For the past 78 years, the Arboretum Foundation has provided vital support to Seattle’s beloved Washington Park Arboretum by raising important funds to support its operations and special projects. Their annual holiday sale, Gifts & Greens Galore returns to the Graham Visitors Center at the Arboretum, this Friday, December 6, and Saturday, December 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Last year I had the pleasure of attending the sneak peek and you can read about all the great ideas they shared on my blog post. Sadly, I can’t make either event this year but of course, I have to share the love. Here is a great way to get a few Christmas gifts checked off your list and support our local community.
A unique selection of botanical decorations
The sale offers a one-of-a-kind selection of locally sourced and sustainably harvested holiday greens, including decorated and ready-to-decorate wreaths, swags, and garlands. You’ll also find a great selection of bulk and unusual fresh-cut greens pruned from plants in the Arboretum and donated to the sale by area gardeners. In addition, Foundation volunteers will create beautiful handcrafted floral wreaths especially for the sale.
Northwest lifestyle and entertaining expert Alexandra Hedin will give a craft demonstration on Saturday at noon. She’ll show shoppers how to make a seasonal wreath and fun door swag. Foundation volunteer craft specialists and educators from UW Botanic Gardens will also host show-and-tell activities during the event.
Gifts & Greens Galore is also a showcase for the Arboretum Shop, which sells an excellent selection of gardening and nature books, plant-themed jewelry, tools for green thumbs, and much more. For the sale, they will be expanding their regular inventory to include holiday-themed gifts, such as seasonal food from local purveyors, and handmade gift cards.
Shoppers can enjoy complimentary holiday refreshments, including cookies, Zoka Arboretum Blend coffee (which I have had and is fabulous) tea, and cider. Parking and admission are free. All sales benefit the maintenance and education programs at the Arboretum.