Northwest NEWS

December 11, 2000

Home & Garden

Garden tour supports Arboretum

In support of its mission to offer community enrichment through learning about horticulture, the Woodinville Garden Club has made a donation to educational programs at the Washington Park Arboretum. The club's members raised the money for the gift during last summer's first Tour of Gardens.
   "The Arboretum Foundation is delighted to receive the recent gift," says Penny Lewis, Director of Development for the foundation. "Providing exciting material for school students and families alike and meeting the ever-increasing demands are a challenge. This gift gives the support needed to realize the dreams of the education staff to expand their popular programs in new and interesting ways."
   The Washington Park Arboretum's Education Department serves a wide audience including adults, students, youth centers and families.
   "Teachers use our packaged materials to make a complete day of learning and exploring the arboretum," says Monica Ravin, Educational Department Coordinator for the arboretum.
   The garden club's tour of local gardens had the support of many people in the local community.
   "Inspired owners opened their gardens to the public," says Leslie Okerman, Tour of Gardens 2000 chairperson. "Sponsors such as Molbaks Nursery, Pemco Financial Services, Columbia Winery and other local businesses and nurseries supported the club's efforts and over 600 people helped make this year's donation a reality by purchasing tickets.Everyone living or working in this area benefits from the club's fund raisers. The Woodinville Garden Club has been an active part of the community since 1984 and its membership will continue to support many horticultural activities."
   The second annual Tour of Gardens will take place in the Woodinville area on July 7, 2001. Proceeds of the tour will be used to fund the club's ongoing civic projects including Woodinville beautification, horticultural scholarships and educational materials for the Terry Welch Garden Sanctuary Youth Project. Established in 1934, the Washington Park Arboretum is a living museum of woody plants. Over 40,000 trees, shrubs and vines are found on the 230-acre site.
   For specific information about their learning programs call (206)543-8801. The arboretum's Web site is