“As our region grows, the Arboretum needs support more than ever from people who love it!”
Dear Friend of the Arboretum,
I am writing to you today about a special place that you and I share, and to ask for your continued generosity to ensure that it remains the treasured place that we all love.
When I joined the Arboretum sixty years ago, I was a new mother in a new neighborhood, trying to make new friends and follow my early fascination with flowers. Kind neighbors invited me to join the local Arboretum Foundation Unit. Soon I came to appreciate the great personal benefits of being a part of the Arboretum—opportunities for lifelong friendships, practical garden skills shared by generous veteran gardeners (along with cuttings from their gardens), and the wonderful resources available in the Arboretum.
After 10 years of absorbing my Arboretum experiences (and tending to four young children), I realized I had time to volunteer and contribute to the work of sustaining the Arboretum. As an Arboretum Foundation volunteer I have had a long and interesting “career.” Most satisfying for me was “learning” the Arboretum and leading tours throughout the park and Japanese Garden. I still enjoy doing both!
When I began volunteering here, the Arboretum was less than 25 years old. The trees were smaller and the grounds staff was tiny. I was able to join a group of pioneering guides to relieve Joe Witt, the curator at the time, from having to give adult tours. Today, in its maturity, the Washington Park Arboretum is a hotbed of activity, hosting educational programs for young children, preserving endangered plants from around the world, and bringing people together to enjoy this one-of-a-kind outdoor classroom and urban oasis.
As our region grows, the Arboretum needs support more than ever from people who love it. As my “career” of volunteer service at the Arboretum is winding down, I feel grateful that I can continue my support financially.
I urge you to join me in this important work by donating to the Foundation as it supports this unique gem of our region’s parks. Please GIVE A GIFT today.
Thank you in advance for your continued generosity.
Elizabeth Ayrault Moses
Volunteer and member of Units 5 and 16
PS The Arboretum is also a wonderful place to donate your time and energy. I have been doing it for over 50 years and I have never been bored!