Meet the tree people

The Thornton Creek Alliance (TCA) is an all-volunteer grassroots group dedicated to preserving and restoring ecological balance throughout the Thornton Creek watershed system of northeast Seattle. TCA’s general meeting will be held on Thursday, September 27th, 7 PM at the Meadowbrook Community Center, 10517 35th Ave NE, and everyone is welcome. The meeting topic will be the importance of trees in our community and what we need to do to protect and promote our urban forest canopy. Speakers will be Matt Mega (Seattle Audubon, Urban Forestry Commission), Ruth Williams (TCA, Tree Ambassador program), and Cass Turnbull of Plant Amnesty, pictured here with Arthur Lee Jacobson at a Heritage Tree recognition ceremony in Wedgwood in 2008.

Arthur Lee Jacobson, author of Trees of Seattle, will hold an Open Garden this weekend at his home in Montlake. The hours are from noon to 6 PM, Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30. On display will be his garden with nearly 600 kinds of annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables, vines, flowers, trees, shrubs and even intentionally cultivated edible weeds, all mixed together. Mr. Jacobson has been experimenting with growing different kinds of potatoes in pots, and several kinds of peanut plants. Some plants are for sale, as well as books which Mr. Jacobson will autograph and illustrate with a sketch for you. The garden is on a steep hillside with 52 steps, not wheelchair accessible. Directions to the Open Garden are in the September edition of Arthur Lee Jacobson’s newsletter.

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