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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.
Rhododendron Glen Stream Restoration Begins This Month

Rhododendron Glen Stream Restoration Begins This Month

New astilbes in bloom along the upper stream in Rhododendron Glen.The Arboretum has made great progress on plant collection restoration in Rhododendron Glen over the last three years, but the stream restoration portion of the project has been delayed due to a...

REI Hosts Huge Work-Service Event at the Arboretum

REI Hosts Huge Work-Service Event at the Arboretum

Volunteers in the wetlands beside South Azalea Way.More than 100 volunteers from REI helped care for the Arboretum on Thursday, July 21 during one of the company's regular work-service events. The group members were all from REI's IT division and included folks who...

Olmsted and the Washington Park Arboretum

Olmsted and the Washington Park Arboretum

PHOTO: Azalea Way, the centerpiece of the Olmsted design of Washington Park Arboretum. This year marks the 20oth anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted. Numerous celebrations are taking place around the country to mark the bicentennial of this iconic...