2013 Year-End Appeal for Support
Dear Friend of the Arboretum,
Everyone loves the Washington Park Arboretum. I do and I know that you do too. In fact, it’s amazing how many of us cherish the Arboretum and feel that our lives have been enriched by this remarkable place. So many people love the Arboretum and for many of the same reasons. It’s the brilliant green and the rich scents of winter, the explosion of color in spring, the warm breezes and lazy bird song of summer, and the festival of ripening fruits in autumn. And yet we each love this place in our own unique way. And that’s because of the richness and diversity it has to offer.
Think of what drew you to the Arboretum for the first time. Was it to find respite and solitude in the heart of the city? Was it to explore this incredible collection of trees? To jog? Or walk a dog? To study botany? Or watch a bird? Or just revel in the splendor of autumn? The list goes on and on, and each of us has our own “first meeting” or special connection with the Arboretum.
For me, that first moment was as a graduate student more than 20 years ago, newly arrived in Seattle from a part of the country with a very different climate. Like it was yesterday, I remember wandering the Arboretum in complete amazement, encountering trees I’d heard of but thought I would never see and discovering trees I’d never even heard of. It was marvelous! And the Arboretum just keeps getting better. Our major improvements over the last 5 years, all funded with support from the Arboretum Foundation include:
- Planting and opening the 2-acre New Zealand Forest in 2013
- Restoring the historic Olmsted-era Lookout Gazebo in 2013
- Constructing an all-season gravel path along the full length of Azalea Way in 2012-13
- Planting and opening the Gateway to Chile display garden in 2011
- Building the Japanese Garden Entry Gatehouse in 2009
- Constructing and opening Phase I of the Pacific Connections Garden in 2008
Other Ways to Support the Arboretum Foundation
• Stock, Bond or Mutual Fund Donation
• Life Insurance
• Charitable Trust
• Charitable Bequest
If you have questions regarding any of these options, please contact Randall Hitchin, Major Gifts Manager, at 206-577-1147 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For these great successes, we thank all of our friends who donated. But just as we raised the funds to make these projects happen, we need to provide much of the support to continue to maintain and care for the new forests and gardens and for the historic tree collections as well. Each year, we contribute more than $300,000 for the care of the Arboretum’s plants and for the environmental education program for our region’s youngest gardeners. Today, I am asking you to please make a special year-end gift to the Arboretum Foundation in support of our ongoing efforts to preserve and care for the Washington Park Arboretum.
And please remember that there are many ways to show your love for the Arboretum. Now is a great time to renew your membership. And this has been a great year for the stock market. For those whose portfolios have risen in value recently, a gift of appreciated securities is a tax-advantaged way to contribute. And don’t forget that many employers will match your charitable gift to stretch your dollars even further.
Please show you love the Washington Park Arboretum by helping to sustain it for future generations to discover and enjoy. And thank you very much for joining those of us who love the Arboretum by supporting this marvelous place.
Outreach and Major Gifts Manager