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Funding garden maintenance and tree care

By donating to the Arboretum Foundation or becoming a member, you play a vital role in preserving and enhancing the Washington Park Arboretum for current and future generations. The Foundation supports maintenance of the Arboretum’s plant collections, gardens, and natural areas in the following key ways.

  • Funding the UW Botanic Gardens staff arborists, who keep the Arboretum’s woody plant collections healthy, safe, and vigorous.
  • Funding the salaries and benefits of the two UW Botanic Gardens horticulturists who care for the Pacific Connections Garden in the Arboretum.
  • Funding temporary gardeners assigned to special projects, such as the restoration of the Lake Washington Boulevard Corridor.
  • Coordinating the Garden Stewards program [link to new volunteer page/accordion], which recruits and trains volunteers to assist horticulture staff with weeding, mulching, and other tasks.
  • Coordinating the Corporate and Group Service Program [link to new volunteer page/accordion], which recruits volunteers from local businesses and community groups to participate in weeding and mulching work parties.
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...

Last Remnants of the “Ramps to Nowhere” Removed

Last Remnants of the “Ramps to Nowhere” Removed

Workers demolishing the ramps in late winter, 2024. (Photo courtesy WSDOT)From February to mid-April 2024, construction crews on the SR 520 Bridge Replacement Project used enormous excavators to demolish the final remnants of the so-called “ramps to nowhere” on the...

Smart Choices for Modern-Day Hedges

Smart Choices for Modern-Day Hedges

Camellias can provide a colorful alternative to the ubiquitous English laurel hedge. (Photo: Chris Pfeiffer)Despite being old-fashioned, hedges remain popular with home owners because of their ability to provide privacy, block unsightly views, add beauty to the...