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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.

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13,892

The number of hours our volunteers contributed in 2019

Become a Volunteer!

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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Campaign to Replace the Tsutakawa Gates Surpasses Its Goal

Campaign to Replace the Tsutakawa Gates Surpasses Its Goal

I have a very visceral memory of the day I learned the Tsutakawa Gates were stolen from the entry to the Arboretum. It was the morning of March 19, 2020, the start of the pandemic shut down, and I had swung by my office at the Graham Visitors Center early to pick up a...

2021 Annual Meeting Report

2021 Annual Meeting Report

We had a good turnout for our Virtual Annual Meeting on June 16. More than 70 Arboretum Foundation members tuned into the Zoom webinar to hear about our fiscal-year accomplishments, listen to updates from our UW and City partners, and participate in our Board of...

Hidden Treasure of the Arboretum: Mountain Stewartia

Hidden Treasure of the Arboretum: Mountain Stewartia

Stewartias are among the stars of the summer-flowering season at the Arboretum. While the Asian stewartia species in the main grove on the southern edge of the Camellia Collection justifiably receive a lot of praise, the lesser-known mountain stewartia (Stewartia...