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

COVID-19 Response: Arboretum Visitors Update

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Visitors Center & Arboretum Shop Now Open! Following a year of pandemic-related closure, the Graham Visitors Center and Arboretum Gift Shop have reopened in a limited capacity. Opening hours for the lobby are Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The shop...

Online Wine Auction Taking Place April 19 to 22!

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As we communicated in our gala-related emails, we postponed the wine component of Spring Forward! due to a recent update in state licensing rules. The wine auction will now happen as a separate, mini online event from April 19 to 22. It'll feature 13 exciting wine...

Foundation Receives Generous Bequest from Longtime Volunteer

Foundation Receives Generous Bequest from Longtime Volunteer

The Arboretum Foundation has received a very generous bequest of over $300,000 from the estate of Barbara Bonjour. One of our hardest working and most cherished volunteers, Barbara passed away in April of last year.  You can read her obituary in The Seattle Times. A...