“Your investments transform not only the Arboretum, but also the way our citizens young and old can engage with it!”
Hello Arboretum Friends and Neighbors,
After many autumns tromping through the Arboretum as a visitor with new puppies and Girl Scout troops, I am now delighted to watch the mysteries of the fall season unfold right beyond my new office window. I became the Interim Executive Director of the Arboretum Foundation roughly 10 weeks ago and have enjoyed a crash course in understanding what makes this amazing resource tick.
I have lived near the Washington Park Arboretum for years, and it has been the site of memorable celebrations, outings with family and friends—and even at times refuge from the chaos of everyday life. Being a Southern gal, I particularly enjoy the magnolias and azaleas as I roam my own favorite corners of the park. I now watch as urban apartment dwellers and visitors from around the world marvel at the rare plants and native landscapes found throughout these beautiful 230 acres.
But what I never fully realized was the crucial role private support plays in ensuring that the Arboretum can continue to be the crown jewel among Seattle’s green spaces. Your investments transform not only the park itself, but also the way that our citizens young and old can engage with it.
Your financial support allows 10,000 children greater access to environmental education programs that awaken their curiosity and let them engage with nature in meaningful ways. Your gifts fund volunteer programs for hundreds of people, who do everything from weeding the gardens to staffing the gift shop—a truly leveraged investment!
There are also tremendous possibilities with the landscape itself. The new Loop Trail will open up parts of the Arboretum that have been largely inaccessible for most visitors. We can now begin to dream about additional plantings and restoration work in the wetlands and around Arboretum Creek that would further improve the ecological health of the park and its surroundings.
As I’ve celebrated a few more orbits around the sun, I’ve gained an increasing appreciation for the people who had the foresight to create special places like the Arboretum. And I feel an increasing responsibility to not just passively enjoy the places that make our city great but also to unite with my community to shape them for the next generation through our financial support and advocacy.
I hope you will join with me and the Stonecipher family in MAKING A YEAR-END GIFT to support the Washington Park Arboretum!
With a toast to autumn,
Interim Executive Director