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I recently told you all I had a new job as the event manager at a wonderful local Seattle non-profit. Well now it’s time for a little shameless self promotion 😉

I really think you are going to like this holiday outing! It is designed for the crafty, and non-crafty alike. If you are looking for holiday fun, gifts or items to decorate your home please come by, do a bit of shopping, support a local treasure and be sure to say hello!

The Arboretum Foundation in Seattle (yes, that’s where I work!) is holding its annual holiday greens sale next weekend – Gifts & Greens Galore!

Come in out of the cold and celebrate the season with live holiday music,
complimentary hot drinks, activities for the kids, and more!

Here are the details:

Gifts & Greens Galore

December 9th • 3 pm – 7 pm
December 10th • 10 am – 2 pm

At the Graham Visitors Center at Washington Park Arboretum – 2300 Arboretum Drive East Seattle, WA 98112
• A special visit from Father Christmas on Saturday 11am-1pm
• Live, seasonal music by harpist Patricia Jaeger on Friday
• Saturday family activities hosted by UWBG education staff 10am-1pm
• Decorated & ready-to-decorate wreaths, swags and garlands for sale
• 10% discount on Arboretum Shop items for Foundation members
• Free admission and parking

Great garden-themed gifts, foundation memberships and tickets to our Opening Night Party at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show (held in February at the Washington State Convention Center) will also be available at the sale next weekend.

There will also be a free cookie and a drink for each guest as well as a wide selection of fresh-cut greens sold in bulk ($2.50-$5 lb) you can use in all your holiday decorating – come see what you can find for your mantel, vases and centerpieces. All of you who have been pinning on Pinterest – here’s your chance to find the greens you need for those holiday craft projects!

And if you need further ideas for what to do with those greens be sure to tune into Gardening With Ciscoe on 97.3 FM KIRO Radio this Sunday (December 4), from 10 to 11 am Ciscoe will be discussing our holiday sale with Foundation volunteer extraordinaire Lynn Schueler. Lynn and Ciscoe will talk about some of the unusual fresh greens we’ll be offering at the sale, and how you can turn them into fabulous holiday decorations for the home.

One last thing – if you’ve been taking advantage of the nice weather and doing some pruning in your yard – we need your help stocking our inventory of fresh clippings.

Following is our 2011 wish list:

  • Any conifers, except hemlock
  • Eucalyptus
  • Redtwig dogwood
  • Curly willow/filbert
  • English holly, but only without fruit or with fruit removed
  • Any other interesting plant material suitable for seasonal decorating

Stem size of cuttings should not exceed 3 inches in diameter. No diseased plant material, please.

We will be accepting donations of fresh-cut greens at the Graham Visitors Center (GVC) from Monday, December 5, through Thursday, December 8, between 10 am and 3 pm The drop-off location is the west end of the Big Greenhouse, just behind the southwest corner of the GVC. Look for the signposts!

The funds from this sale go to benefit the Arboretum Foundation. The Arboretum Foundation promotes, protects and enhances the Washington Park Arboretum for current and future generations by strengthening and building a diverse and engaged community of donors, volunteers and advocates.