Joe Schmitt writes a weekly blog called The Good Life, featuring information about the region’s history, culture, climate and economy. The blog also showcases new residents, clubs and organizations, outdoor recreational opportunities and local events.
As Yakima Valley residents begin preparing their own gardens for spring flowers and other delights, the Yakima Area Arboretum is busy preparing their unique 46 acre riparian habitat for the many activities, classes, and events they contribute to the region’s quality of life each year. The Yakima Area Arboretum has been cultivating its beautiful high desert and priparian acreage for over 40 years. As a living garden the Arboretum features over 2,000 species of trees, flowers, and other native and non-native botanicals.
The organization teaches Master Gardening classes, preserving our region’s native vegetation, and conducting valuable research in a number of areas in partnership with several Washington universities and the Washington State Department of Agriculture. The Arboretum is another example of Yakima’s philanthropic community coming together. Over the years many local families and businesses have helped this local treasure get established and expand in exciting new directions. Today residents can enjoy leisurely strolls through exquisite Chinese Botanical Gardens, celebrate the holiday season by lighting luminaries, conduct research in the Yakima Valley’s only horticultural library, take seasonal bird watching classes, or celebrate a special family occasion amongst a breathtaking backdrop.
To learn more about the Arboretum click here