Volunteer Arboretum Group Gives $75,000.00 To City Of Everett

January 11, 2018

Everett, Everett Government

At the Wednesday night meeting of the Everett City Council the City of Everett received a big gift thanks to the all-volunteer Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens. Here are the details.


PHOTO CREDIT: Renee Greenleaf, PICTURED: Trevor Cameron, Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens President and Everett Mayor Cassie Franklin

The Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens, located in Everett’s Legion Park, is pleased to announce that the final piece of the arboretum is beginning to take shape!  On January 10th, at the evening meeting of the Everett City Council, the arboretum officially gifted $75,000, raised entirely by volunteers, to the City of Everett on behalf of Everett Parks & Community Services. This donation facilitates the completion of the landscaping in the arboretum’s South Area.

The Parks Department has accepted bids and begun preparation for walkways, plinths and gardens. Through this highly successful partnership with Everett Parks the public can look forward to an enlarged and improved arboretum in 2018.

For over 50 years, volunteers have been hard at work, fundraising, planting, designing and weeding, working to expand gardening classes, docent tours, guest speakers and complete 2 ½ acres of gardens for locals and tourists to enjoy.

A major art installation by James Madison is included in the new garden area, along with impressive Northwest tree and plant specimens. A 5 minute video explaining the history of the Evergreen Arboretum can be viewed at their website at www.evergreenarboretum.com.

As part of the fundraising effort, The Evergreen Arboretum thanks everyone who donated to the Stainless Steel Oak Leaf Fundraiser for their support. Leaves will be installed this year, and purchasers will be kept informed of the progress. The Evergreen Arboretum is featured as “one of the 60 best gardens to visit in Washington, Oregon & British Columbia” in the book, ’The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour’ by Donald Olson and Timber Press.

The Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens is registered as a 501(3) C non-profit with the IRS and all donations are taxdeductible. The mission of the Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens is to create and maintain an inspirational arboretum and gardens accessible to all, internationally-acclaimed and locally-enjoyed for its plant diversity, original art and educational opportunities.


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