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

2024 Annual Meeting Report

2024 Annual Meeting Report

Volunteer Legacy Award winnner Jenny Wyatt (center, in green apron) with friends. More than 60 Arboretum Foundation members joined us for the Annual Meeting & Picnic at the Graham Visitors Center on June 12 to hear about our fiscal-year accomplishments, listen to...

Pacific Ninebark: A Beautiful Four-Season Native Shrub

Pacific Ninebark: A Beautiful Four-Season Native Shrub

Pacific ninebark blooming in the Arboretum in early June. (Photo by Niall DunneWhether in a garden landscape or the wilds of the coastal Pacific Northwest, the bright splash of late-spring blooms produced by the Pacific ninebark (Physocarpus capitatus) is a floral...

Volunteers Help Restore the Arboretum on a Special Earth Day

Volunteers Help Restore the Arboretum on a Special Earth Day

Volunteers working in the Holly Collection area during Earth Day 2024.More than 150 volunteers attended our annual Earth Day at the Arboretum work-service event on Saturday, April 20. They worked all morning under the supervision of the UW Botanic Gardens horticulture...