The Washington Park Arboretum and Seattle Japanese Garden play host to a variety of fun outdoor events and education in May…

May 4: First Thursday Tram Tour
11am — 12pm | Washington Park Arboretum
The Washington Park Arboretum’s 13-passenger tram offers monthly tours of the expansive nature park. Riders and participants on the first Thursday tour each month will learn about highlights of the season, new plantings, history of the Arboretum and more as they travel from the Graham Visitors Center to the Pacific Connections Garden. This is an open-air tour that operates year-round, rain or shine. Register here.

May 4: First Thursday Art Exhibit
5pm — 6pm | Seattle Japanese Garden
For May’s free first Thursday exhibit at the Seattle Japanese Garden, watch local Japanese calligraphy master, Midori Kono Thiel. She has studied traditional Japanese arts such as sumi-e and Japanese ink painting for over 50 years. The Seattle Japanese Garden will offer free admission from 3 p.m. until close, and Midori’s demonstration will start at 5 p.m.

May 6: First Saturday Family Program: Koi Day
10am — 1pm | Seattle Japanese Garden
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Seattle Japanese Garden with your family on the monthly first Saturday family program. Bring your family to the Seattle Japanese Garden on Saturday, May 6th to watch as the garden’s koi awaken from winter hibernation to eat. For the first koi feeding day this year, Koi Day includes free koi food to distribute and koi coloring sheets for kids.

May 11: Rosé 101 Class
6pm — 7:30pm | Belle Epicurean
Get an introduction to the summery pink wine we know as rosé in this fun class at Belle Epicurean. The establishment’s house sommelier, Rita Di Tondo will instruct on how rosé wine is made, the main production areas in the world, and an exploration of different styles through a tasting that will include 4 delicious wines. Snacks and appetizers that compliment the wine will also be served and bottles will be on sale with a 10% discount for the event. There are only a handful of spaces left, so buy your tickets ($35 each) now!

May 12: Tree Protection During Construction Workshop
8:30am — 3:30pm | Washington Park Arboretum
Arborists of all levels of skill and experience (such as Commercial Arborists, Consultants, and Professionals in related fields) can learn how to work around construction in this all-day workshop on Tree Protection. Participants will learn how to read and communicate using building plans, interpret and diplomatically change specifications, and review terms used in professions which arborists must and often communicate with. The workshop is $125 – $250. Register here.

May 14: Mother’s Day Brunch
9am — 2pm | Cafe Flora
Treat Mom to a wonderful vegetarian/vegan Mother’s Day Brunch at Cafe Flora in Madison Valley. Choose from delicious options for a delicious three-course prix-fixe meal for $45/person. The kids menu is $15/person. 

May 19: The Arboretum’s Conservation Collection: Endangered Plants from Around the World
1pm — 2:30pm | Washington Park Arboretum
Take a tour of the Arboretum to explore its Conservation Collection, and learn about many of the plants that the park cultivates which are currently under threat in the wild. You’ll learn about these plant species’ threats in their native habitats, the Arboretum’s preservation and protection efforts, and the important role we have to ensure the conservation of endangered plant species. No registration necessary.


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