Advocacy

Header photo: Varied thrush in the Sorbus Collection (courtesy Larry Hubbell).

SR 520 Bridge impacts, Parks Levy & more

As part of our core mission to sustain and protect the Washington Park Arboretum, the Foundation engages in advocacy at the local, city, and state levels. Examples include:

Other important advocacy initiatives have included working to secure funding at the state level for Arboretum curation, and working at the city level to secure funding for Arboretum maintenance and operations.

How You Can Help

Please help support our advocacy efforts by joining as a member, by donating to the Foundation, making your voice heard at public meetings, and/or voting to protect our treasured urban green space at the ballot box.

Arboretum Partners do a vine cutting ceremony to open the Arboretum's new Loop Trail

Arboretum Partners doing a celebratory “vine cutting” to open the new Arboretum Loop Trail.
Photo by: @samfuphoto

Guests Shower the Arboretum with Birthday Love at Opening Night

Guests Shower the Arboretum with Birthday Love at Opening Night

A total of 325 guests attended our annual Opening Night Party at the Northwest Flower & Garden Festival on February 13 and helped us raise more than $425,000 in support of core programs at the Washington Park Arboretum. This year’s party marked the 90th year of...

Our Marvelous Mountain Hemlock

Our Marvelous Mountain Hemlock

The mountain hemlock cultivar 'Bump's Blue' growing in the Arboretum. (Photo by Niall Dunne)Mountain hemlock is an incredible species, able to grow in an environment where conditions alternate between deep winter snows and harsh summer dry spells, and where growing...

New Plantings in the Arboretum: 2023 in Review

New Plantings in the Arboretum: 2023 in Review

Rhododendron pubescens in bloom in lower Rhododendron Glen. (Photo by Niall Dunne)In the latest issue of the Arboretum Bulletin, UW Botanic Gardens Curator of Living Collections Ray Larson writes his annual, in-depth review of new plantings in the Arboretum. Ray...