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The current Crabapple Meadow is usable in summer but waterlogged for much of the year.

The Woodland Meadow Project reimagines the current Crabapple Meadow (site of the Arboretum’s original field nursery) as a year-round gathering and celebration space. While the meadow’s large lawn is used in the driest part of the summer months, poor drainage makes it unusable the rest of the year.

The new Woodland Meadow will be designed to accommodate more active, year-round uses, with gardens and hardscape that allows for a range of activities, such as educational programming, community events, fundraisers, weddings and receptions, and concerts. It will also include one or more site features dedicated to honoring the contribution of the Arboretum’s volunteers. The Arboretum partners at Seattle Parks and Recreation, UW Botanic Gardens, and the Arboretum Foundation have high aspirations for augmenting programming in this space that is inclusive for the whole community.

Preliminary design concepts and plans for the meadow will be presented at a community meeting on Thursday, December 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Graham Visitors Center. Arboretum staff and the design team from Mithun will be available to discuss the plans. All are welcome to attend and provide feedback.

Rendering of “Garden Ribbons,” one of three design concepts developed by Mithun.

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Check out the meeting announcement posted on Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Parkways blog.