2024 Spring Appeal

Invest in Our Strong Roots and Bright Future!

April 2024

Dear Arboretum Friend,

Welcome to our 90th birthday celebration!

Ninety years ago this year, the Washington Park Arboretum was founded by a group of forward-thinking civic leaders who envisioned a glorious natural space in the heart of Seattle.

Over the next nine decades, the plant collections and gardens were developed, and the Arboretum blossomed into the city’s most beloved park. This year, we celebrate the early visionaries; the ongoing efforts of the partnership between the Arboretum Foundation, the City, and the University of Washington; and the generous support of our donors, members, and volunteers, without whom the Arboretum would not be possible.

This milestone launches us on an exciting trajectory as we count down to the Arboretum’s centennial in 2034. Together, we can imagine the full potential of a 21st-century Arboretum and bring that vision to life. Your donation to the Arboretum Foundation will support our Strong Roots, Bright Future initiatives that invest in People, Place, and Possibility:

Funding for the talented team of arborists and gardeners who ensure the vitality of the collections, and the young learners in our education programs who will become the next generation of stewards.

Tools necessary to preserve the unique places that are the Arboretum and Seattle Japanese Garden. A long-time donor has funded a challenge grant for the purchase of a spider lift, which will give our arborists the ability to maneuver through the canopy—up to 90 feet in the air—and more safely and effectively care for our trees. You can help us reach the finish line on this purchase!

Climate resilience research and planning that has implications for the entire region, including test plots for an evolved urban canopy and an in-depth tree study for the Japanese Garden. Plus, sustaining funds to ensure all of this work continues to flourish.

I invite you to show your support by making a contribution to the Arboretum today. Help us continue to grow our strong roots and create a bright future for our treasured city jewel.


Jane Stonecipher
Executive Director
Arboretum Foundation

p.s. Join us to celebrate our 90th birthday at Arboretum@90 events this year!