Commemorative Giving Opportunities
The Arboretum Foundation offers unique giving opportunities designed to celebrate a loved one or a special friend while providing critical support to sustain Washington Park Arboretum. Tribute gifts of any amount are always welcome. Both our commemorative bench and tree programs offer places of physical beauty in the Arboretum for friends and family members to visit and celebrate their loved ones.
All bench and tree gifts are recognized with a dedication page in the permanent Memorial Book, located at the Graham Visitors Center’s reception desk. Both programs also include one year’s complimentary membership in the Arboretum’s leadership giving group, the Arbor Circle.
With a gift of $8,000, you may dedicate a bench in the Washington Park Arboretum in memory or in honor of an individual or group. Bench sites are pre-determined in accordance with the Arboretum’s Master Plan and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The benches are replicas of the 1939 World’s Fair bench, which are featured in many Olmsted parks, including Central Park in New York City. A small brass plaque will be inscribed with your tribute and then mounted on the bench seat back. More info: Arboretum bench FAQs.
With a gift of $1,000, you may dedicate a tree in the Arboretum in memory or in honor of someone. The commemorative tree program adheres to the Arboretum’s collections management plan. Rather than planting new trees, we have a variety of young, already established trees that may be dedicated. In order to preserve the collections and enjoyment of the park for others, these dedicated trees remain unmarked (no plaques or signage). The dedication page in the Memorial Book shows the location of the commemorative tree for family and visitors to reference on their visits to the park
Gifts of any amount can be made in honor or in memory of an individual or a group. Tribute gifts are a popular way to make a thoughtful gift while demonstrating your support of the Arboretum. In response to each gift, a personalized card will be sent to the family of the honoree notifying them of your gift.