Here's who you helped us support last year.
Each year the West Seattle Garden Tour, a 501(c)(3) organization, seeks out other non-profits whose goals fit our mission—to promote horticultural-based interests, education, and artistic endeavors within West Seattle and neighboring communities. In 2016 we donated $24,500 to the amazing local projects detailed below. Your purchase of garden tour and raffle tickets, along with the generous support of our sponsors and donors, made that goal possible.
If you are interested in making a grant proposal to the West Seattle Garden Tour, please contact our Beneficiary Chair, Priscilla Call. Download our Beneficiary Guidelines (PDF) and a Proposal Template (PDF). We accept proposals ALL YEAR LONG, but the deadline to apply for 2017 grants is February 1, 2017.
If you would like to make a donation so that we may provide even more funds to worthy non-profits, please do! Your donation is tax-deductible, and incredibly appreciated.
ArtsWest Playhouse and Gallery is a non-profit arts organization located in West Seattle with programs in theater, visual arts and education. ArtsWest is nationally renowned for its Theatre Education Program. ArtsWest is one of only three arts organizations in the United States to receive three successive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in support of the Summer School in the Arts program. Funds from WSGT will support ArtsWest’s Education program, where students learn more than how to sing, dance, and act. They learn how to think creatively, take calculated risks, and work as a team. Students with this kind of training become the leaders of tomorrow, and your support helps nurture these young people into becoming community leaders.
The mission of the Highline Botanical Garden Foundation is to manage and develop a community-owned garden based on a plant collection that demonstrates the best horticulture and environmental practices and that creates beauty for public enjoyment. The WSGT grant will support a new 16’x20’ greenhouse, which will provide space for plant propagation including seed starts, grafting, and plant cuts. It will also provide space for wintering more sensitive plants within the public garden, including fuchsias from two fuchsia display gardens. The greenhouse will involve local neighbors and others working in a P-patch currently being planned by the City of SeaTac and the Highline Botanical Garden Foundation.
The Urban Forest Symposium is an annual one-day conference developed by PlantAmnesty and the University of Washington Botanic Garden, held at the Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle. Each conference has a different focus and reaches audiences from very diverse backgrounds. The 2016 Symposium is Sustaining the Urban Forest in the Face of Increasing Density. We know that urban forests and green spaces provide ecosystem services that support a resilient environment and contribute to human health and wellbeing. But do we have to sacrifice quality of life, our own sense of place and local environmental goals to accommodate growth? Speakers from the Seattle area and across the country will address these questions and share perspectives from others dealing with this international problem.
The Rhododendron Species Foundation & Botanical Garden is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the conservation, public display, and distribution of Rhododendron species. Home to one of the largest collections of rhododendrons in the world, the garden displays over 700 of the more than 1,000 species found in the wilds of North America, Europe, and Asia, as well as the tropical regions of southeast Asia and northern Australia. Conservation has come to be of primary importance in recent years with the destruction of Rhododendron habitat in many areas of the world. WSGT will fund interpretive graphics to help educate visitors about conservation, the adventures of botany, and rhododendrons at home and around the world.
Seattle Children's PlayGarden improves the quality of life for children with physical or mental disabilities by providing them access to a safe, garden-based outdoor recreation space and offering inclusive programs that encourage their potential. This public park is designed for children of all abilities to enjoy—kids on two feet, kids with walkers, kids in wheelchairs and kids who communicate differently. This year, WSGT will help fund two new vertical gardens. Ground-level planting beds are difficult to access for children who have mobility challenges; vertical plantings give children who use wheelchairs or walkers, or those with decreased vision or low muscle tone, the best access to vegetables, fruits and flowers grown at the PlayGarden. More than 70% of their summer campers have significant special needs impacting their ability to actively garden. With these new vertical gardens, all children will have equal opportunities to explore, garden and learn.
The Arboretum at South Seattle College is a hands-on laboratory for students in the Landscape Horticulture program. The Arboretum also serves as a public garden for SSC students, staff and faculty, and for the general public. Through education and community outreach, The Arboretum at South has become a living resource for West Seattle and the Seattle community at large. Despite the fact that the Arboretum holds a collection of hundreds of species, a number of which are rare, they do not currently have any signage describing their merits. New interpretive signage, funded by WSGT, will bridge a gap between the gardens and visitors, introducing the value of plants, their role in the larger picture of environmental sustainability and conservation, and tell how to use these plants in the home garden. Permanent signage describing botanical features, horticultural oddities and seasonal interest will inform and create value for visitors, now and into the future.