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January 2017 President's Letter

Lake Wilderness Arboretum


Greetings ,

Happy 2017 from the Lake Wilderness Arboretum!

2016 may have been a chaotic year for the country, but the Lake Wilderness Arboretum continues to provide a wonderful place to "get away" and enjoy the beauty of nature and appreciate the fantastic town in which we live.

The gardens look fantastic, and this past year we completed the looping trail, allowing guests to easily walk the full perimeter of our gardens while enjoying easy access to various paths and the Cedar River trail. Groups of volunteers during United Way's Day of Caring and Maple Valley's Make a Difference Day helped us make great improvements to a number of beds and set us up for some planned work for 2017.

Speaking of 2017, the board and I have some great plans for paid members. Starting in January, members of the arboretum get the following NEW benefits:

  • Free access to the Rhododendron Species botanical garden in Federal Way with a Lake Wilderness membership card
  • Free entrance to seminars held at the arboretum
    • We have new seminars planned this year, including a special "Taking care of your house plant" class!
  • Membership discount at the Spring and Fall plant sales
  • ... and more to come! 

Memberships are $20/year for an individual, or $35/year for a family or organization. To sign up, please visit our website here:  http://www.lakewildernessarboretum.org/about/membership/. Membership fees are an important part our annual budget, and they support the purchase of the plants and equipment used at the arboretum.

Free passes to the Northwest Flower and Garden Show!

If you would like to visit the NW Flower and Garden Show, we can get you an all day pass if you will staff our booth for a 3 hour shift. Most questions you get at the booth are "Where is Maple Valley?" and "When is the plant sale?" We provide you with pamphlets and maps, so you just need to bring your smile! If you are interested, please contact us at director@lakewildernessarboretum.org 

Thank you to everyone that has been a part of our family this past year and all years previous. Without you, the Lake Wilderness Arboretum wouldn't be the beautiful gem it is today.

President, LWAF

Featured Events
Pruning "How To" Class at Maple Valley Library - Feb 4 at 10:30am

Come visit us at the NW Flower and Garden Show Feb 22 - 26

2017 Spring Plant Sale
Fri and Sat April 28 and 29

Volunteer Schedule
Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am - 12

The first two Saturdays of each month (except July and August) from 9am - 12

Meet at the nursery!



Would you like a free tour of the arboretum?


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P.O. Box 72
Maple Valley, WA 98038
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