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GIVING TUESDAY
Tuesday, November 28, 2023
5:30 to 6:30 PM

A FREE Virtual Event

Giving Tuesday is a global day of radical generosity and community celebration. This year, in the spirit of the event, the Arboretum Foundation will hosted a free, virtual, behind-the-scenes “tour” of the Arboretum!

UW Botanic Gardens Tour Program Assistant Catherine Nelson and former Manager of Horticulture David Zuckerman discussed the Arboretum’s history, how we care for our collections, and some special plants to seek out on your next visit to the park.

Click below to watch the recording on our YouTube channel.

singers and dancers onstage

Catherine Nelson, Arboretum tour guide.

singers and dancers onstage

David transplanting a maple in the Arboretum’s Centennial Garden.

Free Public Walking Tours of the Arboretum

Catherine Nelson and Cynthia Welte offer free guided tours of the Arboretum on the first Thursday of each month (except December), from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tours depart from the Graham Visitors Center. No pre-registration necessary. Learn more.

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Women Botanists and Botanical Artists: Part 6

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