The UW Botanic Gardens depends on strong partnerships with local governments and organizations to carry out our mission.

Seattle Parks and Recreation is the co-manager of the Washington Park Arborteum with the University of Washington Botanic Gardens. Seattle Parks staff maintain the park functions of the Arboretum, and the UW Botanic Gardens maintains the plant collections and runs the education programs. The two entities have partnered in the management of the Washington Park Arboretum since 1934.

The Arboretum Foundation was established in 1935 to raise money to support the Washington Park Arboretum. Today the Foundation focuses on raising funds, promoting volunteerism, and advocating at the local and state level on issues that affect the Arboretum. In recent years, their fundraising has been focused on the K-8 Education Programs. In addition, they, along with the City have provided all of the funding for the creation of the new Pacific Connections Garden. Donations to support the Arboretum may be given to either the UW Botanic Gardens or the Arboretum Foundation.

The Northwest Horticultural Society was founded in 1966 to support the establishment of the Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH) at the University of Washington. The Society is a major financial supporter of the Elisabeth C. Miller Library at the Center. NHS annually grants scholarships to students in horticulture at the University of Washington and supports projects that benefit horticulture in the Northwest. The Northwest Horticultural Society Hall at the Center provides a meeting spaces for lectures, conferences and social events.

Other important organizations with which we have partnerships include:

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