Honor your loved ones
A commemorative bench or tree in the Washington Park Arboretum—or a tribute gift—is a thoughtful way to recognize a special person or occasion.
Bench Program Update
Currently, no commemorative benches are available in the Arboretum. We expect to add new locations in 2022. Please contact us at 206-325-4510 or email@example.com to learn more. Commemorative trees are available.
Commemorative Giving Opportunities
All bench and tree gifts are recognized with a dedication page in the permanent Memorial Book, located at the Graham Visitors Center’s reception desk. Both programs also include one year’s complimentary membership in the Arboretum’s leadership giving group, the Arbor Circle.
With a gift of $10,000, you may dedicate a bench in the Arboretum in memory or honor of an individual or group. Bench sites are pre-determined in accordance with the Arboretum’s Master Plan and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The benches are replicas of the 1939 World’s Fair bench, featured in many Olmsted parks, including Central Park in New York City. A small brass plaque will be inscribed with your tribute and then mounted on the bench seat back.
More info: Arboretum Bench FAQs
With a gift of $1,000, you may dedicate a tree in the Arboretum in memory or honor of someone. The commemorative tree program adheres to the Arboretum’s collections management plan by maintaining a list of young, healthy, and established trees that may be dedicated. In order to preserve the collections and enjoyment of the park for others, dedicated trees remain unmarked (no plaques or signage). The dedication page in the Memorial Book has the location and a description of the commemorative tree for family and visitors to reference on their visits to the park.
For more information or to see the list of currently available trees, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are ready to make a gift, please visit our donate page and indicate in the comment box that your gift is for a commemorative tree.
Gifts of any amount can be made in honor or memory of an individual or group. Tribute gifts are a popular way to make a thoughtful gift while demonstrating your support of the Arboretum. In response to each gift, a personalized card will be sent to the family of the honoree notifying them of your gift. You can designate a gift as a tribute on our donate page.
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