By John A. Wott, Director Emeritus
Recently I was given a copy of the Arboretum Bulletin, Volume VIII , no. 4, Winter 1945, by Lyn Sauter, who was the first librarian for the collection of books that became the Miller Library. Lyn started her cataloging work in the early 1980s. The editor was John Hanley, the first director of the University of Washington Arboretum. Arboretum Foundation membership was five dollars, the phone number was SEneca 0920 and the address was 516 Medical Arts Bldg., Seattle 1, Washington.
The issue of 32 pages was devoted to rhododendrons. The Table of Contents, on the cover, included articles by R.H.M. Cox – foremost horticulturist in Great Britain; G.G. Nearing – one of the few rhododendron authorities in the USA; letters from three prominent award-winning rhododendron growers in Washington State; a most interesting report on the details about planting Azalea Way by Paul D. Brown; Iris Weber – enthusiastic UW student studying rhododendron fertilization; Lord Aberconway on magnolias; a most intriguing short history about the Arboretum and the University of Washington Campus; a detailed article on Rhododendrons by Dr. Hanley; and a List of recommended Rhododendron Hybrids compiled by the Seattle Garden Club members. In this issue, there were extensive indexes as well the obituary of Col. F. R. S. Balbour.
The feature article contained 8 black and white photographs of rhododendrons: “The following group of rhododendron pictures, taken in the beautiful garden of Mr. and Mrs. Donald G. Graham, is displayed through their kindness and courtesy.” I have included copies of the two of the featured pictures, although the texture of the paper is quite grainy. Copies of the Arboretum Foundation Bulletins are archived in the Miller Library as well as with the Arboretum Foundation.
(Editor note: Listen to a oral history clip from Donald Graham Jr about his dad’s interest in the Arboretum and rhododendrons)