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 Libee
Secretary: Summer Derrey
Treasurer: Hanna Keyes-Nowlin
Past President: Meredith Bruch
Directors: Jessica Black, Bonnie Hughes, Julie Johnson, Sue Kegley, Terry Kline, Duward Massie, and Laura Willett
Life Trustees: Helen Garretson, Lacey Gentry, Yoshio Hata, Helen Jewett Shields
Co-Executive Directors: Jheri Ketcham & Colleen Adams-Schuppe
Facility Manager: Gaye McCarthy
Administrative Assistant: Sandy Tobin
Education & Outreach Coordinator: Andrea Reiter
Groundskeeper/Maintenance: Jeff Neal
Assistant Groundskeeper: Tim Sackman
Caretakers: Bob & Joie Howell
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