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

Earth Day Volunteers Pull 50+ Cubic Yards of Weeds!

Earth Day Volunteers Pull 50+ Cubic Yards of Weeds!

A total of 116 volunteers participated in our annual Earth Day at the Arboretum work-service event on April 23. They removed more than 50 cubic yards of ivy, blackberry, and other invasive weeds from plant collection beds and natural areas—covering a combined area of...

Arboretum-Based Research Tackles the Azalea Lace Bug

Arboretum-Based Research Tackles the Azalea Lace Bug

Since 2015, the invasive azalea lace bug (Stephanitis pyrioides) has been causing serious damage to azaleas and rhododendrons in our state, including in the Arboretum. A tiny aphid relative, the lace bug removes chlorophyll from Rhododendron foliage, weakening the...

Wild and Wonderful Willows of the Arboretum

Wild and Wonderful Willows of the Arboretum

Beautiful willows, such as the Salix gracilistyla 'Melanostachys' pictured here, are blooming in the Arboretum's Witt Winter Garden and beyond. In the latest issue of the Arboretum Bulletin, writer and estate gardener Daniel Mount discusses the wild and weedy willows...