Evergreen Arboretum Re-Opens Friday

Evergreen Arboretum

Arsenic cleanup is over. The Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens re-opens Friday.

The Evergreen Arboretum at Legion Park will re-open Friday after being closed for the last 9 months. The State Department of Ecology has been cleaning arsenic laden soil from the park. The annual Sorticulture festival marks the re-opening of the Evergreen Arboretum but there’s a lot more to the area than many people know. Here’s an update on what you can find as provided by Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens Foundation.

The Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens has been closed for almost 10 months as part of the Legion Park Arsenic Mitigation Project. The Arboretum Foundation is pleased to announce that the gardens will once again be open to the public as of Friday, June 10th, coinciding with the Everett Parks Department’s weekend-long Sorticulture event.

Trevor Cameron, President of the EA Foundation says, “It has been a long process dealing with the Arsenic Mitigation Project but we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Most of the Arboretum will be accessible again for your enjoyment. The Master Gardener Border will be fenced off, as it is still being renovated. Additionally, the west perimeter will be blocked off until the new fence and planting buffer is installed along the property line. Volunteer work parties have been busy, along with help from the Parks Department, to get the gardens back into shape. There is much still to accomplish, but for those who have been emailing and calling to ask when we will reopen this is great news.”

Be sure to stop by the Arboretum’s Sorticulture booth – chat up the volunteers, join the Arboretum or buy raffle tickets for seven beautiful garden items. The Arboretum’s Annual Plant Sale & Raffle will take place the following Saturday, June 18th, from 10AM to 5 PM.

Held just outside the Arboretum entrance on the tennis court at Legion Park, our Plant Sale is well-known among local gardeners for having a huge selection of trees, bushes, perennials, annuals and ground covers, all at unbelievable prices! Purchases and donations go to completing the South Area, which is the last portion of the Arboretum grounds to landscape. A major art installation by James Madison is included in our plan, along with impressive Northwest tree and plant specimens. A 5 minute video explaining what we have planned can be watched on our website home page: www.evergreenarboretum.com.

Evergreen Arboretum

You can become a member and support the Evergreen Arboretum.

The Evergreen Arboretum is featured as one of the 60 best gardens to visit in Washington, Oregon & British Columbia 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 and is an allvolunteer organization. All donations are tax-deductible. For more information, visit www.evergreenarboretum.com or contact us at 425-257-8597. 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.

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