Gift Shop & Plants
Support the Arboretum with your purchases!
The Arboretum is a great place to shop for plants, and gifts for garden and nature lovers. The Foundation runs three on-site retail operations that raise important funds to sustain the Arboretum. Each one is managed and staffed by our hardworking and dedicated volunteers. All purchases are made in the Arboretum Gift Shop in the Graham Visitors Center, open Wednesdays through Sundays, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
You can also donate plants from your garden to our Plant Donations Nursery. The plants will be cared for and sold to benefit the Arboretum. Find out how to donate below.
SHOP & PLANT SALES RETURN
After over a year of pandemic-related closure, the Graham Visitors Center and Arboretum Gift Shop reopened in a limited capacity in early April, 2021. Shop hours are currently Wednesday to Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and shoppers are required to wear a face mask.
In late April, the Plant Donations Nursery reopened for sales. The Pat Calvert Greenhouse reopened in mid-May. Plant sales can be made in the Arboretum Gift Shop (hours above) or by using one of our “after hours” payment methods, instructions on signage on-site.
Mary Ellen Mulder Arboretum Gift Shop - ONLINE & IN-PERSON SALES AVAILABLE
Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. You can also make purchases at our Online Arboretum Gift Shop to schedule curbside pick-up during our available hours (schedule on our Online Gift Shop site above).
Proceeds benefit the Washington Park Arboretum.
Location: Inside the Graham Visitor Center, Washington Park Arboretum (2300 Arboretum Dr. E, Seattle, WA 98112).
Managed by the Arboretum Foundation and staffed by volunteers, the Arboretum Gift Shop is a great place to purchase gifts for everyone in your life. You’ll find a delightful selection of plant and outdoor books, plant-themed jewelry, natural body products, home and garden decor, and tools for green thumbs—and so much more. Our snack bar sells a variety of snacks, cold beverages, and Zoka’s Arboretum Blend hot coffee.
In 2019, the shop was renamed in honor of Mary Ellen Mulder, who volunteered at the counter for 30 years and made a catalytic gift to the Arboretum.
Arboretum Foundation members (*member card required) receive a 10 percent discount on purchases, excluding items from the coffee bar, sale merchandise, and plants from the Pat Calvert Greenhouse and Plant Donations Nursery.
To inquire about merchandise please e-mail the Foundation office.
Learn how you can volunteer at the Arboretum Gift Shop.
Pat Calvert Greenhouse - OPEN
Shoppers can browse plants, at anytime the Arboretum is open. Sales can be made in the Arboretum Gift Shop (hours above), or by using one of the “after hours” payment methods: details on signage around the Pat Calvert Greenhouse. Proceeds benefit the Washington Park Arboretum.
Location: South end of the Graham Visitors Center parking lot, behind the large greenhouse.
The Pat Calvert Greenhouse sells young trees (including conifers), shrubs, perennials, and bonsai starts grown from seeds or cuttings taken primarily from the Arboretum collection plants. Bring home a living piece of the Arboretum! Greenhouse plants are also featured in the Arboretum’s annual Spring Plant Sale and Fall Plant Sale events.
Visitors are welcome to browse the plant selections at any time while the Arboretum is open. Please purchase your plants in the Arboretum Gift Shop.
Volunteers are present on Tuesday and Thursday mornings (10 a.m. to noon) to help with selections and answer questions.
Learn how you can volunteer at the Pat Calvert Greenhouse.
Plant Donations Nursery - OPEN
Open April to mid-October
Shoppers can browse plants, at anytime the Arobretum is open. Sales can be made in the Arboretum Gift Shop (hours above) or by using one of the “after hours” payment methods: details on signage around the Plant Donations Nursery. Proceeds benefit the Washington Park Arboretum.
Location: Along Arboretum Drive, just south of the Graham Visitor Center building and patio, behind the large greenhouse.
The Plant Donations Nursery sells plants donated to the Arboretum Foundation by area gardeners. The seasonal, volunteer-operated nursery features an excellent selection of popular and unusual plants at great values. Plants from the nursery are also featured in the Arboretum’s annual Spring Plant Sale and Fall Plant Sale events.
Visitors are welcome to browse the plant selections any time during the nursery season (April to mid-October) while the Arboretum is open. Please purchase your plants in the Arboretum Gift Shop.
Volunteers are onsite on Wednesdays from April through mid-October, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., to help with plant selection.
Donating to the Nursery
Plants may be donated at any time from March to mid-October; however, the best time to drop off is when volunteers are present, on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Drop off: Donated plants should be put on the potting tables inside the nursery, or left just inside at the nursery gate on Arboretum Drive. Please DO NOT leave plants in the Visitors Center parking lot or areas other than the Nursery.
Include plant info: If known, please label each individual plant with its name. In addition, please provide a list of names of all donated plants with pertinent information such as flower color, height at maturity, and ideal growing conditions (if known).
What we can’t accept: Indoor plants; plants above 5 feet tall; invasive plants.
Thanks for your donation!
Cuttings Through the Year
The Arboretum Foundation’s popular how-to propagation guide, Cuttings Through the Year, was published in a new, updated edition in 2018. It is available for purchase in the Arboretum Shop for $8.95 per copy, plus sales tax; an additional $5 shipping & handling charge is added for email/phone orders. (Reach out to inquire about bulk sales.)
To order, please email the Arboretum Foundation office or call us at 206-325-4510.
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