Referred to as Snohomish County's 'treasure', the Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens is both a place of beauty and education and is free to the public. Located on 3 ˝ acres in Everett Washington, its ten themed gardens include the Urban Tree Walk, Entrance Garden, Rock Garden, Northwest Native Plant Trail, Rain Garden, Japanese Maple Grove, Northwest Demonstration Garden, Viewing Mound, Woodland and Conifer Gardens as well as the 200' Snohomish County Master Gardener's Demonstration Border and sculptures throughout. Weaving through these gardens are ADA approved pervious pathways in most areas. There are countless ways to experience and enjoy all that the Evergreen Arboretum has to offer; docent-led tours, free educational classes, the annual plant sale and volunteerism. Come witness the beauty that every season holds. The Arboretum is open from dawn until dusk.
“OAK LEAF” FUNDRAISER DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 31ST, 2016
As part of Legion Park, the Evergreen Arboretum is closed until spring, but the foundation that supports it is hard at work fundraising to finish the South Area Landscaping Plan. Visitors to the Arboretum will delight in this final area, to be completed in 2016.
With an extended deadline of March 31st, 2016,individuals or businesses can make a gift of $250.00 or more to help finish the South Arboretum Plan (SAP) and the Foundation will show their appreciation by putting your message on a stainless steel oak leaf. The leaves are 4” x 6” and will be embedded in a wall to be created at the entrance to the South Area. Whether to commemorate an event, celebrate a success, or memorialize a loved one, each leaf makes a thoughtful gift and every new leaf helps the Arboretum grow!
Messages on the leaves can be up to three lines, with 25 characters and spaces per line. To order your leaf online, go to ‘Donate’ and select ‘Commemorative’ and scroll down to ‘Commemorative Leaf’. You can also call the Arboretum message phone at 425-257-8597 for more information.
The South Area of the Arboretum will also include a major art installation and impressive Northwest tree and plant specimens. The Arboretum is featured in the book, “The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour” by Donald Olson and Timber Press. The Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens Foundation is registered as a 501(3) C non-profit with the IRS. All donations are tax-deductible.
The mission of the Evergreen Arboretum Foundation 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.
President’s Corner, November 2015
By Libbie Soden
The Arboretum Foundation’s Board of Directors is working hard behind the scenes, though the Arboretum is closed while the soil replacement project is in progress. Dreams for the completion of the Arboretum South Area will become a reality this spring. We are busy putting together the details for constructing the accessible pathway, developing additional gardens, and the installation of a significant sculpture created for the Arboretum by James Madison, a well-known regional artist. All this work should be completed by June of 2016.
There is more good news. Two new benches will be installed in the arboretum giving us additional seating when we re-open. A third bench, donated by the Snohomish County Master Gardeners, will be placed in their new border. The Parks Department has also provided us a storage area to secure our supplies and tools for volunteers in a large container adjacent to our office.
And even more good news. The City of Everett Cultural Commission has purchased the sculpture “Stone Vessels” by Verena Schwippert for the City’s permanent collection. This piece is currently located near the educational pavilion. This is a major work by a prominent regional artist, and a wonderful addition to our permanent sculpture collection.
Though we aren’t able to visit the Arboretum until the soil replacement project is completed, look for us at the annual membership meeting and dinner on March 8. Don’t miss the Arboretum booth at the Everett Home and Garden Show March 11-13. Meanwhile, consider the purchase of an engraved stainless steel oak leaf to be displayed in the arboretum as a special gift.