classes, guest speakers and complete the Arboretum. This is an all-volunteer effort with ongoing support from the Everett Parks and Recreation Department.
TREE DONATED TO SOUTH AREA HONORS STU BARGER
On a sunny Sep 5th, Naomi Barger and her daughter planted a tree in the new south area of the Arboretum to honor the memory of Stu Barger, husband and father. What a wonderful way to give back to the community he loved and have a place of repose to visit and think of him. Thank you, Naomi, for donating this gorgeous tree to the Evergreen Arboretum. We will take excellent care of it.
The tree is Nyssa sylvatica 'Wildfire', also called Tupelo or Black Gum. It is seedless, which allows for easy maintenance, but it is a visual stunner, with bright red spring foliage, red tips all summer and beautiful yellow/orange and magenta in fall. Grows 30' to 40' tall and 20' to 25' wide Great foliage tree for shade and color all seasons.
The mission of the Evergreen Arboretum is to create and maintain an inspirational arboretum and gardens accessible to all, internationally-acclaimed and locally-enjoyed for its plant diversity, original art and educational opportunities.