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Appeal from the KBGF Executive Director

Dear friend of KBGF,

Helwingia chinensis

The Kruckeberg Botanic Garden (KBG) is an important part of the Northwest horticultural community, and it resonates differently with each person.

Why is KBG important to me? It was the first place I saw a Helwingia chinensis (Helwingia) in bloom, one of two species in an uncommon genus. I had never before seen a plant that flowered from the midrib of the leaf and I was amazed. KBG is important to me because the garden was a botany lesson every time I visited. Dr. Kruckeberg would always quiz me on my botanical knowledge, as he still does to this day! I learn something new each time I walk through the garden.

Think for a moment. Why is KBG important to you?  Today, I ask you to give to KBGF to support our efforts to preserve and maintain the garden and the plant collection.

The Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Foundation (KBGF) was formed to preserve KBG as a garden, public space, and horticultural learning center. Each year, we are steadily improving the garden and expanding the programs we offer. In 2014, we will begin upgrading the collections database, which will involve many hours of botanical research and cataloguing. We have ambitious plans, and we need your help to see them through. 

Give today at

Our goal this year is to raise $10,000. This will allow us to replace well-worn maintenance equipment, such as the chipper, or make a down-payment on a new tractor. For every dollar donated as part of the year end appeal, the KBGF Board and special donors will match your donation up to $3,000.

There are many ways to give in addition to a one-time donation. Renew your membership or consider joining the perennial club for a simple automatic payment each month. Don’t forget that many employers will match your charitable gift to stretch your dollars even further. 

Thank you in advance for your contribution.


Brianne Zorn

Executive Director, KBGF


B.S. Botany, University of Washington, Class of 2002