Plant Donations Nursery
Season: April to October
Purchase plants at the Arboretum Shop
Open daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Second Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Plant Donations Nursery sells plants donated to the Arboretum Foundation by area gardeners. The volunteer-operated nursery features an excellent selection of popular and unusual plants at great values. The nursery hosts, along with the Pat Calvert Greenhouse, our popular Early Bloomers plant sale in April.
Volunteers are present on Wednesdays and second Saturdays (see hours above); however, visitors are welcome to browse the nursery any day of the week and purchase plants at the Arboretum Shop, open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., except in winter (call 206-325-4510 for seasonal hours).
Location: Near the Graham Visitors Center parking lot, just south of the greenhouses.
Donating to the Nursery
The best time for gardeners to drop off plants at the nursery is during the hours listed above, when volunteers are available to receive them. Please provide a list of the plants donated if they are not individually labeled. Plants may be unloaded at the nursery gate on Arboretum Drive during the above hours.
Plants may also be donated when the Nursery is closed. You may use one of our wheelbarrows or carts to transport your plants from the visitor center parking lots. Please leave the plants on or near the potting table. Include a list giving color and height of plants, and other pertinent information.
Please DO NOT leave plants in the parking lot or areas other than the Nursery.
Special arrangements may be necessary for donations of large trees and shrubs.
Thanks for your donation!
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History of the Nursery
- Donated plants have always been a feature of Arboretum Foundation plant sales. However, for many years, there was no carry-over program for unsold plants. In 1993, a year ’round Donations Department was developed. The purpose of the department was to give Foundation members an opportunity for hands-on learning about dividing, potting, and identifying donated plants. This group evolved into the Plant Donations Nursery program, which operates from March through October.