Established in 1967 by the Central District of the Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs (36 garden clubs in all), the Yakima Area Arboretum is a non-profit organization supported by the generosity of its members and sponsors, and through the hard work and dedication of its staff and volunteers. The Yakima Area Arboretum is a living museum, of over 1000 specimens of trees, forbs, grasses and shrubs, on 46 acres of land managed as collections, display gardens and natural areas.
The Arboretum seeks to educate, demonstrate, and inspire an appreciation of native and adapted non-native plants in an atmosphere of beauty and relaxation. The Arboretum encourages sound arboricultural practices, sustainable gardening and community participation.
To inspire people of all ages to discover and connect with nature through a diverse collection of trees and shrubs hardy to the Inland Northwest.
Board of Directors
President: Leslie Wahl
1st Vice President: Stu Simmons
2nd Vice president: Mike Libbee
Secretary: Sue Kegley
Treasurer: Brandon Flory
Past President: Open
Directors: Ken Armstrong, Jessica Black, Anne Harrison, Julie Johnson, Daniel Layton, Duward Massie, Dave McDonnell, Nathan Mora, Terry Neal, Pete Nissen, Guillermo Rivero, Laura Willett, and Ken Wilkinson
Life Trustees: Helen Garretson, Lacey Gentry, Yoshio Hata, Helen Jewett Shields
Co-Executive Directors: Jheri Ketcham & Colleen Adams-Schuppe
Facility Manager: Manuel Torres
Fund Development Assistant: Victor Aguilar
Education & Outreach Coordinator: Garrett Brenden
Groundskeeper/Maintenance: Jeff Neal
Assistant Groundskeeper: Wes Tyler
Custodian: Charlie Gharet
Custodian: Mike Nelson
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