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Laying the Groundwork

The hard work done in the 1930s not only enables us to enjoy the Arboretum today; the spirit and dedication of people during that difficult time remains alive. The Arboretum continues to bring people together for many reasons, including work, education, and fun.

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  1. Donald Graham, Jr. talks about how the Children's Hospital Guilds inspired his mother, Juanita Graham, to start the Arboretum Units.
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  2. Saplings Program founder Jean Haigh talks about changes in school programs and passionately defends her belief that Saplings programs at the Arboretum should be free for all school children.
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  3. Horticultural therapist Sheila Taft talks about the value of the Arboretum in the context of providing a broad education for young people.
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  4. Seattle resident and activist Paul Gibson talks about the ways he uses the Arboretum and tells a wonderful story about a celebratory breakfast there with friends.
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  5. Hardy Fern Foundation founder Sylvia Duryee discusses her ideas on new development in the Arboretum and how roadways in and around the Arboretum bring people through, but affect the Arboretum in many ways.
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