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City, State, & Community

The Washington Park Arboretum is under the administration of three entities: the City of Seattle, the University of Washington, and the Arboretum Foundation. Each of the featured interview clips captures a different point of view on the administrative arrangement, offering perspectives on fund raising, the use of public spaces, and the importance of using the Arboretum for education.

 

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  1. Seattle Parks employee Donald Harris reflects on the triumvirate of Seattle City Parks, University of Washington, and Arboretum Foundation as the group of three worked together.
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  2. Seattle resident and activist Paul Gibson talks about the unusual arrangement for the management of the Washington Park Arboretum.
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  3. Carol Simons, the first female president of the Arboretum Foundation, talks about why the Arboretum Foundation was not a typical support organization and how this might have caused misunderstandings over the years.
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  4. Marion (Diggs) Docter, Seattle Garden Club member, talks about why she thinks the Seattle Garden Club has remained successful as an organization supporting community gardening projects.
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  5. Former Arboretum Director John Wott talks about the differences in philosophy, among the public as well as among the academic community, regarding the use of the Arboretum for public education.
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  6. Former CUH Director Harold Tukey reflects upon his arrival in Seattle in 1980 as new director of the Center for Urban Horticulture and expresses his beliefs about the purpose of the Arboretum.
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  7. University of Washington Professor Emeritus Art Kruckeberg talks about his view of the triumvirate and his belief that the Arboretum should be an unfenced, open space.
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  8. University of Washington Professor Emeritus Dale Cole describes events that occurred in 1972 when Brian Mulligan retired and he became the Acting Director of the Arboretum.
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