Our Work

HomeOur Work

Volunteer community, maintenance programs, and enhancement projects

The Foundation preserves and enhances the Washington Park Arboretum through a variety of dynamic programs and projects. We recruit and manage a vibrant volunteer community that supports every facet of Arboretum operations—from grounds maintenance to fundraising events. We help fund the salaries of UW Botanic Gardens arborists, gardeners, and environmental educators working in the Arboretum. We fund revitalization projects, such as the restoration of historic Rhododendron Glen, and the creation of new horticultural displays, such as the Pacific Connections Garden. We are also the support organization for the Seattle Japanese Garden in the Arboretum.

volunteer and clock icon

13,892

The number of hours our volunteers contributed in 2019

Become a Volunteer!

icon-hand-heart

Become a volunteer and enjoy everything the Arboretum community offers. Meet great people and like-minded spirits.

shovel icon

Caring for the Arboretum’s plant collection, and ensuring the health and safety of the trees, is a major expense and our biggest pride and joy.

leaf and heart icon

We are funding the restoration of Rhododendron Glen, Lake Washington Boulevard, and other beloved spaces in the Arboretum.

users and class

We’re helping children and adults learn about the vital role plants, forests, and wetlands play in the urban environment.

maple leaf icon

We are the support partner for the Japanese Garden at the Arboretum, managing public programs and volunteers, and raising vital funds.

file-chart-pie icon

We fund and support Master Plan improvement projects, including the Pacific Connections Garden and the Arboretum Loop Trail. 

News Articles

See all news articles

Remembering Volunteer Extraordinaire Elizabeth Moses

Remembering Volunteer Extraordinaire Elizabeth Moses

Elizabeth and husband Allen feted at the 2017 Opening Night Party.The Arboretum Foundation would like to acknowledge the passing of one of its most beloved and dedicated volunteers, Elizabeth Moses. She died in late December, 2022, at the age of 91. Elizabeth’s record...

Parallel Artforms: Garden Design and Photo Composition

Parallel Artforms: Garden Design and Photo Composition

Winter is an ideal time to take stock of your garden and consider whether to tweak or rework your design. In the latest issue of the Arboretum Bulletin, landscape architect and Foundation staffer Jason Morse simplifies the garden design process by comparing its...

Arboretum Master Plan Turns 21

Arboretum Master Plan Turns 21

Approved by the City of Seattle in 2001, the Arboretum's comprehensive Master Plan has come of age! Over the past two decades, the plan has propelled the completion of many projects, renovations, and accessibility improvements, such as Arboretum Loop Trail pictured...